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The Race Can Be Better Than The Victory - Never Let Go of a Dream!

When I was seven years old, I was inspired by a movie to wanna grow up one day and be a race car driver.  My parents took me to a Century theater for my very first "Big Screen" experience to watch James Garner and Brian Bedford in the movie Grand Prix.  Mom used to tell me that during the movie, I sat there in the seat holding the tips of my shoes as if they were a steering wheel, and believed I was racing down that track with the other drivers in the movie.  I don't really remember that, but I do remember that childhood dream of one day wanting to be on the race track to feel that thrill and to experience the excitement of the "race!"

Last week, my good friends Diana Turnbloom and her husband Steve invited me to join them at Infineon Raceway, (formerly Sears Point) to watch Steve and his boys (Brian and Brad) race.  I've never actually been to this race track even though I have passed by it many times in my travels to Santa Rosa, Napa, Sonoma etc.  I decided to take them up on the offer since this may be as close as I'd ever get to achieving that one small and almost forgotten childhood dream.  Getting to go down in the pit's and be part of the behind the scenes action sounded exciting not to mention that getting to see some old friends would be awesome, so I went.

Diana and Steve are very good friends I met in this business many years ago, and are also active here on ActiveRain.  When they invited me out, I don't think they knew or realized the significance this day would have on me.  It was like a conection with an inner child's dream that had been couped up inside me all these years.  Racing down a long straight-away, sliding into those tire protected corners, and crossing that line to a waving checkered flag!  I could only imagine (in my dreams) what that would really feel like. The thrill, the excitement, the fear, the danger, and the challenge of it all.  Then there's the potential of a victory lap!?!  Oh what I wouldn't give.....

Never let go of a dream folks, the wait is worth it, and the Race can be better than a Victory.

This past Sunday, the stars and planets must have aligned perfectly because this was the day that one of my dreams would become a reality.  When I arrived at the track, Steve and Diana's son Brad, escorted me over to the area where passes are given to the guests and racers.  I signed a form releasing liability in the case of my accidental death, and the next thing I know, I'm putting on a helmet, climbing into the passenger seat of a Spec Miata race-car, fastening down a 5-point seat belt restraint, and realizing that I am about to head out onto a "live" race track where speed, thrills, risk, danger, and dreams become reality! OMG!!

Brad and Steve banking the High Speed Turns at Infineon Raceway

I can't put into words what this experience was like.  I'm still speechless and in shock that this even happened yesterday.  More importantly, I am forever grateful to my dearest friends Steve and Diana and their family for inviting me out and making one of my life dreams come true.  Thanks you guys so much.  Being out on that track, literally flying around those corners at top speeds and feeling those g-forces, was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life and it was just as I had dreamed it would be as a young child. AWESOME!!!!

Watching that checkered flag wave after 20 minutes of heart throbbing intensity was INCREDIBLE!  The race really was as good or better than a victory, and I learned a couple very valuable life lessons:  Never Let Go of your dreams, and remember that the relationships you establish in life are so valuable, in fact priceless.  It was these friends that helped make one of my dreams come true.

Diana and Steve, you guys are the BEST!  Thank you again, and next time......I'll be driving!  :-)

Never Let Go of A Dream - This Race WAS A Victory!!



"Learn More. Get More. Do More. Be More."

Comment balloon 33 commentsBrad Andersohn • June 28 2010 03:38PM


Hi Brad,

Maybe Steve McQueen and the movie Bullet  could be next????

Have fun

Posted by San Antonio Texas New Homes for Sale, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hill Country ( over 10 years ago

Ricky Bobby * Help Me Jesus!  Help Me Tom Cruise!!!  Days of Thunder * THAT HAD AWESOME NASCAR driving!!!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 10 years ago

Robert - come to think of it, maybe it was Steve McQueen in Lemans 1970, gosh I don't remember, it seems like such along time ago.  But I do know this, yesterday will last clear as day in my mind and memory forever!!  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

That's awesome Brad. Maybe in August when your here in Orlando, Fl for RainCamp you could check this out ----> Richard Petty Driving Experience Orlando,Fl


Posted by Paul Peck, Licensed Drywall and Painting Contractor (Peck Drywall and Painting serving Brevard County, Florida) over 10 years ago

Zoom Zoom Kiddo! As i mentioned in my email, your delight and excitment made my day yesterday. You did a great job kiddo! "Welcome to My World!"

