Monday, November 05, 2007
How do you ever thank so many?
With respect to this years La Carrera Panamericana there are so many personalities, all unique in their very special way that I would like to mention so over the next few weeks I will do my best to mention them all a feat that will no doubt be undaunting.
To get things started off I would like to thank Brett Haller of The Unlimited Class for his special friendship and don't forget his awesome photography. Brett is unique in that he utilizes the tools of his trade to shoot photos without making you feel like you need to act a certain way. It quickly becomes apparent that he's a pro when you realize you can be completely at ease when he's shooting weather it's in a crowed room, a busy street or better yet on the podium. Like so many others I shared this adventure with, Bret is without a doubt someone I look forward to keeping a long lasting friendship with for many years to come.
Be sure and click on each of these spectacular shots sent to me by Brett. Brett thank you so much as each one of these will no doubt be burned into my brain for a lifetime to come. While all of your photos are awe inspiring you will never understand how much the one of the head Federally shaking my hand means to me. As you know, he very seldom approached drivers and it was the start of the very last high speed section as I waited my turn to take off. He was busy talking to other Federally along the side of the road as all the cars took off but when he looked up and saw our car he pushed the other officers aside and ran towards me. For a second I thought something was wrong with our car possibly a fire or something. As he ran to my door he stuck his hand out and grabbed mine and in an extremely animated way he asked, "Do you love my country?" I told his I loved him more than I could ever tell him. Then he asked, "Will you ever come back and race again?" I told him I couldn't wait. Then he said, "I have really enjoyed watching you do so well and my country and myself want you to return and we will await your return with pride. Now be safe and finish well." This is just how everyone in Mexico made us feel.