So. Last week’s Ducati 900 stalled out at a reserve-not-met $3,200. Now, we have another one, and this one has a story.
My name is Michai and I am selling my “Baby” to help support my dream of becoming a racing driver. My dream has become a reality last year as I was able to secure a full scholarship to participant in Skip Barber Summer Race Series. I am currently lacking the funds to actually make it out to the events. If your looking for a tremendous buy that will not only change your own life, but will absolutely help to change my own please drop me a line. Your participation will be forever greatful.
Feel free to Google search my name: MICHAI STEPHENS as info of my recent and cherished success shall pop up.
Have a good one!
Well, the “baby” in question is currently a no-sale at a robust $6,500. But the story is no bull, as you can see here. The kid really did get it done. Still, as recently noted re: Kevin Ward, being a young driver looking to make headway without significant family funding is really swimming against the tide. If you’re in a situation where you have a full scholarship to race for a year and you can’t afford to get to the races… What are you going to do at the end of the season when every single potential avenue for your future requires six or seven figures’ worth of funding?
It’s even more problematic when you consider that only fifteen people actually completed the series that Michai won, and some of them were people like Keith Ori, who finished second to last. Ori’s not even a competitive racer; he’s a middle-aged time-trialer/OneLap driver who apparently decided to put all his racing eggs in the Skip Barber basket and received a thorough ass-kicking from thirteen children as a result. Were I in a position to put funding behind someone, I’d want to hear that they’d beaten better talent than Keith Ori et al.
Here’s hoping that Michai sells his Ducati and goes on to fulfill his dreams. But those dreams are hard to fulfill when you don’t have a million dollars to spend. I’ll give him this: at least he’s committed. A while ago, I heard someone I respected say, “If I’m looking at sponsoring a kid and he owns anything — a street car, a house, whatever — and he hasn’t already sold it to go racing, I ask myself why I should go all in behind the kid if he won’t go all in behind himself.” From what I can see, Michai’s trying to go all in.