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After it sat for seven years in the El Monte High School auto shop, the powers to be wanted the “Pumpkin Seed” 86’d out of there. Jim saved the old racer from oblivion and returned it to its glory days. Jim’s one and only number on all his race cars has always been 86 because he likes the meaning of the word. Only those who’ve had the privilege to compete in Land Speed Racing can appreciate the feeling of intensity before a run, the concentration during the run, and the utter peacefulness that comes over one after completing a run at Bonneville. In Jim’s case, in the Pumpkin Seed.