A family that plays together, stays together.
Last time we urged you to get the youth involved with the collector car hobby. There is one of our Team Members who is the “Poster Child” for doing just that. Carl Sharp Jr. has been a Team Member and supporter of the Talladega Spoiler Registry since its creation nearly ten years ago. You might remember Carl as the owner and restorer of a Presidential Blue Talladega that he refers to as the only Talladega “hit by a barn”! He is not afraid of big projects and he is a strong family man.
He recently acquired from Mike Atkins, another Team Member, a white Talladega in need of restoration. It was to be the basis of an ambitious father son project. No more had he got that project home and began preparation for its restoration than another potential project caught his attention.
Another Team Member, Rob Hunt, had a Dan Gurney Spoiler II for sale. After some due diligence Carl Jr., his father (Carl Sharp Sr.), his son (Joe who purchased the car, also a Team Member) and grandson (Wyatt Sharp)all headed to Texas to haul the new project back to their hometown in IN.
The plan is to do the restoration of the white Talladega and the Dan Gurney Spoiler II simultaneously by the four of them in the same garage. That will be two Aero Cars being restored by four generations of the same family in one garage. Now that is a family that is building some memories, saving some cool cars and creating some new generations of car guys!
Unfortunately, many of us did not or do not have this opportunity to work with our father, child and grandchild all at the same time. Carl and his family are very fortunate and are setting an example for all of us to strive for.
A big thank you goes out to all the Sharps! Hopefully we will see a lot more about this project and the Talladega in the future on our “What Are You Working On?” series.
Do you have a story about how you are helping spread the collector car fever? If so, please share it with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.