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April 8, 2001

Cops and Robbers Big Hit

Last night at Orlando SpeedWorld in front of full grand
stands, the cops of various areas including Orange County
and Titusville, pulled out to fight the worse of the "let out"
jail prisoners for the first figure eight school bus race of
the year. The only thing missing in this special event was
the gentlemen named Bucky Buckman who has maintained
these buses for years.

Instead of being at the track watching his "babies' race
their engines out, Bucky is in a hospital room fighting
for his own survival. Bucky has lung cancer but it has not
beaten him yet. He isn't ready to give-up, not without one
last fight.

So last night when those buses went on that track, everyone
that knows Bucky, had him in their hearts and prayers.
Nickelodon was on hand filming the figure 8 race for kids
to see in May. In June, for the big Crash-a-Rama, the Today
Show will be on hand to film this night of unusual racing.
And it has been Bucky who has gone out and gotten some
of the camper trailers, boats and trailers for previous Crash-

Last night one of the robbers won the bus race, but the
fans did not care who won, they just loved the stand up,
edge of your seat thrills that the figure 8 school bus race
brings. One bus did a rollover, the driver was fine, and
a few others overheated badly but the majority of buses
were still running at the end of the race.

Bucky would have been proud last night of his "babies".
They did a fine job entertaining the crowd, giving the cops
who came to drive them, a ride that they won't forget for
awhile. And the crowd who came to see this could only
yell "more".

And if you really love those races then Bucky did his job
and did it well. Let him know by leaving him a "get well"
card at the track next time you are there and see you in
June for Crash-a-Rama. Hope to see Bucky there too.


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