Kjell Qvale Passes at 94

By Paulickreport November 7, 2013-Kjell Qvale enjoyed competition and speed, whether it was a fast car, a Thoroughbred, or even a footrace. He was a star athlete in track and field at the University of Washington, when he is said to have equaled the world record for the 100-yard dash. After serving in the U.S. Navy as a pilot during World War II, he began importing sports cars like the MG, later had a hand in building the Laguna Seca Raceway and even raced cars in the Indianapolis 500.

But horse racing is the reason so many people in the Thoroughbred world came to admire “Mr. Q” (whose name was pronounced Shell KaVAHlee). For 45 years he was a mainstay in California, racing such stakes winners as homebreds Variety Road and Variety Baby, along with their dam Variety Queen, Silveyville, Halo Folks, Tribesman, Borrego Sun and others. A member of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association since 1963, he also ran racetracks in his spare time: for 20 years he was a major investor and president of Golden Gate Fields and held a similar post at Bay Meadows for about six years. http://www.paulickreport.com/news/ray-s-paddock/rip-kjell-qvale-94-a-man-who-loved-horsepower/