View Full Version : What Is The Story Behind Your User Name

08-04-2008, 08:20 PM
My user name was picked to honor both my Great Grandfather and Great Great Grandfather who both joined the Confederate Army in Whitesburg Ky in 1862. Hence kyreb1862.

Whats your story?

08-04-2008, 08:21 PM
I lack imagination :rolleyes:

08-04-2008, 08:35 PM
Uh, I am a roofing contractor ( who also lacks imagination)

08-04-2008, 08:36 PM
Is what it is.

08-04-2008, 08:41 PM
I play the guitar..... ~ducks and runs~

tony barnhill
08-04-2008, 08:45 PM
Back when our daughter was just moving beyond Judy Blume books, one of her friends said to her, "Shannon, your dad is weird. He has all those old cars everywhere."

Shannon's answer was simple, "Oh, he's not weird, he's just an autoist."

Without knowing it, she had coined a new phrase, to me at least. Being a father to whom education was important, I gave her an assignment: define "autoist". Her results definitely describe me (and possibly you):

<span style="font-style: italic">"auto-ist (ô 'tó-iste)n. 1. A specialist in automobiles. 2. One who produces, makes, operates, plays with, or is connected to automobiles. 3. A car nut."</span>

So, in 1984, when Shannon coined the term, we adopted 'theAutoist' as the name of my little MG rescue venture and museum. And, in 1998, when we finally gave in and purchased a computer, 'Autoist' also became my computer identity.

But, here, I'm just Tony Barnhill!

08-04-2008, 08:56 PM
<span style="font-size: 12pt">I own ~THIS~ (https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v170/aeronca65t/my_plane_air65tl.jpg) 1941 Aeronca 65T</span>

08-04-2008, 08:59 PM
<span style="font-size: 12pt">I own ~THIS~ (https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v170/aeronca65t/my_plane_air65tl.jpg) 1941 Aeronca 65T</span>

Congratulations. That is one beautiful little plane.

08-04-2008, 09:14 PM
Have been into BMW motorcycles long before I got my TR3 and used donbmw when I first starting with computers back in 89.


08-04-2008, 09:32 PM
My strong resemblance to Marty Feldman??? :devilgrin:

08-04-2008, 09:36 PM
When I built my slot car track about 6 years ago, I wanted a name for it. I have always been intrigued by the wonderful English track named Brooklands, but I knew I would not be reproducing it, so I named my track Brooklands Speedway and took the ID of Brooklands when I could. I looked through the fence at Brooklands back in 1976, but could not find a way in. Now there is the museum and last summer the big 100th anniversary show. Now I need to get back to England to visit for real.

08-04-2008, 10:24 PM
Easier than my name
Would be nice to know some first though.Even some of the oldest posters I still don't know their names but the monikers are just as good.

08-04-2008, 10:46 PM
When I registered, it wouldn't let me put a space between "Steve" and "S". I have no use for monikers.

08-05-2008, 07:34 AM
Mine is a nomer bestowed by me Ol' Fella back-when:

"You can make things NOT WORK at th' speed of light... usually just walkin' in th' room... you're a PhD of Entropy!"

(That is an ~almost~ verbatim quote... th' Boss has thingies in place wot censor the REAL quote :wink: )

A few of my garage wallah pals were around to hear it. It stuck.

"LotusPosition" may even have been there. Not certain.

08-05-2008, 07:55 AM
Mine was actually a nickname I picked up while doing community theater. I usually helped out with lights, and was our resident electrical guru, as well as an electrical engineer. I think somebody came up with the name after an incident involving a defective stage light I was testing. :shocked: Let's just say electricity always takes the path of least resistance, and I was being a little too conductive that day. The directors had some fun after that, and I was immortalized in our program as Electrician: Dave "Sparky" Sherman.

tony barnhill
08-05-2008, 08:35 AM
Easier than my name
Would be nice to know some first though.Even some of the oldest posters I still don't know their names but the monikers are just as good.
Don, I agree....would be nice if everybody signed their posts with their real first name! I learned that at the 50th Spridgets Show when I tried to put screen names to real ones.

