Randy Caldera, Sector Superintendent, Carnegie SVRA
Carnegie SVRA Staff
Greetings Randy and Staff,
I’ve been a Carnegie fan since 1970 when I brought 4 of my elementary school students to attend the Trans-AM (first) race there at the east end of the land. In 1971 (west end) I had to bring a school bus to hold the 50 kids who signed up for the trip. In fact one of them was missing at the end of the race. He ended up in the helicopter that took DeCoster to the Livermore hospital after the World Champ’s horrendous crash.
Over these 42 years I have taken hundreds of young people to Carnegie every year. They have a chance to enjoy friendship, challenges and just plain fun in the park. Growing up requires responsibility and curiosity. Exploring the hills and canyons of Carnegie offers a never ending set of physical tests that give these frequently at-risk kids a great sense of accomplishment. Many of them have had life changing experiences and gone on to become professional icons for the current generation. (i.e.) Jan Sears – one of our 70’s kids who came on Carnegie trips. Later he became a paramedic and worked as a Carnegie Volunteer. I later taught him how to fly (I’m an FAA Flight Instructor) and now he is a CHP Flight Officer at Napa Co, Airport.
Fast forward, we are now looking forward to a great moment in the park’s history – the opening of the Alameda/Tesla Expansion Project. This dream is getting much closer and our organization (Carnegie Forever, Inc.) is on board with support for you and your staff and the OHV Division. After our positive meeting on Saturday (12.1.2012) the Board of Directors were unanimous that we want to support the staff in any way. In the last few months we have all noticed a much appreciated rapport that is developing between riders and staff. Please share this document with your crew, Twin Cities, and Division.
BTW – we still see our “pal” Roger every year – the photo above is from when we met him at Hangtown 2012 where he gave the gang a tour of the KTM Team in the race pits.
So Randy and Staff let’s do all we can to get the new property through the political and environmental ruts and over the Finish Line so future generations can share our history.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
Dave Duffin for Carnegie Forever, Inc. and Oasis for Kids, Inc.