John Bornholdt to Share Race Steward Memories on Oct. 14
Longtime race steward John Bornholdt will share his memories and stories at the International Motor Racing Research Center on Saturday, Oct. 14.
The 1 p.m. talk, dubbed “From a Steward’s Point of View,” is part of the Center’s monthly Center Conversations talk series. It is sponsored in part by the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce and is open to all. The Racing Research Center is located at 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen.
A $5 donation for admission is requested to help defray costs.
The talk will be live-streamed at www.youtube.com/user/IMRRC/live or via the Center’s website at www.racingarchives.org/stream/. The talk also will be archived on the Center’s You Tube channel to watch in the future.
Bornholdt, known familiarly as “Johnny B,” was a race steward for more than 50 years, starting in 1952 at Sebring. He worked in race series ranging from SCCA to Formula One.
Currently a member of SCCA’s Professional Court of Appeals, Bornholdt is one of only two people who have been honored with the Wolff Barnato, David Morrell and SCCA Hall of Fame awards.
Bornholdt was a spectator at open-road races at Watkins Glen and Bridgehampton beginning in 1951 and started his officiating as a pit steward at Sebring in 1952, continuing there for the next 10 years. He joined SCCA’s Washington, D.C. Region in 1955, working as a pit steward at the first Marlboro Speedway race.
Founding regional executive of the South Jersey SCCA Region, Bornholdt worked at virtually all races at the Vineland Speedway road course from 1958 on. He was a steward at United States Road Racing Championship races, then chairman of stewards for many Can-Am, Trans-Am and Formula 5000 races. In the mid-1950s he was a pit crew member of a AAA Eastern Sprint Car team.
Bornholdt was the American steward at U.S. Formula One races from 1970 through 1991. He was series chief steward for the single-seat, 5-liter Can-Am and then spent 17 years as series chief steward for the Toyota Atlantic series. He also was a judge for CART and Champ Car.
Additionally, Bornholdt was briefly series chief steward for the Oldsmobile Sports Racer series. He held various positions in SCCA club racing’s stewards organization, including divisional executive steward and director of stewards.
He also put in time as a flagger and chief of timing and scoring in his career in racing.
Bornholdt worked for 45 year at RCA, becoming a program manager of large radar projects, retiring in 1996.