08-05-2008, 08:49 AM
I got back into little sports cars after about a ten year hiatus when I bought a Miata, also know as an MX-5. I just inserted my name in after the "M"...hence m<span style="font-weight: bold">art</span>x-5.

08-05-2008, 09:20 AM
Born and raised around Rolls-Royces - Rollers as they are called here! :smile: - AX201 is the car of cars (imho). As a kid I had a little British boat called a Dori - like a Boston Whaler - called it Silverghost and been using that ever since. If I don't own one by the time I move on, my last trip will be in one.

08-05-2008, 09:34 AM
No real story, it's where my 100-6 was built. Back when I joined the Forum I was still in the high frustration stage of owning a Longbridge built 100-6, where many things are just slightly different than other 100-6's. Thanks to the Forum, I've figured out most (but not all) of the differences.


08-05-2008, 09:40 AM
I've used drooartz as my website domain now for 10 years or so... wanted something that was available and reflected what I do (musician). The odd spelling was just for fun, as drewarts seemed so boring :laugh: . I've used it as a login name for all sorts of sites now.

08-05-2008, 09:49 AM
Me? Not so much a singular lack of imagination as a total inability to make a decision. To make it easier on myself I went with my real first name.

08-05-2008, 09:51 AM
Mine reaches way back to when I was 12 years old and decided I was going to be a beatnik/teenager (at 12!) and loved (still do) the phrase "cat" to mean a cool dude. Not that I profess to be a cool dude at all, I just like the thought.
I added gray to it as my hair (what's left of it) is gray. My fondness of "cat" intensified even more when Bo Diddly himself, told me I was a cool cat for trying so hard to help him at a camera store I worked at in Fresno about 15 years ago.
Anyway, that's my story and I gonna stick by it!
Roy :cheers:

08-05-2008, 09:59 AM
I have owned my 73 TR6 since 75-76. When I enrolled on this site, I felt older then dirt. Now I just feel old, but not as old as back then, even though older now, but then you can feel young even when older, then there are the memories. I vividly remember ever girl who road in that TR6 and smile as I pour incredible amounts of money into it as I did on them but then I did to them what the car is doing to me now.

Thanks for the memories.

08-05-2008, 10:52 AM
Monty Python skit.

And, um, I have two, er...you know, sheds.

08-05-2008, 11:12 AM
GB is a pet name someone gave me years ago and it just seemed appropriate here.


08-05-2008, 11:47 AM
On the Yahoo Racing History group we use the Len Sutton rule. Len, who was the color commentator on the Indy 500 racing network after a successful racing career, always refused to reply to any post that did not include the poster's first and last name and where they were from. Len said if he did not know who he was talking to, he did not wish to reply. Len passed away over a year ago, but the Len Sutton rule is still employed by the members on the list.

I sure miss Len there, as he seemed to know everyone and every car from the 40's to the 70's in Indy car racing. My autographed photo of him in his car after qualifying at Indy is prized item in my collection. I always have my real name and location in my signatures.

08-05-2008, 12:23 PM
Tinster- a variant of the 13th century, Cornwall, UK
word "tinner" for a tin miner, a tinsmith or a roofer
who installed tin coated copper roofs on cathedrals.

I enjoy the architecture of old cathedrals and I design
extreme wind roofing systems.

So I use Tinster

08-05-2008, 02:13 PM
No real story behind the name, just a 70 herald, which has been stuck in front of my apartment for the last 4 years. It is even drivable every so often.

08-05-2008, 06:15 PM
My other roadster is a 2003 Mazda Miata Shinsen Version, Build number 774 out of 1451.

08-05-2008, 07:10 PM
I inherited a Triumph Tr6 from my uncle who passed away. Hence the name, I was trying to be clever….

