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Dare to make plans for 2021

Episode 344

January 3, 2021

Plans? What plans?

If 2020 has taught me something it’s that plans are made for altering. God mentioned in Proverbs 16:9 (NIV) that, “Of their hearts people plan their course, however the Lord establishes their steps”.

With that in thoughts I’ll make some choices for 2021 that take care of UpNorth Motorsports and racing. Then on the finish of the yr I can look again and see how proper or improper I used to be. I believe it’s going to be enjoyable.

After I began UpNorth Motorsports 343 episodes in the past, my definition of motorsports was considerably slim. I believed any episode would should be about racing. Since then, I’ve broadened my horizon.

What’s motorsports…it’s the enjoyment of motorized automobiles, boats, vans, bikes, planes, and far more. If I just like the story, I need to inform it. The media both has no time or want to inform the tales that I need to inform others about.

The nice a part of that is that I’m open to your ideas, nevertheless, I need to let you realize proper up entrance that I’ve virtually zero price range for journey for the reason that weblog itself will not be a paid place with the information. I’m blessed that they provide me a discussion board for my loopy concepts.

You then should understand that you could be have to persuade me that the story I would like to inform has benefit. Enthusiasm must typically rub off on me.

Fran Cyr gave me an thought which led to a narrative about hydroplane racing within the County. After eight or so episodes on boat racers and their machines, that story has not concluded. I hope to do extra comply with up in 2021. That is from a man who will not be a water sport fanatic. Virtually drowning on my thirteenth birthday has soured my want to be on the water. These people have ignited a curiosity in me about their wiles.

Restorations can be massive

Alongside the pathway of researching for episode supplies, I met a wide range of people with a want to revive automobiles, tractors, vans, snowmobiles, and boats. One of many males I want to function is Greg Roderick, Presque Isle, Maine.

This social distancing has hampered my getting along with Greg and his son Riley. He has many tales that intrigue me. We might have a number of episodes to indicate a few of the beauties he has restored. I’m wanting ahead to that point.

Tom Peters, Maine Motorsports Corridor of Fame’s solely snowmobile racer has a bundle of snowmobile tales and sleds. Via him, Rob Kieffer, and Danny Raymond, I’ve discovered many leads. Backside line…search for extra restoration tales in 2021.

No Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona protection for 2021

These of you following NASCAR and IMSA could not understand how a lot these people have needed to curtail media protection of occasions. These worldwide occasions now have very restricted media readily available. Interviews with groups or personnel are completed just about for probably the most half.

With this in thoughts, UpNorth Motorsports will not be a part of the choose few that can be on the grounds at Daytona, understandably so. I can’t quit utterly and protection of sure tales will nonetheless proceed. The telephone nonetheless works as does social media.

The place will I be in particular person in 2021?

Nice query! I’m itemizing a few of the occasions that haven’t but been cancelled that I hope to be overlaying within the subsequent yr:

  1. “Climb to the Clouds Mt. Washington Hillclimb” July 8-11, 2021
  2. Loring Timing Affiliation July 14-17 “Maine Occasion” and September 1-4 “Harvest Occasion”
  3. Cumberland Motor Membership “Mega Autocross at Loring” sometimes the primary weekend in August.
  4. A visit to a race monitor the place Wyatt Alexander Racing (WAR) and Evan Beaulieu is racing.
  5. If the border opens then perhaps a visit to Speedway 660 to look at Drew Greenlaw Racing and Ryan Motorsports compete.
  6. Perhaps Oxford 250 (If Austin Theriault is competing and WAR additionally that may assist me make the plans)
  7. Thunder Highway, Barre, Vermont for a Thursday night race. Unbelievable place to look at racing with new lights and switch 3/4 viewing wanting immediately down on automobiles lower than 25 ft away.
  8. Perhaps an IMSA race, IndyCar at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, or Daytona street course. (Tremendous longshot)
  9. On website interview with Chilly Arduous Artwork’s Tom Patsis (one other longshot however a man can dream)
  10. Take part with Northern Maine Woods Excursions Off Highway Membership in one in all their adventures with my 4-wheel drive truck

Regardless, I’ll convey you alongside for the story as finest I’m able to inform it.

