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ajwest92
09-02-2011, 12:52 AM
This time of the year, the drag racing fans head to Indianapolis for the US Nationals for the NHRA's biggest event of the year. One of the big events is the John Force Racing's Open House held Thursday before Labor Day. It is the third year that the event has been held and like the other two years, I went to the event.

I got to the shop at 2pm so that I could get a good parking spot (I did.) I was able to get in the store to get a limited edition John Force 15x hat (911 of 1515 made) and a John Force shirt. After that I waited for the signing of the four JFR drivers (John Force, Robert Hight, Mike Neff, Courtney Force) and Bob Tasca III.

They were supposed to start at 4:30, but they did not show up until 5pm. All the drivers came out of front door, John made a beeline to the line a apologized to everyone in the line for being late. In all the hubbub, I saw an extra face in the line: Brittany Force. SWEET!!!

John, in typical Force fashion, signed everything in sight. Diecasts, handouts, car parts, you name it. He even posed for pictures with everyone who wanted a pic as well. The only time when he stepped away from the signing was to go into the offices after he had a family with a newborn in the stroller go inside to get out of the heat. He even said that they could stay as long as they needed inside until the child was OK...then he signed their items in the shop. That's a gold star in everybody's book.

After I got my diecasts and hero cards signed, I tour the shop, but not much was there--most the cars there were either A) at the track for the JFR Road Show exhibit or B)were getting repainted by PPG.

But a good time was had by all as the only complaints were the heat, but it's Labor Day weekend in the Midwest...so there!!!

Now that I'm done talking, here is the pics...

2011 signed heor cards for the JFR drivers and Bob Tasca:

http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll45/ajwest92/JFR%202011%20Open%20House/2011JohnForceRacingOpenHouse021.jpg

signed 1:24s (L-R); 2010 Robert Hight AAA, 2010 John Force 25th Anniversary, 2008 John Force Castrol Retro

http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll45/ajwest92/JFR%202011%20Open%20House/2011JohnForceRacingOpenHouse022.jpg

and some of the pics with the drivers I took:

Robert Hight

http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll45/ajwest92/JFR%202011%20Open%20House/2011JohnForceRacingOpenHouse007.jpg

Bob Tasca

http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll45/ajwest92/JFR%202011%20Open%20House/2011JohnForceRacingOpenHouse019.jpg

John Force

http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll45/ajwest92/JFR%202011%20Open%20House/2011JohnForceRacingOpenHouse006.jpg

and finally Brittany and Courtney Force:

http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll45/ajwest92/JFR%202011%20Open%20House/2011JohnForceRacingOpenHouse001.jpg

Thanks for looking, Alex

race crazy
09-02-2011, 02:13 AM
really cool! I want to meet all of them-big JFR fan here ha

Pmurdick25
09-02-2011, 03:11 AM
John force is pretyy cool in person. awesome pics.

bouncer
09-02-2011, 11:40 AM
nice pics. Looks like you got a nice haul of autos.

skippy
09-02-2011, 04:31 PM
Alex as always very cool. BTW very very jealous....

ajwest92
09-03-2011, 12:12 AM
Alex as always very cool. BTW very very jealous....

One of the things that I didn't do last year was getting a pic with Ashley. When she took her maternity leave was announced, I figured that she would not be at the show with her being due in August. But to see her two sisters there put a big smile on my face...and every other male 18 and up.:winking0071:

Brittany and Courtney are awesome, but I still prefer brunettes...LOL

Ripken8fan55
09-04-2011, 05:56 AM
AWESOME score once again Alex!! Man, you get to do all the fun stuff!! Congrats & Thanks for sharin with us again my friend!!

ajwest92
09-06-2011, 03:19 AM
Tom, the better score would have been the morning after down the road at Don Schumacher Racing. Not only did they had his team of seven drivers there, but they also had six drag racing greats like Garlits, and Muldowney. I would have when there as well, but I had to work the following afternoon and I would have been late...VERY late.

Ripken8fan55
09-09-2011, 04:52 AM
Sounds like that would have been AWESOME also! To bad you couldn`t make that one Alex.