Hogan Road Rivals Teaming Up To Help A Friend 

Normally you’ll find the car dealers on Hogan Road engaged in cutthroat competition. But this weekend they’re combining their efforts and coming to the aid of a former colleague.Harold Brownell was part of that business in eastern Maine for almost 40 years. “It’s been very enjoyable,” he says, “I’ve made a lot of friends. a lot of good experiences.”Brownell was diagnosed with ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, back in 2009. He heard about the bangor walk to defeat ALS and immediately wanted to get involved. “I’m not one to dwell on me alright,” he says, “if I could do things and get things done which is what I’ve done my whole life, this here is the kind of thing that really keeps me going.”Looking to raise money Brownell reached out to his old friends from the car business. He went to see Ron Russell at Darlings. Russell decided to write a letter to his competitors where he floated the idea of teaming up. “Everybody said yeah lets do it,” Russell says, “I mean we compete like crazy with each other but we have a lot of respect. We do a lot hear about and so i didn’t have any doubts everyone would do it.”The idea is called the “Drive for ALS.” For every test drive and sale this Friday and Saturday each dealer will donate money to the cause. Darling’s, Quirk, Varney, Van Syckle, and Stanley Subaru in Ellsworth are all on board. “I think it’s a heck of an idea,” says Jack Quirk, “we’ve known Harold for many years. He’s an outstanding citizen in our area and we’ll do whatever we can to make it happen.”Brownell initially wanted to raise around $2500. Then he raised it to $5000 and now his goal is $10,000. “And I think, quite frankly and hopefully I’m going to surpass that.” For now Brownell can only hope that, thanks to these type of efforts, a cure can be found. “I’m hopeful. I can only hope it might happen in my time. But no it’s a positive approach it really is. Like everybody else we can only hope.”