This car was built in 1971 by Glyn Dobinson. It was featured in many magazines and books and won loads of awards over the years. It even appeared in American Street Rodder in 1975. I had first laid eyes on the car at the ‘77 Belle Vue Custom Car Show in Manchester. It took my breath away. Its big red Glowble Metalflake seared my eyeballs under the lights of that amazing indoor show. I saw it again in ‘78 at the Norbreck Castle indoor show in Blackpool. It was amazing to see, but what happened next was something that made this teenager lose it. Sometime following that, it was the summer of ‘78, my chronology is blurry now at the age of 60, I heard the rumble of a V8 and a La Cucaracha air horn. I looked out of the window and there was Shotgun with my next door neighbor, Keith McCormick driving it. He said “get in” and took me for an unforgettable spin. It was almost too much to take in. Anyway, many years later, right here on the HAMB I got word that member El Swervo had bought the car and it remained virtually unchanged. I couldn’t believe it, it still existed!!!! I commented on the thread he started that if he ever wanted to sell it to please call me. Years went by, FB started, I kinda got off the HAMB, I was member 101, but I just lurked and perused the classifieds mostly. I stayed in touch with Dave, aka El Swervo, and would ask him about Shotgun. He’d say he’s sell it but never committed. I had pretty much given up on it happening and decided to built my British flavored T Bucket, Leaping Lizard, which I finished in 2020. And here we are now, Dave finally did decide to sell it, and thankfully to me. I picked up Shotgun from Jacksonville last Thursday with my son, Miles. I had forgotten my ID so he had to go inside to get it. He drove it and almost made it to where I was with the UHaul trailer but the front brakes locked up, as Dave said they would after about 15 minutes of driving. New brake hoses will fix that. Miles called me and said where he was. I drove the five minutes over to him. I didn’t spot him and then he said “turn around I’m standing up inside the car” and that’s when I saw it, 43 years later, Shotgun. I really couldn’t believe it, there it was, it has a few dings and the chrome was no longer perfect, but the 60 coats of lacquer over that metalflake still shone despite the cracks. I was a kid again. Here are some pics of what is surely the greatest thing in my lifetime of messing with cars has led to. The body of this car was hand beaten in steel by Glyn. He built the chassis, he built the tube axle and all the fittings. The rear control arms were gorgeous chrome round tube but have been replaced with these square tube things that aren’t very good looking. I intend to replicate the originals and put on some bias ply tires, other than than, she’s staying as she is. The late 60s and early 70s was when hot rodding really took off in the UK, many a hot rod was built but most missed the mark, Shotgun did not, it looked great then, it still does to this day. Sorry about being long winded, but I’m over the moon. Thank you Dave for making my dream come true.