Published on July 16th, 2008 | by Ron Ripple14
Ron Ripple gets recognized by Forbes Magazine?
Ron Ripple himself (that’s me) is being recognized by Forbes Magazine this month in their Celebrity Issue. Forbes Magazine is one of the top magazines in the world known to feature the richest and most famous people ever. Ok… so they’re obviously not recognizing me for being one of the richest people in the world… but I still made FORBES for being NASCAR’s Biggest Fan.
Forbes Magazine contacted me about 2 1/2 months ago saying and I quote “I’d like to tell you how badass you are… and I would also like to feature you in Forbes Magazine, as NASCAR’s #1 Fan.”
At first I thought this is really a sick joke that one of my beer drinking friends were playing on me. I really wasn’t excited or anything but then I noticed the e-mail address came from Forbes and there was also a phone number. So I picked up the phone and called this young lady who proceeded to tell me how excited she was to be talking to NASCAR’s Biggest fan. Boy let me tell you what… I think she could tell that I was blushing from the other side of the phone.
Forbes Magazine was trying to get in touch with me… this beer drinking NASCAR fan who has no fortune or celebrity status except for this website on the so called World Wide Web. At first I was curious as to how they got a hold of me. Had they talked to my boys down at the track such as Tony Stewart or Dale Earnhardt Jr? Did they call Kyle Busch and ask him who annoys him the most or who is a fly he can’t get rid of when he’s down in the pits? Of course I knew they would say me, but when she finally admitted how she found me I was shocked… she simply said Google.
After our brief conversation we set up dates on when she was going to interview me and shoot the photos for the magazine. When the interview date came she called me up and I gave her an incredible interview filled with exciting quotes and tons of information. At least I think I did… I guess we’ll find out on the 22nd!
One of the things Forbes requested from me was a place to shoot when they sent their photographers down. I didn’t even hesitate when they asked me this so I immediately called my boy Craig Waters down in Bradenton. Craig is a great friend of mine and is known for his incredibly decorated garage. The guy has created a NASCAR heaven that’s jam packed with 3 flat screen TVs, 100’s of posters, 20+ DieCast cars, old race tires, a pool table, work bench, tool chest, couch, and the list could go on. Click on the photos below to check it out!
About a month later Forbes sent down photographers to take pictures of me… well in reality they couldn’t take pictures of me, so they took pictures of my creators Blake and Brock Gratton. I won’t get into who Blake and Brock Gratton are but let’s just say they’re kind of a big deal around here. Ron Ripple wouldn’t be here without them.
But the rest is history and the magazine comes out on July 22nd which is right around the corner. I’ve put up a count down on the right side of the page so make sure you Ron Ripplers pick up a copy. I’m so excited and honored to be featured in the magazine and I couldn’t have done this without my readers.
Thank you all and make sure you continue to read.