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Hi John; I have owned a Vintage Speedster for over 16 years now ever since I ordered it from the builder. About a year prior to this I first joined this community and learned a lot from the members and their valuable and fun advice; some have left us but other diehards are still here after all these years, which makes me glad! Over the past 16 years I've tinkered with the car and made it better for my tastes while driving it but not nearly enough (it's got about 12,000 miles on the odometer since then). I moved to South Florida in 2017 and just brought the car and registered it here this past February. I still love it and enjoy it the same way I did since I first got it. Like the guys before me said; it takes a certain personality to stick with these cars. The work it takes to maintain them and keep them working is worth it every time you take it out for a spin and feel the rumble of the motor and the wind in your hair or your scalp (as in my case). A couple of Porsche, 'Vette and even Ferrari owners have honked their horns at me in acknowledgment, which is quite cool. You do get a lot of thumbs up out on the street, whenever you fill up the gas tank or anywhere you stop at. Also you get a lot of people taking photos or filming videos of the car on their phones. Many times you get convoyed while driving on the street (I have to admit I don't like that). I even had people feel the car to ascertain whether it was an original or not (see photo). Where are you in South Florida? Maybe we could get together sometime so that you can experience one of these cars up close. I am in Hollywood.1826C4F3-0B98-46BF-9F65-D11E704C20FA

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My take on our "plastic clown cars" is a little different than most. While I acknowledge the paternity of our little beasts in the mind of Dr Ing Porsche, I also appreciate the maternity of the multitude of 50s/60s innovators from Colin Chapman, Jack Turner, Bruce Meyers and Gene Berg who found a way for "the average guy" to create a unique, home made sports car out of off the shelf parts. 

My first experience with a PCCs was my brother's Turner MkIII,* a ladder-framed, fiberglass bodied sports car built with various BMC bits and an English Ford 105E engine. Followed closely by a Lotus Elan S1. And later by a TVR Vixen. 

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"An extremely rigid frame using large diameter tubes, and of all welded construction, ensures road holding of the highest order."  Sound familiar?

 

Personally, I'm as proud that my Beck #201 is a Beck, as much as I've been of any of my Porsches. 

 

*My first impression, which my brother backed, is that the driving experience of the Beck is almost identical to the Turner, although he thinks the Turner was even more tightly sprung. 

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"What a cool video! So are you a banjo player too?! I dabble in some frailing banjo and tenor banjo also. cool"@Impala

Impala, I played a bit of banjo in a group many years ago. Arthritis in my hands starting setting early so I'm limited to a bass guitar or stand-up bass.

Here's a pic of SOCer Rene 'Dutch' in my office/music room tuning my mandolin. 20170708_205036_HDR-1

A group of us get together every six weeks or so for a jam and camaraderie. We'll do gigs every so often for parties and receptions.Guitar deck 2

The real banjo master is SOCer Jack Crosby! 

Keep on picking' and a grinnin'. 

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@MusbJim posted:

"What a cool video! So are you a banjo player too?! I dabble in some frailing banjo and tenor banjo also. cool"@Impala

Impala, I played a bit of banjo in a group many years ago. Arthritis in my hands starting setting early so I'm limited to a bass guitar or stand-up bass.

Here's a pic of SOCer Rene 'Dutch' in my office/music room tuning my mandolin. 20170708_205036_HDR-1

A group of us get together every six weeks or so for a jam and camaraderie. We'll do gigs every so often for parties and receptions.Guitar deck 2

The real banjo master is SOCer Jack Crosby! 

Keep on picking' and a grinnin'. 

Yes sir; I know that Mr. Crosby is a pro. Robert Stoll is also another musician who’s a member of this group. As part of my earlier life I’ve proven to be a little of a multi-instrumentalist albeit not a masterful one (you know what they say about jacks of all trades...). I have also tackled some mandolin, lap steel, bass, ukulele and guitar in a couple of different styles. Never gets boring because you never finish learning. Really admire one of the later members of the Doobie Brothers who’s a killer multi instrumentalist; John Mc Fee. That is killer; well done sir! 👍😉

@IndianBob posted:

I bought a Porsche 1960 356B coupe for $1600 in 1969 and tried to sell it for $1500 in 1971 and got no takers even though it had a new paint job and ran perfectly. I ended up trading it straight across for a 1964 VW camper. I wish I had them both right now along with my current replica CMC speedster!

The 70's were a crazy time. Back then, old cars were just old cars. I can remember spending hours dreaming about $500-$2500 Cobras, Chevrons, Lolas, Porsches, Mercedes, Lotuses, and Jaguars in the Competiton Press classifieds. 

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@dlearl476 posted:

The 70's were a crazy time. Back then, old cars were just old cars. I can remember spending hours dreaming about $500-$2500 Cobras, Chevrons, Lolas, Porsches, Mercedes, Lotuses, and Jaguars in the Competiton Press classifieds. 

That's rather depressing LOL. Even adjusted for inflation those are nearly free compared to what we've got to pay now. I guess buy the cars we can now so that in 20 years we're not priced out of those too. 😁

@Impala posted:

Yes sir; I know that Mr. Crosby is a pro. Robert Stoll is also another musician who’s a member of this group. As part of my earlier life I’ve proven to be a little of a multi-instrumentalist albeit not a masterful one (you know what they say about jacks of all trades...). I have also tackled some mandolin, lap steel, bass, ukulele and guitar in a couple of different styles. Never gets boring because you never finish learning. Really admire one of the later members of the Doobie Brothers who’s a killer multi instrumentalist; John Mc Fee. That is killer; well done sir! 👍😉

 

WOW!  Small world!!!  John McFee lived right behind me in Westminster, California when I was in high school and he and his brother Bob used to practice in their garage so we heard them playing frequently.  We both went to Westminster high during my freshman year, but they moved to Northern, California and I never saw him again until he popped up in the Dobbies.

Another of my brushes with musical legends was that late Bobby Hatfield used to live in the house right next door to us prior to become a Righteous Brother.  Coincidentally, last year I bought a Super widebody from his son Kalin.

@Impala

How's this for thread drift!!!

@Troy Sloan posted:

 

WOW!  Small world!!!  John McFee lived right behind me in Westminster, California when I was in high school and he and his brother Bob used to practice in their garage so we heard them playing frequently.  We both went to Westminster high during my freshman year, but they moved to Northern, California and I never saw him again until he popped up in the Dobbies.

Another of my brushes with musical legends was that late Bobby Hatfield used to live in the house right next door to us prior to become a Righteous Brother.  Coincidentally, last year I bought a Super widebody from his son Kalin.

@Impala

How's this for thread drift!!!

It's truly a very small world at times. Those are incredible stories. 

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