Today is the day we kickback, eat entirely too much food and reflect on all the things we are grateful for! Being car nuts, we really have a lot of things to be thankful for, so we thought it would be fun to share a few of the things we are grateful for. We’d also invite all of you to share what things you’re grateful for in the comments section below!
From Jesse – Cars are fun and all, but they wouldn’t mean much without all the special people in my life. I’m thankful for my beautiful wife. She has spent countless hours listening to me blabber about cars and has been a great support. Heck, she has even helped prepare some of our cars for events and shows! I’m grateful for my son. We have enjoyed many hours of Lego playtime together. I’m thankful for my brother. We’ve gone from Big Wheels to four wheels together and it’s been a lot of fun. I’m thankful for my parents and all their crazy stories about cars past. I’m thankful for all my extended family and all their love and support. I’m grateful to all the writers here on Barn Finds. We have a great team and together we’ve accomplished things that I could never have done on my own. And finally, I am thankful to all of you! Without everyone’s enthusiasm, feedback, and comments, this site would not be where it is today. See, we may spend a lot of time thinking and writing about cars, but without the people involved, they are just lifeless hunks of steel. People are what really matter. Finally, I’m thankful to God and all the ways he has blessed me. Happy Thanksgiving!
From Josh – I’m grateful for spirited summer drives with the top down in my Fiat 124 Spider with my wonderful wife riding shotgun. I’m also grateful for the Barn Finds Community, all the great comments and insights that are shared on these pages everyday, and for all the amazing finds we receive from many of you in our inbox! It’s an honor being the managing editor of this site and I’m grateful for all the amazing people that help us 7 days a week 365 days a year to make it happen, here’s raising a drumstick to all the BF Staff. I’d be remiss if I didn’t also give thanks for 5 speed manual transmissions, limited slip differentials, free flowing exhausts and curvy mountain roads! But most of all, I’m grateful for my amazing family, including my extended BF family (that includes all of you!) and for good friends to share my automotive passion with. May each of you have a Happy Thanksgiving!
From Jeff – What I’m grateful for: the salvage yard owners that keep old cars around so people like me can keep buying oddball projects and still find parts for them! Incidentally, although my love of automobiles has led to making many new friendships and creating plenty of interesting stories, my exploration of salvage yards and getting to know the owners who store these forgotten vessels of automotive history have helped keep the proverbial “flame alive” when it comes to taking on new projects outside of my comfort zone. And of course, no amount of thankfulness would be possible without mentioning my very understanding spouse, who is more accommodating than I deserve when it comes to the time (and attention) given to four-wheeled contraptions.
From Jamie – When it comes to the automotive aspects of my life, I’m most thankful for my wonderful family, that not only allows but participates extensively in my vehicular exploits! I should note here that my wife says she enables them; I’m inclined to agree. I’m also thankful for the friends I’ve met through cars–through car club activities, racing, and the online community at Barn Finds. Thanks to Jesse & Josh for allowing me to participate with you! Finally, I’m thankful to my late mother and father for fostering this love of four-wheeled vehicles I have and enjoying them with me while they were alive. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
From Scotty – Every day that I wake up, I’m thankful. I’ve had a great life so far, it’s been a lot of work filled with many changes: careers, businesses, cities, lots of travel, and, unfortunately, family and friends leaving too soon. One thing that has remained constant throughout the last fifty years, however, has been my love and passion for cars. And by cars I mean vehicles of all types, years, configurations, and nations of origin – cars, trucks, motorcycles, snowmobiles, etc. I started identifying cars as a tiny kid as we drove in our ’56 Pontiac and then our ’69 Ford Camper Special on trips out west. It solidified my love for the car hobby that will always be in my soul whether I’m currently eyeing muscle cars, microcars, oddball vehicles, trucks, wagons, or motorcycles – old or new, American or import – I love them all. I’m thankful that my parents let me go on and on (and on and on) talking about cars from the time that I was a tiny tot. And, I’m especially thankful to Barn Finds for taking a chance on me and I’m thankful that there are so many great fans and friends of the website out there! Have a great Thanksgiving, all!
From Brian – It is the time of year where we reflect on things we are thankful for. A time to remember the pioneers and all they contributed to our modern world. Pioneers like Henry Ford, the Dodge Brothers, Virgil Exner, Harley Earl, William Mitchell and Gordon Buehrig to name but a few. They pioneered the greatest vehicles of American Dreams, and for that I am thankful for all of their efforts. Automotive history is such a memorable part of the American experience. Many of us remember tinkering on an old car with our Grandfather, Dad or Uncles. Long before football was televised, Thanksgiving was a time for men to stand outside and smoke while they talked about performance, modifications, or care of their motor cars. They planted the seed of knowledge and desire in our minds that carries down through the generations. I am thankful for those who sold their old cars cheap so teens could have a turn with them, turning them into hot rod Lincolns so to speak. I am grateful to those who have stored away vehicles like artifacts, waiting to be discovered by a whole new generation. But mostly I am thankful to the guys at Barn Finds who present a venue for us to revisit memories of our cars, the ones we had, the ones we wanted, and the one we still plan to get! Happy Thanksgiving to all of our readers! I hope you enjoy good food and good times with your family. Remember to take a look around Grandad’s or your Uncles back yard garages… You may find a treasure, sleeping not yet found!
From David W – I don’t want to burden everyone with my curmudgeonly rants about the crass over-commercialization of every important cultural touchstone in American life, so I will resist complaining on this occasion. In fact, I am always grateful for simply being around to experience the richness of life itself, especially with the people whom I love, and who hopefully feel the same way about me. I am grateful to all of them for the joy and warmth they bring me almost daily, even from afar. It is really important to break through the incessant noise of our lives for this brief time, to share these moments together, and to tell the people we love how much they matter to us. I am thankful to have that opportunity. I know this message is supposed to have something to do with cars. From reading Barn Finds every day, and having the opportunity to experience and enjoy so many great vehicle finds vicariously, I have come to realize how great it is that I don’t feel the need anymore to own and work on almost every old car I saw. It is just a relief to realize that someone else will be suffering for their crazy love of old metal and plastic, and that I am relieved of any such responsibility now. So I am really grateful to Barn Finds and all the people who make it possible, including the wonderful community of readers who make it so rich and rewarding to read. I am just really happy that there are so many people who are still so in love with cars that make this whole thing possible. And some of them, I can even count as friends. What a great world we are blessed to live in. Happy Thanksgiving to all! — David
Well everyone, we hope you and your families have a Happy Thanksgiving! And we look forward to seeing what things you’re grateful for!
*Corncob Racer Photo Courtesy of Mark Dalzell