It’s that time of year when teachers arrange impromptu field trips for restless students who can see the end of the school year getting closer and closer.
Earlier this week, I spotted what was either an art class or a biology class checking out the trees on campus at East High. A couple of hours later, as I was returning from a Wheels assignment, my head whipped around when I spotted a familiar car in the parking lot across the street from Blessed Sacrament School on Douglas Ave.
It wasn’t just any old car that caused me to make a quick left turn into the lot. It was the low-slung Eaton Roofing and Exteriors junior fuel dragster that is piloted by Mike Buchanan. And it was surrounded by seventh and eighth graders from the school.
I learned that Mary Sauber, a seventh grade teacher at Blesssed Sacrament and a family friend of Mike’s, had asked him to bring the front-engined dragster by the school for a show-and-tell session. Mike’s kind of a softy when it comes to kids, being the proud grandpa of a pair of newborn twin boys, so of course, he said yes.
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Mike and his talented crew chief Gary Roushkolb not only rolled out the dragster, which is about to be retired and restored to its original form as a Hemi-powered fueler, but actually fired it up and let it idle, to the delight of the kids.
It gave a whole new meaning to the term “dragging Douglas.”