Heya, Whipple! Hope you're having a fantastic summer day, full of NASCAR, cars, and subarus :3! I saw your Jeff Gorvette head cannons and love them! I also recently watched Jeff Gordon's farewell banquet speech on YouTube, and so I was going to ask if you could do a fic, some Head cannons, or general thoughts on what Jeff Gorvettes farewell speech/general racing goodbyes was like? Thank you, and have a happy Wednesday!! 🙂
It’s been a Time, I can tell you that much. XP There has been some NASCAR, cars, and Subarus, in addition to 50 million piles of work on too many projects, some gaslighting, an extensive Search and Rescue, misogynist fallout, end-of-life and hospice care documents, and the slow-then-fast death of a family member.
As a genre, I imagine farewell speeches in racing are all fairly boilerplate. They’re moving and heartfelt, don’t get me wrong, but all basically the same–sort of like conversations at parties or during happenstance meetups.
Jeff Gorvette’s would be different from Gordon’s, at least in terms of direction, because Gorvette is, well, a Corvette, and probably spent his full-time racing career in the Carsverse’s equivalent of IMSA. (I’ve hypothesized on this blog previously that one of the reasons the Piston Cup was so keen on lionizing rookie McQueen was because the Piston Cup of the 90s never got its Jeff Gordon. It had the King, it had Chick, and then after that… And like, if Chick’s the best it could do… lol. I wouldn’t be surprised if no one even noticed Chick at all until AFTER Carsverse Dale Sr. died and Chick decided to market himself as his “successor” of sorts–especially since Jr. in Carsverse doesn’t seem to have anywhere near the same cultural capital as our Jr. does. But I digress!)
The banquet, to whom the speech is addressed, what cars care the most about it–it wouldn’t be most of the cars we know, who are so fully involved in the world of the Piston Cup. It’d be mostly cars we’ve never met, barring the handful of Piston Cups fans who are also Carsverse IMSA fans, and those who remember rooting for Gorvette in the WGP, because America.
Gorvette is obviously an elite racer with a glowing record behind him–he’ll be a household name for decades to come. But culturally speaking, I don’t think he’ll ever be the Carsverse’s Jeff Gordon. Aside from his absolute die-hard fans, I don’t think most cars went to watch his farewell speech when it hit YouTube.