Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Show Of Support From Many Good Friends

To say I have been a little down in the mouth in light of all that has taken place the last few days would be putting it mildly. On the flip side of that same coin I am so very proud of my friends and family who have taken the time to say something encouraging while trying to cheer me back up.

One such bit of encouragement came in the form of a phone call this afternoon from someone who knows all about taking the good with the bad. What a pleasant surprise it was when I recognized the voice on the other end of the phone which was none other than Bob Bondurant. Yes, Bob follows this blog and not only has he been a close friend for many years but he is a huge fan of Lucky's as well.

Bob mentioned our good friend Hershel McGriff who had just visited his track in Phoenix so he could get in some seat time prior to racing in the upcoming Nascar series one of which will be here at Infineon in a couple weeks. That is the same track where Bob spent the day with us after he invited Will and I to take Lucky out for some testing on our way to the 2007 La Carrera Panamericana.

The main reason Bob called was to tell me to keep my chin up and just put this one behind me and look to the next one. God only knows Bob has had his share of set backs and yet he just kept coming back and setting the bar that much higher and that's exactly what I intend to do.

Speaking of Bob and turning it up, check out this short video Bob asked me to check out. During the 1965 Daytona Bob qualified the 65 Daytona Coupe in second place right behind a Ferrari. It was the same year that the new Mustang was used at almost all major events as the pace car. Also in the race was team mate and friend Dan Gurney in a Lotus Ford. But what's amazing to watch is how Bob passes the Ferrari and leaves him as well as the rest of the field behind in the first big turn. He pulls away so fast I swear it looks like everyone else put on their brakes. Bob and teammate Jo Schlesser went on to destroy the competition as they went on to first overall. Coincidentally production of the GT350 moved to Los Angeles International Airport.

Bob went on to win so many amazing races that you have to read a damn book just to learn about half of them. Shortly after all that took place Bob suffered a major wreck which badly injured his arm after flipping his car eight times. But Bob didn't let that stop his love or involvement in racing. Besides being inducted in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2003, Bob started his driving school and turned in into what is without a doubt the finest driving school found anywhere.

The bottom line for me is that Bob's supportive words of encouragement combined with his "get back on yer horse" mentality are exactly what I feel is needed and none too soon in coming. THANKS BOB!

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