Okay, we'll admit it. There was a time, some years ago, when in the middle of a post-race debrief conducted in his motorhome we accepted the offer of a drink from Colin Edwards II. This in spite of the fact that we don't drink alcohol very often or ever in any real volume. An undeniably weak moment; it was Sunday night and he was our last interview.
That was, in retrospect, a mistake.
Something like thirty minutes later--and after only one very large drink mixed by the former two time WSBK champ--we lay deflated in one of his motorhome chairs, looking for a ride home. The ceiling spun as we listened to Edwards spill tales of lawyers, guns and money, but mostly guns.
The lesson we learned that day, and have held to, was to simply never drink with Colin Edwards, or if you decided to anyway, not to pour down anything he concocts on an empty and probably dehydrated stomach.
At one point that early evening, Edwards handed us his then new phone to check out. In looking at it, we accidentally scrolled through the contacts on the phone. Looking at the names and numbers on his phone, it became apparent that Colin Edwards II's phone was an electronic Holy Grail of communication.
Among the many notables, Edwards' phone contained every phone number that Valentino Rossi was using back then, home and mobile numbers for NASCAR drivers Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson, Wayne Rainey's cell phone number, numbers for Texas State Senators and various CEOs of Castrol, Yamaha and even the home telephone number of the late Eddy Michelin. It was damn impressive.
Hence it should not come as a huge surprise that when the forces that wanted to put DMG/AMA Superbike champion Josh Herrin in Moto2 for 2014, one of the most important phone calls they made wasn't to Carmelo Ezpeleta, Kenny Roberts or various Moto2 teams, they called Colin Edwards II.
And, of course, Edwards knew somebody looking to put a Moto2 effort together. Yeah, but who? Some Moto2 dreamer expounding his better ideas from a grim workshop in Snottersberry, UK?
Ah, not really.
Edwards had been talking to his friend "Tony" and this Tony said he was thinking about a Moto2 effort for 2014. Tony? Tony who?
Tony Fernandes, actually. Tony Fernandes owns Air Asia, the Caterham F1 team, an energy drink company and several other concerns. He's a racing junkie and wanted to expand his motorsports holdings to include Moto2.
Colin called his friend Tony and now Josh Herrin has a Moto2 ride.
And for us, walking down the steep steps of Edwards' motohome that day without tumbling face-first remains a moment of personal pride and achievement.