I have been asked a few times, “What does the name mean? Why call your car Horsepower Therapy?” For me, it’s not simply a catchy phrase or a cool sounding name. My better half would tell you that my cars, and the current Camaro is no exception, have always provided me with the comfort of horsepower therapy. It’s what a car means and does for me. I can put it a little more simply – it’s fun to go fast and it’s fun to make stuff go faster.
I am a retired Army helicopter pilot and spent most of my 23 year career flying with the great soldiers and aviators of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. I love flying and I loved flying with the 160th. There is a reason it’s called Special Ops – accomplishing the mission often required pushing the envelope – or ignoring it altogether. The flying was exciting, cutting edge, tip of the spear, and yes… occasionally a little crazy, and crazy fun.
I was never one for peace and quiet, which is probably why I was attracted to flying in the first place. Looking back over my career, although I know I had other responsibilities, flying was the very best part of the job, and I quickly became accustomed to living and then thriving on adrenaline.
So what does a career pilot do when you are back home – and no 47 in sight? If you are me, and most of my buddies, your down time involves just as much speed as your up time. We come home and sooner or later we head for the garage to pull out our Harleys and muscle cars. Yep – typical “pilot” vehicles, built to show off our overflowing testosterone and type A++ personalities.
I usually had a Harley in the garage and a Corvette parked right next to it. But nothing was left stock. For me, stock was the starting point, the blank canvas. Add a little chrome, modify the stereo system or body panels. Make it mine, make it look better, and make it something special. And of course, make it go faster and faster and faster… Modify the intake system, modify the exhaust…let the engines breathe! Whether it was my motorcycles, or my cars… I always wanted to pull more and more horsepower out of them, however I could. I wanted to make these ground-based vehicles feel like flying.
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