My last race...a little different from the bar scene...

Jobe Wednesday, 8/4/2010

Right after I built my track I had a thought about taking it to my local children's hospital, it's just blocks away from my house.
After a couple of months my wife and I got a contact at the hospital and had a meeting about taking my track to them.
We were met with excitement and enthusiasm and was quickly booked for the following Friday afternoon.

Dell Children's Hospital is a top of the line hospital recently built here in Austin. The kids range from 3-16 and can be dealing with minor injuries from a car accident to cancer. I had one of my good friends Marc come along to help me out since I couldn't bring my oldest son (can't bring in anyone under 16). We had a blast, the kids had alot of fun and we got alot of great feedback from the nurses and parents. I brought a bag of about 75 cars still new in the package and let each kid pick 2 to race and play with...and then keep. I set up my drag track and also all of my misc. track, launchers, loops etc. for them to just play with on the floor. Didn't do any kind of formal racing as the kids were kind of coming and going, and we wanted to keep it fun. Went though 60 cars in an hour! After my time they provided dinner and then watched Cars on the big screen.

Just thought I would share with you guys, not trying to toot my own horn or anything. I've been invited back anytime I want to come, so I'm planning on making this a pretty regular event...just need to stock up on cars!

I couldn't take any photos per hospital policy, but the smiles on the kids faces were all I needed.



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David 8/4/10

Awesome! I'll bet you made their day. Hospitals are not fun places for kids to be and you taking the time to visit with them will leave a lasting impression on many a young mind. Thank you.

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redlinederby 8/4/10
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That's really cool, man. Way to go, I know you made a difference to those kids. And you have every right to toot your own horn. You're an inspiration not only to those kids, but to the rest of us that want to bring a little fun into people's lives.

All your public action - both hospital and the pub - have really gotten me thinking hard about how to approach a few places in town about hosting a drag race. There's a Quaker Steak and Lube in town that I know does a cruise-in every now and then, would be a good spot to try and race. Unfortunately I don't have any ins at any venue/pub in town so it's up to cold calling.

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markkaz 8/7/10

Very cool dude! There are places here in So Cal where they take care
of abused kids. I try to do as many free events for them as possible.

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Jobe 8/7/10

Awesome, glad I'm not the only one out there...glad to hear.

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