Posted by Diana Turnbloom, The Leading Expert in TC Services & Education ( over 10 years ago

Hey I was expecting a play on "Ricky Bobby" ... looks like it was a blast, what a once in a lifetime experience!

Posted by Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate (Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring) over 10 years ago

Sounds like you experienced exactly what they wanted to give you...Enjoy the day.

Posted by Ernie Steele, Call me, let's get started!!! 717-273-3774 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty) over 10 years ago

Paul - I may just have to do that!  Thanks.

Diana - thanks again, I hope my excitement came through on this post as much as it did yesterday!  I will work on that video stuff I was putting together later when I have some spare time, I can't wait to share that as well. 

Please thank Steve and the boys again for me, I will never it as long as I live.   :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

So cool that you got the opportunity to do this Brad. And great job by Diana and Steve to help you realize this dream. The closest I've ever come to anything like this, was driving on the Cross Bronx Expressway years ago!

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) over 10 years ago

Brad, I had a Non-involved experience similar to your just yesterday...sitting in turn #2 at the Loundon speedway in New Hampshire for the Lenox 301 - NASCAR race. It is one thing to see it on the tube, and totally something else to be there live with these machines wizzing past you at 160+mph.

    June 27th , 2010  Loudon NH.


Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) over 10 years ago

Hello Brad-That is way cool that you got to live one of your childhood dreams. I am very happy for you. There is a saying that if the dream is BIG enough the facts don't count. Have a great week my friend and thank you for continually naking AR a fantastic place to be. :-)

Posted by Pat Whitehouse, Broker/Owner (RE/MAX 1st Olympic Lynchburg Va) over 10 years ago

How cool is that, Brad? Did your wife know you were going off to do this? Amazing that this dream has been with you for so long and now became a reality, with a slightly different twist.

Thanks for sharing the experience. I am disappointed that there was no video, however. LOL


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Pippa - haha, I almost did....  lol~

Ernie - it was nothing less than what is was suppose or meant to be, it was more!!!!

Craig - they are the greatest peeps, and your expressway comment was hilarious. 

Steve - that's awesome!  I hope to post some video soon of that same experience from the grand stands yesterday. How cool is that, we were both at the race track yesterday.  Makes sharing this experience even cooler now. 

Pat - "If the dream is BIG enough, the facts don't count!"  I Love it, thanks!!

Jeff - they wouldn't let me take my iPhone or any equipment in the car, but I did manage to get some awesome video, now I just have to find the time to edit and upload it.  And yes, my wife encouraged me to go with death on the line or not!!  :-))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 10 years ago


Congrats on your dream come true

I picture you finishing the race with a baby smile....

 your legs and whole body shaking with emotion, your hart pumping hard..butterflies in your stomach

What a feeling! :)


Posted by Esperanza Butler® 818 926 5425, Homes For Sale in West Hills, Ca (818) 926-5425 (Century 21 Peak ) over 10 years ago

Hi Brad, what an awesome experience.  I think we all have the urge to go fast.  Glad your dream came true.

Posted by Liz Flint, Houston\Tomball Realtor (832)816-8066 (Century 21 Hardee-Team Realty) over 10 years ago

Brad: Glad your "dream" finally came true. Enjoy the memory.

Posted by Carl Winters over 10 years ago

Hi Brad... One item checked off your Bucket List!  It's a magical feeling when any dream becomes a reality!

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 10 years ago

SCCA Solo II...  You can do it.  I was just looking for some pics from when I ran Solo, but didn't have any scanned...  It was a ball. 

