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Old 03-21-2007, 10:48 AM   #1
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Default Introduction To Speed



Stop me if I've told ya this story before, but my first memory of speed comes from the late 70's... I was three, maybe four at the time.*My dad had a heavily hot rodd...

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Old 03-21-2007, 10:50 AM   #2
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Great story.
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Old 03-21-2007, 11:00 AM   #3
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Holy shit you met Senna? and sat in his car!
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Old 03-21-2007, 11:06 AM   #4
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Holy shit you met Senna? and sat in his car!
That's just the beginning of the story...

For me, it was aircraft...

Specifically, growing up around top secret experimental aircraft... The fastest 'vehicles' on the planet...

I would see them in the sky and kind of try to picture the world flying by at that speed...

That developed into a fascination with all military aircraft...
Then war in general...
Then World War II...
Then WWII aircraft...

I built models... Lots of models... I colected warbird junk.
My favorite plane was the Corsair, but I loved the P-51 mustang and had a fascination with the Messerschmitt 109s... They personified speed to me. (I didn't know/care about the flyability issues)... And revered the SR-71...

Then came the airshows... I was the wierd kid that ran to the 'old planes' so I could sit in them and feel the controlls...

That was speed to me... every concievable instrament in the right place and limited visibility... Supremely purposefull, powerfull, and sleek....

I sat in jets too but they didn't speak to me like the vintage planes. A piston engine is more earthy and organic sounding...

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Old 03-21-2007, 11:08 AM   #5
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ask him about the rod in Paris that changed his life...
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Old 03-21-2007, 11:17 AM   #6
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I always wondered what got you hooked Ryan.
You had never given us any info of your roots.
All I can say is..God Bless your Dad!
His direction provided the experience that effected your passion.
And Without him we wouldnt be here.
Cool story.
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Old 03-21-2007, 11:31 AM   #7
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It seems like you don't like to talk about it much, but I think a lot of us would like to read about your racing experiences, in Europe. I bet you have some really interesting insights into the world of speed and racing.

Just the same as this blog, you can write it so it will be pertinent to this board and what we are.
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Old 03-21-2007, 11:32 AM   #8
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It is a great story ryan. Your story really in a way took me back to my childhood. Remembering all the times that me and my dad have shared over the years. Remembering when I learned about "speed". Thanks Ryan.
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Old 03-21-2007, 11:33 AM   #9
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That's almost just the beginning of the story...
Almost

Great JJ entry. My folks also got me started early, first went to the drags at a few months old.
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Old 03-21-2007, 11:47 AM   #10
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Amen
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Old 03-21-2007, 11:56 AM   #11
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I appreciate your humilty but for a young dude, you've lived a privileged life. And that is a good thing.
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Old 03-21-2007, 12:20 PM   #12
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very cool story ryan..my dads 70 amx was parked in 75 when i was 4, and i can still remember layin in the back floor[2 seater] and fallin asleep to dire straits and duals!! thanks for the flashback!
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Old 03-21-2007, 12:53 PM   #13
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ask him about the rod in Paris that changed his life...
That should be rephrased
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Old 03-21-2007, 12:57 PM   #14
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wee wee!
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Old 03-21-2007, 12:57 PM   #15
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I still have vivid memories of Meyer Speedway in Houston.( i guess that shows my age) My dad would take me there every week to watch the local heros, a few of them went on to the big time
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Old 03-21-2007, 12:58 PM   #16
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"A car guy"... and a helluva writer. Nicely done, man.

Parts of the story are similar to my early memories, and those I'm trying to create for my two boys as well. Early memory for me is being 3 or 4 and being scared of the sound of the big block '67 Chevelle my dad had. Open headers, and LOUD, especially to a little guy.
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Old 03-21-2007, 01:03 PM   #17
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nice. that's exactly how I'd like to be remembered by my son.
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Old 03-21-2007, 01:27 PM   #18
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amazing story, thanks for sharing, wish i could've had a childhood like that...mine was my dad having guys over with there sleds(snowmobiles) so he would tweek the carbs and engines so they could attempt to go as fast and high hillclimbing as my dad...that and taking a 50$ dirtbike that didnt run completly rebuilding it(ie us doing all the dirty cleaning work and him doing most of the hard stuff) and then riding it till we out grew it and selling it for 900$
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Old 03-21-2007, 01:33 PM   #19
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I appreciate your humilty but for a young dude, you've lived a privileged life. And that is a good thing.
Spoiled could be another way of putting it........
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Old 03-21-2007, 01:44 PM   #20
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Riding with my grandpa to the corner store to get cigarettes in his drag Nova or Challenger when I was 6-7
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