Sophie could fit in Bella's mouth
Hi Blog fans. I hope that everyone had great holidays and a Happy New Year!
I am happy to see 2012 come; things are looking good. In fact, I hope to be able to announce in the next week sponsorship support to be able to run the entire NHRA Full Throttle season.
We had a great Christmas and New Years and we were able to spend enjoying family and friends.
For Christmas, Jessie got a new Apple iPad and that was a huge hit. It’s amazing all the things it can do; I sure wish I had something like that when I was a kid. I remember the first video game that we had at home when I was a kid. Does anyone remember that old game that was so popular, Pong?
Ginger got her mom a new puppy for Christmas, a one-pound mini Terrier named Sophie; this dog was really a fun little dog. The only problem is that we had to ride in the car for five hours with our 100-poundAkita. It was actually funny because the puppy was so small that even Bella did not seem that interested in eating her. That was good because it would have only been one small bite! Speaking of Bella, I had to clean up a heck of a mess the other day when she pulled every bit of stuffing out of her bed. What a mess!
Our good friends Wanda and Craig had a great Boxing Day party on the day after Christmas. Every year she cooks shrimp and grits and I must admit that being a kid from California I would have never imagined liking this and I’m not sure if it’s just the way she makes it but, wow, it tastes like candy!
On New Year’s we went over to our friends Mike and Angie Skinner’s place. They have a super cool barn in the back yard that is part museum, part shop, and then a huge western saloon upstairs. What a great place to celebrate bringing in a new year!
Last weekend Jessie talked me into taking her up to the snow for a quick ski trip again. The good thing was this time we actually had snow to ski on! We just drove up to Winterplace, West Virginia, and met up with my old buddy Tony at the slopes. It was a great day for skiing and I think since it was so warm everyone must have been scared away; we never even had to wait in a single line. It was great! Jessie is really getting good at skiing; she will be ready for the Olympics pretty soon I think.
This past weekend I was honored to accept a spot in the North Carolina Drag Racing Hall of Fame. It was a great induction ceremony and being included in a group like this made it a super deal. I would like to congratulate the entire group of inductees including Ralph Seagraves, Curtis Smith and Tommy Mauney. My old IHRA friend Satch Gragg was my presenter into the hall.
Thanks to Steve Earwood, Jim Turner, and the entire NC Hall of Fame group for organizing this event.
One of the fans at the Hall of Fame ceremony had me sign one of the old Finish Line collectors cards from 1992. I thought that was pretty cool and I actually thought that I still look the same but Ginger reminded me that my hair looked more like Daniel Boone back then. Very funny! I guess less hair on my head now and more hair in other places that we don't care to mention.
Things are going good here at the Doug Herbert Performance Center. We ran a street 454 small block Chevy on the dyno the other day. This thing was a stump puller! It made 620 horsepower at 6,000 rpm on pump gas; I would like to have one of these in a street car of my own. Good thing that we can build more here at the shop.
Hope to be able to let everyone know about my 2012 racing plans very soon!
Until then, be good.
Jessie finishing off the tree decor
Hi blog fans. I hope everyone is in the mood for the holidays and I would like to wish everyone Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I am looking forward to a great 2012 and hope to have some good news about racing really soon. Ginger, Jessie and I had fun decorating the Christmas tree and putting some holiday cheer into our house and at the Doug Herbert Performance Center.
My buddies from GM invited me to take a ride in a new 2012 ZL-1 supercharged Camaro -- what a car! They actually had a tour to road test the cars so they took a caravan of ZL-1 Camaro's and took about a 1,000 mile trip from Detroit down through the South East and then back to put a few miles on the cars and get them ready to get out into the public.
This month was also the Annual Stocks for Tots show in Mooresville. All of the racing community get together to help make Christmas better for kids that might not have a Christmas present, it's a great thing and always a fun event. Many thanks to Don Miller for working so hard to put this event on each year. For some reason they always stick the drag racers in one corner so I had a great time talking with my buddies Greg Anderson and Jason Line. My neighbor on the other side was ARCA racer Leilani Munter. It was a great time, thanks to everyone that participated to help the kids.
Besides the regular day to day stuff Jessie and I have bowled a few games, she is actually really getting good and generally whips me when we play.
Bella continues to grow; she just turned 1 year old and has just hit 100 pounds. What a great dog! She does eat a lot though, that causes quite a bit of extra work for me in the yard too, if you know what I mean. Oh and if you are sitting around during the holidays looking for a good movie try to find the move called Hachi, a dogs tale. It's a great movie starring Richard Gere about life stories that features an Akita dog and is based on a true story.
The temp here in Charlotte has been really nice for a December but the warm weather did not deter Jessie from wanting to make a visit to the mountains and try out the slopes. I passed on the skiing since it looked a little to muddy but Jessie and her friend Olivia still had a great time at Sugar Mountain.
On our way home we passed a Cheese factory and I had to check it out. It was the only place besides Wisconsin that I have found real cheese curds and they are great to eat!
The BRAKES teen safe driving school has really been going great. This year we trained over 1,500 teens how to be safer and more responsible behind the wheel. In 2012 we are planning to double that and train over 3,000 teens!
The school is no cost to teens and families thanks to the support that we have from great companies like the NHRA. If you have a teen or you are a teen be sure to visit the BRAKES web site and sign up: www.putonthebrakes.org
Speaking of BRAKES, last week the Ingersoll rand corporation made a great donation that will allow us to put at least an extra 100 teens through the school in 2012. Thanks Ingersoll Rand! They invited us up to the headquarters in Davidson, N.C., just up the road from my shop for a check presentation and wow was I impressed! Did you know that Ingersoll Rand not only makes tools and air compressors but they make the Club Car gold carts and Trane air conditioners in addition to many other products, it was a great visit. Please be sure to support the companies like Ingersoll Rand because they are making a difference in our communities.
