As long as I can remember I’ve been into cars. I still remember seeing a brand new 1967 Firebird convertible one evening when my Dad took us to the local Burger Chef drive in. I begged my Dad to buy one, but we were a wagon family, so something as sporty as a Firebird was out of the question. At least I had my Matchbox car collection to keep me going and when Hot Wheels came out in 1968, almost all my playtime with my friends revolved around racing our Hot Wheels.
For a boy who was as into cars as much as I was, it came as quite a surprise when I our school organized the classrooms into teams named after the cars of the day. I started on the Wildcats but was also on the Mustangs and Road Runners while I attended the school. The other team names included the Camaros, Firebirds, and the Barracudas. I’m not sure what the girls thought of our team names, but for my friends and I it was pretty cool to be part of muscle car school!