On the Road: When racing runs in the family, it’s even harder to quit

first_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS See More Videos We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Greg Williams is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Have a column tip? Contact him at 403-287-1067 or [email protected] RELATED TAGSCalgaryNewsAutomobile Journalists Association of CanadaBrooks SpeedwayCalgary FlamesDave SprouleDaytona 500Deven VissereBay Inc.Edmonton OilersEmma FitzpatrickGreg WilliamsHarley-Davidson Inc.Medicine HatMerl FitzpatrickMotorsportsNational Hockey LeagueNHL NorthwestNHL Western ConferenceSports Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Out on the track, Merl Fitzpatrick doing what he does best in his No. 13 carCarol Douglas, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Merl Fitzpatrick races car No. 13 at Drumheller Downs SpeedwayCarol Douglas, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Young racer Emma Fitzpatrick and her No. 13 car poses with a trophy presented by Jaxson QuallieWendy Fitzpatrick, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Merl Fitzpatrick, right, with his son Jesse and ‘extended family’ Deven Visser; all will be racing this yearWendy Fitzpatrick, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Emma Fitzpatrick with her Mini-Cup race carWendy Fitzpatrick, Driving “I was looking on Kijiji and saw a Mini Sprint car for sale,” Fitzpatrick says. “I showed Emma a picture, and asked her, ‘If granddad buys this, will you drive it?’ She said yup.”Before Emma could race, the car needed some work. Fitzpatrick made sure she was involved in the process, and when he learned Emma was struggling with some basic math skills such as subtraction he tutored her while they worked hands-on with the car.“She helped me drill out all the rivets,” Fitzpatrick says. “So I’d say, how many rivets do we have to take out? She’d count them and tell me, and after she’d take one out she’d have to tell me how many were left. We’d put the numbers on a whiteboard, and she soon grasped the concept.” It’s with an obvious sense of pride when Fitzpatrick says, “She’s in junior high school now and is on the honour roll.”She’s also doing very well behind the wheel of her powerful Mini-Cup car, increasing her lap times as she grows comfortable with the speeds it can attain.Fitzpatrick has also helped Deven Visser get on the track. Since the age of 12, Visser crewed with the senior racer, and Fitzpatrick helped get him into a stock car two years ago.“Deven will race one of our Modified cars this year,” Fitzpatrick says of his Black Magic Racing adventures, and concludes, “It’s like an extended family on the tracks now.” Trending in Canada ‹ Previous Next ›center_img PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca advertisement “We didn’t know what we were doing,” Fitzpatrick chuckles, and continues, “When you’re starting out you don’t know anything, so we asked questions and learned as we went along.” He raced at Brooks Speedway from 1980 to 1984.“I married Wendy on a Saturday in early May in 1984, and on the Sunday I was at the racetrack,” Fitzpatrick says. “Most of the wedding party from the night before was in the grandstands.” Fitzpatrick’s son, Jesse, was born soon after. A new dad, Fitzpatrick continued to pile on the laps from 1985 to 1989 at the then newly built Medicine Hat track.“In 1990 I attempted to stop racing, and bought a Harley-Davidson that we toured on,” Fitzpatrick says. “And for some reason, during that time that motorcycle went to quite a few racetracks.”A welder by trade, Fitzpatrick operates Black Magic Welding. All of his cars run under the Black Magic Racing banner. Fitzpatrick grew up in the country, and if he wanted to visit a friend or work at a job, he needed a vehicle to get there. His first car, a 1969 Buick Special, was bought from his mom.“It didn’t have an engine, so I had to earn more money to buy an engine and put it in the car myself,” he says. “I quickly gained some mechanical skills.”Fitzpatrick was back behind the wheel in 1993 driving an IMCA (International Motor Contest Associates) Modified car for owner Dave Sproule, continuing until 1997.“I tried to quit again, but I guess I’m not much of a quitter,” Fitzpatrick says. “I enjoy every aspect of racing, and especially the camaraderie. How many stick and ball sports are there where one team will give the other team something that makes sure they win that weekend?“I’ve done it and it’s happened to me where I’ve been loaned an engine for the weekend and I’ve beaten the guy who gave it to me. Where else does that happen? Would the Calgary Flames help the Edmonton Oilers beat them?”Fitzpatrick’s son, Jesse, has raced since 2000, and is an accomplished stock car driver with several track championships under his belt. He took a few years off from racing, but continued to volunteer at several tracks. In 2017 Jesse is back racing, this time in the IMCA Modified division.Now Emma, Jesse’s niece and Fitzpatrick’s granddaughter is behind the wheel of a Mini-Cup car (half-scale stock cars for racers between nine and 16). That’s not where she started, however.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Young racer Emma Fitzpatrick and her No. 13 car poses with a trophy presented by Jaxson Quallie The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Trending Videos Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Racing is a hard habit to break. More than once over the years Merl Fitzpatrick has tried to quit, but the lure of the oval track keeps calling him back – and now he doesn’t want to quit. In 2017, there will be three generations of the Brooks-area family racing at tracks including Dinosaur Downs Speedway, Medicine Hat Speedway and Hythe Motor Speedway. If he races three more years, Fitzpatrick could eventually end up competing against his adult son Jesse, and his granddaughter, Emma.“On Saturday afternoons when I was a kid, I’d sit and watch the Wide World of Sports,” Fitzpatrick says. “You’d get to see all of the sports action that happened the week before, but what really caught my attention was the coverage of the Daytona 500 races. I thought that looked like fun.” Later, Fitzpatrick’s brother and a friend attended races at the now closed Brooks Speedway. Brooks, a city 186 km southeast of Calgary, was the site of a 3/8-mile dirt oval.They came back with stories, and the tales they told an 18-year-old Fitzpatrick only helped kindle the flame. In 1979, Fitzpatrick went to see his first oval dirt track races and the hook was set deep. The very next year, Fitzpatrick and a friend pooled their resources and shared a race car. last_img read more

