Good fathers raise good sons and car fathers raise car sons.
The story you’re about to read is a fine example of the special bond shared between a father, his son and the love affair for cool ass cars! Perhaps I have a soft spot for the story line as my father owned a rather cool vintage 302 mustang, ’72 vette and a slew of ‘go-fast’ Kawasaki bikes back in his younger years. Growing up I was enamored with the stories people would tell me about my dad and his “cars and motorcycles that were so loud they would rattle storm windows when he passed by at 100mph+.” Yeah, my old man was hell on wheels, and I loved him even more for it.
As a kid, I would literally harass my father about stopping to look at old cars and trucks that were for sale or slowly dying in some farmers field. He was always a good sport about it, but not having any money nor resources to restore these vehicles, he would often meet my verbal advances with stories of why that car wasn’t for sale. He didn’t realize it at the time, but his stories were only fueling my obsession with classic automobiles. Up until this point, it was just about the car, truck or motorcycle, but thanks to his narrative, I had to know the story behind all of them. It’s the story that drives me, and that’s how we find ourselves here today.
Wanting and needing to know more stories, we built a space on www.cruiseincalendar.com that allows folks to submit their stories. One day I was reviewing the submissions when I came across a story that had been sent in by ‘Sneaky Feat‘. I reviewed his submission and quickly replied back asking for more information. We hope you enjoy his story as much as we have, because this is what hot roddin’ is all about!
Name: Nick Tessier – AKA, Sneaky Feat
Ride: c5 Corvette
Dad was a car nut and infected me with the passion at a very young age with his 67 Mustang. I don’t think there was a car show or meet that he didn’t take me to when I was young.
He introduced me to the 1st Corvette I had ever seen when I was 8 years old and we had just returned from his tour of duty with the USAF from Europe in the early 70’s. It was a silver ’71 Stingray and brand new it cost $7,000. I knew then that this was the car that I wanted. Corvette epitomized everything I loved about cars as a kid!
It’s been 45 years and dad is gone now. The memories of the car shows and his passion for cars have been handed down to our family and the Corvette I could only dream about for 45 years is now part of our family as well. His legacy will continue with my sons and hopefully passed on to their kids as well.
Thanks for everything, Pop. I hope you like her.
Your Grandson just bought himself a 2014 Challenger R/T. We’re carrying on the tradition you instilled in us.
Thanks for the badass submission, Nick! And thanks for passing the passion down to the next generation!