If you hadn’t noticed, I’ve shifted towards more storytelling here lately. I’m trying to post more often; working on my gearhead autobiography.
The longer we do things, the more our tastes change. Sometimes we lose interest things we once swore we’d never give up. (I miss you, Daisy, wherever you are these days.) Sometimes we look back on past mistakes and feel the sting of hindsight. Hey. Some days are better than others.
One of the reasons I’m sharing my own story here is because I’ve been working on GBXM for over six years now and I’m not interested in this being another pop culture buzzfest time suck. It’s selfish, really. How much time have we collectively spent standing around in parking lots making small talk? How many people have come into our lives, only to vanish into the periphery without our ever really getting to know each other?
Cars are neat. Believe me. I know this. I live it everyday – just like you. But I’ve gotten to know more cars than gearheads. And, of the gearheads I have met, most are content to continue the status quo. Go to work. Pay bills. Buy car parts. Maybe cruise or race or show off one weekend a month. That’s fine with me, but I really want to meet – and work with – gearheads who want something more from life; lives built on the pursuit of passion. Next level gearheads, I call them.
11 years later
2015 marks the 11th consecutive year I’ve gone to the Prescott Rally. I’ve been a courseworker, crew chief, team captain, and media. This year, at least three people I’ve interviewed for GBXM – and never met in person – will be there. And I’m probably going to miss them.
- Ryan Scott, who inspired me with the Rally Team for Dreams story, continues to inspire.
- Eric Wales, fervent NRS supporter and all around good guy, also inspires me.
- Brad Norris, one of our first interviews in 2010, is even coming out.
I hope I spy these guys in the Prescottonian parking lot at some point during my super short time in Prescott this year. I really do.
Long time friends, now family, who initially introduced me to stage rally at Prescott in 2004, Kris and Christine Marciniak, are not racing this year. Kris is now NASA Rallysport Western Region Director and will be attending Prescott in an official NRS capacity. Christine is turbocharging her Ph.D. and has class Friday, so she’s flying into Phoenix Friday night.
Christine and Echo are on the same flight in from LA Friday night. I’m picking them up around 830PM and we’re headed north to Prescott.
Saturday night, Echo and I are camping somewhere in the Petrified National Forest, some three hours northeast of Prescott.
I don’t know where I’m sleeping Friday night. Could be a floor in a hotel room in Prescott. Could be the back of my truck in a hotel parking lot, Could be “the spot” in the woods on the Mogollon Rim, en route to the national park. I truly have no idea how the hours between 10PM Friday night and dawn Saturday morning will play out.
And I couldn’t be more excited.
Continuing on with my new, more blogger-style content strategy for this site, you can expect to hear how it went when I get back.
Until then, keep going fast with class.
Press on regardless.