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About Brad Smith
Native of Minnesota, along with wife Kelly and son Miles (5)
Professional auto mechanic of 30 years.
Discovered the 818c about three weeks ago, now have plans to build one. Compiling resources.

Back in the days of my youth, I was a HUGE gearhead. Everything was about cars. I hit every show, cruise and event in town. Couldn't get enough of them. Figured "Hey, why not make a living with them?" So I became a mechanic.
About 10 years in, I went to the "Back To The Fifties" show, the premier in the state and one of the largest in the nation, typically 12k cars. And the entire time I was there, all I saw was this leaking, that seeping, that wheel sits funny, that needs bodywork, blah blah blah.

All I saw was work.

So I went home, took the pictures off the wall, wrote a small eulogy, and I buried the gearhead.
Cars weren't fun anymore. I worked my own vehicles out of necessity, not desire. They became utilitarian, nothing more.
Another 14 years goes by, and I reconnect with my girlfriend from high school. We get married, buy a house and have a son. No time for anything for a few years.

About 2 months ago, my wife turns to me and asks "If you could build any kind of car, what would it be?" I had to answer that not only did I not know, but had no desire TO build one. Sorry honey, the gearhead died years ago.

THEN I saw the 818c, and something happened. In the corner of my graveyard of forgotten dreams, a greasy, bloody hand thrust itself out of the dirt, and out crawled the gearhead. He took one long look and said "Yes, I will build THAT car!" Showed the 818 to the wife, and she said "Welcome back.", and signed off on the build on the spot.
Twin Cities, Minnesota
Whitewater kayaking, airsoft, model building, and CARS again!
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The Undead Gearhead, back from beyond the grave


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