The Laziers – Vail’s fastest residents
An attractive couple, Bob and Diane Lazier also were the proud parents of children destined for national fame and celebrity.
From his start as an aspiring entrepreneur, Bob Lazier became one of the major building contractors in Vail. In 17 years he completed 16 commercial properties. His first project was a small employee-housing unit called the Cornice. It was on the site of Chris’ Closet, which is now a luxury home opposite the Athletic Club. Many others followed, including: the Wedel Inn, where the Austria Haus is today; the Wall Street Building, opposite the children’s fountain; and the Tivoli Lodge.
Bob Lazier’s passion was auto racing. It became an obsession. He obviously had talent, because in 1981 he drove in the Indianapolis 500 and was named Rookie of the Year.
Lazier’s oldest son, Buddy, was born in 1968, while Bob and Diane Lazier were racing to Denver. Bob had a Corvette with a racing engine and was hurrying to the hospital when the engine blew out. It is no wonder Buddy Lazier took after his dad.
Buddy Lazier won the Indy 500 in 1996. Even with his fame, he has to look in his rearview mirror because his youngest brother, Jacques, also a member of the International Racing League, is right behind him.
What a family story. Both the older and younger people of Vail are very proud of them.
Editor’s Note: In a continued effort to help the community understand its roots, the Vail Daily for a second time is serializing Dick Hauserman’s “The Inventors of Vail.” This is the 136th installment, an excerpt from chapter 15, “The Rich and the Famous.” The book is available at Verbatim Booksellers, The Bookworm of Edwards, Pepi’s Sports, Gorsuch Ltd. and The Rucksack, as well as other retailers throughout the valley. Hauserman can be contacted by phone at 926-2895 or by mail at P.O. Box 1410, Edwards CO, 81632.