Camouflage high school jerseys

first_imgLocation:Sun Devil Country 4,173 posts 482 353 Share on other sites 450 12 Share this post 12 By BigMac12, October 15, 2011 in Sports Logo News Go To Topic Listing BigMac12 Wow. Yes they are horrible but at least they tried. Not a bad color combo but the camo doesn’t fit with the yellow numbers. Not really sure how to marry the color scheme to a theme like that but maybe white pants and a black and gold jersey? I don’t know but at least they made an effort. 0 Recommended Posts Banned 353 Share this post JTernup 0 Camouflage high school jerseys All Activity 0 Location:Cheyenne, WY Members walkerws Posted October 16, 2011 Link to post Link to post 359 12 All Activity Location:Sun Devil Country 359 Sign in to follow this   12 Favourite Logos:Kent State, Columbus Crew, Columbus Blue Jackets primary Sports Logos Forums Home SportsLogos.Net Share on other sites 0 Posted October 15, 2011 482 Share on other sites 359 1,712 posts walkerws Link to post gueman Sports Logo News Banned Members gueman Share on other sites JTernup 353 Members Link to post 0 Location:Sun Devil Country Banned Last night, my old high school, Marcos de Niza, had a military appreciation night. (If you’re wondering why a varsity football game in Arizona is on a Thursday, the local cable channel has a game of the week on Thursday.) Sadly, the school decided to have camoflage uniforms. Ugh! Here’s a link to a photo gallery:AZCentral’s photo galleryHoneslty, they look bad. That’s all I have to say about it. lahaye7 oh, that’s not bad. I think we shall see that in the Sportsman’s Paradise (Louisiana) alot next year. Camouflage high school jerseys 0 Camouflage high school jerseyscenter_img 12 Share this post Location:Mason Dixon Line BigMac12 12 Posted October 15, 2011 Link to post Sign in to follow this   12 Share on other sites Share on other sites Posted October 16, 2011 Location:Massillon, OH 0 Link to post mania 2,473 posts BigMac12 Share this post 13,501 posts Share this post 450 Buffalo, Boilermaker, GATOR! SportsLogos.Net 4,173 posts 0 0 Posted October 15, 2011 12 Share on other sites Posted October 15, 2011 I think they don’t look bad at all. What do you hate about it? The camo? or what they are supporting. I think 99% of the people on these boards and Paul Lukas just have a stick up their collective asses when it comes to this kinda thing. I am sure if the cause was something they supported like say more money for teachers it would be a great idea. To each his own I guess, but don’t be hypocritical.I support the military fully, but the camo uniforms just looks bad for me. 12 0 1,608 posts Location:Gainesville, FL 4,173 posts Followers 0 482 I think they don’t look bad at all. What do you hate about it? The camo? or what they are supporting. I think 99% of the people on these boards and Paul Lukas just have a stick up their collective asses when it comes to this kinda thing. I am sure if the cause was something they supported like say more money for teachers it would be a great idea. To each his own I guess, but don’t be hypocritical. Posted October 15, 2011 Share on other sites BigMac12 Share this post Members lahaye7 Posted October 16, 2011 BigMac12 450 10,452 posts Sports Logo News mania 0 Members Followers 0 Link to post They look more like hunter appreciation than military. What the is with that cameo?Agreed, the padres digital camo is the only camo I have ever really liked on a uniform. It looks like these kids borrowed their dads hunting shirt and taped on numbers. UckBTW, my high school’s nickname are, you guessed it, the Padres! Share this post They look more like hunter appreciation than military. What the is with that cameo?Agreed, the padres digital camo is the only camo I have ever really liked on a uniform. It looks like these kids borrowed their dads hunting shirt and taped on numbers. Uck This topic is now closed to further replies. Link to post Sports Logos Share this post Forums Home BigMac12 They look more like hunter appreciation than military. What the is with that cameo?last_img read more

