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Boy was I ever surprised on Saturday

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Drove over to Safety Harbor, on the other side of Tampa Bay from me for the All British Car Show on Saturday. There I found Bugsy in competition with no less than 8 Bugeyes, 3 of which were appearing in shows for the first time with all new paint, shiny everywhere, and absolutely beautiful. And me with Bugsy, a car with the worst paint, an unfinished work in progress with all mechanicals complete, but really the worst paint of any car at this show. Other car owners must have liked Bugsy's Story as to my surprise Bugsy was awarded a 3rd place trophy in this show. I was totally dumbfounded. All I can say is they liked Bugsy's patina. Call it patina, call it a rat rod look, but they were all impressed with the mechanical upgrades, suspension upgrades, and by the fact that for the most part I've done all of this by myself. it wasn't me that won this award it was Bugsy, a one owner Los Angeles Car that I was fortunate to acquire, and give a new home to a few years back. Let's just say, "I was Chuffed!!!"
 

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well done!
 

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:encouragement:
 
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Something like that Lew.LOL. It was a really good day. Spent garage time tonight working on rear deck lid and rear seams by taillights. A little bit of corrosion under paint I cleaned up and will use some rust converter on and then prime. Found garage space I can rent a spot. Complete with any and all tools needed to tear Bugsy apart for painting and then put him back together. Only issue is it’s 40 miles away. I’m now motivated to get working on paint.
 

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Jim,
Thats awesome news on the show AND garage space!
Congrats, Rut
 
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Even better my BIL and I were talking last night about Bugsy and getting him painted. And he said to me,”You know there’s no reason the two of us couldn't get him painted in that back garage of mine...Bingo I need to pursue this with him. And their place is only 5 miles away. And he’s retiring the end of January. Me the end of March. This could be interesting stay tuned.
 

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His ticket to drive!
 
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Maybe if he wasn’t 6’4”
 
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