Support The San Diego Highwayman
Thomas Weller a.k.a "The San Diego Highwayman" has been rescuing people standed on the side of the road for 48 years.
When he was 16 years old, he drove his car into a ditch. A man came along and rescued him only asking that he pay it forward one day.
Since that time, Weller has rescued thousand of people who were out of gas, had a flat, overheated, or stranded in one way or another. Weller hands them a card that says " You don't owe me a thing. I've been there too. Someone once helped me out, just the way I'm helping you. If you really want to pay me back, here's what you do: Don't let the chain of love end with you.
Back in August of 2011, Weller's famous rescue car "Beulah" was totalled during a rescue. The remains of his prized car still sit in his back yard. Weller simply can't afford to repair the car but has dreams of getting her back on the road while he's still able to help others.
This campaign is to raise money to help a man who's helped so many others. His dream is simple... get Beulah back on the road, and continue to help those who need it the most.
We are attemping to raise funds through this platform to help him achieve his dream, and continue living his legacy.
Yesterday, Beulah was picked up on a tow truck and taken away to be rebuilt for Thomas by an incredibly generous man who heard The San Diego Highwayman's story, and came forward to have it rebuilt.
We can't thank you all enough for your generosity and support to get Beulah back up and running on the road.
The donations sent to Thomas we will used for any future parts, gas, maintenance, etc and will sit in an account dedicated to the mission of the highwayman... helping others.
Today, we can celebrate. I've changed the goal of the campaign to $10,000 to let everyone know we've officially met our goal of getting her back up, repaired, and running. I've also closed the donations as the goal of this project has now been met.
Thank you all for your support. Please stay in contact with us and continue to follow the project at:
I will certainly post again here when she is repaired and back on the road!
I'd like to close this post out with an email to you all from Thomas himself:
To all those folk who have kindly participated in this for me, I THANK you ALL and have some exciting news to share!
Beulah was picked up yesterday, Monday, President's Day, by a tow sent by Rick M. who has generously decided to *personally* ressurrect Beulah FOR me!
He has estimated it will be 6-7 months till completion of a full restoration with upgrades and additions wished for and needed.
I am overjoyed!
It's been 3 years and four months since Beulah was K.I.A. on a downtown San Diego freeway, and I've missed her abilities every day since :(
I'd modified our "family" car to continue with --
But now, thanks to YOU folks AND Brent, AND Rick, and a number of folks "behind the scenes" I'm going to be able to continue my "Playing on the Freeway" [ as I call it -- helpin others ] AND -- be able to HAVE Beulah back to DO it with! :)
I'm often asked -- "who *pays* you to DO this?"
The answer is NObody *pays* me, but many "assist" me --
I have, on numerous occasions, called a tow, at *my* expense, to git someone home, whom I'd encountered in dire straits who didn't have resources or hope.
to ALL -- THANKEE KINDLY and Pass It On!
aka the San Diego Highwayman
finally -- there's *this* [ a card I give folks as well, who ask, "why are you helping me?" ]
Just DO what you can.
It's not enough to merely exist.
It's not enough to say, "I'm earning enough to live and to support my family. I do my work well. I'm a good father. I'm a good husband."
That's all very well.
But you must do something more.
Seek always to do some good, somewhere.
Every man has to seek his own way to make his own self more noble and to realize his own true worth.
You must give some time to your fellowman.
Even if it's a little thing, do something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.
For remember, you don't live in a world all your own.
Your brothers are here too.
Dr. Albert Schweitzer
Hi Jackie! I will have some great news to share this afternoon. I've also moved the goal to $10,000 and it will not change from there. I've also stopped accepting any further donations on the site and you will hear why very soon :) Stand by. The news is good! :)
The danger is setting the goal too high is it takes a long time,and no one gets their cc charged until the goal is met. That means many of the charges may not go through as people may not have enough in their account weeks or months later to cover the donation they think they made weeks or months before.It seems it would be better to do a lower amount, and then do another if needed (if that is allowed).
