I started high school in 59 but started reading every hot rod magazine I could find in the mid-fifties. Growing up in upstate New York there weren't a lot of hot rods or customs around but dirt track racing (flathead coupes) and road racing (Watkins Glen) were big. I went to my first road race at the Glen in 1950 and I remember it like it was yesterdsay. Started going to the local dirt tracks in 56. One of brothers draged me around to every race track we could find and we had a ball. I worked in a Mobil gas station all through junior high and high school. Learned a lot about cars that way. It really was a great time in so many ways. I'm glad I got to experience it. The hot rods and customs I liked then I still like today. Some things never change..... and I hope they never will.