“Fluke” Encouter

WS Holland, Johnny Cash's one and only drummer.
WS Holland, Johnny Cash’s one and only drummer. Photo credit: bestdamnshows.com.
WS in his Johnny Cash  tunnel race boat.
WS in his Johnny Cash tunnel race boat. Photo courtesy Krista Holland.

I began my career with Mercury Racing in 1988 as a Product Support Specialist. I traveled throughout the country supporting stock outboard and  Formula 1 tunnel boat racing.

St. Louis was the Indy 500 of outboard tunnel boat racing. Racers and fans from around the world would converge on George Winter Park to watch hometown favorites, the Seebold’s, defend their turf. I was working the parts truck one year when Mike Butler (Race Sales Manager at the time) was talking with an older gentleman about tunnel boat races from days gone by and variety of other topics. Mike then introduced me to the gentleman. He was WS Holland, Johnny Cash’s drummer. I had to step back and process who I had just met. I couldn’t believe it! I’m a music lover and drummer as well. The chance of meeting someone like WS at a boat race was very cool and as I would find out later, more than a fluke encounter.

WS checking out the competition during time trials in Portsmouth, Ohio.
WS checking out the competition while waiting his turn to qualify for a race. Photo courtesy Krista Holland.
Boat racing was a family affair for the Holland's. Photo courtesy Krista Holland.
Boat racing was a family affair for the Holland’s.

I was impressed at how humble and down to earth this man was. It’s been over 20 years since WS and I have spoken in depth.  My impression hasn’t changed. Read more

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