Racers Do Their Part
Make-A-Wish grants the
wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to
enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Drag
Racers are just some of special people who have helped the Foundation
succeed in granting the heartfelt wishes of children. The Make-A-Wish
Foundation® is able to share the power of a wish® thanks
to people like these.
Wearing the Simpson
Make-A-Wish helmet (signed by all the top drivers at the event),
Bob Muravez fires up the Western Hoist Special Nostalgia Top
Fuel Dragster at the California Hot Rod Reunion on October 4,
At the same event, wearing another (Bell) Make-A
Wish helmet, Mike Boyd made two 200 MPH runs in Mousie Marcellis'
"Winged Express" AA/Fuel Altered. The helmet visor
is lettered "We Love The Kids".
(event organizer) and Jim Davis get ready to kick off the very
special day held at Fuddruckers (upscale hamburbers etc.) in
Lake Forest, CA, It was a charity car show fund raiser for the
OC Rescue Mission's Village of Hope. The Village of Hope provides
assistance to battered women and the homeless. The Make-A-Wish
kids were their special guests.
Gavyn Bailey, wearing his new helmet,
tries out the seat of the Winged Express -- he liked it, a lot!
Gavyn drives, Mousie watches.
Jim Davis helps Gavyn sign his
name to the helmet that would go to Andy, one of the other boys.
Then Gavyn, with Mike Boyd, signs
the helmet Mike wore and he (Gavin) would receive.
Gavyn hams it up with Jim Davis
and Mousie Marcellis
Gavyn looks quite small standing
in the seat of the Johnson Family Jr. Fuel dragster.
Jack Spraggins, Mike Boyd,
and Gavyn Bailey in front of the Winged Express.
looks over all the autographs on Andy's new helmet.
Jim Greer and 1010TV.com
was on hand to video tape the entire event. Here they tape an
interview between Jim and Bob Muravez.
Gavyn, holding 1010TV's
boom mic, chatting with Mike Boyd while Mousie looks on.
The third boy, Andrew
"Andy" Smith gets his turn in the seat of the Winged
mom helps him sign Simpson helmet he would receive.
Bob Muravez explains the cockpit
of a dragster to Andy.
did his best getting Andy to wear his new helmet. He even showed
Andy how it fits but to now avail. Andy didn't want to wear the
helmet. I think he was overwhelmed with all the attention he
was getting. In the background is Bob's wife and Ronnie Rapp
with his dog.
Speaking of Ronnie Rapp
and his dog, here they visit with Dennis Prater who had his beautiful
S&H Top Fuel dragster on display for the kids.
On behalf of the Orange County
Rescue Mission, Monika Gilbert (the event organizer), and myself
I have to say thank you to some pretty special people for helping
to make this event special for three very special little boys.
Those who made this special day
Bill Pitts, Dennis Prater, Don Prieto, Ron and Kol Johnson for
bringing your cars, their presence, as well as yours really helped
make the day.
Bob Muravez and Mike Boyd who
wore the helmets at the California Hot Rod Reunion, and then
had them signed by the T/F teams a very special thank you is
due. For being there Saturday to present the helmets to the Make-A-Wish
kids really made the day. For me, as well as those kids, and
I sure for each of you, it is a memory that will never go away.
Also, the stuffed animals that Mike and his wife brought, as
well as the T-shits that Mousie and Bob brought got super smiles.
Walter and Charles Huff, the
badges were really special and the kids loved them.
Robert Briggs who was there taking
pictures all day.
Jim Greer from 1010tv was there
and said that some of the event will be on the net at some point.
Those interested might keep an eye open for it. So thank you
Carol, the little flags were
a hit with lots of kids. To Ken Kull your T-shits got lots of
smiles, the kids thought they were neat. To Darielle, the hero
cards were great. To Ronnie Rapp thanks for bringing the hats,
tire gauges, and trading cards for the crowd. Oh, somehow I think
that John Ewald also had a hand in that.
John & Don Ewald and George
Crittenden are letting the kids view their websites. Jim Murphy
for creating a special page on his site (www.ww2racing.com) just
Last but not least, all the crew
members who attended and helped make this a very special day.
Your effort are very much appreciated!
My own personal philosophy aside,
I think Fred Vosk said it very well when he indicated that helping
others is a way to help the image of drag racers. So to this
entire group and the special folks mentioned above THANK YOU
ALL! I sincerely hope we can do more things like this in the
Dr. Jim Davis
Racers Day 2004
Copyright © Ewald Ent. 2003. All Rights Reserved.