Miller confident of chances in Xterra Danao

first_imgMiller is native of Lapu-Lapu City, part of Cebu’s Metropolitan Area, and being a local has its advantages in terms of dealing with the extreme heat and familiarity with the terrain — something that foreign competitors are concerned over.“My advantage is that I’m used to this kind of weather. I’m used to this kind of heat,” Miller told INQUIRER.net.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnMiller, considered one of the country’s top pro triathletes, will be up against the world’s best in Xterra with defending champion Bradley Weiss, Sam Osborne and Ben Allen tipped to rule the race.But despite facing high caliber competition, Miller still likes his chances of landing a spot in the podium. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out View comments Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely “I’m confident because I know I trained and prepared really hard for this,” he said.The race features a 1.5 kilometer swim that starts and ends at Coco Palms beach resort, 40 km bike and 10 km run that had Weiss bracing for a “really, really tough” course.Weiss is ranked No. 1 in the race after ruling Xterra Albay two years ago.Danao is located 50 kilometers north of Cebu City. The temperature is expected to reach as high as 35 degrees around 11 a.m. on race day but organizers of the event said the heat will “feel like 42 degrees.”Xterra Danao attracted 223 participants overall from 15 countries all over the world.ADVERTISEMENT De Jesus, La Salle ‘lucky’ to have passed UST trial in Final Four DANAO, Cebu — Joseph Miller’s greatest edge is also his competitors’ biggest fear on the eve of the Xterra Series here.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape testlast_img read more

