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   02/19/03 Update

Every sport or hobby has its star players. If I mention Boyd Coddington or Chip Foose to a group of diehard football fans they'd most likely have no idea who I was talking about, however, once in a while a player will transcend those boundaries.

I didn't know who Emmitt Smith was until I saw him on a Master Card commercial and asked someone who he was. I don't watch football - I'm a motorhead. While half the nation was watching the Super Bowl, I was in the garage installing door handles on the `33. My wife called me in to watch the commercials and the half time show.

Whether they realize it or not, street rodders who are recognized by the public outside of our hobby play an instrumental part in its future. Several people  fitting this description immediately come to mind. Actor Tim Allen, guitarist Jeff Beck, Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top and of course actor/comedian Christopher Titus. These people along with many others have helped to fuel the Street Rod hobby in their own unique ways.

Television and movies containing street rods also play a part in the procreation of the hobby. As a kid, I was glued to the screen during each episode of The Munsters, just waiting for a glimpse of (or the sound of) the Munster Coach or  Count Dragula dragster. As an adult I was glued to the screen during Home Improvement and Titus, waiting for a shot of a cool ride - with the same anticipation I had as a child. (okay, I never really grew up but lets move on)

Imagine my surprise when yesterday's mail contained a package from Christopher Titus with an autographed photo, a sticker for my toolbox and a T-shirt that reads "Be normal and the crowd will accept you, be deranged and they will make you their leader". How true :)

Thanks Chris! You made my day.

Unfortunately the FOX Network cancelled Titus after only two seasons. In case you missed it, the show was a comedy series about a street rod shop owner and his dysfunctional family. I could relate to both. Hopefully it will go into syndication so we can all enjoy it again. Christopher currently writes a column for the Goodguys Gazette and continues to play a vital part in the street rodding hobby.

Though not nearly as significant, this web site is my small contribution to the street rodding community. Quite often I'll receive an e-mail from someone who has decided to take on their first rod project because this site inspired them. They come to the realization that if an idiot like me can build a car, anyone can. Actually, when you think about it - we ALL make a difference every time we drive our cars or take the time to talk about them with someone who's interested. Street Rod Ambassadors... I like it.

Until next time - Keep the shiny side up!


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