Mike Berry: Field trip was kind of a drag

05/10/2014 12:00 AM

05/09/2014 2:53 PM

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.

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.”

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