Charles Irish became involved in racing in the late 1940’s, crewing for his younger brother Dick in a Siata Gran Sport, in endurance races at Vero Beach and Sebring. After being seriously injured in the Korean War, he tried driving race cars but was limited by his loss of depth perception and his brain injury. He entered his Kieft-Norton Formula III in a few races including Brynfyn Tyddyn (in Pennsylvania) and the Akron Airport sports car race of 1954. He was one of the founders of the Cleveland Sport Car Club (CSCC), which pre-dated SCCA in Ohio by over a year. Dick Gent, Dick Irish & Charles Irish used the CSCC as a method of building membership to create NEOhio Region for SCCA. Charles F. Irish, Jr. was one of three signers of NEOHIO Region’s original charter.