If not, how did you become a traditional hot rod fan? I was born in 1956 and like a lot of us here, became a car nut at an early age. The moment is well defined in my memory. In 1960 my dad bought a little run about boat as we lived near a lake. The dealer delivered it to our house and his tow vehicle was a bright red 1959 Impala convertible with white interior and top. My dad was upset with me because I was more interested in the car than the boat. We lived in a very rural area in northern New England so there wasn't any hot rods around. I got all my knowledge and dreams from magazines. So it was the tail end of the HAMB era. Coming of age in the early 70's (graduated high school in '74) my preferences are for that era but there were still a lot of HAMB era cars running around then. I think a lot of those cars got "updated" in the 70's and the 80's peanut M&M style cars really killed them off. We moved to upstate New York (Albany area) when I was an early teen and I still remember seeing my first "real" hot rod. It was a bright yellow Model A or Deuce highboy coupe (which, I don't remember) and it was very much a Milner car but this was a few years before the movie came out. It was definitely a SBC with a tunnel ram and 4 speed with black diamond tuck interior. I think it had slotted aluminums but it could have been chrome steelies like Milner's car. We used to hang out at the Pizza Hut and this car was parked in the parking lot. I remember just staring at it for hours and looking over every detail. It had roaster style headers and I remember looking at both sides of the car and wondering why the rear pipe on one side had a bigger gap between it and the firewall than the other side. Now by this time I knew what the internals of an engine looked like but it took me a minute to realize that because the connecting rods have one in front of the other that the exhaust ports would be configured the same making one side farther forward than the other. I studied the clutch linkage and figured out how the bell crank worked. Followed the fuel line to the mechanical pump and then up to the carbs. The intricacies of a mechanical throttle linkage for both carbs. It had velocity stacks with those chromes screens on top. Anyway, it was a typical late 60's style car and it had a ton of influence on me. As you can see by my avatar car, it still does. While that is my personal preference in style, I still like HAMB era cars too because those cars still showed up in magazines of the times. I think most of us gravitate towards cars from our youth, especial those that were around when we came of age. I'm curious how some of our younger members came to appreciate the HAMB era cars. Why do you like cars from a time that was probably before you were born?