My first true INSPIRATION…

Back when I was a kid, this image was on my wall. All 30X40 of it. And this… was my Uncle Mike. Mike Carroll as he was known to his fans. My Mom’s brother. Mike was a very famous Pylon Racer and this was his Roll’s Royce Engined Hawker Sea Fury. I just couldn’t get the idea of cool flames on a plane like this out of my mind. It embodied passion, speed, stunts, show and everything I liked about cars.

The result: Fireball. Unfortunately, Mike’s extreme desire took his life, but this image is engrained in mine forever.

My brother Ethan just pulled this framed image out of his garage and gave it to me. It’s in my design studio now and once again, inspires me to be creative. And thank God for that…

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