Local Spotlight: A Different Kind of World Champion
Published January 23, 2019
Colorado native Lee Beard always said he’d move back to the Centennial State when he retired from a successful career in automobile racing. In the fall of 2017, after winning 55 national events and three world championships, Beard found his home in Silverthorne.
Born in Pueblo and a graduate of University of Southern Colorado (now CSU-Pueblo), Beard studied mechanical engineering before becoming an elite crew chief and team manager with the National Hot Rod Association. Beard worked for all the big elite teams and had major sponsorships from Fortune 500 companies like McDonald’s, Budweiser and Castrol Motor Oil.
Because of his incredible background, Fox Sports recently recruited Beard to be the on-air technical analyst for NHRA events. “I had no intention of working again,” Beard admits. But Fox tapped his experience and knowledge for four races last year, and Beard will probably be on-air for another 10–12 races this season, beginning in February.
Having spent the last 25 years living in Indianapolis, Beard was pulled to Silverthorne after retiring for three main reasons: fly fishing, skiing and the town’s proximity to the airport. Of course, Silverthorne’s potential for growth was also a key motivator — he likes the looks of Fourth Street Crossing and Waters at Silver Trout, among others.
Now that he’s a local, we sat down with World Champion Lee Beard to get his favorites around town.
What are the top three things you love about living in Silverthorne?
- Silverthorne offers mountain living with all the advantages of living in a city. Everything is extremely close — fishing, skiing, the supermarket, even Lowe’s.
- The people are very friendly.
- The scenery is mesmerizing.
What’s your favorite way to spend the day in Silverthorne?
When I wake up in the morning, it’s hard for me to decide what to do. But in the winter, I grab a coffee at Starbucks and head up to the Outback at Keystone. After logging as many vertical feet as possible, I head to Sauce on the Blue for a great dinner.
What have been your favorite recent developments in Silverthorne?
I’ve seen every play at the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center.
What do you do when you’re not working?
I have two boys, one in South Beach, Florida, and one in Newport Beach, California. So if I’m not fly fishing, snow skiing or on Fox, I’m visiting my boys.
Can you give visitors a must-do tip for their trip to Silverthorne?
In the summer, fly fishing the Blue River can be one of the most exciting rivers in Colorado. In winter, the ski resorts are just minutes away from Silverthorne.
Coffee or tea?
Beer, whiskey or wine?
What’s playing in your car?
Rock and roll — probably the Eagles.