Best read while listening to Chromatics- Running Up That Hill I haven’t posted anything in a while, like 2014 while. To be completely honest I didn’t know if people still wanted to hear from the mind of a HighwayStar or a rambler. I have been through a roller coaster of a year and few months but life has never been better. A year after my last post 7/31/2014, my beloved Roxanne was involved in a terrible accident. I made the decision to restore her to what I thought would be her final stage. I have had a lot of mixed emotions since having the car painted and radically transforming the car. She went from a flat black hot rod era inspired road machine to a shiny red trophy wife. Clean and undisturbed, on air ride on nice shiny wheels and the paint to match. The abnormal show car with hints of “I don’t fucking care” poking out at every edge. The car was more than a pain in the ass for the shop, Decaudellas out of Melbourne, Fl to work on. Spending countless hours and the shop itself going through a staff change didn’t help but I also didn’t help. If you know me personally you probably understand that I am as crazy as they come and I don’t sit still. I changed my mind several times and when the debut of the car came in November I had officially lost my mind. Nobody but few know this but I had 4 meltdowns, 7 panic attacks and about 12 tempter tantrums at Simply Clean 7 while trying to run the HighwayStar booth, manage 20 something HighwayStar members and prospects and trying to keep my emotions […]
throwback of ramon’s 2000 and manny’s WRX tearing up the orlando streets
Everyone is always asking me what it means to be a HighwayStar. To me it means time, and the concept of it. Time is like life once you lose it you can never get it back. It means to push beyond your exhaustion, your mental tiredness, the mile markers, the rest stops, the hotels and continue driving to your destination. To make your destination in the time table you planned out, not because you had to but because you WANTED to. That to me is what this is about, driving to visit family, friends a show to make a delivery or just because it’s what makes you appreciate life. Find what makes you tick. xoxo manny
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The anxiety. It wasn’t until the day before the rally when I was driving to Tampa that it hit me. What we are doing is highly illegal and there will be 95 other cars all trying to do the same thing as me. Get there first. I started thinking of the obvious things how I didn’t want to speed, go to jail, hurt someone, hurt my car. The more I thought about it the more I talked myself out of it. The roads we were taking we some of the most crowded in Florida. It was on a Saturday. The busiest time for driving, shopping and families. I told myself this was the worst idea I had ever had. Previous months before I had met Nate, one of the founders of the 8ball rally. He had told me what the idea was. High stakes poker run, 80s themed, run what you brung. He loved HighwayStar and what we stood for. The road and the stories they tell. Me being intoxicated when I met him I gladly signed on. I followed him and Rudy for almost a year til I actually met Rudy in person. The only word I can use to describe him is firecracker. This dude is about his business but is as live as they come. Weeks prior to the rally I decided not only to treat myself to a birthday present but to change the look of Roxanne. I sourced a new hood and front bumper but headaches, delayed shipments, crappy sellers led to a lot of sleepless nights and a week before he rally, the car breaks down. But 3 days before the rally everything was fixed. Thanks to the guys […]
We should be thankful everyday of our lives for what we have. friends family health etc. A friend wrote this today and I wanted to share it with the world enjoy.-pp Now that I have fully settled in, I have had some time to reflect and I have so much to be thankful for. When HighwayStar Steven introduced me to HighwayStar Manny and HighwayStar Ramon, I was basically done with the car scene. I was tired of the uppity people I raced with, I was beyond done with the children that make up the street scene and I was sick of people who were too afraid to actually drive their “show queens”. I built this car (Nadine) for me. Every other car that I built before her felt like it was for someone else. Which is why I didn’t have a problem letting them go when it came time to move out east. Ultimately I wanted a car that I could take out on the track and be competitive with, go on a 20+ hour road trip with and not worry about her breaking down, and turn some heads on the street while doing this. Before I met HighwayStar Garage, I thought I accomplished my task, but no one could see my vision. To everyone else Nadine was incomplete and unimpressive which infuriated me to no end. HighwaySTAR Garage saw me and my vision for what it was. With you I have found more than brothers for life, I have found an ideal that I could not fully articulate until I met all of you. This isn’t about being a Track Rat or a Show Queen or a Street King. It is about a bond between brothers and […]
To everyone who might be upset or mad that didn’t get a good parking spot or their car didn’t get chosen for simply clean 5, I ask you this. Why are you modifying cars? The point of SC is a meet. Not a show. This isn’t a competition between Nissans and Hondas and Toyotas. This is a celebration. A celebration of another year and a collaboration of the tuners, builders, racers, hot rodders and rat rodders to show the world what one state does. Not for profit. Not for glamour. Not for infamy. To show everyone why we all started playing with cars as kids, for the love of automobiles. So I ask you again, is your heart really in it? Or are you looking for the attention that’s lacking somewhere else? Kick start my rock and roll heart.
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