Every so often my mind wanders - usually while doing some dull chore as I was today, scraping the age-hardened grease from the bottom side of my new-to-me F-1 project - and settles on some totally irrelevant memory from my long and checkered past. Today for no apparent reason I couldn't get the phrase "street is neater in a beater" - a well-travelled Gray Baskerville-ism - out of my head. Yeah, my F-1 is gonna be a beater in the same way as Gray's roadster was: not an only car, but a favorite one to be driven as often as possible in all kinds of circumstances...even if it collects dirt and dings in the process. Perhaps that was the connection, but whatever the link I got to wondering how many H.A.M.B. members consider their hot rods or customs "beaters" as Gray did of his deuce - a term of endearment, not ridicule. So I thought I'd start a new thread here on the H.A.M.B. and ask the question: Do you consider your ride a "beater"...and if so, why?