SA tourism hits 9-million mark

first_img7 April 2008A total of 9.07-million foreigners visited South Africa in 2007 – representing an 8.3% increase over 2006 – as the country broke its annual tourist arrivals record for the third year running.Announcing the latest figures in a statement last month, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said that the overall global growth rate for the year was just over 6%, indicating that South Africa was still outpacing international tourism growth rates.“Destination South Africa is well on its way to reaching 10-million arrivals by 2010,” Van Schalkwyk said.South Africa’s growth was seen across all air markets, the minister said. Africa remained the country’s biggest tourism source market, while consistent growth in arrivals from the Americas since 2002 made the US South Africa’s second biggest source market.US now SA’s second-biggest marketSouth Africa attracted over 22 000 more travellers from the US in 2007 – an 8.7% increase over 2006.Arrivals from Asia and Australasia also grew strongly in 2007 compared to 2006, with a 16.9% increase from India, 12.9% increase from China, and 6.9% increase in visitors from Australasia.“The only Asian market that showed a slight decrease was Japan, which posted a decrease of -0.4% over 2006,” Van Schalkwyk said.Arrivals from Europe grew by 2.3% over 2006, driven by an 8.5% increase in arrivals from France. Arrivals from the Netherlands grew 3.5%, and from Italy by 2.2%.“Germany was the only European country that posted negative growth of 1.4%, which was largely due to market-specific activity,” Van Schalkwyk said.African arrivals continue to growSouth Africa’s African air markets, meanwhile, showed good growth for the year, with Kenya coming in with a strong 14.7% increase over 2006, Nigeria posting a 12.8% increase, and Angola growing strongly from a low base with a 10.2% increase over 2006.Closer to home, arrivals from Botswana continued their growth curve of recent years, with 55 000 more visitors coming to South Africa from Botswana in 2007, representing a 7.3% increase over 2006.The increase in arrivals, especially air arrivals, from all regions of the world reflected not only the growing awareness of South Africa as a tourism destination but also “the success of the airlift strategy passed by Cabinet last year that resulted in increased access to the South African market for foreign carriers,” Van Schalkwyk said.More direct flightsThe airlift strategy has seen Delta Airlines flying direct to Johannesburg from Atlanta in the US, and the airline has plans to introduce a service between New York and Cape Town this year.South African Airways has introduced a service between Munich and Johannesburg, and Emirates Airlines now flies into Johannesburg 18 times a week and will soon be flying direct to Cape Town and then to Durban.China Eastern has opened the route to China, and Thai Air has re-established the route to Bangkok.There have also been requests from two UK airlines, as well as air carriers from South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Kenya, Mozambique, Angola and Nigeria, for direct flights into South Africa.Post-apartheid tourism boomInternational tourism to South Africa has surged since the end of apartheid. In 1994, the year of South Africa’s first democratic elections, only 3.9-million foreign visitors arrived in the country.By 2004, international arrivals had more than doubled to 6.7-million. In 2005 they grew to 7.5-million (+10.3%), in 2006 to 8.4-million (+13.9%), and in 2007 to 9.07-million (+8.3%).Tourism is also one of the fastest growing sectors of South Africa’s economy, its contribution to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) increasing from 4.6% back in 1993 to 8.3% in 2006. Directly and indirectly, tourism constitutes approximately 7% of employment in South Africa.And the outlook for the industry is extremely positive, particularly with the exposure the country will receive in the lead-up to the world’s biggest sporting event, the Fifa World Cup, taking place in South Africa in 2010.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Security Executive Council (SEC) Expands Capability with Four Security Experts

first_imgThe Security Executive Council (SEC) has recently welcomed four additional experts to its team. Responding to SEC’s current research on corporate security trends and requirements, this new group of leading professionals will contribute in important niche areas of expertise. Bob Hayes, SEC’s managing director states, “With our most recent recruitment of top talent, we have added experts with some experiences and knowledge unique to the security advisory industry.” The SEC provides a comprehensive array of advisory services and serves as a strategic partner to security executives who want to take their security programs to the next level.Phil Hopkins Former VP of Global Security, Western Union Financial Services Expertise: • Executive risk assessments • Design of protective services and program development • Financial crimes • National security eventsHeather O’Brien Former Southeastern Regional President for Universal Protection Service, LLC and President, Security Forces, Inc. Expertise: Expertise Guard /officer programs including: • Contracting • Program implementation • Services coverage • Qualifications • KPIs • Cost effectiveness without service reduction • Contract and services validation- Sponsor – John Slattery Former Deputy Assistant Director for Counterintelligence (CI), FBI National Security Branch Expertise: • Custom training and solutions focused on insider threats and cyber risk mitigation • Analytic and intelligence-enabled products and services to US Government, law enforcement organizations and private sector clients • Solutions leveraging behavioral indicators to better inform management and influence personnel decisions • Tailored training and solutions for the enterprise to improve interviewing and behavioral influence skills and the ability to detect deceptionMarilyn Sussan Former Chief, Administrative Services, Security and Corporate Procurement Division at Inter-American Development Bank Expertise: • Integration of security across all corporate services delivery • Security considerations in international real estate decisions • Employee security and incident management in developing countries • Executive influence strategyTo learn more about the Security Executive Council, click here. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

