This holiday season—tell them thanks.
I'm not a racer, I'm a hobbyist, but I would like to mention that I'm thankful for meeting Mike Shaver!
Mike Shaver (retired) had a passionate hobby of racing cars and participated in the NHRA Winternationals and various other racing events in the early 70's.
I met Mike on the internet when he was selling his custom built 1955 Chevy that he built for his wife. I never bought his car but I noticed he had an engaging passion with experience you can never beat but catch up to when answering my questions about his build.
Two years had passed and I started looking for the '55 Chevy I never bought so I reached out to Mike and he agreed to help me find one and make an informed decision while shopping and with Mike's help I finally found a '55 that was built and stocked as the best value.
Since taking delivery of the '55 Chevy, Mike has given me his guidance and attention to detail responses anywhere from general basic questions to detailed scientific answers on gear ratios or launch ratio theories.
I'm truly grateful and thankful for Mike's selflessness and honesty and call him a true friend. One day I'll meet Mike and let him test drive the '55 Chevy he helped me buy and customize without costing him money but only his willingness to help a fellow hobbyist!
There's a saying that an honest salesman is worth his weight in gold; Mike is that person and more!
Jordan's dad's inspiring story of success through challenges and triumphs.
Everything he's done along the way gives me something to shoot for.
18 years later, and now he is doing the same thing for my son.
He has worked incredibly hard to build our automotive business the community can trust and gives back every chance he has.
I have grown to love and respect this man for his knowledge and wisdom and helping me complete my project.
He is a selfless individual that would give a complete stranger the shirt off his back.
It was the closest we have been since childhood.
The Stuchl Family taught me how to do all my own car work.
As a race car driver, the best part about racing is interacting with the race fans.
Bree tells us who sparked her racing career.
I can count on my dad to be a shoulder to lean on, a teacher to learn from, and a best friend to live out my dreams with.
She understood that project meant a lot to me and she wouldn't let me quit on it.
Frank Galusha talks about the legendary influence on his racing career.
Not only is Brian is one of the most decorated car builders, but he is extremely giving and full of life.
I'm thankful for my dad. I'm thankful for him for many reasons and getting me involved in this industry is just one of them.
Jess Gasper, of Speedway Motors' marketing department, shares how a Model A project brought lifelong friendship and a way through grief.
Ken was there from day one. They both enjoyed the shop banter and Ken became a rock that George could lean on.
I am thankful that my dad taught me everything I know when it comes to cars, and to never doubt myself.
Tim Matthews, curator of the Museum of American Speed, talk about his great uncle Jim's life-changing generosity.
By day he, he was the gentle giant managing the Mitchell concrete plant. By night, he was one tough cookie.
His single most important achievement, however, is the rapport that he had with his fellow man.
Working on the car never felt like a chore, at least not when we were working with dad.
The Nebraska racing community has provided entertainment and friendship that will be with me my whole life.
But most of all, we were best friends. We were the "real" street outlaws before there were Street Outlaws on TV.