Posts Tagged ‘Youth Empowerment Car Show’

Brian O’s Blog: Seeing is Believing!


September 19th, 2009 in Blog by

Seeing is believing! That’s the theme of our recent activities while hosting the Leadfoot Foundation’s 4th Annual Youth Empowerment Car Show charity event. The objective of the event is to provide back-to-school essentials to the underserved community from which I grew up. Notwithstanding is the wealth of talent and vision of these young people to make a difference in our ever changing world, the Leadfoot Foundation takes great pride in providing a vehicle to help cultivate these dreams. Although there were overcast for much of the event, interaction with tomorrow’s future provided all the sunshine and optimism one could ask for. I recall one conversation with a young man who when asked what he wanted to be when he grew up quickly stated, “a mechanic!” Given that he and I were engaged in a one-on-one conversation I asked why. He expressed his desire to work with cars and I could see his passion for the automobile in his eyes. I then went on to ask if he knew anything about engineering, specifically mechanical engineering. He told me it had something to do with designing things, although he revealed he had never met a mechanical engineer or any engineer for that matter. I went on to explain how mechanical engineering was the cornerstone for automotive ingenuity. He not only expressed an interest but was very inquisitive about the opportunities mechanical engineering could provide. Of course I saw this as the perfect time to let the cat out of the bag. When I told him I went to school for mechanical engineering and worked in the automotive industry as a mechanical engineer I could see the light bulb go off in his head. With great excitement in his voice he said, “But you drive the Pepsi race car.” Of course I acknowledged my chosen career path I did not want to lose site of how education is and will remain an integral part of my life and it’s contribution to me living my dream.

Ultimately I felt as if that young man was inspired by our conversation and my sincere desire is that our conversation gave him a broader perspective to the world around him. There were many other conversations with the hundreds of aspiring minds in attendance; however that one stuck out to me the most. In addition to the inspirational conversations I was overjoyed to see each and every one of the young people leave with a bundle of school supplies courtesy of the many contributors to our annual event. The goals of the event have remained firm since it’s inception but the vehicle we employed to achieve them changed drastically this year. We asked that attendees bring a minimum of $10 in unopened school supplies. To see the outpour of support from the community was simply something special. The Leadfoot Foundation and the committee who work tirelessly throughout the year to make this event a success are already hard at work on next years 5th annual event. I am more than looking forward to the event. I know with tactical hard work it will even more exceptional with a greater impact! To all who donated, THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!” To our next generation, “Here’s to a successful and productive school year!” Until next… Live Fast, Drive Hard!!!

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Brian O’s Blog


August 8th, 2006 in Blog by

I knew this weekend would be a success as soon as I saw my engine builder James “J” roll up with that Hot Box (Nitrous Bottle Heating System). My team and I have been waiting on this for a few weeks and finally having it in my possession took the race day stress off a little bit. My crew and I got to Milan in the early afternoon and made two passes before the night was over. The engine and car overall felt and sounded really strong and we were able to put up some good numbers. Of course as a racer I am never satisfied. You can check out the results page for the details. My crew chief will be working from now until the next race to make the purple rocket fly ever faster with what’s in that Hot Box—N2O! We’re finally getting a handle on the new combination and I can’t wait!

Even though all of my family wasn’t at this Skinny Kid’s race, I got all the love and support I needed from the fans coming over to the Leadfoot pit to check out the car and get an autographed hero card. But I can’t say that I was the only reason the male fans came over…the third set of models came out for the race and had guys making consistent stops to our pit early and often. These models were probably our most talented set yet…I hope some of you got the chance to see their modeling portfolios when you stopped by the pit. I must admit that the judges had a really tough job on their hands when deciding who would advance but congratulations to both Melissa and Scherry for making it to the next round! These ladies really impressed the judges…they will be interviewed for my website in a few days so bookmark the website and check back for their interviews.

I love doing things for other people which is why I agreed to be the main attraction of a car show in Detroit on Saturday. It was the 1st Annual Youth Empowerment car show and the main focus were the youth of Detroit. I’m all about the kids and whenever I have the chance, I’ll do all I can to help improve their days and hopefully enrich their lives. For the entire day I talked to young adults and young children who love cars and just wanted to see someone like them making it in this crazy business. I was elated that I could be that person. Before the night was over countless kids had made their way over to the Leadfoot pit for a coloring contest. There were some really serious contenders, however in the end 3-year old Jaiden proved too much to handle as she beat out everyone and was declared the winner! The kids also had the chance to sit in my hot rod and feel what it’s like to be in the hot seat. The most talented future racer had to be 2 and 1/2 year old Antoine…he touched all the right levels and even shifted his whole body to get down and touch the pedals. After much begging and pleading, he even convinced me to close the driver’s door so he could feel like a real racer. His mother couldn’t get the smile off of his face for the rest of the night. Seeing the promise and joy in his and the eyes of all the other children I met made all the trials and tribulations my crew and I have been through this season worth it. Overall things are going well. From a guy chasing his dream and also living it, live fast, drive hard!!! Later…

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