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Road To Gratitude

There's  family you're born with, and  family you build with.

This holiday season—tell them thanks.

Our sweepstakes submission period has ended.


Merry Christmas and Warm Wishes to everyone for sharing your stories of gratitude. You spread cheer across the world, though from reading your stories, there's already a lot going around.

We loved hearing from you and reminding ourselves of the mentors and friends who help us live better lives. We all start somewhere, and it's good to thank the people who have shown us how it's done.

Our lucky (and inspirational) winner exemplifies passing on the automotive tradition simply for the love of it. There's a reason everyone says it's their passion!
CONGRATULATIONS to the Road to Gratitude Sweepstakes winner: Mike Shaver, whose selflessness and honesty helped Rick Palacios purchase and build a '55 Chevy.
Rick said, "I'm truly grateful and thankful for Mike's selflessness and honesty and call him a true friend. There's a saying that an honest salesman is worth his weight in gold; Mike is that person and more!"

Read Rick's nomination of Mike Shaver below!

Thanks again for your stories! Keep building, pass it on, and Merry Christmas.


Mike Shaver
Pictured above: Mike Shaver driving at the Winternationals "a long, long time ago." Behind the car, you can spot Wally Parks, the founder of NHRA and the namesake of the "Wally" trophy. Also on the starting line is Buster Couch, longtime official NHRA National Event starter.

Rick's nomination of Mike:

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!
Above: "The one that got away." Mike's '55 Chevy that Rick inquired about, but didn't purchase. The car that brought these two friends together.
Above: The '55 Chevy that Rick eventually bought and customized with Mike's help.

THAT'S what it's all about!

Real life car stories about work, passion, and what cars mean to all of us.
Video - Jordan's Story

With Everything Going Against Him

Jordan's dad's inspiring story of success through challenges and triumphs.

Jordan's Story

What's my excuse?

Everything he's done along the way gives me something to shoot for.

Dan - Megan's story

He has been my number one fan since day one

18 years later, and now he is doing the same thing for my son.

Russ - Crystal's story

My husband is my hero

He has worked incredibly hard to build our automotive business the community can trust and gives back every chance he has.

Elmer - Don's story

I am amazed by his talent

I have grown to love and respect this man for his knowledge and wisdom and helping me complete my project.

Ed - Tim's story

Through his mentoring and Guidance, I developed such a deep love for cars

He is a selfless individual that would give a complete stranger the shirt off his back.

DJ's story

'66 El Camino LS Swap

It was the closest we have been since childhood.

Annee's story

They took me under their wings

The Stuchl Family taught me how to do all my own car work.

Austin's story

One thing that never changes is the race fans

As a race car driver, the best part about racing is interacting with the race fans.

Video - Breanna's Story

The whole reason I'm racing is my dad

Bree tells us who sparked her racing career.

Doug - Bree's Story

ready to tackle it at full force

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.

Tyson's story

At some point, everyone loses their motivation to continue

She understood that project meant a lot to me and she wouldn't let me quit on it.

Video - Frank's Story

You had to have a Schnee

Frank Galusha talks about the legendary influence on his racing career.

Brian - Frank's Story

He's an icon and a legend

Not only is Brian is one of the most decorated car builders, but he is extremely giving and full of life.

Alanna's story

I'm all in and I owe my dad 100%

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.

Video - Jess's Story

They're good men

Jess Gasper, of Speedway Motors' marketing department, shares how a Model A project brought lifelong friendship and a way through grief.

Ken - Jess's Story

IT's a process

Ken was there from day one. They both enjoyed the shop banter and Ken became a rock that George could lean on.

Tyson's story

Thankful for my family

I am thankful that my dad taught me everything I know when it comes to cars, and to never doubt myself.

Video - Tim's Story

He was "larger than life"

Tim Matthews, curator of the Museum of American Speed, talk about his great uncle Jim's life-changing generosity.

Big Heavy - Tim's Story

"Big Heavy" was a hero

By day he, he was the gentle giant managing the Mitchell concrete plant. By night, he was one tough cookie.

He Could Take Brando - Tim's Story

He could take brando in a back alley brawl

His single most important achievement, however, is the rapport that he had with his fellow man.

Carol's story

Learning the art of wax on, wax off

Working on the car never felt like a chore, at least not when we were working with dad.

Jason's story

Nothing like Nebraska Racing

The Nebraska racing community has provided entertainment and friendship that will be with me my whole life.

Steve's story

We were like brothers

But most of all, we were best friends. We were the "real" street outlaws before there were Street Outlaws on TV.