What’s with Me and My Cars?

I’ve always loved cars.  Growing up, I didn’t have a lot of money.  In fact, when I was 16, I sold my drums for $350 bucks, and I went and bought a ’67 Mustang that had the most perfect interior, but the front end looked like it hit a wall at 50 mph.  The front end looked like it was a growling shark, teeth and all. (Try to picture that) So, I bought the Mustang for $350.  There was a ‘trip’ going on with my high school, but I didn’t have the money to go on it, but I had a rich aunt who said: “Hey, I’ll pay for that trip for you!”  As you can imagine I was quite taken back by her offer…  But, I told her “what I’d really like to do if you don’t mind is take your generous offer, and fix my car up that I bought!”

So I actually took that money and put it towards my car repairs.  My Grandfather owned a carousel horse business, and he traded a big wood rocking carousel horse to the owner of the body shop to help me with the body work on my car.  I ended up getting back the most sick, perfect, red Mustang with a perfect black interior!  It had amazing wheels on it, the engine ran perfectly, and the bumpers were all re-chromed, and it was SPOTLESS… You wouldn’t know that it was a day old.

I grew up in a school where kids drove brand new Corvettes, brand new BMW convertibles and all that in Hollywood… my car was STILL one of the coolest cars in my high school.  From that point on, people always wanted it…wanted to buy it off me, so I traded it for this really cool Toyota 4 wheel drive which was worth like $6000 bucks at the time.  So I did a little trade up, and made a little money, and ended up flipping that into another car, and another, and another… so by the time I’m in college, I’m in a new BMW, and from there it never really stopped.   I’ve had over fifty cars since the Mustang, and I’m 44.  I love a lot of things about cars, but probably  the most fun I have with cars is the fact that I work a lot, it’s always fun to get a quick rush hitting the on and off ramps at 150 every day.  For me, it’s better than a cup of coffee to get the blood flowing.

One of my favorite things to do when I have time, (which isn’t very often) is to go to the racetrack and play with my sports cars the way they were actually designed for, in a safe and controlled environment. That is one of my MOST favorite things to do…  People always wonder how I can drive these cars…always saying it must be so hard to get in and out of, so bumpy, and so loud…  All I can say is: “Isn’t it great? I drive a street legal race car every day!  I love it!”

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