Jessie finishing off the tree decor
Hi blog fans. I hope everyone is in the mood for the holidays and I would like to wish everyone Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I am looking forward to a great 2012 and hope to have some good news about racing really soon. Ginger, Jessie and I had fun decorating the Christmas tree and putting some holiday cheer into our house and at the Doug Herbert Performance Center.
My buddies from GM invited me to take a ride in a new 2012 ZL-1 supercharged Camaro -- what a car! They actually had a tour to road test the cars so they took a caravan of ZL-1 Camaro's and took about a 1,000 mile trip from Detroit down through the South East and then back to put a few miles on the cars and get them ready to get out into the public.
This month was also the Annual Stocks for Tots show in Mooresville. All of the racing community get together to help make Christmas better for kids that might not have a Christmas present, it's a great thing and always a fun event. Many thanks to Don Miller for working so hard to put this event on each year. For some reason they always stick the drag racers in one corner so I had a great time talking with my buddies Greg Anderson and Jason Line. My neighbor on the other side was ARCA racer Leilani Munter. It was a great time, thanks to everyone that participated to help the kids.
Besides the regular day to day stuff Jessie and I have bowled a few games, she is actually really getting good and generally whips me when we play.
Bella continues to grow; she just turned 1 year old and has just hit 100 pounds. What a great dog! She does eat a lot though, that causes quite a bit of extra work for me in the yard too, if you know what I mean. Oh and if you are sitting around during the holidays looking for a good movie try to find the move called Hachi, a dogs tale. It's a great movie starring Richard Gere about life stories that features an Akita dog and is based on a true story.
The temp here in Charlotte has been really nice for a December but the warm weather did not deter Jessie from wanting to make a visit to the mountains and try out the slopes. I passed on the skiing since it looked a little to muddy but Jessie and her friend Olivia still had a great time at Sugar Mountain.
On our way home we passed a Cheese factory and I had to check it out. It was the only place besides Wisconsin that I have found real cheese curds and they are great to eat!
The BRAKES teen safe driving school has really been going great. This year we trained over 1,500 teens how to be safer and more responsible behind the wheel. In 2012 we are planning to double that and train over 3,000 teens!
The school is no cost to teens and families thanks to the support that we have from great companies like the NHRA. If you have a teen or you are a teen be sure to visit the BRAKES web site and sign up: www.putonthebrakes.org
Speaking of BRAKES, last week the Ingersoll rand corporation made a great donation that will allow us to put at least an extra 100 teens through the school in 2012. Thanks Ingersoll Rand! They invited us up to the headquarters in Davidson, N.C., just up the road from my shop for a check presentation and wow was I impressed! Did you know that Ingersoll Rand not only makes tools and air compressors but they make the Club Car gold carts and Trane air conditioners in addition to many other products, it was a great visit. Please be sure to support the companies like Ingersoll Rand because they are making a difference in our communities.
One last thing. I saw the funniest road sign a few days ago. Have you ever seen one that said "Goose Crossing" -- what a crack up!
This past week we also had the pleasure of hosting Chris Lafferty and his crew for a segment of his show on the Fox sports channel that will air next month. Be sure to keep an eye on the listings in your area for the show.
Thanks for all your support the fans of the NHRA drag racing family are great and I am really proud to be part of it. I hope to be able to make an announcement about racing in 2012 very soon, until then be good and Happy Holidays!