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    John Richardson


    I have been working on and off for 3 years on the “Sows Ear”,  she stretched my patience (and wallet) until it was time to absorb my losses and sell her to someone with a fresh perspective (and wallet). The thing with spending so much resurrecting a piece of junk into something resembling a nice car has been an experience I do not want to ever do again. Since I was a boy in 1963 seeing my first Corvette Stingray, I have loved sports cars. My heroes were Jim Hall, Hap Sharp and Roger Penske, then new heroes emerged but all from that Golden Era of the 1960’s. New heroes and new cars, the slot cars of 1964-68 embellished my hero worship by painting a little black moustace and London Rowing Club oars on Graham Hills helmet on my BRG (British Racing Green) BRM slot cars were a requirement. I held that love of sports cars until recently always blowing thousands of dollars (Cheetah roadster body) that I thought I could make street worthy. I didn’t realize my limitations until too late. The MGTD replica ate in to my Saturdays of taking my wife to lunch and being broke ($300 a month at the MCAS Miramar auto skills center for 3 years) besides blowing the same amount in slip fees for the sailboat I bought. Being laid off just after buying these “toys” put me in a hole I could never dig out from until I had to cut my losses and sell both for nearly nothing. That didn’t save my marriage, tonight I came home to an empty apartment. Now I am selling the remainder of my possessions (1960’s auto racing books, magazines, model cars, slot cars and hundreds if not thousands of race car photographs and slides) I had taken over the years, now all for sale or to be donated to a museum. Packing up soon to go somewhere else where I can live out the remainder of my life but without the heroes and cars I so loved, that’s someone else’s addiction, I had to cut mine loose. I learned a lot about cars that I never knew or physically accomplished before but it came at a price that I could not afford. Enjoy your cars and heroes if you can afford them. It’s been fun like hitting your head with a hammer, it feels so good to stop. Prisoner #6



    Paul Mossberg


    Sorry to read a story like yours.

    Wishing you all the best prisoner #6!

    I hope life deals you a better hand in the coming years.


    Paul Mossberg
    Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

    edward ericson


    Oh, brother, that is heart-breaking. Hang on, man. We’re here for you.

    John Simion


    Awfully sorry to hear about your problems.  It IS heart-breaking.  It can be very hard to balance all the priorities in one’s life and sad when things get out of kilter.  I’m sure everyone on the forum wishes you the best for the future.

    May I inquire further about your car?  Do I understand that you already sold it, or that you intend to?  If you’re actively selling it, can we have a link to any advertising?  If you’ve actually sold it, what was its condition at the time and what can you tell us about the sales price?  .



    Sorry to hear about the problems you’ve had lately. Just remember there is always some one watching over you,just hang in there it will all workout for the best.


    John Richardson


    Fellow Club members,

    Thanx, for the replies and concern. Yes, The “Sows Ear” is gone, the guy who had the eBay “Winning Bid” tried to back when he learned it would take a minor weld for the t

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