Woodburn Dragstrip
7730 Hwy. 219
Woodburn, Oregon

Would you like an M&M? — May 2014

I remember the first time I ate an M&M. When it comes to candy, chocolate is just about as good as it can get.  Of course, I recognize that my opinion may not be in agreement with everyone else in the world.  However, that is my opinion and I am sticking to it.  When you think about the successful candy sales from companies like Hershey’s, Cadbury, See’s, Russell Stover, and Moonstruck, to name just a few, there is no doubt why Valentine’s Day is so popular.

A second opinion from me is that the addition of the M&M Peanut line to the M&M family, proved to be as popular as the original “melt in your mouth, not in your hand” delight.  You really can’t go wrong when you add chocolate to almost anything else.  (Well, I have never tried chocolate in my scrambled eggs, but even that might be worth trying.)  The number of candy bars following this example is endless.  Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Snickers, Milky Way, Nestles Crunch, Twix, Baby Ruth, Almond Joy, Mounds, Kit Kat, Butter Finger — the list is endless.  Or if you would like a special sweet treat, try some chocolate covered strawberries.  Now that is to die for!  Perhaps some of you have been on a cruise or eaten at a specialty cafe that featured an all-you-can-enjoy chocolate buffet.  (You may notice I said “all-you-can-enjoy”, not “all-you-can-eat”.)  I think you can figure that one out.

But now, let’s think more about those M&M’s.  If you rotate them clockwise 90 degrees, you would have 3&3’s.  Rotate them 180 degrees and you have W&W’s.  A 90 degree counter-clockwise rotation will produce E&E’s which of course, are my favorites.  (Little did my parents know that one day a deliciously sweet candy would be named after the first letter in the name of their equally sweet son.)  However, in all honesty, I must concede that the M&M positioning is really the correct one.  Why, you ask?   Well, I will tell you.

M is the first letter in the word “money.”  As a racer, you “can’t leave home without it” if you want to have a successful season.  You will not all be required to have the same amount of it, but each racer must have a racing budget and that requires money.  That is one of the best things about the sport of drag racing.  Each person can participate at the level which he/she chooses.  You can bring your daily driver or you can be part of a $3 million -per-year team.  There is a place for everyone.

But there is another “M” in the sport of drag racing.  Each racer has one.  Each crew member has one.  Each race fan has one.  Without our “M” we would not be here.  We each have our “Mother.”  In my case, from the nine months of pregnancy, through the pain of childbirth, all of the care as an infant, the early training as a child, and the sacrifices she made throughout my lifetime, my mother was without-a-doubt, the most influential person in my life.  It has been 3 years now since she moved to her celestial home, but her memory will always be with me.  Some of us are blessed to have mothers who are active in this great sport.  I love to see the ladies who compete and come out on top.  (Does 2013 Super Pro come to mind?)  Mother’s Day is the second Sunday in the month of May this year.  With this in mind, Woodburn Dragstrip will honor our mothers by setting the day aside so that all of the racing family can be with that person who has given us life — our mother.  May you have a chocolate kind of day.


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.

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