Honestly y'all I'm really really flattered by the appreciation. I almost didn't do a build thread until I got on this board and got so inspired and so much help and advice from other people doing it. It's just not my natural state, stuff like that just always felt self aggrandizing to me which I tend to shy away from.
But boy am I glad I did, I'm glad if it has helped or inspired anyone else, and I am grateful for those that have done the same. It really does help people out, there is no way I could have built that car and have it come out like it did without countless hours pouring through others thread and learning from the people here who came before me. I don't mean to soap box but seriously it's really the best way to pay things forward.
To that end, if I had to pick some....... There is the metallic blue 67 fastback, it's called like Venom67 or something..... It was a picture of that car that replanted the fastback seed in my head years ago.
I think Kelly's car is freaking rad because of it's pragmatic nature and how she uses it, makes me feel like that car is a happy dog that just wants to keep living life and I love it it's inspiring as hell.
I remember the vapor SEMA build that was done by roadster shop in 2016. that thing was next level clean, and I have been involved in my fair share of SEMA cars in one way or another. I have NEVER and I mean NEVER seen another car to that level of fit and finish. I am of the belief that perfection is an unattainable ghost you should spend a lifetime chasing but never really catching. THAT CAR "CAUGHT IT" HARD.
But honestly for me it's bits and pieces from a thousand race cars I've seen on track in Monterey and here on the boards. I learned gaps from Rusty Gillis' and MTF builds (honorable mention to Aslan the 3/4 shot of his car made me block my car that one extra time). I learned suspension from Sean and his SOT posts. I learned that these cars deserve to be used and seen from Kelly. I learned flames can and DO work on a mustang from BlakeTX and now I also want to steal his wheels and stance
. Countless tidbits from Woodchuck, oh yeah and Dan's 65 fastback is breaking my heart at the moment. It makes me want to tear mine apart again so darn hard. That thing is gonna' be a slick machine.
another honorable mention...... whoever this guy is. I see him run every year up at Laguna Seca. And this thing is freaking amazing. It's the perfect balance of classic, modern, race car and build quality. If anyone knows the owner please tell him I'd like to buy him a beer.