Thursday, July 28, 2016

Happy Birthday Vaughn

I wanted to take a moment to say Happy Birthday to my youngest son Vaughn. Vaughn gets mentioned here quite a bit because he shares the "motorhead disease" on par with the absolute best of them. In addition to being an awesome kid he has a knowledge, eye and gearhead taste that genuinely far exceeds all but the most seasoned grown up "car guys." All my kids are genuinely incredible but having one kid who truly shares my motorcycle/car passion has been a blast. Vaughn has been the kind of guy that looks as much under the cars as at cars when at car shows since he was litterally like two years old. No joke, I heard him politely correct a Ferrari collector's Enzo factoid at a super high dollar "Concourse de Excellence" show last year. Pretty funny moment

Vaughn has been completely convinced basically since birth that he will be a professional driver one day (think F1 not chauffeur). Given his drive to race and my inability to fund an F1 campaign Vaughn elected recently to begin racing BMX, a sport I was also very involved in growing up. BMX is fun but it's tough too. Racing is a little scary. The success or failure is all on you and you alone. Modern tracks are pretty hairy. Start hills, berms, jumps, crashing, it can all be a little intimidating. No try doing it as fas as you can. A lot of kids can't hack it and the learning curve is significant for those that can. Vaughn has been racing less than a month and I couldn't be prouder of his progress so far.

Happy Birthday kid! The 11 years so far have been a blast and Mom & I are incredibly lucky to have such a cool kid. I couldn't be prouder of you!

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