5/2/2013 - Cy Yedor 1927-2013
Los Angeles, CA - Cy Yedor passed away after a short illness on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at age 85 at the Cedars-Sinai Hospital here.
Yedor was one of the pioneers of the California Sports Car Club. Starting in 1953, he served as an official and member of the board of directors. At various times, he was a race starter as well as the competition license director. He is one of a small group without whom the club would not have been one of the most successful road racing organizations in the U.S. during the fabulous 50s.
Yedor was not only a club official, but also an outstanding competitor. His first race was at Palm Springs in 1952 where he crashed his XK120 Jaguar. But his learning curve was steep. From then on and through 1956 he was in more than 50 races. He rarely placed lower than 3rd, winning six main events overall.
Yedor is perhaps best known as the second owner of Ken Miles first MG Special (R-1). When Miles built his second special, the Shingle (R-2), the usual scenario for Under-1500cc Main Events was Ken 1st and Cy 2nd. But at Torrey Pines in 1954 and Santa Barbara in 1955, he defeated Ken and was 1st overall.
In 1955, Yedor received the Sam Collier Sportsmanship Award and, at Torrey Pines in 1956, the Pedigo Sportsmanship Award.
Cyril Bernard Yedor was born on August 23, 1927 in Chicago where he grew up. The family moved to Southern California where Yedor graduated from Fairfax High School. Then along came WWII and he served in the U.S. Navy.
After mustering out of the Navy, Yedor opened a machine shop and owned a foundry. Later he was well known in Southern California as the president of Executive Car Leasing, a position he held for 30 years.
After retirement, Yedor restored vintage Ferraris and entered concours. In addition, he sponsored and awarded the Ken Miles Trophy for the best-prepared and driven MG at the Monterey Historics. In 1979, he was a crew member on Salt Walthers Indy 500 team.
He is survived by his wife Judi, daughter Julie and son Michael, who drives in vintage events.
Photo and story by Art Evans