While my hat's off to you, Rod, for not only being willing to fight for your right to own/drive a classic, it's off to you for being willing to "adapt." See, even though I'm not quite as willing as you-at least not yet-the scenario I portrayed was an extreme situation that, while not out of the question of being foreseeable, is probably further down the road than I anticipate (if it's not obvious by now, I'm something of a pessimist!). Be that as it may, you provided just the answer I was looking to get out of readers-how far they would be willing to go in order to preserve their rights. For the most part, I figured a lot of people would just as soon relegate their classics to storage status than retrofit mechanically in order to meet emissions and driving standards, so again, cheers to you for the willingness to go that extra step!
I just finished reading your editorial from the September '08 issue, "Skills To Pay The Bills," and I could not agree with you more about how hard it can be to actually finish a project. Unfortunately, when it comes to the automotive kind, my record is actually worse than yours, as I have never had one that I thought was complete. Now as I understand it, most guys fall in that column. So to some degree I think you can take heart in the fact that you have completed one. Congratulations!
Unfortunately for me, my job for the past year has taken me on the road for most of 40 weeks, and that obviously does not leave much time for hobbies on the weekends (something about cutting grass and trying to spend time with my family and significant other). Fortunately for me, though, I have found CLASSIC TRUCKS magazine, a fine piece of literature for sure! One of my current projects is a '66 Chevy Fleetside, for which my goal is just to get it back on the road as a driver. I am almost there, so please keep your fingers crossed for me.
Anyway, all of my rambling is to just let you know that I am truly appreciative of your craft as an editor. I have read Super Chevy in years past, and for the last few years I have subscribed to Chevy Hi-Performance, both great magazines in their own right, but I have now found a magazine that brings a true grin to my face when I see its cover. Yes, I'm a Chevy guy through and through, but somehow I don't mind the articles on all the other guys.
Well, the clock has just clicked past midnight here in Clarksville, Tennessee, so I will bid you a good evening. Keep up the great work and look for my subscription to follow soon!
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