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Racing Dreamz one step closer to helping veterans

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October 3, 2018

By Marlana Ward
Freelance Writer

Local non-profit Racing Dreamz is closer to helping make veterans dreams come true with the recent acquisition of equipment and technology from a generous benefactor who wished to help the group fulfill their goal. While this donation has the potential to make a difference in many lives, Racing Dreamz still needs help from the community to be able to take advantage of this opportunity.

“Our most recent donation has been a ‘Kit Car’ company,” Racing Dreamz Chairman Ben Jones shared. “A gentleman that held the rights and all equipment, fiberglass molds, chassis jigs, etc., felt that he would not be able to carry on the business and he had heard about our organization. We spoke a few times on the phone, and he decided to donate the company to us.”

With the equipment donated, the challenge now becomes how to transport the items to Johnson County. “We have to raise the funding to hire a company to transport everything here,” Jones explained. “It will cost more than $1,000 in transportation fees.”

In the past, Racing Dreamz had seen support from the local county government, a relationship it hopes to see continue with the new administration in place. “This is why we moved to Johnson County as I have always heard that Johnson County is a great place to live,” Jones spoke of his experience in the county. “We have been in contact with Doe Mountain about allowing us to organize events there. We’ve been in contact with the Johnson County Mayor’s Office about organizing a motorsport event. We had previously gotten the county’s blessing, but at the time we did not have the one million dollar insurance policy that was needed. So, we’re doing what we can with what we got.”

Currently, finding a shop space and a location to build a track for racing experiences is a major focus of Racing Dreamz. “We’ve been trying now for four years to reach a landowner that has about 30 or more acres that they are not using to allow us to use their property to build an off-road race course,” said Jones. “We can use this for veterans and children as we also plan on building off-road racing karts for both adults and disadvantaged children.”

Work with veterans through racing Dreamz is close to the heart of Jones. “I’m a veteran of the United States Air Force (1977-1981),” expressed Jones. “My duty station was a regional military hospital right after the Vietnam war. I saw too many of our men broken and damaged with limited hope for their future. If a veteran has an interest in motor sports, we will try to help them get involved.”

“First and foremost, we want to bring a smile to the veterans who are interested in our projects and programs,” Jones said of the Racing Dreamz mission. “That’s what it’s all about. If there is a disabled veteran, if we can help them uplift their lives and emotions through motor sports, then we’ve done our jobs.”

Anyone wishing to learn more about Racing Dreamz or offer support to help the group and its work can reach the group at [email protected]