On Saturday February 9th, two legends of professional drag racing: Terry Vance and Doug Herbert, celebrated a charitable donation of $1 million dollars to Herbert’s non-profit organization Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe (B.R.A.K.E.S.). The two met at the starting line of the Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California during the NHRA Winternationals half-time break to announce Vance’s donation to Herbert’s organization.
Vance is a 14-time national motorcycle drag racing champion and team owner and co-founder of the winning motorcycle team Vance & Hines, and Herbert is a multi-time NHRA Top Fuel champion and the founder of B.R.A.K.E.S, an organization he started in 2008 after a tragic car accident killed his sons Jon and James. It is a free teen-driver’s safety clinic that tours the country giving teens the knowledge they need to be more aware drivers on public roads.
“Terry and I have been friends for years, and we have a lot in common,” said Herbert. “Besides loving racing, driving and riding, we’re also parents, and we both recognize that protecting our kids and setting them up for success in life is the single greatest accomplishment you can ever aspire to. Thanks to Terry’s generosity, the charity that I founded to honor my sons is going to help a lot more teens and parents nationwide.”
Vance and his two sons recently attended one of the B.R.A.K.E.S. seminars had this to say about the program,
“As a parent, every time your kid goes out the door, especially if they’re getting into a car, you want to know that you’ve done everything in your power to help them get back home safe. B.R.A.K.E.S. training does that. It gives teens skills and knowledge that we all know they’ll need on the street, and it stresses the importance of making good decisions to avoid trouble in the first place. I think every teen should go through B.R.A.K.E.S. That’s why my wife and I are making this donation to help Doug’s program keep expanding and saving lives, and we hope to inspire others to do the same.”
B.R.A.K.E.S. and their highly trained staff of law-enforcement officers and race, and stunt drivers have educated over 34,000 teens and their families from 45 states and five countries and could be coming to a city near you. To find out more, click the link below to read the full story of Doug and the program and head to www.putonthebrakes.com.