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‘Twas the Night Before Xmas, and in My Garage…

A gearhead's visit from Santa.

by on Dec.22, 2011

Ho, Ho, Ho! Ducati Don's Vette is getting ready for Santa's visit Saturday night.

In 1822 Clement Clark Moore, a New Yorker, wrote the now everlasting poem, A Visit from St. Nicholas or, as it has become known, The Night Before Christmas, for his children. Recently I received a version of the famous poem from Don Headrick, aka DucatiDon, of Portland, Oregon, who noted it’s been around for a long time but that he has ‘made few tweaks’ to the rhymes that readers of might find particularly appropriate.

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and in my garage

…there wasn’t a trace of an Audi or Dodge.
The presents were wrapped and the lights were all lit,
So I figured I’d mess with my Corvette for a bit.

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I popped the release and lifted the hood,
when a deep voice behind me said “Hey! Looks pretty good.”
Well as you can imagine, I turned mighty quick,
And there by my workbench, stood good Ol’ Saint Nick!

We both just stared at first, not sure what to say,
Santa piped in: “Don’t suppose you’d trade that for my sleigh?’
“Forget it, Ol’ Claus” and I started to grin…
“If you have time, we could go for a spin!”

His round little mouth, all tied up like a bow,
burst into a smile when he said “Well come on, man – Let’s GO!!”
So as not to disturb all the neighbors’ retreat,
we pushed my old Sting Ray quietly onto the street.

Then taking our places to drift down the hill,
I switched on the engine and let the clutch spill.
The sound that erupted caught Santa’s surprise,
but he liked it a LOT, by the look in his eyes.

With cold tires spinning and hot headers aglow,
we drove on and out to roads hot-rodders go.
Santa’s grin widened, approaching his ears,
with every shift up as I went through the gears.

The old man exclaimed “Can’t recall when I’ve felt so alive!”
So I backed off the gas and asked “Do you want to drive?”
I think he was stunned when I gave him the keys…
as he walked past the headlights he shook at the knees!

That small block let out a deep exhaust sound,
When Santa jammed on the power, the tires tore up the ground.
Power shift into second, again into third!
I grabbed for the handle, at loss for a word.

With the tank reaching empty,
Santa returned for his sleigh,
never to forget that ride
in my ’63 Sting Ray

But I heard him exclaim,
as he blasted from sight,
“MERRY CHRISTMAS to ALL, and to all a good night!

I queried DucatiDon about his vehicles. He wrote, “I have owned a ‘03 Milestone Edition Roadster, a ‘04 Commemorative Edition Z06, and now have a 1963 340hp Roadster.

I also have a 2002 Ducati 998s Mono, as well as three Kawasaki ZX10R street/Race bikes.”

Hope you enjoyed it. And our best wishes for all our readers this holiday season!

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