Originally from Danbury, Connecticut, Jay has lived in the Seattle area for the past twenty years. He began studying motor sport history in high school and worked for his father in a VW-Audi dealership. He has been a fan of Porsche and the 917 ever since seeing Steve McQueen’s film Le Mans as a youngster. After graduating from the University of Connecticut, Jay spent nearly 30 years in the corporate relocation industry before retiring at the end of 2016. He’s a musician and songwriter with self-produced albums available at CDBaby.com/jaygillotti.
Jay was a contributor to motorsport-related books by Michael Keyser (A French Kiss with Death), Christopher Hilton (1982), Brian Redman (Daring Drivers, Deadly Tracks) and Ryan Snodgrass (Turbo 3.0). He is a Porsche Club of America member and contributor to the PCA magazine, Panorama. He has moderated presentations by Brian Redman, John Horsman and Vic Elford for the Porsche Club. Gulf 917 is the result of three decades and more spent researching and gathering information on the Porsche 917, the golden age of sports car racing and the work of JW Automotive Engineering.
Jay and his wife, Debbi, live near the shores of Lake Washington and enjoy looking after three adorable Siamese-Balinese cats.