The 2 things that I blame are Dirt Tracks and Cartoons Magazine. I grew up about a mile or two from a dirt track and went to bed every Friday night to the sound of open pipes until it closed when I was in grade school. Sometime around third grade an older kid on the school bus introduced me to Cartoons. It was down hill from there. My dad also had a 58 Ranchero, I dont remember it running much but it was cool.