Now that the holidays are done, maybe we can get back to racing? I sure hope so.
I guess it’s that time of year to reflect on what the previous year brought us and hoping for the next. It has been a busy year around here both in terms of Drag Racing Edge and my business, DRC Race Products. It always seems like there’s something which needs to be done and I really wouldn’t want it any other way.
Of course, 2018 brought about some good and bad things. I find the older I get, it takes a whole lot of something to really get me excited. One of the things which got me going was winning Super Stock at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. I don’t get a chance to race that often, having only done it four times last year, but I still enjoy every minute; or should I say every second of it. Usually my kids are the ones wheeling the cars and while there is a certain satisfaction of seeing them race, I am jealous.
The only downer of that Norwalk weekend was losing my friend and racing partner who was admitted to the hospital with complications and passed away a week later. It was also that week when I lost another good friend and engine builder, Tony Feil. Tony and I have worked together for over 40 years and we always enjoyed talking engines and other things. You can read about both in my column, “Forever In My Heart,” https://dragracingedge.com/columns/forever-in-my-heart/.
Let’s also not forget the loss of the “Goose,” Tom McEwen. I’ve really only known him for the last ten years or so but I was always impressed when he’d call and just want to know if I was alright and if I needed anything in general. I always thought “Who am I that this great icon of the sport would call me and care about what I needed?” It made me feel special, but with his passing I’d hear of the same stories told by everyone. Not that it made me feel any less special but that was just what he did. He cared.
We also lost a number of other greats of our sport and I guess it just proves, no one gets out of this life alive. But 2018 also had some great highs, the least of which starts with the changes in our great nation. I’m not sure what or why, but it appears as if the economy is on the rise and that’s a good thing. In a recent trip I paid less than $2 a gallon for gasoline and I think it’s been a lot of years since that’s happened. I don’t get to see who subscribes to our magazine, Drag Racing Edge, but I know there’s been a big uptick in subscribers the past six months or so, for that I thank each and every one of you.
Enough of all of that, time to look forward and hoping for an even better 2019. Let’s go racing!