|Eli and George Ciamillo, one of MGW's owners.|
Eli and I got home Friday late afternoon. Literally, the car was still rolling in the driveway when he started opening his door to get out. Along the way, he texted Vic, first when we pulled out of the
Before we left Augusta, we had a chance to visit MGW, an aftermarket shifter manufacturer for Mustangs, Cameros, and Corvettes. Several months ago, when Vic was kind of “mapping” the upgrades, customization for Bruce, he put on the list an MGW shifter. Then just kind of tucked the list away as something to work on, and toward. Then back in March, when Vic was with Eli and I was home because of mom, a doctor in radiation was talking about his Corvette with them, and mentioned that he was going to go down to MGW and have them look at his shifter. Of course, Vic’s ears perked up, and it turns out the shifter he had chosen was manufactured right there in Augusta. The weirdest thing. So, Eli and I made plans to visit MGW, pick up a shifter for Bruce straight from the man that makes them, and meet George Ciamillo, one of the owners. Just as so many times before, such good people everywhere we look. They showered us with MGW hats, shirts, decals, and an awesome weighted shift knob, and Eli got to see George’s Boss 302s race car. George offered to put the shifter in the car for us, as I’m sure he could do it in his sleep, but getting the car down there on short notice was an issue, and Eli was beyond ready to get home, so he didn’t want to stay an extra
|Eli was ready to go home!|
We are less than a month from “Eli’s Block Party” car & bike show, May 14th, so things are cranking up with those preparations, especially now that I’m home. If you have any promotional items to go in our goody bags for the registered participants, or anything for a door prize, we would need it all by May 6. Looking for items, but if you want to put in a business card, and you are not already a sponsor, it’s $15 to do so. Looking for more automotive vendors, demonstration booths, automotive promotional booths, so contact me for ways to sign up for that.
If you’ve followed us for very long, you have felt with us the ups and downs, the jolts of the roller coaster that we ride. Racing through valleys so deep and dark you don’t know if your eyes are open or shut. Then just when you think that is where you must be getting off, you shoot out from under the darkness, to the tops of the clouds and ride in the sunshine for a while. It was only a few months ago, that I was, in my head, planning the car show expecting Eli not to be there. Who would do the “Eli’s Choice” award? But, it’s looking like, I won’t have to answer that question for this year’s show at least. Unless the chemo does absolutely nothing, and his cancer progresses uncharacteristically fast, he should be there.