Al returned to Colorado after a stint in Vietnam to be reacquainted with his Speedster he bought while he was in the service. It was then too that he first went to driving school in Aspen and started working for Eichhorn’s as a mechanic. In 1973, Al approached Bob Hagestad of Hagestad Porsche (now Prestige Porsche) who had just bought the current Carrera RSR and pitched Bob to let him build the car and be the crew chief. Those RSRs were essentially turn-key race cars right from the factory, and Al knew that, with his experience and expertise, this was the move that could put him in the elite crowd of Porsche crew chiefs in the country. In the 1970s, Al went on to being one of maybe 5 mechanics that could put you in a top-5 car.