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Dennis Mattish is a life-long San Jose native who cut his teeth at the San Jose racetracks, spending Friday nights at Alviso Speedway, and Saturday nights at San Jose Speedway. For over 40 years Dennis has followed motorsports around the US and in England, with his camera and pen. He’s been published locally and nationally in numerous publications. Dennis is a consistent recipient of the John Ryan Journalism award, he’s the official World of Outlaw photographer and has served as Vice President of Photography for the Motor Sports Press Association for three years. In 2009 Dennis published his first book, History of San Jose Auto Racing 1903-2007. His second book, History of Watsonville and Salinas Auto Racing– was published in 2012. His third book, History of San Jose Racing Part 2, was published in 2016.
“Don’t give up and keep on learning, no matter how old you are.”
CAREER & LIFE CHALLENGES
Surviving cancer, being in a fatal car crash, and breaking his back. But writing a book was the biggest challenge he’s faced in his career.
Realizing that his 40+ years of covering racing in the San Jose area had prepared him to write his books about the sport.
FIRST SPECIAL VEHICLE
A 1964 2+2 Mustang Fastback
BEST AUTOMOTIVE ADVICE
Change your oil regularly and check the fluid levels often.
Auto racing books by Tom Motter, Buz Rose, and Dick Wallen.
Foyte, Andretti, Petti by Bones Bourcier
History of Watsonville and Salinas Auto Racing by Dennis Mattish*
History of San Jose Auto Racing, 1903 – 2007 by Dennis Mattish*
Hisotory of San Jose Auto Racing Part 2 by Dennis Mattish*
PARTING WORDS OF ADVICE
You can’t make everyone happy but be sure to make yourself happy.
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