Featured Member of the Week: Shadow
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a 31 year old car nut from the grand strand area. Avid car nut, hardcore Chevrolet fan (even though my dream car is a Mopar). I use my passion to raise money and awareness for noble causes. I’m really bad at this so I’ll just say ask and I’ll answer.
How did you first get interested in this hobby/passion?
Every male in my family was a mechanic of some kind, so from the beginning of my life cars were a huge part of it. When I was in high school my father built a show car, and from that moment on I was addicted.
What Rides do you currently own?
2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS [Shadow] and a 1993 Buick Le Sabre [Pillowtop]
What do you like most about Cool Rides Online?
It’s a no drama website that offers something in exchange for using peoples cool rides, whereas other websites use our cool rides to gain popularity and we owners get nothing for our hard work; not even a thank you from the site owners.
What is the best memory you have with your favorite ride?
When I won my first trophy, the car wasn’t complete yet. The judge, upon hearing I do all the work myself on a tight budget, thought I deserved to win one of the top 25 awards. So, myself and 24 other cars out of the 400+ that were in the show won that day.
How do you store your ride(s) during infrequent use, and what maintenance tips can you provide for readers?
My cars aren’t trailer queens. I drive them and I enjoy them. What’s the point in having a cool ride if all it does is sit there and collect dust? During really bad weather I will store Shadow at a friends shop. As far as maintenance goes, always keep the fluids fresh and don’t use cheap parts when you build/maintain your ride.
What was the first car you ever owned?
A 1982 Chevrolet Camaro. I paid 300 for it and I rebuilt it bumper to bumper. I upgraded from the 2.8 v6 and 3 speed auto to a 350 and a 4 speed manual, and flat black paint with minor pin striping.
What is/was the BEST car ever made?
IMO the 1970 Plymouth Superbird with the 440 6pack
What is/was the WORST car ever made?
The Ford Pinto.
How did you first hear about the Cool Rides Online website?
Is there anything else you’d like the Cool Rides Online members to know about you?
I’m a photographer for a car magazine. I own a paranormal investigation group, and I own and run several charities. Cars aren’t just my passion, they are my life. I started a car club in my area called The Carolina Dream Cruisers [find us on Facebook]. I cant think of anything else so if anyone has any questions just ask.