Kevyn Major Howard (picture above), "Rafterman" from Stanley Kubrick's blockbuster film Full Metal Jacket, challenged himself in 2007 to name just one Hero that had died for his freedom. "I was watching the nightly news as they announced that 12 died this day and 7 that day", Kevyn said. "I woke up one morning and challenged myself to name just one person who has died for my freedom", he continued. "I couldn't.”
So Kevyn decided to do something about it. He started Fueled By The Fallen, a 501(c)3 non-profit. Kevyn enlisted the expertise of Chuck Spiker, a lifelong drag racer and former National Go Kart Champion, to create a memorial that would get the attention of all Americans. "The reason we chose race cars is because you can get the attention of a two year and a ninety-two year old with one", Kevyn said. Chuck took a 1963 Nova and created a 10 second quarter mile door slammer drag car representing fallen Marines from Iraq and Afghanistan.
"Maybe I can get people who look upon the race car to remember just one name. If I can do that, I have accomplished my mission", Kevyn continued.
The determination was made that more cars are needed. The '63 Marines Nova was already filled with 867 fallen Marines. Fueled By The Fallen acquired a Bickel chassis custom drag car with a fiberglass 1966 Nova shell to become the second Marines car.
In 2009, Kevyn recognized the sacrifices of our brave public safety personnel by creating the National Law Enforcement Memorial Cruiser featuring over one thousand fallen peace officers from around the United States since September 11th, 2001.
In August of 2010, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and the Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, in conjunction with Fueled By The Fallen, created the Los Angeles County Memorial Cruiser featuring 477 fallen peace officers from Los Angeles County since 1850.
Fueled By The Fallen and J & B Motorsports, Pittsburgh, PA, collaborated on two nitro funny cars. One is a "Marines Dress Blues" Memorial car and the other is a "USS Enterprise Tribute" car. Today, those cars can be seen racing at drag tracks across the United States.
The 9/11 "Angel Cruiser Series" proudly displays the names of all Heroes that lost their lives on September 11, 2001. To Commemorate America's Heroes, this crest Graces the Hoods of the "Angel Series".