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Old 05-23-2011, 08:57 AM   #1
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A few weeks ago, my godfather passed away. He was literally the most avid car guy I've ever known and was largely responsible for exposing me to old cars for the first time. Don was obsessed and his obsession spread enthusiastically to just about ev...

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Old 05-23-2011, 08:59 AM   #2
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Old 05-23-2011, 09:02 AM   #3
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Are all of the cars in the shop his? If so it would make a great story, follow on to this.
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Old 05-23-2011, 09:05 AM   #4
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Just passed this on to a former MOTOR TREND publisher as I'm sure he would appreciate it.
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Old 05-23-2011, 09:13 AM   #5
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Thats an amazing piece of history.
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Old 05-23-2011, 09:14 AM   #6
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Now THAT'S a survivor. Great story Ryan.
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Old 05-23-2011, 09:17 AM   #7
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Sorry about the loss of your Godfather,
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Old 05-23-2011, 09:19 AM   #8
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Sorry about the passing of your godfather and I really appreciate your sharing this great bit of history with us. The car, the Motor Trend correspondence and the great memories -- great story. Thanks.
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Old 05-23-2011, 09:23 AM   #9
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What a great gent this man was, I am sure as you previously have stated he was a major influence on your path. That is an amazing piece of personal history, thanx for sharing. Major goosebumps from the 51 soft top! ~sololobo~
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Old 05-23-2011, 09:23 AM   #10
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Very neat & great to see that he saved the letter. I stare at that car daily on my desk.

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Old 05-23-2011, 10:14 AM   #11
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I think your use of the word "romantic" was spot-on. Cool story. Maybe submit the whole story to Motor Trend and see where it goes?
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Old 05-23-2011, 11:14 AM   #12
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great story Ryan. thanks.
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Old 05-23-2011, 11:17 AM   #13
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Very sorry to hear of his passing. Stories like that, are just one of thee many reasons you are the Captain of this ship, TR
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Old 05-23-2011, 11:20 AM   #14
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Old 05-23-2011, 11:27 AM   #15
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I don't know how it all works after we're gone but I'd like to think that Don is looking down, with a smile, and seeing how he passed some of his passion onto you, Ryan.
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Old 05-23-2011, 11:41 AM   #16
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I am returning my pleasure to you for posting this herewith.....
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Old 05-23-2011, 12:10 PM   #17
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Just Wow! It hasn't been long since I was standing on a curb and wondering if souls like that still exist. Clearly they do. Thanks for pointing one out.
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Old 05-23-2011, 01:02 PM   #18
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How rad to still have the car and the letter! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 05-23-2011, 01:26 PM   #19
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Really neat to have had a mentor like that as a kid. May he RIP.
Question: Is that a special "door corner guard" on the lower rear pass. door?
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Old 05-23-2011, 01:45 PM   #20
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That's a great piece of history from America's greatest generation.The passion for cars will always continue and the people who started this for us will always be remembered.
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