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Folks Of Interest A Letter To Motor Trend

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, May 23, 2011.

  1. Ryan
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  2. unclescooby
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  3. rainhater1
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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.
     
  4. denis4x4
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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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  5. DRUGASM
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    Thats an amazing piece of history.
     
  6. NTAPHSE
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    Now THAT'S a survivor. Great story Ryan.
     
  7. Von Rigg Fink
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    Sorry about the loss of your Godfather,
    Nice Convertable
     
  8. jroberts
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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.
     
  9. sololobo
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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~
     
  10. sodbuster
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    Very neat & great to see that he saved the letter. I stare at that car daily on my desk.

    Chris

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  11. 1950ChevySuburban
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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?
     
  12. onedge
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    great story Ryan. thanks.
     
  13. Traditions Racing
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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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  15. -Brent-
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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.
     
  16. hotrd32
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    I am returning my pleasure to you for posting this herewith.....
     
  17. scottybaccus
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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.
     
  18. eddie_zapien
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    How rad to still have the car and the letter! Thanks for sharing.
     
  19. 19Fordy
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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?
     
  20. flamingokid
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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.
     
  21. rbantique
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    Nice remeberance about Don. I can relate to being obsessed with shoebox Fords.
     

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  22. paperdog
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    the story is not ending now , or can it end now with this post..
    that's the way it should be .. always being told
     
  23. oaktree
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    The only person that I have ever known that understood cars as well as Don is my
    son, Ryan Cochran.
     
  24. 5window
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    A very nice family tale. The letter from MT was really a nice touch-back from a time when the media cared about their audience and didn't just have to concentrate on sales and revenue. Don sounds like a cool guy.
     
  25. Cool story! When did the car have a '51 Merc grille? Was it back in the day and then changed back to the Ford grille? I would like to see a pic with the Merc grille.

    That car sure looks good!!
     
  26. Bandit Ls-1
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    nice little story thank you for posting. sorry about your loss.
     

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