It's super hot today in So. Cal.- like 100 at the beach where it's ALWAYS 78-degrees and it got me thinking why do people build these REALLY expensive one-off cars (the same guys that scoff at "those old cars that need a tow truck following them") and to me it just boils down to insecurity and little... well, egos. I think traditional is about being secure that you don't need to impress anyone, you don't need a bunch of trophies and you don't need to sit by your car all day at a show waiting to see people's response and if your car has been properly judged. During my time with the GG organization I was often pulled aside by irritated and sometimes irrate patrons that were totally pissed that there car was not given and an award and was never properly "judged". They took no comfort in the fact that there is no judging at a GG event and cars are loosely picked because someone thought it was cool. They would blast that they had taken home an award from every local mall show and they would never be coming back to a GG event if they weren't taking home an award. Without even asking it could be easily figured out that this was their first season after making their big purchase and was probably going to be their last. I could write a book about one couple I met and their rise and fall on the GOLD CHAIN roller coaster. I met the husband when he was showing a restored vehicle and was very hot wanting to know how he could get his car looked at. I explained we didn't inspect every vehicle and he was perplexed. My mistake was having a couple guys come over and look at the car that was actually very nice and he proudly flaunted that he paid for the best car in exhistence, along with a lot of other BS that the car was not "restored" because all the paint and interior products used in the rebuild were NOS, so technically it was "unrestored"- yeah right. Well he asked my advice on buying one of them "street rods" and I told him a couple of the cars he was interested in were not good investments. Next time I see him he shows me the car he bought for 250K and proceeds to tell me of the additional 250K spent freshening up the 5 year old car- WOW! I'm impressed! They next get a big trophy at one of the GG events and they are on cloud nine! They next travel to another GG event and make a point of standing with Boyd at the entrance of Boyd's Pro's Pick area to size up the competition. After Boyd's "Sweet 16" were announced they were very insulted that their car that had just won a major GG title in the same month now did not get a Pro's Pick. They took their complaint directly to the event director and informed him, "If this is how you guys work we will no longer be attending your events!" They were given a sympathy award and continued to be pissed for the remainder of the event. Soon after that I left Goodguys so I'm not sure if they made good on their threat or not. But that is just one example that I have stayed clear of naming any names and I would appreciate if anyone else knows who I'm talking about just to sit on that info. But this actually happed all the time with just about the exact same story. Funny thing is I NEVER had this happen only to find out it was the guy in the homebuilt primered Model A pitching a bitch. Something to think about and exactly why I'm traditional for life. What I really meant to get to before that description got out of hand is that I don't see or feel any connection between the car and the people pimping them in their custom embroidered shirts and chairs with the car's name on them (yes, as Jimmy Shine said the STUPID NAMES!). All I see when I see these big buck boats is a feeding line with a bunch of people in it that equally don't really care about the car as much as the pay check it represents. Now the guy with the cut up fingers and engine enamel overspray on his glasses to me cares A TON more about his car than the guy that just dropped half a million dollars on his cast of hand picked experts. More power to them and I am in no way jealous, I just prefer to see cars built with heart, not dollar signs. And growing up I have seen some BEAUTIFUL (and not so beautiful cars) built with heart and that just makes the big buck cars look even more plastic. That's what made me think at the stoplight today, "Who would spend 350K building a "ONE OFF" car that to most onlookers looks like any another "Coast to Coast" or "Boydster", only with a custom grille?" Hell, I don't know- and if I met them I probably wouldn't have anything in common with them. Sorry, the heat made me do it!