Scott Eldredge grew up torn between two family professions: construction and cars. His father worked in body shops around Spokane and in California, and passed his love of automobiles on to his son. His grandfather, however, pushed Eldredge to get an education in construction. Eldredge found his own way to use both skills.
While he works for Spokane-based Baker Construction & Development Inc. as a superintendent, in his spare time Eldredge operates a Spokane Valley-based business called GottogoRacing, in which he rebuilds, races, and sells Legends cars, which are 5/8-scale, fiberglass-bodied models of the modified cars that were driven by legends during the early years of auto racing.
It costs between about $10,000 and $15,000 to buy a lightly used Legends car and rebuild it, Eldredge says. So far, he has rebuilt two cars, and is working on a third.
"All my cars are for sale," he says, and although he hasn't sold any yet, he adds, "Everybody's waiting to try them this spring when Stateline Stadium opens."
Though small, the Legends cars can reach speeds of up to 130 miles per hour to 140 mph on road courses and 70 to 90 mph on oval tracks.
The business's name, with four words run together, is meant to represent his passion for racing.
"One of my buddies used to say when we got near a race or a show, 'I don't hear you breathing,'" says Eldredge.
While he is GottogoRacing's sole employee, several of his friendsincluding Kelly Thelen, of KT Customs; T.J. Sneva, of Sneva Mfg. Snowboards & Skis; and Andy Underdahl, of Edmo Aviation Saleshelp him at his Spokane Valley garage.
He says he's meticulous about making sure the cars are safe for racing.
"You don't want a guy going 180 mph and have a bolt go flying off," he says.
For his cars, Eldredge uses 1250cc Yamaha air-cooled motorcycle engines and tube-framed bodies that he buys used from professional racers.
"We wait to get hold of a good one," he says.
The cars originally were built by 600 Racing, of Harrisburg, N.C.
Eldredge started GottogoRacing in Phoenix, where he used to live, then relocated the company when he returned to Spokane last April.
In addition to working in the construction industry and rebuilding Legends cars, Eldredge works with several other businesses in the auto industry here.
In 1995, Eldredge became a truck builder for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Racing series, which included building and maintaining specialized racing trucks for a professional team. From there, he climbed the ladder until he was the pit crew chief, he says.
"I jumped the walls, (and have) been in every pit stop around," he says.
From 2000 to 2001, Eldredge worked in the pits on the American Speed Association team of prominent stunt and precision driver Paul Dallenbach. Among other events, the Dallenbach team competed in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, finishing well in the 12.42-mile race course that ends at the summit of Pikes Peak, in Colorado.
Since leaving the racing circuit in 2001, he has worked a variety of jobs, from running a body shop to being a construction foreman. But, the desire to race never left him.
In 2006, Eldredge was introduced to a different type of racing car by a fellow car enthusiast who asked him, "Why don't you get into these Legends cars?" Eldredge took one test drive and was hooked on the unique, small, modified cars that race at very high speeds.
At the time, he and Thelen, a motocross racer, were racing motorcycles.
"We did a lot of crazy stuff," Eldredge says.
When Thelen suffered a debilitating injury during a motorcycle race, they decided to switch tracks and start racing Legends Cars instead.
By chance, Eldredge met T.J. Sneva, nephew of winning Indy Car driver and Spokane native Tom Sneva. T.J. Sneva had raced Legends cars nationally before retiring here.
"T.J. became our adviser," Eldredge says. "We went from being lapped to being on their tail for fourth or fifth place."
The GottogoRacing team uses a 42-foot trailer to haul its two Legends cars to races18 feet for living quarters and 24 feet in the car-hauling area.
"People say, 'You guys have two cars in there?'" Eldredge says.
Eldredge races at the State Line Stadium Speedway, in Post Falls, and in the Northwest Legends racing series on tracks from Roseburg, Ore., to Kalispell, Mont., he says. This year, he tied for fourth place in points in the Northwest Legends league.
"I won the Wenatchee Masters in September," he says.
Although Eldredge has worked on many types of cars, motorcycles, and trucks, Legends cars are his favorite, and he enjoys taking them to exhibits.
"Everybody goes crazy with these cars," he says. "We go around in circles and do smoke rings. We're out there to give a show. Everyone that gets in those little cars just smiles, they beam."
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