Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Humpy: The Legend Retires!

"Great events people create the illusion that something is going to happen at an event that’s so great and unique that you’ve got to be there. Then they make that illusion become reality."

During the late evening scanning of the NASCAR web-sites, I was stunned and surprised to discover that Humpy Wheeler is retiring. Considered to be the P. T. Barnum of NASCAR promotions, Humpy will be missed by many. However, there is a book deal in the future. I will be one of the first to read it!

"We’d had a great event and we were sitting there talking one day," said Ed Clark, another former employee who now is track president at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "He looked at me and said, ‘Don’t start feeling too satisfied. If you do, put on some old clothes and walk down the street to see how many people will pick you up. You’ll quickly realize you’re no different from anybody else. Don’t get too proud of what you’ve done.’"

1 comment:

Puddle said...

I can't help but think that Humpy's rather sudden departure is due to a disagreement between him and management. Who knows. I am also looking forward to the Memoirs of Humpy! I bet he's got more than a few good stories to share!