Forget the ties and socks gifts! I was never into that, but deep down I do love an adrenaline fix now and then…
Guys, remember when we were kids and we did wheelies on our bikes and rode with no hands? That’s where it all started for me!
Growing up on a 40 acre raspberry farm had its perks! I was driving tractor by 6 years old and knew how to drive everything. True story—at age 12, I was stopped by the cops driving my dad’s dump truck on the road—no ticket was given, but I was so glad I had not been caught driving one of our 3 school buses used to haul pickers!
For me, the “speed thing” started all at the ripe old age of 12. I bought my first motorcycle and one day complained to my dad, “I have tried so many times but can’t seem to get it to go over 100 miles per hour!” Say goodbye to that bike!
Learning basic mechanics on the farm and now with no motorcycle, from age 13 to 18, I started my first project car—a Hot Rod 1938 Chev Coupe with a custom built screaming 327 engine and a 4 speed Hurst shifter, 4:11 posi rear end and big wide tires. Wow! I still remember that first big smokey burn out—sidestepping the clutch at 7000 rpm—hold on—hey, I think the front wheels are off the ground!!
At 19 years old, I got my private pilot license—lots of adrenaline there especially when I crashed the plane! The good part was God was not finished with me yet! It wasn’t time to take a dirt nap. What’s next???
Got married at 25 (that’s another adventure in itself). By 27, I thought it would be fun to own a boat. Ah my first boat! It wasn’t quite what Marlene was expecting—a Cougar flat bottom drag boat with a High Horsepower 8000 rpm 454 cubic inch engine, a tunnel ram with two 270 double pumper 4 barrels and big chrome headers. I raced it for 5 years, running a 10 second quarter mile (120-130 mph on water was a good feeling for me).
Then came Jared, and I needed to teach him basic life skills, driving our lawn tractor, quading and doing wheelies, learning to slalom water ski, bare foot, wake board, sky ski, then motor cycling and snowboarding…
So dads, Happy
Father’s Day! Plan a day filled with