"Where are they now? if you would be so kind:
Bob Cozine, whiz-kid of Champion of Chamblee.
Bob Kovacs, body painter.
Bob Rule, aka Mr Yo-Yo.
Since Philippe won't be awake for a couple more hours, I hope he won't mind if I respond in his stead, at least for those names I can speak to.
Bob Cozine and his significant other have run a very respected high-end stained glass studio here in Atlanta for many years. Bob occasionally still races with us local folks using borrowed cars (I get a genuine thrill when he races one of mine), but I think he would be the first to tell you that time has eroded his once-formidable driving skills. I've heard him remark that he can't feel the cars when driving as he once could. In the early '80s, when he was racing locally on a regular basis, he was extremely hard to beat. (As an aside, one of the former Champion employees tells the story of asking Bob to drive his ill-handling car, after Bob had again stomped him in a race. Bob said, "Let's swap cars," and proceeded to run rings around the ex-Champ employee anyway!)
When he's not racing you, Bob is the nicest guy in slot racing, but when he's got a controller in his hand he's one mean and nasty guy and a truly fierce competitor. But immediately after the power clicks off, he's back to his normal sweet self. All his friends laugh about this. Bob's one of my favorite folks in all of slot racing.
Bob Rule is basically retired. You probably know that he started Bo-Link RC Products after his slot racing endeavors, but passed the reins to son Steve several years ago. (I heard just yesterday that Bo-Link shut their doors recently). I believe Bob still lives in Lawrenceville, GA, an Atlanta suburb.
Lee Gilbert has been selling motors and chassis (as well as some the best tires available anywhere) under his Speedshop brand for a number of years. He has also sold an evolving series of spring steel 1/24 Eurosport chassis that are brilliantly designed and beautifully crafted, as well as being blindingly fast. He recently open another raceway in Washington state, where he lives.
Like myself, Lee's near vision has deteriorated with age and he's now almost never seen without his trademark Opti-Visor atop his head. He's still a pretty grumpy and opinionated guy (Hi, Lee!), and a hell of a craftsman, one of the very best.
Lee's Speedshop website can be seen at http://home.earthlink.net/~speedshop/
I haven't seen Jan Limpach in over ten years and don't think he is involved in slots any more, but I could be wrong about this. His Limpach "Fresh Cuts" tires disappeared a number of years ago, I think. I do know he is now professionally involved in computers and the internet. One recent reference speaks of "Jan Limpach, principal of keyphrase-marketing.com, Elyria, Ohio."