You Might See Twitter’s Native Video Feature In A Few Weeks

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification lauren orsini Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img Twitter will be launching a native video feature in just a few weeks, sources close to the company have revealed to Recode. The feature, which will reportedly allow users to record, edit, and post video without leaving the Twitter app, will be similar to—but separate from—its Vine app. The goal is apparently to provide more ways for people to create video on Twitter, and more engagement as a result.See also: “While You Were Away” Rolls Out On TwitterTwitter first hinted at coming out with a video app in November last year, announcing several different new features including “While You Were Away,” its first non-chronological service. Though Twitter has declined to comment, it’s clear that each of these features is designed to keep people on Twitter longer and more involved while they’re there. See also: We Can’t Get Enough Of Videos On Facebook, ApparentlyThis tip comes within the same week that Facebook announced users are watching more than a billion video clips per day on the service. Video is only getting more popular on social media, and now it’s Twitter’s turn to capitalize on that.Photo by Esther Vargas Tags:#Facebook#online video#social media#twitter#Vine The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

One dead in head-on Highway 63 crash

first_imgOne person is dead, and another person is badly hurt, after a Highway 63 wreck.The Highway Patrol says it happened on Tuesday morning in Westphalia. Two cars crashed into each other head-on.As of midday Tuesday, authorities had not released the names of the people involved yet.last_img

Pranab links fall of rupee to euro-zone crisis; asks for austerity measures

first_imgAs the Indian rupee hit all-time low and the BSE Sensex fell over 300 points, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday said the country needed to put prime focus on measures to protect against the ongoing euro-zone crisis. Speaking in the Rajya Sabha during a debate on the Finance Bill, the finance minister said the government was not passing the buck, but it was time to wake up to the reality. Mukherjee attributed the rupee hitting an all-time low of 54.46 to a US dollar and the sharp slide in Sensex to the crisis in Greece that has kept the euro-zone on the edge. With no let-up in global crisis, the finance minister said the challenge for India was to generate domestic demand and ensure growth in the rural sector. The minister called it a complex economic situation and said fresh austerity measures were required to tackle the crisis. He said even the growing global oil prices were a cause of concern.last_img read more

We Asked 50,000 Michigan Fans To Show Us Their Coolest Wolverines Gear: Here Are The 21 Best Photos We Were Sent

first_imgAn awesome customized Michigan car.Monday night, we asked our Michigan fan base – which is over 50,000 strong on Facebook – to send us photos of their coolest Wolverines gear ahead of the 2016 season. The response has been above and beyond what we could have ever expected. It turns out there are some seriously creative UM fans out there.We’re going to highlight the best 21 items we were sent. Warning – if you’re a Michigan supporter, you may feel a bit inferior after scrolling through the list. Let’s get started:1. This 1988 Chevy Caprice, decked out in Michigan colors and logos. Sent over by a fan named Lee.13240029_1334199959929234_1196189345077723729_n 13254393_1334198436596053_9111179041837961854_n2. This Wolverines-themed mailbox, complete with goal posts. Sent over by a fan named Michelle.13245282_10153758818358473_7673114632182573403_n (1)3. This Ford Mustang, painted with Michigan’s color scheme. Sent in by a fan named Jeff.13226902_929209510531547_7892514462173908972_n (1)4. This Michigan-themed SeaDoo. Sent over by a fan named David.13240773_10205290815264483_7312073122244519807_n5. This Michigan-colored ice fishing sled. Sent over by a fan named Allen.13240042_1736781223252701_8219881240336466309_n6. These Michigan helmet-themed surfboards. Sent over by a fan named Tim.13245270_1217411494966470_1493495655821133915_n (1)7. This Ohio-shaped Michigan carving. Sent over by a fan named Shannon.13254431_1191756870843194_132830051573061721_n (1)8. This Michigan-themed Dodge Ram 1300, which even has the Michigan state outline near the tail. Sent over by a fan named Benji.13237818_10204737180109359_5036488853053740560_n (1)9. These Michigan-themed Converse shoes, sent over by a fan named Patti.13267756_1215427908491982_1638369843520296299_n (1)10. This old-school automobile, which looks like a 1930 Ford Model A, decked out in Michigan colors and logos. Sent over by a fan named Bob. 13254514_1747397755475032_769153274314965691_n (1)11. These Michigan colored booties, sent over by a fan named John.13248535_1225983294079951_9145564206953102716_o12. This Michigan-themed toilet, complete with Ohio State’s logo in the proper spot. Sent over by an anonymous fan.13233098_1749951888584396_6802899046990585104_n13. This Michigan-themed camper, called the Schembechler Shack – which you can actually rent. Sent over by a fan named Adam.13244626_10204693984629465_7480910150103034490_n14. This Michigan lamp, which features an aerial of the team’s stadium. Sent over by a fan named Yvonne.13265853_10206660357691212_2037572143638964257_n (1)15. This awesome Michigan fan cave, which even features yard lines along the walls. Sent in by a fan named Jake.13260188_10206446124977396_855767924816017571_n16. This Michigan wood carving, which features the program logo. Sent over by a fan named John.13256110_10154172893314493_6639696128007414567_n17. This Michigan-themed motorcycle, sent over by a fan named Troy.13241328_10209496215348168_4232678824458101975_n18. This accent wall, dedicated to Michigan’s stadium – The Big House. Sent in by a fan named Dennis.13227084_10205867033786530_3711199039386747588_n19. This hilarious birdhouse combo, which shows a clean Michigan house and a crapped-on Michigan State house. Sent in by a fan named Sherry.13221518_10206711764497403_7446072135921208283_n20. This metal 360-degree lawn decoration, which features Michigan’s “M” logo. Sent in by a fan named Dan.13256453_1572570263041197_5345480309243178988_n21. This 1950-era Chevy Stepside, with Michigan logos on the body and the spare tire case. Sent over by a fan named Jim.13245491_10206145069537951_6265495549462242473_nThink you’ve got these people beat? Let us know!last_img read more

