COMING IN 1.06
Every time I reach out to someone for a follow up interview, I wonder what I’m going to get back. Have they made progress on their projects? Have they run into setbacks? I spend so much time working on the magazine, I can’t keep track of everyone.
The neat thing about this is, we all stand to learn a lot from these people either way. If they’ve enjoyed success, we can learn how they made it happen and prolonged the magic. If they’ve fallen on hard times, we can learn the hard lessons too. By sharing our stories, we live vicariously through each other.
Dick Moser is the kind of gearhead you want to be when you grow up. He’s got a list of victories a mile long, he’s self-employed, playing the game of life by his own rules, he’s even been two US presidents’ pilot. And he will smile, genuinely glad to see you again, at the next rally. I don’t get out to as many rallies as I used to. Neither does Dick.
The conversation took a somber tone. Though he’s enjoyed racing alongside his son, Tim Moser, they’d recently sold their highly competitive Volkswagen Golf rally car. It wasn’t an easy decision, either. Said Dick, “Selling the car was an acknowledgement that we weren’t going to rally together any more, at least for some time, and neither of us wanted to deal with that. It had meant too much to us for too long.”
Ouch. That response alone led us to a deeper conversation about why they weren’t going to race together anymore. Without spoiling the story, I would like to mention that one of the factors is Dick’s involvement in a non-profit organization, The Mind Fitness Training Institute.
A Vietnam vet, he told me, “For over ten years we have subjected our armed forces, particularly our ground forces, almost constantly to exposure to levels of stress unlike those in any other war and have done nothing – or nothing that works – to help them deal with it. Military suicide rates have nearly doubled, and the rates of drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence and disorder and psychological problems among veterans have skyrocketed. As someone who has dealt with mild PTSD for nearly 50 years, I have some idea what our military personnel are going through. It’s unconscionable. It’s a national disgrace.”
PROBLEMS ARE NOT SOLVED BY PLACING BLAME
I’ve known Dick for years. He’s played the game by his own rules, paid his dues, and has seat time in all kinds of race cars. He runs his own business and he’s making sacrifices in his personal life in order to make a difference in the lives of soldiers (and law enforcement, and EMTs, and firefighters, and anyone else in high stress, life-or-death work environments). Non-profit startups, as you might imagine, have small, if not non-existent budgets.
Here’s what we talk about in this story:
- rumors he flew Marine 1 (the American President’s helicopter.)
- why he and Tim decided to sell their rally car
- how he remains active in motorsport without a car
- why grassroots, clubman-level motorsport matters
- what involvement in motorsport does for people
- more about Mind Fitness Training Institute
- competitors’ obligation to those who can’t compete
- whether or not he’s going to make it to Prescott this year
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The full story will run in GBXM 1.06, coming the first week of next month (July). We’re trying to grow Gearbox Magazine into the real deal like you’d find on the newsstand, but without the ads. We’d sure appreciate it if you picked up a digital subscription. It’s just US$15/yr and helps us get a little closer to our dream of building something that makes a difference in the lives of gearheads all over the world.