Woodburn Dragstrip
7730 Hwy. 219
Woodburn, Oregon
503-982-4461

It Is The Right Thing To Do! – September 2011

A long, long time ago, probably somewhere in Ethiopia, as the story is told, a sheep herder discovered that his sheep were “hyperactive” after eating the red “cherries” from the plant we now call coffee. With a little experimentation and passage of time, the Turks were able to make a drink from the coffee bean and somewhere around 1470 AD began coffee farming. It became so popular that the Turkish people made it legal for a woman to divorce her man if he failed to provide her with enough coffee to last the day.

From that early beginning, the coffee culture has experienced many different developments and changes. Growing, harvesting, drying, roasting, grinding, adding flavors, cream, milk, sugar or other sweeteners, and toppings of all kinds have all contributed to the marketing of one of America’s favorite beverages. And “marketing” is the key word in that last sentence. Back in my college days, we could purchase a cup of coffee with refills for 10 cents at one of local hangouts. That same establishment will now provide coffee with refills for $2.29. And we all seem willing to pay that price. If you go through the drive through, a 16 ounce with flavors might be $4 plus tip and if you want the best or our American coffee culture, $5 plus tip is not out of line. The amount of tip is often dependent on the quality of service provided. That is the American way – keeping he customer satisfied is the key to successful business.

In a society where “what is in it for me” is the norm, service to others for free is often a forgotten practice. In this ‘dog-eat-dog” world, and “get-what-you-can-for-free” lifestyle, to see someone who serves others by thinking of their needs without reimbursement is a true blessing. Every now and then we see an example of these kinds of unselfish efforts on behalf of another person.

With that introduction, I would like to mention George Adams, Larry McFarland, and Lori Weber. They are working together on behalf of a friend who is battling cancer. Terry Knickerbocker is undergoing treatment and we know the bills will be mounting. At the Fall Classic, September 17 & 18, a silent auction is planned along with a “drag dog contest” and donation jar. I am sure we will hear of additional efforts toward this purpose. Additional information is available on the Facebook page entitled “Fundraiser for Terry Knickerbocker.” As for me, I am donating an autographed “John Force 103” cap, which was autographed after his 103rd national victory at Indianapolis in 2002. It is the least I can do. What about you? Our racing family is known for assisting one another as we can. I encourage you to give it some thought.

Story by Elvon Kauffman.

Elvon Kauffman has been drag racing since 1975. He has been a NHRA Northwest Division Bracket Champion twice – first in 1978 when he defeated fellow Woodburn racer, Joe DiFillipi at Seattle International Raceway and secondly, in 1980 when he again defeated a Woodburn racer, Ron Burch at Woodburn Dragstrip. He was the first and only World Champion in Heavy Bracket, winning with his 1970 Plymouth Road Runner 4-speed at the now defunct Ontario Motor Speedway in October, 1980.

Elvon’s variety of life experiences become the basis for the stories he shares in Straight Talk, a monthly column produced by Woodburn Dragstrip. Hopefully, you will enjoy reading them.

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