One last thing. I saw the funniest road sign a few days ago. Have you ever seen one that said "Goose Crossing" -- what a crack up!
This past week we also had the pleasure of hosting Chris Lafferty and his crew for a segment of his show on the Fox sports channel that will air next month. Be sure to keep an eye on the listings in your area for the show.
Thanks for all your support the fans of the NHRA drag racing family are great and I am really proud to be part of it. I hope to be able to make an announcement about racing in 2012 very soon, until then be good and Happy Holidays!
Our Halloween party
I would like to congratulate the new 2011 NHRA Full Throttle champions! Del Worsham actually won the 1992 IHRA Championship in Funny Car, the same year that I won my first of four IHRA championships in Top Fuel. Great job by Del and the team. Also wonderfull to see the incredible points battle this year in Funny Car; great job by Matt Hagen, Tommy DeLago and team for their win, too.
Since my last blog update quite a few things have happened, so let me try to get you up to date!
Ginger, Jessie, Bella and I took a nice trip to the local Blue Ridge Mountains and visited Grandfather Mountain. What a great place and incredible natural monument. Bella did not really like walking across the mile-high bridge though.
On Halloween we had a few friends over for a fun party and costume contest.One of the best costumes was our friends Ken and Susan that dressed up as huge Doug Herbert fans!
Ginger competed in the Mrs. North Carolina pageant. The contest got down to the final two women and then they announced that they had a tie! Anyways the tie did not work out the way that we had hoped and Ginger was first runner-up for Mrs. North Carolina. I was really proud of her and she looked great as Mrs. Cabarrus County.
I was invited to the brand new Boeing factory in Charleston, S.C. They had a friends and family day to celebrate the opening of the brand new factory where the new all-composite 787 Dreamliner aircraft will be built. It was absolutely amazing to see the assembly line and how the plane goes through production, starting from the smallest parts and then assembling the bigger modules and finally into the biggest hanger where the final assembly on the plane is done. It makes me proud to know that we have such an impressive factory that builds the world’s leading-edge technically advanced aircraft right here in the Carolinas. They actually have a modified 747 Jumbo jet, the Dreamlifter that transfers some of the biggest parts between the various Boeing factories, it is unbelievable that something so huge will actually fly! My only disappointment was that I did not get a chance to fly one, but my buddy Dave at Boeing did send me home with a new 787 Dreamliner leather jacket and I will wear it proudly!
At Doug Herbert Performance we are having a special customer appreciation day for "Black Friday," the day after Thanksgiving. We are giving away a FREE Doug Herbert t- shirt to every customer and fan that comes in to visit the shop. No purchase necessary for this special offer. Just come by and get a free shirt on Black Friday. Our shop is really convenient if you are in the Charlotte area. We are less than a mile from the Charlotte Motor Speedway and the ZMax Drag way and just a couple miles away from the great Concord Mills mall, so come by and say hi and pick up a free t-shirt.
I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. I hope that you are able to enjoy the holiday with family and friends.
Until next time, be good and I hope to be able to announce some good news for the 2012 season really soon.
My birthday gift
Hello blog fans. First of all I want to send my sincere condolences to Dan Wheldon’s family; our racing family lost another champion much too soon. Rest in peace, Dan.
To update everyone since my last blog entry, I am still working hard to find the sponsor support to get out the NHRA races and run the Top Fuel dragster that I have sitting here! In fact I have two race-ready cars, a race transporter, a hospitality transporter, and a souvenir rig and we are ready to go racing. I have a couple of irons in the fire right now that would enable us to get back to the track. One thing for sure is that the first place to know about me finding a sponsor would be all my friends at NHRA and my blog readers!
A couple weeks ago I took Jessie and our friends Wanda and Ally up to Maggie Valley, N.C., to see our pal Hoss Howard and his band perform at Stingrays. It was a great show and what a nice place Maggie Valley is. Hoss is actually getting some songs recorded by some of the top artists so keep your eye out for him to bust onto the scene big time.
Last week I had a chance to join the North Carolina State troopers out at the Cleveland country fair. They had a great display with several of the old patrol vehicles that they used back in the 1950s and 60s. Our friend “Fergo,” Officer Ferguson, was sure to help us get the word out about B.R.A.K.E.S. and what we are doing to keep our teens safe on the roads. The had a very sobering display of car keys that were taken from accident scenes that had a teen fatality. They called the board “the last place your keys hang” and, wow, it really makes you think about the 6,000 teens that lose their lives each year in auto accidents.
Unfortunately I missed the race this past weekend in Phoenix but luckily for me I still got a bit of a racing fix since the NASCAR guys were racing here in Charlotte. The racing in town actually help bring in quite a bit of walk in traffic to the Doug Herbert Performance Center that is in a great location just across the street from the speedway and ZMax Dragway.
My birthday was just a couple weeks ago and one of the best birthday gifts I received was from my buddy Jason, Stoker Ace Kid in Idaho. A signed Cam Newton authentic jersey -- very cool! Thanks Jason!
Yesterday Kyle Petty and Dianne Baldwin invited me to go on the “Ride to Victory” fundraiser ride for Kyle’s charity Victory Junction Camp. It was a great ride up through the North Carolina mountains and the Lake Lure/ Chimney Rock area, ending up at the Ashville Harley Davidson dealer. Kyle has done great things with Victory Junction in memory of his son Adam. I am lucky to call him a friend and really happy to be able to help him with Victory.
Ginger is hard at work getting ready for the Mrs. North Carolina pageant this Saturday! I am excited and I know I am slightly biased but I think she is a shoo-in!
Until next time.