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When your hobby is your job it can start to wear you down a bit

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Most people who are into cars would look at my gig and think it’s the best job ever. And, for the most part, they would be right. After all, as captain of the Super Chevy ship I get paid to mess with cars all day. Well, “mess with cars” is actually code for write, edit images, fix bad grammar (and create some bad grammar of my own), and try to lay out a balanced issue each month. Aside from the paperwork, a good part of my job involves good times with cool cars. But, when your job and your main hobby are one in the same you can start to get burned out a bit. Yeah, spend 40+ hours a week dealing with cars and it’s hard to get yourself up early on Saturday to the hit the local cruise spot.

The problem is that everything becomes a story. Yep, a cruise to Cars and Coffee gets me thinking, “Hey, this would be a good little web article.” Pretty soon my day off becomes another workday. Eventually, it becomes easier to just avoid car events on the weekend, but where’s the fun in that?

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So, the trick becomes to take off the Super Chevy editor hat and go to events as just a car guy looking to hang out with like-minded gearheads and slightly exaggerate past feats of driving prowess. This happened a few weeks ago when I received an invite to a charity autocross put on by Pat Sheely. About 50 of us were invited to come out for two days of great autocross action organized by Trish and Rob Byrd (www.racingbyrds.com) with all of the entry fees going to a local childrens hospital.

Aside from blowing out the posi unit, the ’71 wagon did great in the event and I got to spend time just hanging out and remembering why I love this hobby so much. I didn’t even bring my camera the first day so I wouldn’t be tempted to work! Of course, by the second day I was thinking how a few photos wouldn’t hurt and that this could make for some editorial fodder. Hey, at least I did get one full day off.

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Photography by Steven Rupp



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