You may have noticed from the website that I am selling my company car, a 2005 Mustang GT. It’s not that I don’t like the car; in fact I love it. And don’t worry, I haven’t lost my love for internal combustion in general. I still have ten cars and seven motorcycles. However, I want to turn the Stang into a High Def television camera. Now where’d I put that magic wand??
I did a similar thing a little over a year ago when I turned my wife’s ’63 Falcon Futura convertible into a kitchen.
This was a beautiful little car but it had a three-on-the-tree, and after Ellen’s double knee replacement about two years ago, driving a clutch wasn’t all that much fun anymore. So she decided that she wanted a new kitchen more than she wanted the Falcon. She’d had it for 10 years and she’d had her fun with it.
Drew Alcazar, the owner of Russo & Steele auction house in Scottsdale, AZ is a friend of mine so I decided to give that a shot. I had never sold a car at auction (or bought one at auction, for that matter) so I didn’t really even know how to go about it.
I had to get it Scottsdale and my first thought was to drive it there. On the surface that seemed like a great idea! One last road trip in the car; just me and the Falcon. Fairly quickly tho, reality set in and I concluded that a 1,700 mile trip in January in a 45 year old car probably wouldn’t be the smartest thing I’ve ever attempted.
Sure, you know me as the lovable handlebar mustachioed host of My Classic Car; the guy that gets to travel all over the country and drive everybody’s cars. But you may not know that I was also co-owner of the show’s production company, Bradley David Productions, Inc. Besides my show, BDP also produced Popular Hot Rodding Television, Corbin’s Ride On, Texas Hardtails, and Tripppin’ on Two Wheels. We even tried our hand at indy films with Novem.
In January tho, I bought out my business partner, so I am now the sole owner of Bradley David Productions and My Classic Car, LLC. This wasn’t a particularly easy decision to make, but it was the right one for all concerned. It does however quash any thoughts that I might have been entertaining of retirement in the foreseeable future. I guess the good news is that it looks like there’ll definitely be a few more seasons of the show (SPEED willing, that is). And I’m certain that Delta Airlines is also happy about that.
As long as we are changing things, we also invested in a new High Def video camera this week. It’s the new Sony PMW-350K and it’s a pretty cool unit that records to solid state medium rather than tape. We also outfitted it with a killer Fujinon lens.
And let me just say, it’s amazing how much these frickin’ things cost! For reference, there are several cars that I have always wanted, but considered them to be out of price range, that are a lot cheaper than this set up!