Scott Liebler

Scott Liebler

1959 - 1989


"A Driver's Perspective"

I had a friend who could fly,

One who cared for you and I,

He was a driver full of life,

Who made us laugh, even in strife,

While in the car he fairly flew,

By our side he looked after me and you,

Now he's flying high above,

With the great ones that we love,

Sometimes we wonder why oh why,

The good ones leave us and make us cry,

Then we crank the engine and we feel,

Two of us ahold the wheel,

We turn the wheel in a slide,

And feel his presence at our side,

Driving the limit we say a prayer,

So we realize as we drive,

He's still with us, very much alive.

Bill Pratt (1990)


Scott started swimming with the Marlins at age 6 and continued through high school.  Swimming for Scott was a huge and everyday part of his life.  Freestyle and butterfly strokes were his forte, however, it took awhile to master the fly kick - until he saw it performed properly by "Flipper" at Sea World. Scott's kick finally clicked and the butterfly became his best event.  Great and loyal friendships were made at practices and meets throughout the years.  The Marlins were a very successful team.  During the school year, Marlins were the nucleus of the girls and boys high school swim team.  Scott competed and lettered all four years.  He loved scuba diving and competitive sailing - and all water activities.


At Manhattan High, Scott was the school photographer.  Photography was his second love besides swim team and racing cars.  He worked on the Manhattan Mercury and was a K-State Collegian photographer and summer photo editor for several years, then worked as a freelance photographer during his racing career.

Scott began racing his Austin Healy Sprite in SCCA Autocross in the parking lots as a teenager, moving on to road racing professionally; holding national and international licenses, while running a business of preparing formula race cars for clients and teaching racing.  He roadraced all around the country and in the streets of Miami, winning several national championships.

Scott tested products for Hoosier Tires and Pro-Choice Oil of Houston.  He was on the Public Relations team for Heartland Park Topeka Raceway, one of his sponsors.

Scott enjoyed working with kids, speaking at schools and to civic groups.  He was able to reach out to youngsters on the dangers of drinking and drugs - "Just Say NO!"

His outgoing personality that began during his Marlin swimming years carried on throughout his life and racing career.  Summing up his life and his legacy, fellow competitor Bill Pratt wrote this poem: