Fighting for Warriors

Having Fun With The Goal of Giving Back

Andy Bolig - November 16, 2012 05:14 PM


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You know this could get expensive, and I hope it does..."

The Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational was so much more than just racing this year.

Thanks to charitable giving from participants involved in the race, the Wounded Warriors Project received over $20,000 in donations.  But it was no simple feat; it took some big hearts and one brave soul to get the program off the ground.

It all started Thursday night when Rob MacGregor, won an OUSCI invite for his “Hellboy” C10.  This being a huge goal for him all year, Rob knew he had to make it count.  When he went up to accept his invite, he proposed that he would donate $100 to the Wounded Warrior Project for each vehicle he beat in the race.  This showing of passion captured everyone’s attention.  So much so that Bret Voelkel, president of Ridetech, decided he also would donate $100 to every car he beat with the Ridetech 33 Ford.  Leading Bret to announce "You know this could get expensive, and I hope it does..."

When the racing was all done Saturday, the final results pushed the charitable giving well past expectations.   With our 3rd place finish, over $5,000 was donated to the project, not including the cash from Rob’s 15th place finish.  This made our fastest finish yet even more rewarding.  In addition to the race results, several others also contributed by making donations inside a hat that was passed around during the event and at the drivers meeting.  All this lead to a heartfelt conclusion to the race that will support wounded troops in the years to come.

Since OUSCI, Rob and others have been giving autocross rides for $20 donations at shows like GoodGuys Pleasanton and will continue to do so at GoodGuys Scottsdale and DelMar in the coming weeks.  We will also continue to support this program by giving rides in our 33 Ford on the autocross.  If you see Bret and the car, by all means come out, show your support, and ask for a $20 charity ride.

The Wounded Warrior Program provides services to severely injured service members during the time between active duty and transition to civilian life. To read about the events leading up to the charity, visit