Although someone asked me why my name said "in her eye tr6" hahaha

08-05-2008, 07:13 PM
Mine was bestowed on me at a previous employer. As one of the older and more experienced of the team leads, my peers were always seeking my advice and guidance. Gained a reputation as the "old, wise one" like ObiWan...and it stuck.

Rich (the real first name...)

08-05-2008, 09:53 PM
My folks started dating in high school in the late '40s. After the Korean War, my father came home and.......

08-05-2008, 10:55 PM
My buddy's at home between 1961 and 1971 used to call me wee willie handbrake (for obvious reasons, 5'6" and the use of the handbrake) and I just dropped the handbrake.

By the way,you know the rubber strips across the road to count the traffic don't stay there too well when judicious use of the handbrake is used just as you get to them at speed :thumbsup:

08-06-2008, 05:51 AM
My name is, err... my name :smile:

08-06-2008, 07:02 AM
By the way,you know the rubber strips across the road to count the traffic don't stay there too well when judicious use of the handbrake is used just as you get to them at speed :thumbsup:

...and they make funny noises when they flail around loose under th' chassis, too... :jester:

08-06-2008, 08:40 AM
14 DNA stands for "One For Dave and Annie"

My best friend and wife, loves license plate sayings, so this is on one of our cars as a specialized plate.
I am always asked if this has to do with what makes you want a small convertible, but no.

I do agree, real names would be good as well, so I'll put mine in.


08-06-2008, 11:02 AM
When I joined this site, I only had my TR6 restomod and it is, well, Swift!

Just ask the local Sheriff deputies that pull me over in the canyons for no brake lights. When they finally catch me and hit their lights, they get confused when my brake lights come on. Then they walk up and say, "I was pulling you over for non-functioning brakelights, but now I realize you weren't using your brakes. Have a nice day, sorry for bothering you." That's happened four times now. You'd think they would pass the word. Although one admitted afterwards that he wanted a closer look at my car. :wink:

08-06-2008, 12:22 PM
...I do agree, real names would be good as well, so I'll put mine in.

Thanks Dave

08-06-2008, 06:51 PM
skinny knees in high school. that a little spinach!

66 TR4A

08-06-2008, 08:16 PM
My middle name is Lynn.
With that knowledge and the information in my signature, I think you can see that my signature totally lacks imagination. :crazy:

About signing post with real names...
It drives me nuts when someone post something like "You got that righ,Joe". I start going through the other post in the thread so see who got what right and none of the post are signed Joe and none of the user name look like they belong to someone named Joe. :wall:

08-06-2008, 08:29 PM
How 'bout we all just say: "Ya got that right, Kilroy!"

:devilgrin: :jester:

08-06-2008, 09:35 PM
And who is this Jack guy that I don't know?

08-06-2008, 10:18 PM
I figured that when I got the barn find TR4 back on the road (happened about 3 months later) I would be re-living the experience of my TR4 and TR5 daily drivers back in the 70's.

08-06-2008, 10:38 PM
At the risk of unintentionally "Hi Jack"ing this thread - I don't know who Jack is, but if he helped you off your horse, would you help Jack? &lt;oh I DIDN'T just type that, DID I?&gt; :laugh:

08-07-2008, 09:16 PM
I was named after my Dad who was named after his dad, who was named after his uncle. Why mess with perfection, uh, I mean tradition. :devilgrin:

08-07-2008, 09:36 PM
hmmm... that tradition woulda seen me as either Giovanni or Chimquistabendicook... :jester:

tony barnhill
08-07-2008, 09:40 PM
So, Kenny, what'cha gonna name the kidlet?

08-07-2008, 09:43 PM
Morgan Cassidy...

