I was always a "Traditional" type of guy; I just didn't know it. I built my first Hot Rod in the early '60's (A typical 60's style "T"- Bucket with an early Dodge hemi) and had a good couple of years. Drifted through life after that and got into Corvette's (C2's) and then bought and restored a '51 Ford club coupe (my original high school car was one also; not nearly as nice.) I got the "Hot Rod" bug again and built a flathead powered '36 3-window. Through all of this, I never succumbed to the "Street Rod" style, but I thought I was one, because I drove my cars a lot. I then got into vintage dirt track racing, as I had become uncomfortable around the "Street Rod" crowd. It was around this time (probably over 10 years ago; I can't find my "Join Date") that I found the H.A.M.B. I did a short intro, and never had a problem with acceptance (I think having owned 2 early Hemi powered cars and a '36 3-window helped). The only people that I ever had a bad time with turned out to be complete idiots anyway. Joining the H.A.M.B. crystalised the whole thing for me. I finally realized who I was and what I did. I have gotten "worse" over the years. Back in the day, I would consider a Pertronix to "solve an ignition problem". These days that is out of the question, as I have learned it is better to solve problems than to "band-aid" them. When I saw the title of this thread, I immediately identified with it and what Danny was saying. Count me in.