All of us have lots of hot rod friends. Many of our rodding friends we have had since our earliest days and we keep making them as time goes along. I guess that's what makes our hobby particularly enjoyable. However, not all friends are equal.

For starters, one of my magazine biz friends is our own STREET RODDER Technical Editor Ron Ceridono. You have to realize neither one of us particularly enjoys the other's company but it appears no one else is overly gleeful about hanging around with us so it's more a question of necessity. Then there is the age generational thing. Since the two of us apparently worked in Henry's plant when it opened, we are told that it's hard for us to relate to the more youthful in our offices. (Of course, we keep Ceridono in his own office about 1,000 miles away, works best for all concerned.) Within the industry and car owners alike all of us are fortunate to make as many friends as we have. Going to events is always something special, as you get to talk over past times with our current friends and the opportunity is there to make new ones.

The really good ones you spend uncountable hours with talking about working on and driving cars. Somewhere in there is a liberal amount of eating but cars and, more specifically, hot rods are the only true topics of conversation.

There's one hot rodder in particular who has plenty of miles and plenty of builds under his proverbial belt. Jack Stirnemann has built and restored every manner of hot rod one could possibly imagine. Most recently he built his 1934 Ford three-window that many saw at the Detroit Autorama in 2012. From the outside the coupe looked like an outstanding example of a traditional looking hot rod with its 2-inch top chop, slanted windshield, and 1941 bumpers. It wasn't until one looked under the louvered hood that one began to scratch one's head. Again, many of us have seen and are familiar with Ford Flathead V-8s but this one, a 1942 vintage, sports Navarro heads and a pair of superchargers neatly hidden along the lower sides of the block. It was this nifty piece of engineering that captured many a hot rodder's attention. Mine included.

It was at Detroit as I was looking at the coupe when I noticed something was different about this Flathead. After figuring out part of the puzzle myself I asked Stirnemann to give me the full explanation. And he did.

We talked and somewhere in the conversation I mentioned I had just survived another birthday. As the conversation continued I mentioned that one of these days I was going to build a highboy roadster. Given I have the building skills normally associated with someone who doesn't have any skills Stirnemann found the concept humorous. (Ceridono and Darrell Zip, Zipper Motors fame, once gave me a screwdriver set that had both ends of each tool dipped in rubber. I didn't think it was that funny but apparently the two of them thought it was hilarious. Again, what else are friends for?)

While at the Nats in Louisville, Stirnemann walks up to me with this oversized box. In it is one of his steel highboy roadster packages. "Here, now go build yourself a 1932 highboy roadster." (Should you want to know more yourself about these 1/8-scale steel roadsters you can contact Real Stuff Inc. out of St. Louis, Missouri, by emailing Mark Stirnemann at

Down deep I've always wanted a Deuce highboy but figured I would never be in the position to have one. Well, now I do. Look at the photos and help me decide what color I should paint it.