Amazing Racers

Getting Kids Up to Speed

Racers make purse-winning decisions driving record speeds passing competitors, evaluating equipment, calculating fuel reserves, doing math equations, and reading the road for future laps. Kids want to hear ALL about this world.

-Susan Colleen Snell

Amazing Racers

Intro

Amazing Racers

Getting Kids Up To Speed

Racers overcome tremendous odds to succeed in a high stakes sport. They are exceptional leaders who embody teamwork. Their profession demands it. None of this is lost on kids. Racers Who Care provides children all over the world with access to these extraordinary men and women in order to ask questions and hear their stories. These elite individuals energize basic steps to reach goals by walking kids through a roadmap to achieve them. It is personal, it is motivating, and it is life changing for young people. Here are just some of the AMAZING RACERS from Racers Who Care.

Jack Beckman

"Fast Jack" Beckman
NHRA Funny Car Full Throttle Champion
NHRA Super Comp World Champion

David Brabham

David Brabham
Three Times Le Mans 24 Hours Winner
Two Time ALMS Champion

Robb Holland

Robb Holland
Pro Driver

Nathan Swartzbaugh

Nathan Swartzbaugh
IMSA GT3 Champion
RACERS WHO CARE Board Member

Mike Takaki

Mike Takaki
President Porsche Owners Club
Club Racer POC

Judy Strawn

Judy Strawn
Founder RACERS WHO CARE

Rita Goshert

Rita Goshert
Clinical Operations Manager, Child Life Department
Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach

Dr Jessica Houpt

Dr Jessica Houpt
Supervisor Child Welfare & Attendance
Covina-Valley Unified School District


Filmmaker

Susan Colleen Snell

Writer · Director · Producer
Susan Colleen Snell

Susan Colleen Snell is an independent film director and producer. She produced the $500k comedy feature film CHASING TCHAIKOVSKY. She garnered her first award for Excellence in Writing, Directing & Producing at the 2009 ARPA Film Festival. She has a background as a writer, reporter, and editor in business journalism in New York and Los Angeles. She also has a background in art direction, conceptual design, and marketing. For her film writing / editing & directing debut, Susan shouldered a camera to pen the documentary short AMAZING RACERS. Her film is a love letter to the dynamic, kid-centric non-profit, Racers Who Care.

“This short film is a simple offering. Nine participants introduce us to what few people know outside of the racing community - that racers devotedly volunteer and advocate for kids globally through Racers Who Care. On an organized level, I have never seen anything like it. Racers inspire children trackside, at school events, through clubs, and in hospitals around the world. Their generosity is amazing. It is an honor to share this story. As soon as Amazing Racers is screening on the festival circuit, these humanitarians will no longer be a secret. It is time for us all to be amazed.”

-Susan Colleen Snell




Dr Jessica Houpt Sierra Vista Middle School

Dr Jessica Houpt Sierra Vista Middle School
(photo: SVMS)

Scott “Lucky” Hudson Famoso

Scott “Lucky” Hudson Famoso
(photo: Steve Hirsh)

Scott “Lucky” Hudson

Scott “Lucky” Hudson
(photo: Steve Hirsh)

Hudson Pit Stop

Hudson Pit Stop
(photo: Steve Hirsh)

Mike Takaki Willow Springs

Mike Takaki Willow Springs
(photo: Steve Hirsh)

Mike Takaki

Mike Takaki
(photo: Steve Hirsh)

Mike Takaki Post-Race

Mike Takaki Post-Race
(photo: Steve Hirsh)

Nathan Swartzbaugh Buttonwillow

Nathan Swartzbaugh Buttonwillow
(photo: Steve Hirsh)

Supertruck Practice Session

Supertruck Practice Session
(photo: Steve Hirsh)

JD Davis & Nathan Swartzbaugh

JD Davis & Nathan Swartzbaugh
(photo: Steve Hirsh)

Drag Races Famoso

Drag Races Famoso
(photo: Steve Hirsh)

