|While attending a
car show in November of 09'
last year, I had something unusual happen to me. The show was held at a
Farmer Boys restaurant in
Moreno Valley and as I was sitting in my chair, a gentleman, his wife,
one guy with a camera and someone with a clipboard all came over and
asked if this was my car. I answered 'yes' and then he asked if it would
be okay if they took a few pictures of my car. Again I said 'yes'.
Now I've talked with a lot of people over the
years and I've had a lot of people take pictures of my car as well, but
that's where the normal conversation ended and another one started. Here
was the guys next question, "I would like to know if I could use these
pictures in a special way." Now I was intrigued but I had no idea what he
meant. Turns out this guy was the owner of the
Farmer Boys restaurant
chain and he wanted to use my car on some of their T-shirts. Now I had a
question for him, "are you serious!!?"
Yes he was very serious and proceeded to ask me a few more questions.
As I answered them, this is where the person with the clipboard came in
because they were writing everything down like my name, address,
phone number along with how long it took to build the car, etc. And as we were talking, the person with the camera started
taking shots of the car. I could hardly believe all this!!
He introduced himself along with his wife and then told me that they
were originally from Greece. Turns out that he has loved hot rods for as
long as he can remember and how hard it was to get parts over there. He
also said that he has a few cars of his own and is currently working on
one that will soon be on the road.
After talking with him for awhile, he was a very nice guy with a
great passion for cars, and obviously for food too. The T-shirts they were going
to do would be a limited addition and would be for sale at all of their
locations throughout Southern California and Nevada. He also told me
that they would hook me up with a bunch of them which would be sent to
my house in four to six weeks. Well that sounded pretty darn good to me
and I couldn't have been more flattered. I also couldn't wait to see them.
As the weeks turned into months, I hadn't seen or heard anything from
Farmer Boys so I pretty much blew it off as "oh well". Larry asked me
a couple of times if I'd heard anything (because he was at the show with
me) and I told him "no I haven't". Well that must have got to Larry
because when he attended a show at the same Farmer Boys later in March,
he talked to someone and told them it wasn't right to promise something
and not make good on it.
That talk by Larry must have sparked something because on April 15th,
I received a big box full of T-shirts along with a bunch of coupons and
a letter from Farmer Boys. The letter stated, "they were sorry for the
delay that they had moved their office and design studio and were barely
catching up". They also said, "we wanted to thank you for the great
source of inspiration and reference that aided us in the 2010 Limited
Edition Farmer Boys T-shirt featuring your 33 Ford Coupe".
This is the front of the shirt.