SPF-The Race Car

John had always wanted to race cars, but family life and financial obligations kept him from it. When he hit his mid forties and the kids were almost raised he bought a sports car “kit” and assembled it. From that point on, his summer weekends were spent racing around the local racetrack. He said he felt free when he was racing in his sporty race car.

They said he was rounding the curve on the track and was giving his buddies the thumbs up as he was taking the curve. He missed the curve and flew over the side of the track and off the edge of the cliff. That put an end to John's racing.

John was a great guy. I and many others really miss him. But, at least he died doing what he loved.


This is a true story.

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48 thoughts on “SPF-The Race Car

  1. Dying what you love doing is always the best way to go. Although sometimes not going is even better. I suppose the thunder is him racing round that track in the sky 🙂 Thank you for sharing, Joy

  2. That is so sad….especially since it is about a real person and was seen by probably his family and his friends. One good thing… he fulfilled his life’s passion and was happy when he past.

  3. I have to agree with the others – to die doing something you love would be one of the better ways to go if you must.

    Touching story – thanks for sharing it.

  4. Aww.. But it is also the best way to go. I heard a similar real-life story about an old woman who collapsed after she finished her first marathon. She died with a big grin on her face.

  5. Great story, but wish it wasn’t true! Tho yes at l;east he died happy! Its wonderful that he got to live his dream! But can’t imagine his friends and family watching him go over the cliff!!

    • Thank you Terri! He really was a great guy and I am comforted that he passed away with his thumb up having the time of his life! Now, if only others would learn from this, that would be great.

  6. Whew, that must’ve been tough to write. Sorry for his family’s loss.

    (Scratch “Rapid Roy” off the “possible future stories” list.)

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