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Reggie Showers
© 2000 Dwight Drum

       





REGGIE SHOWERS


Pro Stock Suzuki

In sports, the inner stuff that compels athletes to achieve levels beyond reasonable belief defines champions. That stuff also defines Reggie Showers, a double amputee. At fourteen Reggie lost his lower legs in an electrocution mishap, but he didn't lose his spirit. Reggie Showers applied that spirit, his resolve, to the highly competitive drag racing world on the back of a motorcycle. He frequently launches his bike beyond one hundred eighty miles per hour…that's way past a point when most would apply the brakes.

Sit back, listen in and contemplate determination on a new level. Listen to Reggie's words, Reggie's stuff, as I (Dwight) chat with him between the heavy media coverage he attracted at a recent NHRA event. As Billy Vose, AMA Prostar ProMod champion, who assisted Reggies as crew chief said about his friend…"I admire Reggie, how could you not?"


Reggie, Billy Vose, Dwight Drum

D-O-B 2-6-64 BIRTHTOWN: Philadelphia, Pa HOMETOWN: Philadelphia, Pa.

Do you have a nickname?

"No."

Who would you most like to be like?

"Wow. Myself, I guess."

What are (or have been) your scariest moments?

"I can't remember…ahh…a crash at ATCO in 89 in the shutdown area on a Pro Stock bike."

Do you work out?

"Every time I can."

Do you have a special diet?

"Good food. I love sea food."

What mental routine prepares you for each run?

"I really don't have one. I just do it. I pull up and do it. We double and triple check the bike."

Do you have time for a hobby?

"I used to when I had time. Aviation. I have a pilot's license. I also enjoy flying model airplanes. ."

Many motorcyclists ride to unravel, what do you do to unwind?

"Spend time with my daughter, Autumn. She's one and a half. I'm a single dad."

What personal quality (one trait) would you want your fans to admire most?

"My compassion for other people."

What's most important? 1.Fame 2.Money 3.Thrill/fun 4.Winning 5.Other

"Other: love for one another."

Who is most important?

"The Lord."

Are you happy?

"Very." (Reggie's eyes lit up to answer this question)

What could make you happier?

"For my family to stay healthy and blessed."

If you could change one thing about motorcycle drag racing, what would it be?

"PAY OUT!"

When driving a car, do you always wear a seatbelt? 1. Yes. 2. No. 3. If yes, really?

"Always."

If you could make one part of your body stronger, what part?

"My mind."

When frustrated. What do you do first? 1. Erupt
2. Withdraw
3. Try to be cool

"Try to be cool."

What does 185 miles an hour on a motorcycle feel like?

"Too slow." (Billy Vose, rider and tuner, said the same thing at the same time)

Where do you find the most peace in your life?

"Going back home and spending time with my daughter. Just the two of us."

You're a skilled racer…What factor separates you from the fast traffic on smooth public highways?

"Respect for idiotic drivers."

What got you started in Motorcycle drag racing?

" I was talked into it by a friend."

Do you feel you are at a disadvantage because of your disability?

"None whatsoever. I have an advantage. I'm a stronger person because of it."

Additional Comments?

"I pride myself in being the most honest, caring, and compassionate person that any one can ever meet. I respect other people."

Reggie Showers has the stuff of champions, that inner ingredient that is so elusive in the general population. Searching for one word to describe Reggie's wonderful attitude is no easy task. People are much more complex than words, and exceptional people are more complex than most. One word that focuses on ability fits Reggie…Gary agreed…Reggie Showers is…

EXTRAORDINARY



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