TTAC Gives, And TTAC Taketh Away; Blessed Be Thy Name Of TTAC

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
ttac gives and ttac taketh away blessed be thy name of ttac

A TTAC contributor who shall remain nameless recently raised an issue at our secret conclave regarding the free gifts that automakers sometimes give out to journalists during press trips. Said writer was due to receive a very big ticket item (less expensive than a Rolex, but more than an iPod) and wanted to know if he should accept or refuse it. The answer, handed down by our very own BS, was “take it – and then send it to Derek so he can give it away as a contest prize.”

While I have yet to find a large parcel sitting on my desk containing said item, I did get a pair of Oakley Karting shoes on a recent junket. They are size 11, which is not only my shoe size, but that a fairly common one. As per TTAC regulations, I informed Bertel of my gift, but I was met with a stern rebuke.

“Keep them,” he barked in his gravelly Bavarian baritone. “Nobody wants smelly shoes or sweaty t-shirts.” The shoes, I can assure you, are brand new, never worn, though they may not have the original box due to packing restrictions. I already have a pair of authentic Made in Pakistan karting boots I bought for $40 at Mosport, and they not only work well, but my girlfriend has forbid me from wearing any motorsports apparel outside the house.

If you want them, just [s]write an 800-word piece praising me to the high heavens about my Semitic good looks or my superlative prose[/s] tell me why you deserve them. Otherwise I’ll leave them in my hotel room. The winner gets the shoes, mailed to them at my expense, as well as their essay published as a “Ur-Turn” contribution.

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  • Daveainchina Daveainchina on Jun 22, 2012

    Oakley makes shoes? I didn't know that.

  • Phillip Thomas Phillip Thomas on Jun 23, 2012

    Because my low-top Converse are about to give up on me, and I need shoes for rallycross. And manual transmission shenanigans. And they look rather snazzy. Here's a pair of pictures of my race car... er... car that gets into races, manages to survive with all four struts still attached, and drives home. No pun intended, it's all built on a shoe-string budget, and rocks a plethora of donor Subarus for suspension. It now makes jumps with said Legacy GT struts under the tiny Impreza body. This car should do well in Texas Rally Sport, and may eventually see Rally America duty if things are right next spring.

  • Happer Happer on Jun 23, 2012

    I happen to wear 11s and would thoroughly enjoy these since I've never had dedicated driving shoes. It's hard to call yourself a driving enthusiast when you show up to the track in tennies, but you also run the risk of looking too serious pulling up to the kart track in them. Ah, who cares? I'd rock them all the time if I could.

  • Ronnie Schreiber Ronnie Schreiber on Jun 23, 2012

    Well, in any case I'm not giving up the Detroit Tigers baseball cap I got at an NAIAS publicity event the other day. However, if someone is willing to send me a mailer with postage, they can have a Scion FR-S cap I got at the Chicago Auto Show.