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An Unlikely Savior
Life is definitely full of its ups and downs, and mine is certainly no exception. About three years ago, my wife and I decided to get a divorce. Actually, she decided it was time to move on and that I wasn't spending enough time with her. Naturally, I was devastated and never saw it coming. Luckily, I own a tax consulting service, so I at least had my work to keep my mind off of things. Unfortunately, it was not enough.

Completely depressed and feeling very anti-social, I let my best friend drag me along to a car show. Honestly, I had no desire to go but it at least got me out of the house and took my mind off of my now ex-wife. It was a day that changed my life forever.

The car show was filled with the standard Corvettes, Camaros, and Mustangs--but it also had a section dedicated to foreign sports cars. And there, perched among the Jaguars and Aston Martins, was a 1973 Triumph Spitfire Mk 4 convertible hardtop. Now, most car buffs will tell you that Triumphs are not the most popular of British sports cars and that there are several other options that are better. And to be sure, those buffs would be correct.

But I had owned a 1973 Triumph Spitfire convertible immediately after graduating from college. The freedom, excitement, and possibilities I had experienced after completing my degree all came rushing back on that Saturday afternoon that my friend had dragged me out to the car show. I could almost feel the wind rushing through my hair as I tooled around winding country roads driving that car. For the first time in nearly a year, I found myself smiling. Naturally, I had to buy that car.

It has been two years since I purchased that Triumph at that car show. People stop me wherever I go and ask me about my car because most people don't even know what a Triumph looks like. I have since met a new woman (she was one of those people who asked me about my car) and I don't recall ever being happier in all of my life.

I share my story not because I am trying to say that a Triumph Spitfire saved my life or helped me enjoy it again. I am sharing because we live in a society where cars are seen as mere transportation and a means to get us from point A to point B--and they are so much more than that! A car is an extension of our personality and it can literally change your entire outlook on life and give it some excitement and hope again. So if you happen to be down about life or believe things just aren't going your way, maybe it’s time to go to a car show and maybe find the car that will make you once again feel young, alive, and full of hope.


Bob Brinks
Sioux Falls, Iowa
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