There was a moment a couple of years ago when I had to promise Dave McClelland that I was not stalking him. As Dave decided to step away from some of the work he was doing as an event host, a few of the jobs came my way. During those “handoff” years, Mac would be there to pass the baton and it was pretty neat. It was also terrifying because following behind the most iconic voice in the history of drag racing is not exactly small shakes. Anyway, he was kind and full of his normal nobility and grace and things went well.
Many of you hopefully saw the retro opening to the Gainesville NHRA show on Sunday. The Gatornationals elimination broadcast started with Mac’s voice and it was freaking awesome. Every inch of it was great. When Mac was at the NHRA office doing the voice work, they talked him into sitting down with Lewis Bloom in the studio and I used Skype to connect with them as I was back East at home. This was one of the more surreal moments of my life.
In this conversation you’ll learn about Mac and you’ll see me and Lewis staring at the guy with goofy smiles, relishing the opportunity to spend time with someone that both of us have admired and tried to emulate since we were kids.
Is said it to Mac on this video and I have said it to him in private conversation when I have asked his advice or counsel on stuff but it is more of an honor than he will ever know to follow down the same path that he chopped through the woods. He blazed a trail and we’re all fortunate enough to walk down it behind him.