My husband, son and I were visiting my aunt's house on Saturday for a family get together and my cousin (her son) was there. He lives directly across the street from her. We hung out together for hours and my son stayed in her built in pool literally for 4 hours. When my cousin was getting ready to go home, someone asked him if he got his "tin" car into the garage without denting it.
My cousin collects antique and unique collectible cars. I asked him what the "tin" car was and he said "Oh, it's my Shelby Cobra." Now, let me tell you my son is only 12 but he's a huge car enthusiast. I went to the pool and said "Marty....Steven has a Cobra, do you want to go over and see it." I swear he levitated out of the pool!! hahahahahaha
Well, we went to see the "tin" car and it was a fully restored GORGEOUS yellow Shelby Cobra dragster, the only one of it's kind in the USA. It was in mint condition taking 798 of the possible 800 points awarded at the car show. My son was drooling. DROOLING! He was allowed to open and shut the door and touch the tires. From what I understand from the family, this honor has never been bestowed on anyone else that they know of LOL!!
After much drooling, my son looked at the beautifully restored MGB that was sitting next to the Shelby. Steven had gone all the way to England to pick up a new convertible top which is original equipment to replace the reproduction ragtop that was on the MGB when Steven acquired it. Steven told Marty that he doesn't drive the car anymore because he is too big for it. The pedals are too close together for his liking. He pointed out the 3 windshield wipers that it has and told Marty that when he puts them on, he finds himself waving his head back and forth much like the guys on Saturday Night Live in the disco skit who hang out at the bar swaying back and forth to "What is Love? Baby Don't Hurt Me No More" We laughed our heads off.
All the way home that night, Marty kept saying it was the best day of his life. He said this every 10 minutes.
The next morning I sent Steven an email thanking him for showing Marty the cars and telling him how the Shelby Cobra is Marty's favorite dream car in the world and he was even working on a model car kit 2 months ago of it. Then....I told him that Marty loved the MGB and was still shaking his head back and forth to the motion of the 3 wipers and humming that song. About an hour later, I got an email from Steven asking me if it would be alright with me if I allowed him to make a gift of the MGB to Marty. WHAAAAT??????
I read it to Marty and he fell off the bed!!!! hahahahahahaha. Of course I said YES and he's going to deliver the car in a car trailer to us in 2 weeks. Marty is hoping that every kid on the block is home when his car gets delivered so he can show it off. hahahahaha, Go Marty!
We need to clear out the garage completely for it, so I have to buy a shed for the lawn mower and the other stuff we have in the garage right now. The car is fully restored and has new brakes, fuel lines, clutch, suspension bushings, water pump, hoses, belts & fluids. It's even tuned.
This wonderful and generous gift will be treasured by my son for the rest of his life. He's already planning on starting to save his money so he can add memoribilia to his first car in his own "collection".
This will always be a very dear memory in my heart. Steven was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 3 years ago and has somehow managed to survive way past the 3 months he was originally given when he was diagnosed. He is my most treasured relative and this act of extreme generosity is only a small example of his heart and his nature.
Here's some pictures of the car: