A Year in Review: 2016 / by Andrew Fails

2016 has been, without doubt, the most surreal of my professional career.

Here's the highlights:

-A photoshoot for Weld Wheels in Kansas City

-A race team flying me to cover their escapades at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado

-A race team flying me to cover their escapades at the World Racing League 24@5280 in Colorado

-A race team flying me to cover their escapades at Global Time Attack in Louisiana, and hang out at their shop in Texas

-Interviewed the man who holds the motorcycle Cannonball record

-Drove the supply car for one pit-stop of the team setting an EV/autonomous Cannonball record

-Became a contributing writer to Lanesplitter, Jalopnik's motorcycle sub-site

-Drove my first Aston Martin

-Rode across town in a racecar with no doors, roof, windshield, or exhaust

-Competed in an autocross in someone else's Porsche

-Helped a production company cover a professional darts tournament

-Slept in a rental car while covering a race

-Rode on a Honda Grom with another adult male

-Been laid off

-And more

Somehow I've managed to fall into opportunities that I could have never foreseen. I have made friends with some of the most insanely passionate people all across the nation. I've taken some real hard knocks, and learned some tough lessons.  I have no idea what 2017 will hold, or even how I am going to make ends meet, but I'm sure it won't be boring.