Just want to share my earliest influences and hear what others experienced growing up and getting them into hot rodding. I was about 10 years old (1968) when I was bitten by this life long affliction to V8s and old American cars. I didn't know I had been bitten at the time I just knew what I liked. My Uncle had a 1946(?) Ford V8 coupe. There were more holes in the exhaust than proper exhaust pipe but it sounded real good. You could hear it climbing the the two hills to our place, so from half a mile away I knew he was on his way. When he showed me the engine all that I remembered for the next few years was the two rows of spark plugs. But the sound was cool. Very different from all the 4 cylinder and small 6 cylinder cars about. The next year a friend of my Dad dropped off a couple of 1968 US Hot Rod magazines. I read them over and over not really understanding what half the stuff meant.... especially when reading drag racing times I still have them stored in my garage. Then the local breakfast cereal company started putting Collectors Card in their cereal box...Hot Rods. cooool . Another thing to keep the infection active. I had now started drawing hot rods with flames down the sides, fat tyres, and anything else that looked cool. The last thing that sealed my fate was attending a Hot Rod show (early 1970s New Zealand). I was past the point of no return. No regrets and the older I get the broader my interests get in hot rodding. After owning a couple of 57 Be Airs and numerous V8 engines of different performance levels, the 1928- 30 roadsters and early 30's Ford and Chev coupes are in my sights..