Auto of honor: Motley man pays tribute to Vietnam vets with race car
Barry Mudford crouched down to read the names of his fallen comrades closer. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Mudford recognized some of the men listed--those soldiers from the Brainerd lakes area who lost their lives in the conflict. The names were...
Barry Mudford crouched down to read the names of his fallen comrades closer.
A veteran of the Vietnam War, Mudford recognized some of the men listed-those soldiers from the Brainerd lakes area who lost their lives in the conflict. The names were part of a custom-designed wrap on a Mod 4 car owned by Jess Geesey, a racer participating in the North Central Speedway car show Friday, March 29, at the Westgate Mall.
Geesey, who races at the Barrows track on Saturdays during the summer season, said he wanted to honor Vietnam veterans-including his own father, who he said served as a tanker during the war. With the help of Corcoran-based Cain Designs & Wraps, Geesey's race car does just that, bumper to bumper.
"All the names on the bottom are all names off the Vietnam wall in D.C.," Geesey explained. "The names in the number, ... they're all names of fallen soldiers from 45 miles (around) Brainerd. The company on the front is the company my dad served. ... Just wanted to do something cool for the vets."
The car also features images of soldiers in battle, and the roof of the car carries the black-and-white prisoners of war/missing in action flag.
As Mudford admired Geesey's creation, he noted a coincidence bringing even more meaning to the design. The car show took place March 29, also recognized since 2012 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
Geesey said he will have another body for his car to use for most races, reserving the Vietnam veterans tribute car for Memorial Day and Fourth of July weekends. He said he also plans to bring the car to parades.
With racing season still a month off, Geesey took home his first trophy already-Best in Show.