I never quite knew where my car enthusiasm came from. A lot are sort of bred into it because their father rolled around in a 1972 Chevelle, or maybe ran his own shop. I didn’t have either of those. My father rolled around in a Pinto at a young age.

No, it was model car kits. I remember at a young age going to the local grocery store and making a beeline to their hobby department downstairs. There I would look at a row of little 1:25 scale kit cars, processing in my 12-year mind which one my tuner fingers could modify.

Yeah, I never built these cars to spec. I had a junkyard of older kit cars I would use as parts for my new ones. This 1993 Mustang Cobra was not going to stay stock for long.

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I took the interior and roll cage out of one of my NASCAR model kits and fitted it inside the Mustang’s cabin. Safety is key for this beast, especially when...

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...you hand carve a nitrous bottle giving this car all the horsepowers. But how in the world is this car even going to stay straight with my masterful 500 shot?

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Fitting on some fat tires and wheels that came off my junker Lamborghini Diablo of course. The car obviously handled well, as you can see it was a regular at Time Trial events. Did I even know what TT meant when I was 12? Probably not.

Oh, and don’t worry, I eventually converted my junk yard cars into demolition derby beasts. Though, if I did this car today at the age of 31 I probably would have chose something different on the side.

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