Otto Linton passed away on January 3, and we have lost one of the true pioneers of sports car racing in America. He was born in Vienna, Austria on May 12, 1917. He studied engineering at the University of Vienna and immigrated to the United States in 1938. During the Second World War he worked as an engineer and machinist converting factories to war production in Philadelphia. As a youth he was attracted to cars and racing, and after he arrived in the US he was instrumental in the creation of post war racing, helping form the SCCA in the Philadelphia region.
Otto was a keen supporter of VeloceToday from the beginning, and over the years helped us on many stories, including his OSCA and experience with the ex-George Lymber BNC. Both Carl Goodwin and John Wright wrote about Linton’s racing experiences. For this article, we have taken excerpts from articles about Linton which previously appeared in VeloceToday, and in Carl Goodwin’s excellent book “They Started in MGs”.