Archive | May 2008

In memory of Joe Drey

Although I never knew him, I was greatly saddened to learn on Tuesday morning that Joe Drey, 75, had succumbed to injuries sustained in a horrific crash at Willow Springs International Raceway, a.k.a. “Big Willow,” over the weekend.  When I read that he was driving a MINI Cooper, I put two and two together and realized he was the same person I had been on the track with when I was running at the Streets of Willow Springs in mid-April.

The realization went like this.  I read Joe was driving a MINI Cooper.  After the fun I had on the track with him at Streets, I looked for him in the paddock that day to no avail.  The people setup next to him said that the driver of the MINI Cooper was an older gentleman.  Another piece of the puzzle was the fact that Associate Editor Josh Sadlier said he had seen the same MINI Cooper in my photos at Streets when he attended driving school.  He also mentioned the driver was an older fellow.  I then looked up the driver list from the track day I attended in April and saw his name.  Seeing his name helped me remember his license plate said, “JD MINI,” or something like that.  After hearing of the incident, my friend Louis shared he chatted with Joe when we were at the track in April, too.

This entry is dedicated to him and his family.  At least he left us doing the very thing he loved most.  May God be with him and all who knew him.


NASA regretfully announces passing of Joe Drey

The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) regretfully announces that Joe Drey of San Juan Capistrano, CA has succumbed to injuries suffered in an accident on May 24, 2008 at Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamond, CA. Joe was participating in a NASA event behind the wheel of his beloved Mini Cooper S and despite the best efforts of the rescue team onsite and the medical teams at the hospital, he has now left us.

Joe started racing at 15 enjoying street drags with his friends. He got into formal track racing with an early 60’s Corvette when he was in his early 20’s. He eventually transitioned into Porsches, owning several over 3 decades and racing them all over California with a trailer and his own crew consisting of his two sons. As he got older he pulled away from the sport and it wasn’t until the new Mini came out and he got the 9th one off the boat that his passion welled up in him again. He began immediately modifying the car and loading up on gear while frequenting his favorite track Willow Springs and taking courses including two trainings with Bob Bondurant.

Joe’s family has asked that donations be made to the Mission San Juan Capistrano Preservation Fund in lieu of flowers.  Donations can be made at

Headlight hooliganism

Don’t you hate it when people drive at night with their headlights…

  1. Set to the high beam setting for normal night driving
  2. Off
  3. Off and only the daytime running lights (DRLs) are on

My question for all of you in Xanga-land is:

How do people who are driving not notice any of the above?  If a person is driving at night in any of the above situations, it should be obvious that the road isn’t being adequately illuminated.

If drivers aren’t observant enough to notice these situations, perhaps they may be a risk to fellow motorists and pedestrians.

Does anyone have any ideas how we can combat this?  I will usually get behind the person and flash my high beams.  Half the time, people still don’t get a clue.  The other night, I saw a Lexus ES (I think) without its headlights on.  I moved in front of it and had to turn my blinkers on twice (the first time was unsuccessful so I tried again 10 seconds later) to get its driver to realize I was trying to tell him or her the headlights weren’t on.

We can say good-bye with hope

Please keep the Chapman family in your thoughts and prayers as they grieve the loss of their daughter, Maria Sue (pictured in her father’s arms).

She’s such a precious and beautiful child.  She will be missed until we see her in heaven.  God will use this accident for His good and His glory.

Funk the Food & Fun Fair

I’m probably going to get some flak for this Xanga entry, but I’m not going to let the imminent onslaught keep me from telling it like it is.

Here’s some food (pun intended) for thought.

This summer, my church, First Chinese Baptist Church, Walnut, is going to have its third annual Food (& Fun – new this year ) Fair to raise support (prayer and financial) for its short-term missionaries.  There isn’t anything wrong with that.  Right?

I submit to you that people shouldn’t need to be fed or entertained in order to gain their support in sharing the great news of Jesus Christ with those who don’t have a relationship with God the Father through Him.

I believe that all that needs to be done is for people going on missions to ask for people’s support via written form such as a letter or personally in the flesh.

Wining, dining, and entertaining people just reinforces the consumerism that is rampant within the church, particularly mine.  Church isn’t about the people first; it’s about God first.

Don’t get me wrong.  I’ll still help out with things at the fair.  I’m obligated to.  After all, it’s for Jerry’s kids. j/k  I’ll sincerely help because I want to help my fellow laborers in Christ.

EDIT: I am *not* saying that God can’t use this fair for His good and His glory.  What I am suggesting is that the fair isn’t necessary to begin with.

What might help me the most and possibly lead me to retract from my position is to know the truth why the fair was started in 2006.  Was it a “ploy” to get people to give because short-term projects were in desperate need?  Or was it a genuine idea to inform people of short-term missions trips and ask for their support?

If that’s the case, why not have a missions fair without food and games?  I’m totally down with that!  People could learn about where the short-term missionaries are going and the people that they will be trying to minister to.

But if you want my prayer and financial support.  Don’t feed me and try to get me to play games.  Just ask me for it.  That’s the way it should be (in my opinion).

He must increase and we must decrease.  More of Him, less of us.

If you smel-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l what The Rock The LORD is cooking!

Not to us, O LORD, but to Your name be the glory.