Happy New Year!Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Posted by: Doug Herbert, Herbert Performance/BRAKES

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With Colonel Grey from the N.C. Highway Patrol
Hello blog fans. Once again I’m sorry it’s been a while since my last update. I was trying to hold on until I had some really good news to announce. Unfortunately I don’t have that yet but I still have hope for racing full time in 2014 so hang in there with me.

First of all I want to wish everyone a great start to 2014. Happy New Year!

To wrap up the end of 2013 I really had some great things happen. We had an incredible Charity Gala prior to the fall countdown race at ZMax Dragway. It was a great event and if you have a chance to come to the fall ZMax race please join us for the B.R.A.K.E.S. gala, you won’t be sorry that you did.

 One of the best was forming a safe driver partnership with B.R.A.K.ES. and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. To have the endorsement of the State Troopers and Colonel Grey has really brought some great attention to B.R.A.K.E.S. and our mission to keeps teens from getting into car accidents. We had our 1st ever B.R.A.K.E.S. program in our North Carolina State Capitol of Raleigh  at the Highway Patrol training center, they have an incredible facility there and it was a great place to teach teens about responsible driving.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend we held a B.R.A.K.E.S. school at the Pomona Fairplex Auto Club Raceway. It was a good opportunity to visit my Mom and luckily Jessie was able to come along. We had a great time out in So Cal! My Mom took us on the Amtrak train to San Diego to visit the world famous San Diego Zoo. What an incredible place that zoo is! If you ever get a chance to go there don’t miss the opportunity.

The schools at Pomona were great! Several of my racing buddies came by to see us and talk to the teen drivers including Jack Beckman & Jeff Arend. Having them come by to witness the program and talk to the families is really meaningful, not only for me but for the teens and the families and these guys are just great! Jack always has a special way to incorporate some of his personal experiences into a learning lesson and that is always really cool!

We also had the California Highway Patrol join us for the Pomona classes. It’s really good for these guys to come talk to the teens and help them understand the job that they are trying to do on the roads and how to interact with the police when pulled over.

During the final classes of 2013 B.R.AK.E.S. actually trained our 10,000th teen driver. I would have never realized we were going to accomplish this when we started five years ago after Jon and James’ accident, I think we have made them proud.

Every December one of the great things I get a chance to do is to join all my racing friends at the “Stocks for Tots” event. All of the NASCAR and local NHRA racers get together and put a great event on for the fans and to raise money for some of the local children’s charities. This year they put all of the drag racers together and I had a chance to have some great conversations with Jason Line and Greg Anderson. It sounds like they are working really hard to get their KB Racing cars back to their desired form.

Where I live here in Charlotte, N.C.. has been pretty revved up about football and the Carolina Panthers. A couple weeks ago I had a chance to take Jessie to a game and we had a great time! I am not sure if you saw the game on TV but about halfway through the game a torrential rain shower came through and WOW we got wet! The only funny thing during the shower was that where we were sitting we could see a guy just below us that had the unfortunate seat placement right under the storm drain and oh boy did he get wet! I must say he has to be one of the toughest sport fans that I have ever seen he sat under that waterfall for about 30 minutes because he did not want to miss any part of the game, now that is dedication!

Ginger and I had a chance to visit the Carolina Panthers locker room and behind the scenes stuff; wow was that incredible! Thanks to Fed-Ex for the opportunity!

While Jessie and I were at the game she asked if I ever played football and so I had to dig through my pictures to find one of my youth football league photos. I was a handsome little devil! But football was not the sport that I loved, as soon as I was able to get my driver’s license off to the drag strip I went! 

Quick word about our dog, Bella the Akita. She is only 3 years old now but has been diagnosed with meningitis, they have her on medication that they say will get her better but it will take up to 6 months. She is a great dog so we are sure hoping for her to get feeling better.

Please keep your fingers crossed for getting one of these sponsors that we are working on finalized so that we can get back out where we need to be, on the track for the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello season!

I will keep working hard on the sponsor search as well as B.R.A.K.E.S. and here at my shop, Herbert Cams and Performance Parts. I hope to be able to give everyone some good news really soon!