Questions and story by Dwight Drum. HTML by Gary Larsen
When you talk to Connie Cohen expect a lot of laughs. She sprinkles her chatter with chuckles at the end of sentences…laughing sometimes perks up the middle of sentences. A frequent smile accompanies the laughter, so when you chat with Connie expect a sunny mood. Connie has many ambitions and is willing keep going to accomplish her goals. Whether she is riding Pro Stock Harley or Top Fuel Harley she is on track to her dreams. One dream is to be as successful as Angelle Seeling. Share a few smiles and laughs with this positive person.
CONNIE COHEN CHATS WITH DWIGHT:
DOB: October 2, 1961 Birth Town: Detroit, Michigan
Home Town: Bristol, Ct
Do you have a nickname?
Who are your heroes?
"Shirley Muldowney ."
What are (or have been) your scariest moments?
"When I had no brakes in Numidia, Pennsylvania. It was scarier than when handle-bars broke. What scared me was that without brakes I had no control…and at the end of the track I could see trees. I used my feet for brakes. I had brand new sneakers and I wore the sides off of them. I ran out of pavement, went over rocks and dirt, but I stopped before the trees. They didn't know what happened to me, and they didn't know I was still at the end of the track. When I turned around I saw bikes running toward me."
Do you work out?
"My husband and I met at the gym eleven years ago. I gave it up, but I've just started to go back."
Do you have a special diet?
"No anything and everything."
What mental routine prepares you for each run?
"I'm a fidgety person, but I don't get psyched into a run. I'm there to have fun."
Do you have time for a hobby?
"Racing is my hobby. We're here to have fun. It might be different if we had a sponsor."
Many motorcyclists ride to unravel, what do you do to unwind?
"Ride my Harley Fat Boy."
What personal quality (one trait) would you want to be admired most for?
"For not giving up."
What’s most important?
1.Fame 2.Money 3.Thrill/fun 4.Winning
"The fun and the thrill. Money next. We could win if we had the money, and then the fame would come."
Are you happy?
What could make you happier?
"Having a Fortune 500 sponsor."
If you could change one thing about motorcycle drag racing, what would it be?
"For Harleys to have their class in the NHRA, and that the other sanctions didn't have to make money on the races."
When driving a car, do you always wear a seatbelt?
- Yes. 2. No. 3. Sometimes
Where do you find the most peace in your life?
Other than racing do you have a full-time occupation?
" We operate commercial appliance repair, and I also manage my rental properties."
You’re a skilled racer…What skills separate you from the fast traffic on public highways?
"Now that I race I don't drive as fast on the highways."
What got you started in Motorcycle drag racing?
"In New Hampshire we road bikes up to see a motorcycle drag race, and I thought as I watched…I can do that! …I attended the George Bryce/ Frank Hawley Drag Racing School. Angelle and George signed my license. Our first race was at Englishtown. Five years ago nobody helped you."
When asleep do you ever dream you're riding a motorcycle?
"I dream I'll someday beat Angelle or Matt Hines. It's only a dream!"
Can you describe the G-forces at the tree? The launch.
"Since I got a nitro bike, it's awesome."
What quality do you admire most in other people?
"I admire John Force. He doesn't forget where he came from. The fans did it."
What vehicle do you drive on the street?
"I drive a full size Chevy Silverado four by four."
When frustrated. What do you do first?
1.Erupt 2.Withdraw 3.Try to be cool 4.Other
" Other…I'm hardest on myself, but I am human."
What do you worry about the most?
"That we won't get a sponsor. We're racing on our retirement money."
Can you describe your best run?
"In Indy when I beat a Suzuki and got a standing ovation."
In a few words how would you sum up…yourself?
"If you set a goal you can achieve it. If you try hard enough you can do it."
"I thank my husband for giving me this opportunity to race. Without him, I couldn't do it. He works really hard."
Interviewing this colorful racer was an upbeat event. Connie Cohen's personality is sunny, and her choice to race is swift. I'm not trying to equate her with sun-spots or the speed of light, but I found a word that describes her sunny attitude and her speed. Gary agreed. Connie Cohen is a…