Famoso

Famoso
(photo: Steve Hirsh)

Nitro Pit Pomona Raceway

Nitro Pit Pomona Raceway
(photo: Judy Strawn)

“Fast Jack” Pit

“Fast Jack” Pit
(photo: Judy Strawn)

“Fast Jack” Fan

“Fast Jack” Fan
(photo: SC Snell)

“Fast Jack” Beckman Pomona Boys & Girls Club

“Fast Jack” Beckman Pomona Boys & Girls Club
(photo: PBGC)

Scott “Lucky” Hudson, SCS, John Klusendorf, Judy Strawn TGPLB

Scott “Lucky” Hudson, SCS, John Klusendorf, Judy Strawn TGPLB
(photo: Chris Ellis)

Breakfast with Judy Strawn

Breakfast with Judy Strawn
(photo: JOT)


Crew

Myles Williams

RCE Video Productions
Myles Williams

I produce motorsport films for a prominent North American sportscar racing team. I started working for Speed Channel in 2007 covering Indycar and World Challenge and have been DP on a few Indie films in the Washington, DC area. I edit on FCPX and shoot on the Sony F5. I have experience using Steadicams and jib arms. Myles Williams Portolio

Tanner Harolde

Assistant Editor
Tanner Harolde

I went into this project as my first film gig, not knowing what to expect; and have been pleased to work on such an uplifting project with a driven writer / director / producer in Susan Colleen Snell. Tackling hurdle after hurdle in post-production as a team, overcoming such unique obstacles to eventually bring these wonderful people to the big screen has certainly been an unforgettable experience. As noted above I’ve not been working in the industry long, though I have been learning my way around film editing programs ever since I was a young teen just breaking into high-school. Between class projects and a one-off music video, I’ve spent years honing my craft, and preparing for a hopefully long career in the dark room, starting here. I specialize in Premier Pro, Photoshop, Audition, and After Effects.

Theresa Kennedy

Co-Founder, Community of Content Creators
Theresa Kennedy

“I met Susan on a plane to New York and we hit it off immediately. I was gathering interview footage at the time with Rob Davidian of volunteer racers at RWC events for (it) magazine. In discussing the story, Susan’s passion for Racers Who Care was instantly apparent. It was great to be able to turn this project over to her and I’m thrilled with the results in this film.”

As a freelance Production Manager and consultant, Theresa has a wide background in digital, print and marketing, including experience in project management, art and editorial direction, promotion, licensing and app development. As co-founder of the 501c3 Community of Content Creators, she worked to bring together non-profits, solutions-driven stories and passionate people to effect pro-social change through (it) magazine. Theresa served as VP of the board and Editor-in-Chief of itmagazine.org. She was instrumental in building the website presence and branding and was responsible for content production, managing content partner relationships and non-profit editorial campaigns, working with volunteers and local, national and international organizations.

Rob Davidian

Videographer
Rob Davidian

Theresa and I have worked together before shooting short pieces on non-profit organizations. It is extremely satisfying to support a unique volunteer outreach like Racers Who Care as they make a measurable difference in young people’s lives. I have 25 years of experience as a Camera Operator/Editor/Independent Video Producer. I’ve shot and edited a variety of documentaries, promotional videos, EPK’s, deposition videos and corporate videos, including commercials, promos, programs and inter-company entertainment for Time-Warner Cable. Recently, I changed my career to teaching English and am enjoying it greatly. I’ve taught classes while in Japan and currently teach students in China and Armenia via internet-based language organizations. Rob's Vimeo Channel

Chris Ellis

Photographer / Videographer
Chris Ellis

My two passions in life are photography and cars and when I get the chance to blend those together, I truly am at my happiest. Some of the best shooting experiences of my life have been connected to cars – pushing me and my photography beyond my comfort zone and to new levels of creativity. I met Susan while shooting stills for Judy Strawn of RWC at one of their many Long Beach Toyota Grand Prix events with kids. When Susan asked me to shoot B-roll of her shooting B-roll at Willow Springs, I jumped at the chance to help. We shot the Porsche Owners Club Porsches from every angle and I spent all afternoon switching back and forth from stills to video. It was a great day! Generally, I split my time between working in advertising and shooting weddings, with the occasional last minute personal project trip to recharge. Born and raised in Pasadena CA, I have been shooting for more than 10 years, primarily with Canon gear. Chris Ellis Photography

