Back in the day in my early teens I and most of my friends started playing with cars. In those days it seemed like there was some sort of an old 30s and 40s car sitting in every farmers field or behind every house and a lot of them could be gotten for little or no money. My friends and I all had "Doodlebugs" that we would race around the fields and have a hell of a good time. Paul, an older friend of mine started buying Hot Rod magazine and we discovered the hot rod scene. I enjoyed reading those magazines but never thought much about ever building or owning a hot rod. That all changed when I was a junior in high school and while walking to the end of my road to meet the school bus Paul and his buddy drove up in his buddy's newly completed bright red 40 Ford coupe with a 283 Chevy V8 with 3 deuces and a hot cam. I couldn't believe my eyes or ears as it sat there with its gleaming red paint and loping idle and couldn't get in fast enough when the guys offered to take me for a ride up to the school. When we pulled into the parking lot at school everyone's jaw dropped when I got out... That was it ,I was hooked. I've owned and built a number of customs and hot rods over the years but that 40 Ford was the one that sticks out most in my mind and the one that got me hooked.