Help The Guys At Gearbox Magazine Help Someone Who Needs It

help the guys at gearbox magazine help someone who needs it

It’s an American tradition to help the less fortunate around the winter holidays. After the bell rings for New Year’s, however, many people who need assistance find themselves out in the cold. This weekend, the founder of Gearbox is trying to help a homeless veteran who needs a car — but not for the reason you’d suspect.

Janitor John moved to Phoenix with his roommate, a fellow military veteran…. John let it slip to us that he was living in a car. Everyone on the team here at the office was surprised… John wakes up in the morning, parked behind a grocery store (they’ve asked the manager’s permission), cleans up best he can (with wet naps), and walks over to Starbucks. They spend their days there sipping the cheapest coffee they can get, so they can be inside (where it’s warm), keep their phones charged, and look for jobs online… He’s contacted the local VA. They told him to go to a homeless shelter, which would be fine, except it’s on the far side of town, you have to check in at 6AM to “get a bunk with the crazies,” as he puts it, and there’s no bus service available from work to the shelters when he gets off work at 1AM… He’s contacted Wounded Warrior Project and Operation Homefront. Both have told him their #1 priority is wounded and recently returning combat veterans. John is adamant this SHOULD be their priority. Unfortunately, he’s been told it’s about a 2-3 year wait for help from them otherwise.

Brian and the rest of the Gearbox crew want to buy John a car that he can use as a bedroom and a way to get to his job. They figure they can make something happen for $1100. I’ve contributed, and you can too. Furthermore, I’ll send any member of the B&B who puts $75 or more in, starting now, a TTAC Racing T-shirt at my expense. Just post below that you’ve done it and I’ll contact you to arrange it. Warning: you might not get to pick the size. :)

Thanks for reading, and for caring — JB

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  • MBella MBella on Jan 02, 2015

    I was touched by this story. I hate what war does to these guys. I put in $75 an put this thing over $2000.

  • DR1665 DR1665 on Jan 13, 2015

    FINAL UPDATE: I suspect everyone who donated received an email advising the final outcome of this effort, but for the record, we ended up getting John a 1998 Suburban. 227k miles, doesn't look like it's leaked a drop of anything its entire life. It's titled to him free and clear, tagged through September, and won't need emissions until 2016. He was blown away. WE MADE A DIFFERENCE. Thanks, everyone. And thank you, Jack.

    • Bball40dtw Bball40dtw on Jan 13, 2015

      Thanks again for what you guys did for John. A '98 Suburban can run forever in the desert southwest. Good choice. I hope the day that he received his truck was the day that turned it all around for him.

  • DenverMike When was it ever a mystery? The Fairmont maybe, but only the 4-door "Futura" trim, that was distinctively upscale. The Citation and Volare didn't have competing trims, nor was there a base stripper Maxima at the time, if ever, crank windows, vinyl seats, 2-doors, etc. So it wasn't a "massacre", not even in spirit, just different market segments. It could be that the Maxima was intended to compete with those, but everything coming from Japan at the time had to take it up a notch, if not two.Thanks to the Japanese "voluntary" trade restriction, everything had extra options, if not hard loaded. The restriction limited how many vehicles were shipped, not what they retailed at. So Japanese automakers naturally raised the "price" (or stakes) without raising MSRP. What the dealers charged (gouged) was a different story.Realistically, the Maxima was going up against entry luxury sedans (except Cimarron lol), especially Euro/German, same as the Cressida. It definitely worked in Japanese automaker's favor, not to mention inspiring Lexus, Acura and Infiniti.
  • Ronnie Schreiber Hydrocarbon based fuels have become unreliable? More expensive at the moment but I haven't seen any lines gathering around gas stations lately, have you? I'm old enough to remember actual gasoline shortages in 1973 and 1979 (of course, since then there have been many recoverable oil deposits discovered around the world plus the introduction of fracking). Consumers Power is still supplying me with natural gas. I recently went camping and had no problem buying propane.Texas had grid problems last winter because they replaced fossil fueled power plants with wind and solar, which didn't work in the cold weather. That's the definition of unreliable.I'm an "all of the above" guy when it comes to energy: fossil fuels, hydro, wind (where it makes sense), nuclear (including funding for fusion research), and possibly solar.Environmental activists, it seems to me, have no interest in energy diversity. Based on what's happened in Sri Lanka and the push against agriculture in Europe and Canada, I think it's safe to say that some folks want most of us to live like medieval peasants to save the planet for their own private jets.
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  • MaintenanceCosts There's no mystery anymore about how the Japanese took over the prestige spot in the US mass market (especially on the west coast) when you realize that this thing was up against the likes of the Fairmont, Citation, and Volaré. A massacre.