Dear Ramblin' Reck fans, friends, and family members,
After almost a month of waiting, I finally heard good news yesterday regarding the Orange Bowl. The Ramblin' Reck will be leading the team onto the field on January 5th! You can have the opportunity to be a part of making history happen! When the Reck first arrived on campus in 1961, it mainly traveled long distances by freight train. This was because there were strong relationships between the train companies and the administration and the Ramblin' Reck Club at the time. As times change, so do transportation modes. Today, the Reck travels by covered trailer and it is pulled by rental truck. The successful 2009 football season has proven to be costly for the finances of the Ramblin' Reck. As many of you know already, the Ramblin' Reck makes its money solely from appearances. It receives no money from the Athletic or Alumni Associations and is maintained on behalf of the student body solely by the Ramblin' Reck Club who is also responsible for making sure the Reck gets to where it needs to be. The Reck needed to be in Tampa for our first outright ACC Championship since 1990, and the Reck must be in Miami for our first Orange Bowl appearance since 1967 and our first BCS bowl game ever. We need your financial support to help get it there.
Transporting the Ramblin' Reck is costly. Currently, the Driver must find a rental truck big enough to tow the Reck in its trailer. The Class of 1984 generously donated the funds to purchase a truck that can tow the trailered Reck properly, but it is not scheduled to arrive on campus until later this spring. The cost to rent a truck for the Orange Bowl is $1,000 plus gas, an amount that will take a significant chunk out of the Reck's finances. We are asking you to help get the Ramblin' Reck, our mascot, to Miami and to the Orange Bowl. It has been years since the car has made trips of great distance to fulfill its duty of leading the team onto the field, and the account has not been properly prepared for such a venture.
We are asking for your donations, every little bit will help alleviate the burden of transporting the Ramblin' Reck. You may wonder what you will get for your donation. For every $25 you give to the Ramblin' Reck, you will have your name entered in a drawing to have a day with the Ramblin' Reck. Your prize will include a private tour for two around campus and a provided picnic on one of Georgia Tech's lawns . I have discussed this with the 2010 Rambln' Reck Driver, and he assures me that he will work closely with the winner to make this a memorable afternoon on campus!
The deadline for the drawing is December 31. If you're sending a check, it must be postmarked by that date. (although, we'll accept your donations of any amount before or after that date!)
There are two ways you can give money to help get the Ramblin' Reck to Miami. The first is through PayPal. Simply send a transfer to RamblinWreckDriver@gmail.com (or click here) and your money will go directly to the account created by the Ramblin' Reck Club for the Ramblin' Reck. The second method is through check. Please make checks payable to: Ramblin' Reck Club and send to: Ramblin' Reck Driver, 329912 Georgia Tech Station, Atlanta, GA 30332. Your checks will go directly to the 2010 Ramblin' Reck Driver where they will be deposited directly into the account for the Ramblin' Reck.
Many of you who read this site know me professionally and personally. The Ramblin' Reck is a piece of Georgia Tech history which I have given my all to protect and secure this full year of 2009. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to e-mail directly. My full name is Winfield Tufts. I am a 5th year ISyE major who will graduate from Georgia Tech in May. You shouldn't have any trouble finding out who I am now.
Please forward this information on to alumni, message boards and all Georgia Tech Fans!
Winfield Tufts, 2009 Ramblin' Reck Driver