Dave Franks introduced himself to me in 1997, saying he was planning to build a Sprite to go vintage racing. We went together to look over the project car he purchased, and began racing together soon after. Dave put together a leading racing program in just a few years, bringing his immaculately prepped Sprite to every Oregon Region event. It wasn’t long before Dave was drafted into the steward’s corps, and he served on the region board of directors as well.
Dave was the kind of calm, happy racer you wanted to compete against. You knew he'd drive to the best of his abilities on track, but he'd never do anything unsafe. Then you could sit back and enjoy a BBQ and a beer after the racing was done. As a steward, he was wise and unflappable.