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16 YR OLD TAYLOR HANUS~JLV RACING~ '69 CAMARO~ 2014 REVIEW
2014 was an impressive rookie year for 16 year old Taylor Hanus behind the wheel of her grandfather Jack Van De Voorde’s 496ci Super Pro ’69 Camaro… Ever since Taylor was a little girl she preferred toy cars over dolls. Years of sitting in the stands with her late grandmother Mary, watching her grandfather “Papa Jack” and other family members race was surely a factor. She recalls sitting for hours betting with grandma and picking her favorite color car to win. Years later towards the end of the racing season, Taylor almost 14 now, was taken by her grandparents to see her first Jr. dragster race where she was able to sit in a few Jr. dragsters cockpits and dream what it would be like to race one. That dream started to become a reality with a surprise on Taylor’s 14th birthday in December. Papa Jack and Taylor’s father Charlie surprised Taylor with a gift to an all day Jr. dragster lesson in February at Doug Foley’s Drag Racing School in Florida! Taylor will never forget the valuable lessons taught and most of all learning to drive Doug Foley’s sons Jr. Dragster! Next up was purchasing a 7.90 Jr. dragster for Taylor. She then competed for two years with the Jr. dragster learning to cut a light and be consistent in everything she did. But now having being bit by the racing bug, she had an itch for “Papa Jack’s Camaro which he hadn’t raced personally since 2010. With Taylor now 16 years old, the decision was made to move up and race the Camaro! Under the watchful eye and guidance of Papa Jack who himself had been racing competitively since the ‘60’s, Taylor was given the opportunity to become the youngest driver in the Super Pro class at her home track Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois. Taylor had a remarkable rookie year running consistent 10’s and by the end of the season had set her personal best of 9.04@148.05mph! She was known for her perfect burnouts and reaction times that left even the seasoned racers in awe! As the 2015 season is near,Taylor now 17 years old, looks to get into the 8’s and dedicates the upcoming season to her beloved grandmother Mary who recently passed away. Mary along with her husband Jack were with Taylor at every race and she will be greatly missed cheering on Taylor but still will be there in spirit.





A 15yr old tries to escape a police LT1 Camaro in a BMW E30 M3
A 15yr old tries to escape a police LT1 Camaro in a BMW E30 M3.





2010 Camaro SS Birthday Surprise
May 2016 - Well, it's been a while! My wife and I where just sitting here reading comments and decided that an update was long overdue. Wow!! What a wide range of feedback an emotion this video has caused. We really appreciate all the kind comments!! Most are good, some are funny and others are quite ridiculous. LOL Shane is doing great. The car stays parked in the garage most of time these days with about 50,000 miles on it and it still looks brand new. The deal was that he had to maintain better than a 3.0 GPA throughout high school to not have it taken away and he graduated with a 3.1 GPA. He has since started his own successful pressure cleaning business, has a fleet of 4 trucks and employs 5 full-time people. It would be easy to assume that he was a spoiled, punk kid, but that is so far from the truth! He is a humble, appreciative, hard working 21 year-old entrepreneur. Another interesting fact is that the guy who pretended to own the car (Chad Crawford) has started his own television series that same year called "How to do Florida" which can also be found on YouTube, Facebook and airs regularly on Fox Sports. What an awesome show... check it out! Chad and his wife are great people and they did an incredible job helping make this idea for a surprise birthday video become a reality. A big shout out to them! http://howtodoflorida.com/ (Currently in it's 6th season) May 2013 - Shane is now graduating from high school and the car remains in excellent condition. You might also be surprised to learn that he still hasn't gotten any tickets. We're very proud of the responsible young man he has become... Apr 2012 -- Well, Shane is now 17 and after 23,000 miles I'm happy to report that he still hasn't had any accidents or tickets. He'll be a senior next year and he's considering a career in automotive design. We'll be posting an update video soon!! Jan 2011 -- Shane has recently turned 16 and put more than 4,000 miles on the car without ANY incidents. He takes outstanding care of the vehicle and has grown to become a very responsible and mature teenager. Feb 2010 -- My wife and I ordered a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS as a surprise birthday gift for our fifteen year old son. This was a complete surprise and he had absolutely no idea that the car was his. On another note, I appreciate everyone's concern for his well-being, however I think it is more responsible for a parent to teach a teenager how to drive than to pretend that they're not going to drive fast. The car is not the danger; an inexperienced driver is usually what causes injury or death, regardless of their age.





18 YR OLD GIRL! ALEX TAYLOR'S TWIN TURBO '68 CAMARO! 8.94@157.17! '15 HOT ROD DRAG WEEK !
18 year old Alex Taylor competing in the '15 Hot Rod Drag Week at Cordova lays down a 8.94@157.17mph with her Twin turbo Holley EFI LS2 '68 SS Camaro in the St. Race Sm Blk Power Adder Class. After the 8.94 run Alex experienced a power loss in her next pass and troubleshooting in the pits led to what sounded like an Exhaust leak. It was impressive to watch her work on the car and get it ready for the next day at Gateway Motorsports Park, Madison, IL for Day 5 Finals of the '15 Hot Rod Drag Week.




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