Wednesday, October 28, 2009

DRIVEN1 at WFX - Finally!

What a fantastic last few days! We drove all night to make it to the KOA Kampground just outside of Charlotte, NC. We arrived at about 1:30am and got to sleep just after 2 and then up again at 6:30 to drive in and get the GTO on the showfloor of the WFX show.

The day was spent getting the car up on the showfloor and setting up all of our "stuff" for the show. The booth space has been a total blessing from the standpoint of we got a premium spot on the showfloor at no charge! This is a huge deal and the perfect place to let people know about what DRIVEN1 is doing and start the search for partners to help get the mission underway.

Sorry for the short post, but having only gotten a few hours sleep - I'm due to head in now so Im fully charged for tomorrow.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Driving to WFX and the Goodguys Show!

A fun day today...

We left Minneapolis loaded in the RV and trailer headed east. Drove thru to Chicago today to meet with a few friends and then onto Wakarusa, Indiana for a night.

A rainy day and overall challenging driving due to having a 70' long RV and trailer to get out to Charlotte, NC. (ok so I can already hear the grumbling about the DRIVEN1 GTO not being DRIVEN to the show... let me explain!)

So here goes - why is the GTO not DRIVING to the show? Wow...! let me share a little bit about the last 6-9 months of time.

The Power Tour 2o09 was a short version this year - as my beautiful bride of 10 years was diagnosed with cancer and has had to go in for surgery and treatment. That is the very short answer to one that deserves a very loooooooong one.

To put it simply - life has challenges and every day you wake up, you have the opportunity to choose how you will respond to the day's challenge. If you read in Matthew 6:34, it reads - Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

I can attest to that - I'm not worried about tomorrow. There is a large misconception about this verse - and I'll put it this way - I don't WORRY about tomorrow, but I do PLAN for it. If I worry, it will paralyze me. If I plan and something goes wrong, which happens from time to time, then I only deal with today's trouble today. Yesterday is over and done. It's a page in the history book, or Facebook for us modern types.

Just today miracles have happened. Lives are being changed and there much to be thankful for.

So let's jump back to the GTO -

Right now it's missing 1 rear shock, the rear axle leaks and is noisy, and there are new holes and dents in the floorpan. The battery was even dead flat last night when I went to pull it out of the garage into the trailer.

So the point here? I thought DRIVEN1 was about transformation! I thought that GTO was all new and perfect and that it would never have a problem again being that's it's reborn!

{{insert laughter}}

Life is really about what Matthew 6:34 talks about again... I can be a born-again Christian, and still have challenges and struggles in life. Just like the DRIVEN1 GTO. Now ask me - what do I plan to do about it and why did all the "bad" things happen? They are all opportunities as I see it.

So one major problem we had was the vibration when driving the car at speeds above 75-80mph. When I took it down the 1/4 mile dragstrip - it would have a pretty impressive vibration once I passed 95mph. The whole car would pulsate with a rythmic vibration. I came to find out that the driveshaft was one of the major culprits. I took the car into have the shaft balanced and check everything over. When the shop was out test driving the car at about 75mph, the driveshaft snapped in half - with a loud BANG and it took out the exhaust system, put holes in the floor and dented the fuel tank.

The driveshaft failure was a week after I had a transmission failure leaving the hospital after visiting my wife... I was going north on 169 and I simply lost all gears other than Park and Neutral. I was able to coast up to an exit ramp and while I was under the dash checking the electrical wiring on the car to see if it was a hardware or electrical failure a fellow hot-rodder pulled up and offered to help. He was a member of the local Chevelle club. We got the car pushed across the street into a safe spot in the school parking lot and I got AAA to send a flatbed towtruck. After the trans was fixed (due to a pump shattering...) they were test driving it and the driveshaft exploded...

Think if that driveshaft had given out with my family in the car or if I were going 100mph+ on a dragstrip? God was watching out for me and the failure happened in the hands of a competent shop. TSI of Brooklyn Park - and a big thanks to Chris for helping me out as much as he has in getting the car up and running!!

Another problem that TSI found and fixed was the steering rack mounting bracket was failing -all the welds in the bracket were coming apart. They took it off and specially reinforced the entire bracket.

So to keep this post from turning into a book, let's just close tonight by saying that the car still needs a few things in order to be worthy of putting 2500 miles on it. We are taking the car as-is to show at two shows this week. The first one is the WFX show which is a church specific A/V, design and worship tradeshow. DRIVEN1 was given a 20x20' booth on the show floor to show the car and talk about the ministry vision and goals we have set. DRIVEN1 is a ministry that reaches out to the youth and young at heart with the love of God. Broken or not - God loves you and wants to fix you up.

The GTO needs some love and fixing, but we are not going to wait until it's perfect to get out in front of people. If I were to wait until I was perfect to do anything, nothing would ever get done! I need to move forward and press on with the vision and goals set before me. All the while giving God the glory for everything.

Be blessed and keep following for the rest of the story! This is going to be an ACTION filled week!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


What is it about time? It seems as though it passes every day relentlessly. It does not care if you are busy, bored or stuck in traffic. How much time has passed since my last blog posting?

Too much time!

So what has happened in the last year you ask? a LOT!

Driven1 has not been a priority for me personally the last 9 months due to other issues that have come up. It was a personal dissapointment for me in that I saw that "nothing was getting done..."

Well how wrong I was! Even though I was not "doing" anything, there was still things happening in the background to open up new doors. I recently got interviewed with The Muscle Car Place -

And if that was not enough, I got a call from the people that publish Worship Facilities Magazine, and got a "missions moment" interview and a spot in the front of the magazine.

After that Worship Facilities interview, they asked if I wanted a spot on the expo show floor next week. So long story short, Driven1 will have a 20'x20' booth at the WFX Show in Charlotte, NC.

The same weekend as the WFX Show there is the Goodguys Nationals at the Lowe's Motor Speedway!

So to put it right to the point, I have not been responsible nor can I take the credit for all the good things happening with Driven1 right now.

There is a LOT more to tell, so stay tuned!