My brother-in-law Guy Everett Tavel loved life, and he especially liked fast cars and boats. On land, his favorite car was a 1987 Buick Grand National, which he drove up until 2010, when he was diagnosed with lung cancer. At sea, he piloted a 38' Wellcraft Scarab, powered by twin 454 supercharged Chevrolet big block engines.
We wanted to build a track and show car together. We had purchased a 2010 Nissan 370z and wanted to enhance the performance and appearance of the car. Our goal was to build the car into a capable track performer as well as a show car that would represent itself well in the import class.
Soon after starting work on the car, Guy lost his battle with lung cancer. At the time, we knew little about the disease — just the general knowledge that someone not connected to the disease would know. We were shocked to learn that very little advancement has been made in over fifty years to increase the five year life expectancy rate. The funding for research is dismal.
That's why we decided to start using the car as a marketing tool to increase awareness and fundraising for lung cancer. Because Guy loved fast things, and his initials were G.E.T., it was decided that G.E.T. Fast Memorial Fund would be an appropriate name. We bring the car to special events and the race track to help bring awareness to our cause and the disease. In 2014, we will be campaigning the car in SCCA Solo SSM (Super Street Modified) class throughout the year, as well as NASA HPDE amateur events at various road racing circuits on the eastern coast. We selected number 60 for the car as it represents Guy’s age when he passed away.
It's our mission to raise awareness about the deficiencies in lung cancer research funding to find a cure. Without the incredible support of my wife Peggy Tavel Neff, and the selfless efforts of many, many other family members and friends, none of what we do would be possible. We thank each and everyone one of them for all the support we have had the last two years and in the years to come.