Man pulled over by slain officer says he was an incredible person

first_imgABBOTSFORD, B.C. – Warren Banks was driving home on Halloween wearing his costume — a brown cultist robe — when he was pulled over by a police officer in Abbotsford, B.C.It led to an encounter Banks remembers for how kind the officer was, made even more poignant this week when he learned the policeman, Const. John Davidson, had lost his life in the line of duty.“It was just a really pleasant, friendly interaction and we got to the end and I just thought this guy is really exemplary,” Banks said.Davidson, who was 53, was killed Monday while responding to a suspected stolen vehicle call when shots were fired.A 65-year-old Alberta man has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with his death.Davidson, who served as a police officer for 24 years in the United Kingdom and Abbostford, is survived by his wife and three adult children.A police motorcade escorted his body Thursday from Vancouver General Hospital to a funeral home in Abbotsford.Banks said Davidson made a positive impression on him from the moment they spoke after he was pulled over.“The first thing I noticed was he addressed me by my name,” Banks said, adding he was at a loss for why he had been stopped.Davidson explained his plates were scanned and flagged for having expired car insurance, Banks said.The officer could have handed him a $600 ticket and impounded the vehicle, but Banks said Davidson believed he didn’t know his insurance expired and handed him a $100 ticket instead.Banks still couldn’t drive without renewing his policy. He started looking up the nearest broker on his cellphone when Davidson came back with his ticket.“He said, ‘I know one just three blocks down. Get in the car, I’ll give you a ride.’ ”Banks said he was surprised by the offer and wanted to express his gratitude.“I was getting out of the car and I went to shake his hand and I said, ‘Thank you very much for the ride and I just want to say it was really an honour and privilege to be arrested by you,’ ” he said.Davidson laughed and said it wasn’t an arrest, Banks recalled.“I said, ‘Yeah I know I’m not under arrest but … I just wanted to let you know that I thought you did a great job,’ ” he said.Banks said he told his girlfriend and a few other people about what happened. When news of Davidson’s death was released, Banks said he immediately recognized the officer who was kind, courteous and professional to him.He posted a note on Facebook about his encounter, which he said has gone viral.Flowers and messages of condolences have filled a makeshift memorial outside the Abbotsford Police Department in the days following Davidson’s death.Banks said he wasn’t surprised to see the reaction when he stopped by the memorial on Wednesday.“The guy was an incredible person. I didn’t catch him on a good day, he was like all the time from what I can see and hear,” he said.— By Linda Givetash in Vancouver.last_img read more