Sunday, February 3, 2019

My 2018 - Car Shows - Classic Cars - New Friends

Over the past 6 years of living in Colorado, I think I had one of the best "Car Show" years in 2018. So many big things happened last year for me.

I met a guy named James McGraw. If you haven't heard this name before, which it is highly likely you may or may not have heard of him. To you, he is just a guy I met this last year. To me and to so many others in Colorado, he is the guy that lives in Monument who went on to the show America's Got Talent a few years ago with the Yellow Designs Stunt Team. 

I'm sure you are asking, "Why is this important?" Well, when I was introduced to him at my wife's show in Monument, we started talking about cars. He owns a Vinyl and Window Tint shop in Colorado Springs called Touch of Shade. I thought, hey, that's pretty cool. He likes cars. Then he started telling me he owned a 1959 Ford Fairlane (Pictured Below) and an all original Lincoln Continental.

1959 Ford Fairlane

Touch of Shade at Old Colorado City - 08-19-2018

Now, here is the where it gets fun for me. After he realizes I am into cars as much as I am, I begin telling him that I'm the President and Founder of the Aaron Kaufman Fan Club and that I am a car blogger called Sgt. Car Man. We have an instant bond and begin talking cars and car shows. Since he runs a business, he usually has some challenges with getting all of his cars to the shows he attends. So he asks me if I would be willing to drive one of his cars. Of course I want to! Are you kidding me!? An opportunity to get behind the wheel of a classic car. So, he asks, will you drive my 1964 Ford Econoline. The one pictured above and the one below.

I end up driving this sucker starting around 5 am. He tells me as I pull into the drive way...the automatic transmission shift is literally a nats ass type of a shift. One small nudge and you are in reverse, even more of a nudge and you are in Neutral, then another slight nudge and you are in drive. The driveline of this thing is outrageous. Every moment I drove this thing, I thought something was going to break. Thank goodness nothing happened. In fact, it was one of the smoothest rides I have ever driven. I learned a lot about the "art" it takes to drive a classic like this. We get so spoiled with cars today, it's amazing how far we have come with technology in mechanics. 

So this is just the beginning to my adventures with James McGraw. It gets a lot more exciting as the rest of the year goes on. I couldn't be happier to have met such a cool guy. I'll share more of my stories from last year over the course of the next few weeks. Trying to get this page back up and running again. 

Be sure to leave a comment below! Stay tuned for more! 

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