The author (right) and his...
The author (right) and his father performed a considerable amount of custom bodywork on the '75 before painting it.
On my first night at the Renaissance Center, I met Chip Foose and Charlie Hutton, both of whom I both asked to sign the dashboard. Foose jokingly said, "You may have to pull me by the ear to get me over to your car, but I'll sign it." The next day I was able to get Hutton to sign the dash, but each time I asked Foose, he was busy. Having all but given up on him, I slept in the next day. When I returned to my car, the people at the booth next to me told me had stopped by two or three times looking for me, and that he would be by again. So I waited, and he did show up to sign the dash. I ended up winning Rising Star: Outstanding Engine at the show.
Four years later, I'm a senior at Michigan State University, working toward a medical career. I'm going to be attending MSU's Medical School this upcoming summer, where I'm going to train to become an orthopedic surgeon. Since I was a little kid, I've always wanted to be a doctor. I'll take with me many of the lessons I learned from my father, and from the body shop I grew to know so well.
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