Kenneth Leroy Pinkerton IV seemed a bit too over the top for a girl. :jester:

08-07-2008, 10:01 PM
Kenneth Leroy Pinkerton IV seemed a bit too over the top for a girl. :jester:
Not so much when you think of Moon Unit Zappa

08-07-2008, 10:19 PM

..I thought it MUCH better'n "Dweezle". :devilgrin:

08-07-2008, 10:36 PM
I agree, but I were talkin' girl names.

but you already knew that :smirk:

08-07-2008, 11:20 PM
So "Dweezle" ain't gender neut-ral?!?!


"I'm a walkin' talkin' bait-box."

08-08-2008, 12:51 AM
Well.........as opposed to Dweezella!!! :jester:

08-08-2008, 05:40 AM
Well mine started back in 1999, when I first moved to Atlanta, and my parents bought me a computer so I could keep in touch. At the time everyone used AOhelL, and I wanted to transfer my screen name that I had under my parents account to my own account (REDFLAGT5). The basic answer I got from AOL was, "No can do, an tough cookies." So since I had just turned 21, and I was enjoying my newly found freedom to try alcohol while going through this process, I was running out of ideas for names to try. Finally I reasoned that I work for Delta Air Lines, so I can use part of that for a screen name. That's where the DeltaAir part comes from. The 423 is the last three digits of my employee number.

08-08-2008, 08:53 AM
"I'm a walkin' talkin' bait-box."
I got a smiley for ya then https://superhawkforum.com/forums/images/smilies/caught.gif

08-11-2008, 08:08 PM
Here are my cars, reflections of each other, 40 years apart.

08-13-2008, 12:16 PM
Monark is from my name siMON clARK - sort of like Cosworth, Ilmor, etc. 192 was the model of a sailboat I owned at the time (Oday 192) when a website required both letters and numbers in a username.

08-13-2008, 03:14 PM
Moseso: A contraction of Moses Oakland a stage name that I have long used as a performer of music.

Moses is a high school nickname (Abe (Lincoln) also saw some use) as I was the second person in living memory at that school to grow a beard, as a senior in 1967. The first guy actually produced a doctors letter claiming a skin condition made shaving undesirable. This was San Francisco in 1967 -- hippies everywhere -- so the school administrators threw up their hands and decided they had more important things to do than hassle me about my hair and beard.

Oakland, CA is where I did my blues apprenticeship, hence, Moses Oakland.

My mom &amp; dad named me Leonard Shapiro

https://www.moseso.com conveniently provided for those wishing to hear music and/or see pictures.

tony barnhill
08-13-2008, 05:25 PM
WOW!! Like the web site &amp; the music &amp; the beards....

08-13-2008, 05:30 PM
Herself's is an anagram of her name.

08-13-2008, 05:31 PM
It was the only thing which made ANY sense. :laugh:

08-13-2008, 06:32 PM
My names Walter and my favorite movie is the Maltese Falcon. I started being called the Waltese Falcon in college because I had a bad habit of quoting it with my friends when we played risk. Incidentally is it my ID on everything on the net except for Ebay they already had a waltesefalcon so there I am the_waltesefalcon.

08-14-2008, 06:33 PM
My user name was suppose to be D-Day.
(My frat name)

I thought I was typing a thread subject when I registered.

May have had something to do with :thirsty: or incompetence.

08-14-2008, 08:07 PM
Aweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Mannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
self explanatory!
project speaking ........
if it can go south ................. it will!
If there us no way it can go south .......... It will ..... and has!

08-14-2008, 09:47 PM
https://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g273/PJ161/A-Icons/indifferent0031.gif My mom gave me mine, quite a few years ago. The 161, well that's a secret. https://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g273/PJ161/A-Icons/ashamed0003.gif

08-14-2008, 09:49 PM
You're REALLY 161 years old?!?!? :devilgrin:

08-14-2008, 09:54 PM
You mean it's not a secret any more??? https://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g273/PJ161/A-Icons/happy0195.gif If that were the case, it'd be the voice from beyond. https://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g273/PJ161/A-Icons/sign0191.gif