So this morning I have breakfast with my Corvette buddies here in Southern California and afterwards my friend Dale and I decide it would be cool to go and visit Guldstrand Motorsports on the off chance Dick would be at his shop working.
Armed with a sign that hangs in my garage and some photos that Dale took of Dick with John Fitch we headed for Burbank. As luck would have it Dick was there and we were able give him the photos of he and John as well as share some Corvette memories.
What a kind and gracious man he is. You can see that the competitive fire still burns brightly and he was very happy to autograph my sign in the "sweet spot" right over the word "Corvette".
After we left Guldstrand's we were driving home on Riverside Drive in North Hollywood when I noticed that we had just passed "George Barris Kustom City". I thought it would be fun to stop in and check out some of the movie cars and customs on display in the Barris shop.
As Dale and I were walking around the Barris shop Dale asked a young lady if George ever came by the shop. She politely told us that he was there almost every day and that she was in fact George's daughter. Dale remarked that it was too bad he wasn't there today. She laughed and pointed over her shoulder. There was George Barris!
To cap a great day George Barris was happy to autograph my sign in the second "sweet spot" right over the word "America".
Barris Kustom City
I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend a moment of time with these two automotive legends. Their names are now right next to the names of my very best friends in the Corvette world on a sign that to me "says it all"!
Corvette - America's Only True Sports Car