Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Austin, TX
Feedback Score: 6 reviews
OK, time to weigh in.
I have been following this thread literally since the day it was started - over the last 2.5 years I've checked in on this thread well over 500 times. From the outset I vowed that I would watch this project unfold, and hold my thoughts until it was finished (i.e. published in HT) - even though that hasn't happened yet, I think the time has come to say what I've thought about alot as this project has taken shape.
As much as I loved my Integra (just sold it last week, but Lord willing I'll have another very soon), I've never really been a "car guy". Over the years here on TI I've learned alot about my car, and have been able to proudly do more and more work on my own car thanks to TI, but I'm still very much a "car newbie". I say all that to say this - as a non "car guy" I have been absolutely in awe of this project from day one. I imagine that for people who can actually understand (and thus more fully appreciate) the magnitude of what Dave has done, this project in that much more impressive.
But what has impressed me the most from day one of this project hasn't been the car - it has been Dave. His meticulous planning and attention to detail, his unfailing commitment to doing the painstaking work required to properly execute those carefully laid out plans, and most of all the humble and respectful way in which he carries himself EVERY TIME he posts, have all been even more inspiring to me than the car itself.
Dave, the reason the TI community has taken such a keen interest in your project (as evidenced by the recent financial outpouring) is because of YOU. Sure everybody loves your car, but they want to see the project succeed because they want to see YOU succeed - as impressive as your knowledge and abilities are, it is your humility and respectfulness that truly set you apart from the crowd.
I, for one, have been honored that you've chosen to allow us to walk with you on this journey. I wish I lived on your travel route so that I could offer you accomodations - in part because I'd like to see the car, but mostly because I'd like to shake the hand of the man who has graciously given A ToN to this community over the last several years.
You mentioned before how hard it would be to thank everyone for their support, but I would posit that it is we who should be thanking you.
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. M.T. A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity. R.H.