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Welcome to Motorsports Ministries

Motorsports Ministries is an organization conceived, developed, and operated to provide for the spiritual and emotional needs of the people involved in professional and amateur automobile racing. The ministry strives to bring balance and perspective, providing ministry and encouragement to the whole person. The ministry endeavors to influence the unchurched as well as those with a Christian commitment. Recognizing that life, like racing, is composed of multi dimensional experiences; Motorsports Ministries attempts to encourage individuals to understand the essence of life from a Christian viewpoint.

Thursday
Oct222009

Her Pinkness

Remembering Donna Mae Mims
I don’t remember exactly when I first met Donna Mae. It may have been when she was working on the false grid at Nelson Ledges or maybe when admiring her pink Corvette with the incredible mural of Marilyn Monroe on the hood. Her name sounded familiar since I had been following racing since the nearly 60’s, but it was only later I learned the extent of her accomplishments. Donna started racing in 1958 was the first and only one of three women to win an SCCA National Championship in H Production in 1963 in her pink Austin-Healy Bug eye Sprite in her pink coveralls and helmet. “I just always liked pink,” she said. Donna was an employee of the famous Yenko Chevrolet and worked with Zora Arkus Duntov among others in the development of Chevrolet Racing. She also raced Camaros, MGs, Corvettes, and Corvairs in places such as Sebring, Daytona, and Riverside. For one of her funnier escapades, she drove a Cadillac Limo in the 1972 Cannonball Run with an all girl team.

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Tuesday
Oct132009

Nelson Ledges Chaplain’s Notes

RECEIVING
It is better to give than to receive. From the time we were children, (a long, long time ago for me) we have had this lesson taught to us again and again. And, it is a good thing.  SCCA racing could not exist without the many volunteers who give more than they receive. Most of us owe someone who helped us in the past, a parent, a mentor, a coach, a teacher, or a pastor, who poured into our lives. Many times we can’t pay them back. Ohio State’s great former football coach Woody Hayes always said you can’t pay back but you can pay forward by helping others. Many don’t know of the hours he spent quietly helping the less fortunate.

But sometimes as you get older and you are in a position to be the giver most all of the time, you can become prideful of that fact. You feel that others need you more than you need them. Receiving becomes difficult because it wounds your pride to need others. When you finally receive it is can be very humbling.

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Tuesday
Oct132009

Summer in Ohio

This summer I had the opportunity to take my Nissan SCCA Race car to Circleville , Ohio for a week-end of Ministry. Saturday was a sunny warm day with over 100 cars in attendance for the church's car show. I set up near the registration area and handed out photos of my race car, racing tracts for Christ and Motorsports Ministries. I gave the children, and some older kids at heart, a chance to sit in the car and have their photo taken.

On Sunday, using Ephesians 6:1-3, I spoke to the children about obeying their parents. The definition of the flags, along with other rules of racing, also helped define how obedience is crucial on the track, in the home and to God.

Mark Crellin