It's no secret that you are beloved by the entire Forum Mark. I want to echo everyone's sentiments and well wishes and thank you personally for the friendship and advice you have given me. You are a class act all the way and it reflects in everything you do. Enjoy this next sector of the track and Susan and I can not wait to hang out with you and Lynn soon. I'll be sure to get a new bottle of Tequila over to you to sip on when you watch the sun sets. :wink
Congratulations and best wishes in your retirement! My wife still talks about the Mustang ride at the Ford handling track. Thanks for being so kind and giving of your time. I’m proud to say I know you.
Hi My Mark! This is Cookie on Gary's computer. Congratulations on having your own life back -it's a wonderful thing!
But while you were there on the job, I'll never forget my first (and ONLY) drifting laps with you at the helm. When you asked me how I wanted you to drive, I shoulda never said to "drive to your ability". I was so naive then !!!! Who knew? And when I spun out Gary's Heritage at the top of that turn, you, my co-captain, saved the day and The Car from the passenger seat!
I hope there will be lots more Mark Stories to tell by the little people like me
Congratulations Mark !! Ford is truly going to miss you you're a great talent and a great person.! Hoping to see more of you at the GT events!..
I remember the first time I saw you! It was long before we had met. Still looking good brother!!! Roketman would probably claim showing you this hand move but I know this was long before you met him..:biggrin
Congratulations on your retirement Mark. Great accomplishment for sure. Enjoyed talking with you at several of the rally’s. I hope the next phase of your life is as exciting as the last. I hope we will cross paths in the future again.
Wow 38 years at Ford Mark what an accomplishment. Congrats to you and may all your long retirement days be in great health. The first time we met you were my instructor at Texas world speedway for my first ever track experience and of course it had to be in a Ford GT. I was super nervous but after the first session around the track I was gaining confidence. Thank you for your time at all the GT events and all you’ve done for our group during your tenure at Ford. Enjoy!!!
We too appreciate all the time you've given us every year at the rallies.
I know Gina has always enjoyed the rides on the track, like VIR in the Mustang or Nola when you took each of us out in our GT, as well as many other years.
You have always been willing to give everyone at each rally your full attention for a period of time, and while some may think it was taking away from you enjoying the rally, we could always tell that this was how you enjoyed the rally.
You never came across as being put out or bothered by all the requests.
Thank you for all you've done for the GT community.
Mark, I wish you the sincerest of congratulations on your retirement! I also want to thank you for everything you did at Ford and for all the vehicles you helped design and test. I'm certain that our cars are all better off because you we're part of the team! Best wishes my friend!
Way to go Mark! It's not often you hear someone staying with one company that long. Clearly a great accomplishment. Here is my advice...fly in the morning and drive in the afternoon. You deserve it. Cheers! Mike