Fun for a Cause
Before this year’s Mac Tools U.S. Nationals we hosted our John Force Racing Summer Car Show at our Brownsburg, Indiana, shop. It was a great event, and once again, fans got to see hundreds of cool muscle cars and hot rods. It was hot on Thursday, but we had fans at the shop starting at noon even though we officially got started at 3 p.m. The crowds that walked through our shop were amazing.
The Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in the biggest race for our team, and putting on the John Force Summer Car Show along with Bill Estes Brownsburg Ford gets the event off to an exciting start. Our fans have donated thousands of cans of food, and we have raised lots of money for Sheltered Wings (an organization that helps abused women and children), so this is a really a great way to go into the race weekend as a winner.
I was out there with all of my drivers, signing autographs and posing for photos. Robert Hight, Mike Neff, Courtney Force, Brittany Force and Bob Tasca III signed for more than two hours, and the fans loved talking with all of us.
We got a lot of help from the Mustang Club of Indianapolis with this event. At the end of the show, I took a photo with all of the club members who helped organize the event. We had hundreds of classic hot rods representing makes and models from Ford, Chevy, Pontiac and Dodge.
In addition to showing off great-looking hot rods, the goal of the John Force Summer Car Show was to build up the food pantry for the Hendricks County Food Bank. For every can of food that was donated, the donator received a raffle ticket and for a chance to win a Sanyo 50-inch big screen TV. The more cans of food a person donated, the more raffle tickets they got. We even gave an award to a special person at the show for the Most Food Given.
The fans who attend the event came from across the country and around the world. We had people here from as far away as New Zealand and Perth, Australia. We worked with the Hendricks County Tourism Department, and if you ever want to come out to Brownsburg, you can get info from Tourhendrickscounty.com (http://www NULL.tourhendrickscounty NULL.com) to make your travel plans or find out about Hendricks County area attractions.
Really, the best part of the day for me was letting fans tour our 150,000-sq-ft shop. We had a number of Funny Cars on display inside the shop, as well as on the mezzanine level museum, which also includes race-worn fire suits, memorabilia and race photographs.
At the end of the day, PPG gave me a killer surfboard painted like my 15X Championship Funny Car. It was a great day, and one that I hope everyone who came out to the shop enjoyed. We’ll be doing our annual Holiday Car Show in Yorba Linda, California, again on December 4, so hopefully we’ll see you all there.