Dan Georgopoulos

Visual Communications
Dan Georgopoulos Visual Communications

DGVC.net

Steve Hirsh

Production Stills
Steve Hirsh

This was a particularly fun photo shoot for me being out on racetracks, watching out for cars, keeping pace with a fast moving director while she was shooting road races and drag races and interviewing racers at tracks all over California. Photographing stills under these unique conditions was an adventure! I was also exposed to a world of highly focused racing individuals who are completely dedicated to their high-speed, high-action sport and who still have the compassionate heart to care for others in a charitable way. I got into photography and photojournalism early in life, which led to a serious interest in film making. Film production became my occupation and I had the privilege to work on a handful of feature films and over one hundred TV commercials in addition to the still photography. After several years in commercial production, I became focused on voice over; voicing TV commercials, documentaries, short films and corporate videos. Steve Hirsh


Behind The Scenes

Rolling on Willow

Amazing Racers


Film Festival Schedule

Amazing Racers

Award Winning Documentary Short

California International Shorts Festival

2019 Global Peace Film Festival

When: Sept 16 - Sept 22
Watch Here

While recently remembering the influence Mister Roger’s Neighborhood had on my childhood, something dawned on me. My short film is intended for a grownup audience that still longs for a meaningful cardigan and soft-soled shoes. When the cardigan was zippered, the shoes tied, and the song sung, we would join Mister Rogers inwardly in a place where childhood was sacred. That is what drove me to tell a story about Racers Who Care. It was to connect this story with an audience eager to embrace new champions for childhood. It was to reach people ready to soften their gaze and be inspired on behalf of children. It was to invoke the legacy of respect sanctified by Fred Rogers. By putting on our inner cardigan, and treading consciously in thoughtful shoes, we can shift gears to observe the most generous acts of humanity. That opportunity is here. Thank you for watching.

Susan Colleen Snell
Director
AMAZING RACERS


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Racers Who Care

Judy Strawn

Founder
Judy Strawn

Racers Who Care 501 (c)(3)

Scheduling racers for volunteer events worldwide is the brainchild of Racers Who Care. Founded by Judy Strawn, Racers Who Care has been tasking racers to special events, schools, and hospitals for over twenty-five years. Racers make time on the road during race season to inspire kids. This non-profit organization helps balance the rigors of racing with a commitment to volunteerism. Whether visiting a sick child in a hospital ward or motivating a group of children at an afterschool event, these racers provide an essential difference in young people’s lives.

Susan Colleen Snell
Director
Amazing Racers


Many Thanks

Thanks to the Participants Featured in Amazing Racers
“Fast Jack” Beckman
David Brabham
Rita Goshert
Dr. Jessica Houpt
Robb Holland
Scott “Lucky” Hudson
Judy Strawn
Nathan Swartzbaugh
Mike Takaki

Thank You for Your Help & Hospitality

Betim Berisha
Blake & John Bowser
Porsche Owners Club
JD Davis
Dan Georgopoulos
Butch Hedrick
Steve Hirsh
Jim Michaelian
Les Phillips
RCE Video Productions
Scott Snell
Drew Staveley
and
Bill Huth

Many Thanks to the Good People at

ANRA
Auto Club Famoso Raceway
Auto Club Raceway at Pomona
BBI Autosport Huntington Beach
Boys and Girls Club of Pomona Valley
Buttonwillow Raceway Park
Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach
NHRA
Sierra Vista Middle School
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Vista Del Mar of Los Angeles
West Covina Unified School District
and
Willow Springs International Raceway

Special Thanks to

All of the RACERS WHO CARE
and the kids who adore them