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His race team drove a Model-A car 172 miles per hour.

posted Nov 18, 2016, 4:23 PM by Joyce Evans   [ updated Nov 18, 2016, 4:24 PM ]
You may know PSAR REALTOR® member Ron Boland who has served on the PSAR Board of Directors since 2012. He also has served the past four years on the PSAR Budget and Finance Committee and the past two years on the PSAR Tech Committee. He regularly attends the weekly “Rally and Ride” pitch sessions and is appreciated for his wit and humor. Two years ago, he singlehandedly installed an American flag and pole at PSAR’s East County Service Center in El Cajon. Ron was recently honored with the PSAR East County 2016 REALTOR® of the Year award.
But did you know that Ron raced motorcycles in Orange County in the 1960s and raced cars throughout the Midwest in the 1970s? “I switched from motorcycles to cars because it was easier on my knees,” quipped Ron, who will be celebrating his 78th birthday on Nov. 25th.
Ron’s racing career including driving a Lotus Formula Ford on four-mile-long tracks in Wisconsin in races sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America, an organization that runs road racing, rallying and autocross programs for both amateur and professional racers. Also, according to Ron, at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, his racing team achieved a speed of 172 miles per hour driving a 1931 Ford Model-A Roadster, souped-up with a 1953 Mercury Ford flathead engine. “Our team held the world record for several years,” he said. “I had medals and photos from my racing days, but I gave nearly all of them away to an old racing buddy after his house burned down. He needed them more than I did.”
A native of Winona, Minn., his family included three sisters and two brothers. “We did a lot of hunting and fishing growing up,” said Ron. “When I was 8, my father gave me a 4-10 Stevens shotgun (Stevens Arms is a U.S. firearms manufacturer) that I used to get my first pheasant.”
After high school, Ron served in the U.S. Army for two years. He was stationed in Germany for 18 months. After the Army, he returned to Winona and played hockey on the city’s hockey team. He got a job with a plastics manufacturer and was married in January 1968 to Carolyn.
In 1982, Ron and Carolyn relocated to California and Ron spent about 20 years selling frames to artist supply shops in Utah, Arizona and California. They have lived in Lakeside’s Eucalyptus Hills community since April 1984.
In 2005, Ron earned his real estate sales license. Since 2009, he was worked with PSAR board member Norma Scantlin at Parkway Real Estate, a company with offices in the same building as PSAR’s El Cajon offices. Ron and Carolyn have one son Thomas, a mail carrier in Santee who is married to Myra, a mail carrier in Lakeside. Ron and Carolyn have three grandkids, ages 17, 16 and 15.
“Our Association is growing and we’re in good financial strength right now,” said Ron. “As an East County guy, I was initially against the (2012) merger with the South Bay Association. But, combining the two Associations has worked out very well for everyone, both REALTOR® and affiliate members from throughout San Diego County. I know that PSAR has a very bright future.”