Dick Bech was among the first members of Oregon Region SCCA, and always drove Corvettes. He was a notable racer at the first annual Rose Cup Race in 1961. Dick's Corvette went off course and struck a large concrete foundation block left over from the Vanport flood. The crash broke both of his arms and his Corvette burned to the ground.
That didn't deter Dick for very long. He was back racing, rising to Pro Racing in the Trans-Am series in the 1980s. Later in life, Dick drove a black C3 Corvette very well in Vintage Racing competition. He was known as a gentleman and a great friend in the paddock.