Hi Erin, Beulah is actually still in Mr. Weller's backyard. Thomas has been driving his family vehicle to do rescues which looks fairly similar to Beulah, but doesn't have the same equipment, etc set up in it like Beulah did. If you're so inclined, knock on his door when you pass by sometime. I am sure he'd be more than willing to show you his prized car, and you'll be pretty amazed at the stories he will tell! All the best, Brent
I have driven by Beulah parked on the street, looking in pretty good shape about 10 times in the past month on my way to and from Granite Hills High School. I think she is already fixed and back on the road.
Brent, Channel 10news posted a story about a woman calling in and saying "Weller caused the crash that disabled the car so he shouldn't get any donations." I don't know if you saw the article on 10news FB page but people jumped to Weller's defense. In one comment a man who works for a small body shop in La Mesa offered his help. I will try to contact you via your FB messages...
Hi Jody, Thank for the message! We've sent out inquiries to several places as well as had many others sending them off and writing on the shows Facebook walls, etc... so far we haven't heard anything. Keeping fingers crossed!
Brent, any offers from TV shows or auto repair places for Beulah?
Brent, thank you for understanding I meant no offense. I have been checking back here almost hourly for two days because I'm excited to see the donation number continue to climb! I have watched these pages set goals of 10,000 and then receive upward of 22,000! I think at 15,000 we can all totally surpass that :) I hope that ultimately a "pimp my ride" show or something picks this up! Wouldn't that be fabulous?! I have lived in San Diego my whole life (though now I reside temporarily in Oahu HI due to military stationing) and have seen the Hwyman since I was so little. Whether you knew what he was doing or not his car is one we've all surely seen, especially out in East County and on the I-8. Here's to Beulah!! $$$$$
MANtana salutes you sir.
Thanks Jody! I really appreciate the feedback and the comment, and I think you're right. This is my first time ever doing any sort of fundraising or social media funding, and to be honest, when I started it I wasn't sure a single dollar would come in. When things got rolling, I began to fear that I made the amount too small (especially for what is actually needed) and thought people may stop donating if we hit the "goal." I think you're totally right though. I am so taken back and humbled by what people have donated so far. It is truly amazing to read the stories from people Thomas has impacted over the course of his life. This is the coolest Christmas present I could have ever received... seeing so many people giving back to such a wonderful and genuine man. All the best! -Brent www.whileimheretheproject.com
Brent I commend you. I didn't mean to offend so I hope I didn't. I think these pages do very well because people see the set goal and think "we are almost there!" Once the goal is reached I think it's fun to watch it go way beyond, which I know it will for this! I think people love seeing it go way beyond goal and feel proud of it and donate even more! I have shared this post in SO many places! I hope it's gone so viral that a mechanic does step up because ultimately with such an old car that's what it'll take is some free labor and donated love along with donations here. This is your fund raiser so you pick a goal by all means! What you're doing is fabulous and this man is so deserving. I hope to see the donations surpass the 15,000 mark! Bravo to you Sir ;)
Thanks for your comment Jody. I will leave the goal at 15,000. The challenge I was having while picking a goal is because realistically, we will need more than $15,000 to get the car back and on the road if we have to approach a shop and pay in full for their time and service. If we get a great supporter on board that's willing to donate time, then that's a different story! I hope that makes sense. We're just trying to do what we can to help him get that car back up and running. All the best! Brent www.whileimheretheproject.com
I feel like raising the goal all the time is a bad idea. If you set a goal keep it. We like to know we've helped achieve the goal and going over makes people feel good. To keep raising it seems greedy. Just my opinion.
Tom is a wonderful man .. 8 have linked his story to overhaulin.. and American restoration ... he deserves all this and more...
I shared, Tom is a great man he use to be my neighbor years ago!!!
Shared, people are donating! Yay
I recommend to everyone share the go fund me link on Facebook.