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) over 10 years ago

What a great treat. Running a fast car on a fast track.

Posted by Richard Byron Smith, NMLS #184479, Mortgage Loan Officer (Mortgage Loan Officer, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation NMLS #2289) over 10 years ago

Wow!  What great fun!  I love the saying, "Never let go of a dream!"  True inspiration.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Ph.D., Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 10 years ago

What a special gift your friends gave you - I can see you in that car grinning with eyes wide open.

I once dreamed of riding a horse at breakneck speeds through the mountains, jumping over fences, charging through the river - what a thrill that would be, I would be in control of this incredible power of a huge animal - a force of nature, in the elements of the rough terrain of the Truckee River and mountain area....

I should have learned to ride first - or at least had a couple of shots of Tequila.  I was scared to death and sore for weeks.  The saddle was loose and slipped sideways, I was hanging on for dear life down the last hill - someone finally grabbed the horse's bridle and slowed him down to a stop.  THEN I fell off.

Glad yours turned out good.  :)


Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 10 years ago

Brad, great post, you are right on the money with your advice about relationships, your while you don't know came at a very timely manner for me...thanks man, Iam still dreaming

Posted by Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida (Glasswork Media Arts) over 10 years ago

That is very cool.  How fast did you go?  Was the reality as good or better than the dream?

Posted by Josef Katz, {Marketing Maestro} (Digital and Direct Response Marketing) over 10 years ago

I read this the AM on your other blog that I rss feed from. What an exciting time for you.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 10 years ago

Brad, I agree that it's the journey not the victory that matters.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 10 years ago

Hey Brad...what a neat surpise, looks like you had fun out there.


Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Esperanza - you totally nailed it!! 

Liz - it was awesome!

Carl & Ceil - You know i will.

Steve - that is so true, now i need to actually put a bucket list together..  (I loved that movie BTW)

Lane - somehow I knew you'd find this post and comment, I was thnking of you when I wrote it. :-)

Richard - it was exhilarating!! 

Paula - Not only "never let go", but chase those dreams always.

Virginia - OMG! Dare I say get back on that horse and ride again?  Don't give up, that dream is still there so don't let the experience you had remove the desire to still have that dream come true.  That must have been scary as can be, but may also be why so many stop or give up on their dreams. Fear and circumstance can really mess with our heads and keep us from doing and being all that we want or can be.

Gerry - keep dreaming friend, and while you do, make sure those relationships are the highest priority.

Josef - we hauled a$$, and yes, the reality was more than the dream ever expected.

John - just being a passenger in that car was enough to get me feeling "alive" and now wanting more.  

Missy - you know me so you totally understand how exciting it was.  Even better than the simpsons ride in Orlando! lol~

Tammie - enjoying the journey is one of my "life" motto's.

Fred - Best fun I've had since watching that movie!!  lol~

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

Brad, I not nly agree 100% but the pictures are great.

Posted by Ted Tyndall, I will help You find the Home YOU want to Buy (Davidson Realty Inc.) over 10 years ago

Good for you Brad!  You deserve it. 


PS  I liked your Disconnecting to Reconnect post too.  Great list!  And great reminder to us all.

Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) over 10 years ago


Sounds like it was a great day.  Thanks for sharing.


Posted by Alice C. Wilson, virtualexec-assist (VirtualExec-Assist) over 10 years ago

Brad, you can do it...  I had a blast.  And it is still fun surprising my wife (she was busy with high school when I was racing... I married a youngster) with my skills...  She was busy thinking I drove like an old man with a diesel pick-up truck, and I scared the crap out of her with a Mazda 3...

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) over 10 years ago

Looks like a ton of fun. For some reason I was just talking about this with a friend of mine. Im not sure I could sit in the passenger seat while the speed around but Im sure they would allow me to drive either.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 over 10 years ago

Happy Independence Day!

Posted by Not a real person over 10 years ago