I turned 10 in '55, which is about the time my appreciation for car design appeared. It was a great time to come of age. My grandfolks had a drug store with a magazine stand, and they mailed me ALL the car mags each month. I would read them for hours at a time. Back then, the purpose of building a custom car was to make improvements on its styling. And most of the pro's at that time did just that. But as the 60's wore on, things changed. Customizing didn't necessarily improve a car's looks; it was all about getting attention. The more radical and garish the car's looks, the more press it got. That's when I strayed away from customs and became more interested in Hot Rods, but they soon followed the same path. But now that I've found the HAMB, all is well again!