Adopt Lehigh Valley Kids: Brian


In racing and in life, moving forward is the goal.

When asked if he would like to one day build cars or race cars, 14-year-old Brian has a twist to his answer.

"I would like to go into the military and work on the vehicles there," he said inside Hirschman's Garage and Speed Shop in Northampton Borough.

Friday, the teen and 69 News got an inside look into the racing vehicles of Matt Hirschman. The Northampton man recently won the Race Champions trophy.

"I've won six of them, my dad has won four," he told us in front of the gigantic trophy.

Brian is hoping to win over a new family. He's one of 2,000 kids across the state in foster care looking for a forever home.

"It's big. One of the biggest I've seen in a long time," Brian said of the trophy.

The 14-year-old got a close up look at what it takes to be a champion.

While looking at Hirschman's fireproof racing suit, Brian is asked who he would want to be his sponsor if he were a driver and he names two of the biggest names in NASCAR.

"Kyle Busch or Dale Earnhardt Jr.," said Brian.

Busch has been in this same garage, a fact not lost on Brian.

Brian likes the black and orange color combination used by Hirschman on his car and would possibly use those colors himself if he had a car.

"This is perfect, the black and orange. But I'd have it either black and neon green or black and red," said Brian.

The teen also has a love of football and history, especially World War II.

"Brian is like a bright light. He's inquisitive. He asks a lot of questions. He's fun, he's friendly, he's very knowledgeable," said case worker Marian Kolcun.

But Brian apparently still has a lot to learn when it comes to the duty of the pit crew. As Hirschman said, he still needs work on his tire-tightening skills.

"I may have lost a lap in the pits," chuckled Hirschman ​​​​​​.

But in this race, the destination is the prize, not the speed it takes to get there.

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