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Fast and Dirty

Friday nights at the Carolina Speedway showcase speed with a uniquely dirt track flair By Mike Savicki   It is a Friday night at the Carolina Speedway in Gastonia and things are about to get loud. They are also about to get dirty. As the…

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A Farmer, Family Man and Visionary

Life Lessons from a Man Named John Connor  By Mike Savicki   A small grove of fruit trees sits peacefully atop a small hill on John Connor Road in Cornelius as it has for nearly ninety years. Surrounded by million dollar homes and priceless sunset…

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Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution

Lake Norman’s cycling sub-culture is on a roll By Mike Savicki   The stools adjacent to the bicycle service bay at The Cycle Path in Cornelius are full of eager cyclists picking up free tips on mountain bike repair. At Cool Breeze Cyclery in Mooresville,…

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Hold on Tight

Making every ride count at Stegall’s Arena By Mike Savicki   The chute gate swings open quickly. The rider holds the bull rope tightly and bolts into the arena. Trying to impress the judges with a show of skill and balance, he sits tall and…

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More Than a Good Driver

NHRA Top Fuel Driver Doug Herbert shares life lessons for the road By Mike Savicki   Doug Herbert makes his living by driving fast. Really fast. In his seventeen years behind the wheel of an 8,000 horsepower dragster, he estimates he has gone over three…

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R.I.P. Ms. Black Leather Couch

Local decorators have tips for guys when it comes to interior design By Mike Savicki   It was love at first sight. Me, a soon-to-graduate young business professional relocating without furniture to Charlotte and her, a black leather couch displayed prominently on a High Point…

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Dive In!

Carolina Diving Academy raises local diving to new heights By Mike Savicki   From his poolside coaching position, Aaron Hintz shouts encouragement to ten of his elite divers as they take turns twisting and flipping their way through the air during a springboard and platform…

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Flatwater Fantasyland

Kayaks serve as the classroom of discovery By Mike Savicki   Tracy Tripp knows the local waters in a way that most people never will. Her passion is kayaking, and from the cockpit of her bright red sea kayak, Tripp regularly explores the hundreds of…