If anyone ever asked me where I – myself personally got my inspiration, or the imagination and fascination for cars.
Whether it be racing them, building them, modifying them, customizing them, and more to my own spec or the specs of my client’s wants and needs – I actually would NOT be able to tell you or even know where to begin to start!
You see I’ve always grown up around cars. I’ve watched my father late into the night and early morning work on his project cars – whether that be an American car like his 1969 Pontiac 2+2 Convertible or a German car like his 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo, busting a sweat – even fingers, greasing up every nut and bolt, and so forth. From the racetracks which smell of raw unburnt fuel – straight pipe exhausts & tire smoke. All of it & than some! Even some activity we won’t speak on – that’s for another story.
This story here is about a Legend! (In my mind anyways!) – a story which in a way, has an impact on perhaps even where I began in the this car industry today! You see, it’s in my blood & in my gene’s this DNA.
The one I speak of – is my uncle, ‘Emanuel Pereira’. A professional Rally Race Car Driver thru-out the late 70’s thru early 90’s in Madeira, Portugal. A top contender!
A ‘Ford Escort RS Turbo’ was his weapon (car) of choice when it came to leading his team in the Top 10 Division in Portugal.
From the start of his career in the late 70's thru the early 90's of racing – to now, being a professional racing instructor & owner of his own driving school – is a true achievement & truly makes you a Legend!
You know what they say. Pay your dues. This is one man who's paid his dues & I hope one day I can be a living legend just like him!
ps – this story may be slightly bias, but it’s ‘True!’