Wednesday, November 22, 2006

So much to be thankful for.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and boy do I have lots to be thankful about. Besides all the great things in life that I sincerely appreciate, those being my family, health, work, and church there is our new (and first) grandson which we will be taking to visit his great grandmother. I don't know who is more excited, me or my mother?

By this time next year we will have returned back to the United States from having competed in the La Carrera Panamericana, a dream come true and an adventure all of us are looking forward too. So much history, tradition and FUN! I am so thankful that my son will be coming along to share the adventure with his old man, hopefully one he will remember many years after I'm long gone and one he can share with his children. I am also grateful to have such a good friend who has been such a support in this entire endeavor. Jon's support and equal excitement has been more than any friend could ask for.

In the meantime the car is coming along amazingly well during it's reincarnation. I asked my body man to remove the entire trunk floor to get a better look at the frame rails and it's a good thing we did. They "may" have been alright for the average Joe but this car is not going places where average Joes go. For that matter no average Joe has the kind of horsepower this GT350 is going to have. The new frame rails will be here early next week and the last floor pan will be finished and then it will be off to the shop to have an new full roll cage installed.

On another note, I just got off the phone a little while ago with La Carrera Panamericana North American Director Gerie Beldso and had a great time listening to him share all that went on over the last few weeks done in Mexico. One of the biggest upsets in the last 19 years of this race is the fact that a FORD in a lower class ended up beating the high dollar race cars. For years it has been extremely well set up Studebaker's complete with Winston Cup engines with excess of 850 horsepower and elaborate suspension systems that have dominated this race. They have clearly been the favorites to win but this year the little Ford with a smaller engine became somewhat of a folk hero when people began asking, "Could this little car really beat those big boys with the rich toys?" And now it's in the record books and it's all very exciting. Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the La Carrera Panamericana since it has began running again and we are hoping to make that anniversary proud with another winner powered by FORD. Just possibly we will have even more to be thankful for next year.

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