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Saying Goodbye to Van Force One

I recently took a short trip back home to the Bay Area to see my family and celebrate my nephew’s 2nd birthday.

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MIKE LIGUORI

I recently took a short trip back home to the Bay Area to see my family and celebrate my nephew’s 2nd birthday. I ended up going to Laguna Seca to spend the night camping with my dad at the racetrack.

Dad looked like he was enjoying himself at the track, auto racing being his first love. He told me that the sprinter van that carried us across the country last year was being retired.

It was surreal looking at the white Mercedes van aptly named Van Force One by Dad for one last time.

I peered through the sliding door, looking at every single inch I could take in. I saw the floor I slept on next to the small refrigerator.

There was barely any room for me to spread out and my back hurt like hell every morning I woke up on the floor.

I grabbed the front passenger seat and immediately memories and conversations of our trip together flooded my mind. That seat gave me insight into my dad as a younger man, lessons I learned from him about entrepreneurship and life.

Van Force One brought me to places I never heard of before.

It got us to the shores of Cocoa Beach, Florida to experience a once-in-a-lifetime event.

It provided the space to get to know my dad and know myself simultaneously.

And I am thankful for every mile and moment I had in that van.

Which reminds me to tell you…

My book Roadtrip with My Dad is currently being submitted for publication to a well-known publisher. The feedback and words have been inspiring and positive so far.

I will know soon whether they will pick it up or not.

When I first started writing this, I had no plan for it or vision. I just wrote it because I felt a calling on my heart to do so.

What started as a brain dump and emotional outpouring of this trip is now becoming a book to memorialize our trip together.

I’ll keep you all posted once I hear more.

In the meantime, thank you. Thank you for reading my emails and supporting me with this book. It means a lot to me.

✌🏻 and 😁,

Mike