Class of 2007

Presenting the 20 Under 30 Class of 2007.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this article was fact checked and accurate at press time, but 417 Magazine cannot guarantee its accuracy indefinitely.

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The Rock Crawler

Derek West, 28

Owner, Crush Motorsports

No one on this year’s 20 Under 30 list is quite as wide-ranging as Derek West. The jack-of-all-trades spends his weeks working for Power Source Solar, a local solar-energy company. But what Derek really does is drive customized Jeeps over rocks—and he’s one of the best in the world at doing it (he’s won $9,000 since the beginning of April.) Currently Derek is the second-ranked driver nationally in his class. Financing for this job—originally all out-of-pocket—comes from big-time sponsors like BF Goodrich; Derek even owns his own team, Crush Motorsports. His goal is to make the world finals in Sydney, Australia in January, but for now he keeps plenty busy with other interests, including Power Source, Elite Floral (he co-owns it with his fiancée, Ashley) and odd jobs for Central Vacuum Systems. Derek is also a past president of the Ozarks Jeep Thing Club, where he masterminded the group’s annual Fall 4xFest charity fund-raiser. With all these hats, Derek finds time to be a dad to four-month-old daughter London, who we hear will be rock-crawling any day now.

Favorite movie: Pulp Fiction
Fast food indulgence: spicy chicken sandwich at Wendy’s
When I’m 40 I hope  _____________? “I’m not dead, and I still have the energy and motivation to be successful.”
If you could eat one meal in Springfield, and budget isn’t an obstacle, where would you eat? “Agrario is my personal favorite.”
In an honest moment, what would you tell someone about your job? “It’s easier than it looks—but it would depend on what job you’re talking about.”
Who would play you in a movie of your life? “Brad Pitt, of course.”
If you could be on a reality show, what would it be? Girls Next Door. “I’d be on that show for sure!”
First website you hit every morning: priate4x4.com (a national four-wheeling site)
Biggest phobia: “Being 40 and still wondering what I’ll do when I grow up.”
One night, no complications, whom do you seduce? “Ashley.” (fiancée.)

Favorites:

Adult beverage: Budweiser
TV show: Two and a Half Men
Fast food indulgence: Wendy’s spicy chicken sandwich
Book: Rich Dad, Poor Dad (a financial how-to guide)
Bar: Schultz and Dooley’s Too, on National

Take your pick:

Time machine or omniscience? Time machine
Black tie or comfy sweats? Black tie
John or Paul? John  
MySpace or Facebook? MySpace
Deal or No Deal? Deal

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