Joined Apr 27 2012
Kittery Point, ME
Alex Dearborn got hooked on neat cars at an early age, doing his first sportscar race at 20. A win at the old Thompson track in Connecticut set the hook deeper, and he continued racing during college and the Army. During his Army tour of duty, (NJ, early 60’S) he bought and sold used Porsches (356s) in his spare time, and gained some knowledge (and respect) for this endeavor as a business. After college, Alex signed on with Ray Caldwell and Fred Jackson at Autodynamics Corp in Marblehead, then the largest manufacturer of racing cars in the USA. Doing sales and P.R., he was also able to race the company product, the Caldwell Formula Vee. Seeing excess capacity in the company fiberglass shop, Alex developed a line of dune buggies, the Deserter, which were made from 1968 to 1972. The company designed and built a few mid-engined, Corvair-powered Deserter GS cars, which Alex raced at Pikes Peak, and in SCCA events. Production versions were also sold to the public.