BOBBY MARTIN RACING SPRING ACTIVITY UPDATE
Mar 17, 2011
Author: Bobby Martin
Spring has sprung, the grass is riz, I wonder where the posies is! The bird
is on the wing, but that's absurd, I thought the wing was on the bird!
My mom used to greet each spring with that special poem when I was a kid. I
love spring because of all the excitement and anticipation. As a car guy,
of course, that all multiplies.
It's been some time since my last update, so first of all, thanks for
checking in. One reason for the delay is that there's some uncertainty as
to what Bobby Martin Racing will look like in 2011. I can tell you that I
will again be driving Spike Sterling's fabulous Rush Willys this year. Rest
assured that the Frankenstein of Outlaw Pro Mods has not been just counting
the days till spring. The infamous red '33 has undergone numerous upgrades
since our last installment. First, Billy Leverentz at Oddy's Automotive is
concocting a new engine combination for this year. This is far from the
usual refresh; the whole thing will be different from hat to pan. Yep, the
first thing you'll notice is the gigundo carbon fiber injector hat extending
above the (admittedly low) roofline. Under the hat will be an all-new
all-aluminum power plant. Can you say More Power? Also, Spike has done his
magic with the body work. This year, the new front spoiler is integrated
into the paint scheme for a smoother look. Even more radical is a set of
running boards that not only complete the vintage look, but also help with
the aero aspects of the car as well. Spike plans on running the car even
more this year. I'll keep you posted on the schedule.
I will be making two appearances in the next few weeks in Punxatawney PA.
That's right, the home of the world famous groundhog. The first event will
be on Saturday, March 26th at the CMA Church near Route 436. The next event
is a special youth event on April 8th. The CAP CHARGER will be in tow at
both events. We always say, "We have the only Funny Car here," but during
all this time, I've never had the car in a gym. The March 26th event is a
basketball affair and the car will be in the gym. I'll have more details on
This Sunday I have the privilege of playing with The Edge Venue band. The
Venue is Chippewa E Free Church on Braun Road in Beaver Falls PA. Things
get under way at 10:45 am. That's this Sunday, March 20th. We'd love to
have you join us for a cup of coffee, some really nice people, and some
great contemporary worship. Even if you're not sure about church, you can
come just to hear the music. Leader and guitarist Brady Novotny is a really
amazing concert-level player with fantastic tone. He has a variety of
sounds that, along with his polished technique, make him truly exciting to
listen to. It's the kind of stuff you usually only get to hear on
recordings or from 50 rows back. Take advantage of this opportunity to hear
a truly fine player in an intimate, acoustically excellent setting. His
wife, Jennifer is the type of vocalist who can really bring the emotion out
of a song. She is a joy to hear and could be a star in her own right. Jenn
will give to us her wonderful rendition of Hillsong's "Here In My Life."
Also this week, Hugh Harper is doing vocals. Hugh is as dynamic and gifted
a performer as you'll see anywhere. He just lights up the room when he
sings. He can really nail the Third Day sound, and will demonstrate that on
"Sing A Song." Hugh will also lead us in "Another Hallelujah." But wait,
there's more! Hannah Dankert is a young, classically trained powerhouse
that puts everything into each song. She will offer up Hillsong's "Desert
Song," and I for one am really looking forward to it. Veteran rock drummer
Ryan Baney handles the percussion with as much energy as anyone in the biz.
Guest bassist Geoff Baker will provide the bottom end with his light blue
Ibanez and a very heavy Ampeg. For an added touch of refinement and beauty,
Tracy Farone adds the inimitable sounds of the violin (electric of course!).
I'll be in the corner with the Marshall and SG on rhythm guitar. And yes,
there will be a message you don't want to miss on the video screen. Next
week, the Edge's regular rhythm player, Jim Weber, will actually lead. Now
Brady, Jenn, Ryan, Jim, Hannah, Geoff, and Hugh will tell you that it's all
for Jesus. An audience of one. I get to come along. And so can you. Just
thought I'd send you a special invitation to join us for a very special
morning. Hope to see you there.