Private preparations for 2021

Fixed enchancment in writing UpNorth Motorsports is my purpose. I need you to see issues as I see them or as somebody tells me about them. It has been mentioned {that a} image is price a thousand phrases.

With that in thoughts, I’ve enrolled in an internet images course which, I hope will permit me to place collectively higher images so that you can take pleasure in. My purpose is to make the most of the non-automatic options in my digital digital camera as I collect a greater understanding of tips on how to enhance my photograph taking abilities. I’ve already discovered some attention-grabbing options my digital camera possesses.

If the Grownup Ed welding course at Caribou Tech Middle is obtainable this spring, I can be one of many first to enroll. My welding and fabrication abilities undoubtedly want tuning up. Welding teacher Keith Dumond is without doubt one of the finest within the enterprise. His former college students’ success within the trade show that.

Get entangled with extra of Ross Bentley’s Velocity Secrets and techniques, webinars, podcast, and e-books. I’ve had the possibility to work together with people who you could solely see on TV. Ross’s web site is Although my driving time in 2021 will most likely be very restricted, I believe that understanding the within background about racing helps me to be a greater author about motorsports. Ross has already helped me in my understanding of race automobile preparation.

I hope to construct a pair initiatives that can be displayed most likely after completion or perhaps on the midway mark within the construct. I gives you a touch, one includes a race kart and one other is a instrument construct.

One ongoing venture is constructing and testing STEM initiatives for when I’m referred to as in to highschool as a sub or introduced in as a particular speaker. My dream is to at a while sooner or later host a STEM Camp at Spud Speedway. I’d love to listen to your concepts on this topic.

Phrases of recommendation from a motorsports execs

Perhaps you’re from a small city in northern Maine or Vermont. Is it doable to have a profession in motorsports? My reply must be “Sure!”.

The street goes to be robust and should contain transferring from small city to space close to racing heart. I can be following the profession transfer of Heather Holler who has been featured in previous episodes. She is making a large transfer!

After the muddy ARX II race at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) close to Austin, Texas in 2018. Heather labored freelance at races and repreps between occasions for Dust Fish (Heather Holler photograph)

She left this week for Alzenau, Germany to start work for Hyundai Motorsports Rally program. That is an instance of what could also be wanted to have a profession in motorsports.

Common readers of UpNorth Motorsports know that one in all my favourite topics is Tom Patsis, proprietor of Chilly Arduous Artwork (CHA), Brownsburg, Indiana. I lately observed a publish from Tom that may be useful to the reader with ideas of moving into or transferring up the chain. I acknowledge a profession in motorsports will not be a simple alternative.

NHRA Tenting World season champion trophy constructed for 2020 awards. Grasp builder Tom Patsis shares his ideas about careers in motorsports utilizing what he has discovered. (Chilly Arduous Artwork photograph)

“After I was a child in Maine, I constructed dragsters out of Legos. Then I went to tech college in highschool to learn to work on avenue automobiles. After commencement, me and my finest mates went to College of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) in Lima, Ohio.  Studying tips on how to work on race automobiles which helped me get a job at Don Schumacher Racing (DSR Brownsburg, Indiana)”.

“I labored on a DSR Professional Inventory Bike staff for 5 years. When that staff ended, I moved over to the fab store constructing dragsters and humorous automobiles for six years studying tips on how to correctly construct issues”.

“That has led me right here to my artwork enterprise. So, to take that path with the assistance from so many nice individuals and corporations, I’m now getting to construct the NHRA World Championship trophies for all these nice groups.”

“I really really feel like I’ve come full circle in what I wished to do as a child. So in abstract children, even when you really feel million miles away from the place you need to be. Be PATIENT preserve your FOCUS and anticipate you’ll have massive SCARIFICES, TOUGH instances and don’t be scared to ask for HELP alongside this path”.