About time I wrote an intro.
So, here I am in Leeds. Got in to rods and customs by accident - got a copy of Hot Car which featured the Coca Cola Transit (The one with the body shaped like a can) and was hooked.
With a grandfather who owned a garage and built and raced Ford specials such as Dellows with Bellamy swing axles I suppose it was inevitable that I would be involved in motors in some way or other.
Left school at 16 and trained as a mechanic at the local Ford main agent working on trucks. Bought a mildly customised Capri (Velour interior, debumpered, Weller 8 spokes and Thrush sidepipes with a jack up kit, painted metallic turd brown - "Roman Bronze" they called it - at least the rust didn't show) Then went to another local dealer (just down the road from Bob Cordingley's garage in Shipley) before secondment saw me working in the R*lly world with a team running Ford RS200s. Took up r*llying for a while before it got too expensive after destroying two cars in two events. Still involved in that scene preparing cars for others and service crewing for friends.
Now working as a school teacher (secondary ICT up to A-Level) and loving my work although not loving the stress and the grey hair and hair loss. Someone once said "Find a job you really enjoy, you'll never wotk another day in your life" they were right on the whole.
Back in to Rods and Customs through a chance journey to B&Q for some paint one weekend that coincided with the Leeds cruise - that was 6 years ago.
No ride of any importance - looking for the right car/project.
Have spent many an hour looking through the history/showroom and garage threads and seeing so many cars I remember from my yoof. This place is great.