<iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/64526402?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0&color=ffffff" width="569" height="320" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> Some of you may have been following along as Anderson and I thrashed to rebuild my Model A coupe for the 2012 Lone Star Round Up in Austin Texas in the build thread found here. I wanted to share a little background about how the idea was formed for the car and a little Dallas racing history as well. A few years back, while visiting a local old time radiator shop, I spotted an old race car photo on the wall. I asked the owner about it and he said, “That’s a car I helped build back in the late 40s. I believe one of the drivers of that car was Ed Sissum” I commented on how cool I thought it was and he said, “Would you like to go meet Ed? He still lives a block away.” Wow! What an opportunity. We drove over to his house and had a chance to briefly talk and he and his son invited me back to talk some more and to see some pictures. The next week, when I returned, he told me about the races he had run back at the old Devil’s Bowl and shared with me the pictures he had in his album. The common factor amongst all the cars was the fact that while the other cars ran numbers on their doors, Ed’s car consistently ran the Question Mark symbol. I asked about that and he said, “That was my number. Other guys ran their numbers, but that was mine. The Question Mark.” Something about that symbol jumped out at me as being such a great symbol of adventure. He also looked at my car and thought it really had lots of potential. I brought my camera and my Model A coupe, which at the time had not yet been chopped or lowered. Fast forward to 2011 and the swap meet where I found the Supercharger for the flathead. The seller told me a story about how it was pulled out of a 1940 Ford coupe with drag history around Florida for a jaguar engine swap. I had to have it. I remembered that I had seen one on a car in an old photo. I returned to the collection of photos that Ed Sissum shared with me and there it was, on that war torn 34 Ford dirt track car. Again, staring back at me was Ed’s Question Mark, the symbol of stepping out into the unknown, of uncertain outcomes, and confident ambiguity. This was the moment that I knew the coupe needed a rebuild, and now it also had a direction. Anderson and I discussed if we thought we could do this build before the Round Up. We had three months, and we had the drive, but who knew if it could be pulled off. Would all the pieces would work together or would it be a total failure? Nothing worthwhile in life comes without a challenge. So, on January 22, 2012, he made the push on me and out came that little hopped up 4 banger. We thrashed night and day, and almost killed ourselves, but on the Friday of the Round Up, April 13, 2012, it took it’s first successful drive with it's completely new driveline. Anderson and I had met our deadline, but still a long road ahead for the car’s transformation. We loaded up the car and headed for Austin. Saturday morning, Anderson arrived, and after all that we had been through, pulled from his pocket that shining Question Mark Symbol. He had made it the night before and said it was time for the coupe to reveal it’s identity, The Question Mark Coupe. It’s the beginning of something new and exciting with a lot of unknown still to come. I couldn't have done it without Anderson and without the help of Revhead and SpeedDrome. The car will continue to be transformed, but one thing will remain the same. The Question Mark Coupe will continue to honor those that have come before, who blazed the unknown paths for the quest for speed. This one is for you Ed Sissum.