Behind the Scenes with Seth Thomas
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Behind the Scenes with Seth Thomas
While most people are enjoying the holidays, BimmerWorld driver, Seth Thomas, is ready for the 2007 racing season to begin. Thomas hopes to win his first driver's title in the Speed World Challenge Touring Series in his BimmerWorld BMW E90 325i. In 2006, BimmerWorld was the only team to run the new E90 chassis and they spent a great deal of time testing and developing the car. Although they encountered many gremlins along the way, Thomas finished 12th overall in driver's points in his #38 BimmerWorld Performance Friction BMW 325i. Thomas is a natural on the track and he certainly has what it takes to help BMW reclaim the manufacturer's title. While competitive, his laid back personality and great sense of humor makes him popular in the paddock. I stopped by Seth's home town of Cumming, GA to learn more about this young energetic driver.

The interview was conducted at The Thomas estate where Seth grew up as a child. The beautifully landscaped home is perched on 80 acres and belongs on the cover of Southern Living. The Thomas family is famous for taking great care of their guests. Their southern hospitality and charm makes visitors feel right at home in a matter of seconds. As you tour through the spacious home, Seth shares some of his childhood memories and his favorite pranks. The house is elegantly decorated with family portraits and treasured family heirlooms. While the game room is a popular family hang out, it's the eight car heated garage that is Seth's favorite. Seth and his wife, Resa, live only a few miles away and they often store their cars in the family garage. Seth and his dad are very close and share many common interests including cars and racing. Seth enjoys driving his BMW M3, GMC Denali, and Porsche GT3 through town. His dad, on the other hand, prefers navigating through the hills of Georgia in his BMW M5 and Ferrari 550.

When Seth is not behind the wheel, he is busy helping run the day-to-day operations of the family business, Thomas Lumber. The company was established by his great grandfather, George W. Thomas, in 1927. Four generations and eighty years later, the simple mill grew into a manufacturing and distribution company supplying lumber to Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina. My father has been running the business for the past thirty years, explains Seth. When I was younger I always wanted to work in the business and now it is my turn. I majored in Business Management to help me prepare for running the business when the time came. So when I finished college, I worked for another company for about a year. Dad had an opening come up and I began working with my dad. I think this has really helped out my racing career and my relationship with my dad.
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