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bob thayer

bob thayer


1958 Triumph TR3
Culver City, CA
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This car was purchased by my wife, Jodi’s father back in 1962. It was his pride and joy, carefully maintained and kept in his garage under cover. When I met my wife to be 10 years ago, my future father in law, Hank was barely able to communicate do to advanced Parkinson’s disease. We would go to visit and help out, but there wasn’t much for me to do. One day I asked Jodi what was under the cover in the garage. She said “Ah, it’s just my dads old sports car but, it hasn’t run for 15 years. I asked if I could look at it and was blown away by what I found. Although it was on four flat tires, it looked beautiful. Needless to say I would spend our future visits getting it running and fixing it up. Hank wasn’t able to say but a few words but we would wheel him out to the garage so that he could see his old boy come back to life. One day when I wanted to take off the wheels so that could check the brakes, I couldn’t figure out how to remove the “knock off” lugs. I looked up at him in his chair and asked him how to remove the wheels. He brightened up and said in a clear voice “Ya gotta whack it!” Stunned, I said “With a hammer?” He said “Yeah, you gotta whack it. This was the first and last time I ever heard hi speak a full sentence before he passed away.

In honor of my Father in law, we named the car Hank and have won “Best Roadster award at the 2023 Culver City car show. It’s been a lot of work to get her going, but a lot of fun too. Two of the photos here were taken at our wedding and really added a special touch to the wedding, so we thought others might like to use it for their special occasion or just for a nice ride.
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