I simply cannot believe this good fortune!!

Monday, August 23, 2010

My husband, son and I were visiting my aunt's house on Saturday for a family get together and my cousin (her son) was there. He lives directly across the street from her. We hung out together for hours and my son stayed in her built in pool literally for 4 hours. When my cousin was getting ready to go home, someone asked him if he got his "tin" car into the garage without denting it.

My cousin collects antique and unique collectible cars. I asked him what the "tin" car was and he said "Oh, it's my Shelby Cobra." Now, let me tell you my son is only 12 but he's a huge car enthusiast. I went to the pool and said "Marty....Steven has a Cobra, do you want to go over and see it." I swear he levitated out of the pool!! hahahahahaha

Well, we went to see the "tin" car and it was a fully restored GORGEOUS yellow Shelby Cobra dragster, the only one of it's kind in the USA. It was in mint condition taking 798 of the possible 800 points awarded at the car show. My son was drooling. DROOLING! He was allowed to open and shut the door and touch the tires. From what I understand from the family, this honor has never been bestowed on anyone else that they know of LOL!!

After much drooling, my son looked at the beautifully restored MGB that was sitting next to the Shelby. Steven had gone all the way to England to pick up a new convertible top which is original equipment to replace the reproduction ragtop that was on the MGB when Steven acquired it. Steven told Marty that he doesn't drive the car anymore because he is too big for it. The pedals are too close together for his liking. He pointed out the 3 windshield wipers that it has and told Marty that when he puts them on, he finds himself waving his head back and forth much like the guys on Saturday Night Live in the disco skit who hang out at the bar swaying back and forth to "What is Love? Baby Don't Hurt Me No More" We laughed our heads off.

All the way home that night, Marty kept saying it was the best day of his life. He said this every 10 minutes.

The next morning I sent Steven an email thanking him for showing Marty the cars and telling him how the Shelby Cobra is Marty's favorite dream car in the world and he was even working on a model car kit 2 months ago of it. Then....I told him that Marty loved the MGB and was still shaking his head back and forth to the motion of the 3 wipers and humming that song. About an hour later, I got an email from Steven asking me if it would be alright with me if I allowed him to make a gift of the MGB to Marty. WHAAAAT??????

I read it to Marty and he fell off the bed!!!! hahahahahahaha. Of course I said YES and he's going to deliver the car in a car trailer to us in 2 weeks. Marty is hoping that every kid on the block is home when his car gets delivered so he can show it off. hahahahaha, Go Marty!

We need to clear out the garage completely for it, so I have to buy a shed for the lawn mower and the other stuff we have in the garage right now. The car is fully restored and has new brakes, fuel lines, clutch, suspension bushings, water pump, hoses, belts & fluids. It's even tuned.

This wonderful and generous gift will be treasured by my son for the rest of his life. He's already planning on starting to save his money so he can add memoribilia to his first car in his own "collection".

This will always be a very dear memory in my heart. Steven was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 3 years ago and has somehow managed to survive way past the 3 months he was originally given when he was diagnosed. He is my most treasured relative and this act of extreme generosity is only a small example of his heart and his nature.

Here's some pictures of the car:

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    Woah! This is the most amazing family visit story I have ever read! What fantastic generosity and love. I can totally relate to your cousin being inspired to give his treasure to someone he know will truly treasure it as well. :-)
    3883 days ago
    Thanks for sharing! I enjoyed reading your story very much.

    Best regards,
    3939 days ago
    That is awesomw Lizz! Did you get it yet? It's been pretty near two weeks. This is the first I've read this blog. Today is the 6th.

    3939 days ago
  • SHEILA1505
    Just spotted this!

    Lucky Marty - fabulous Steven

    My all-time dream car too!! It's the same era as me. My very first car was an MG but not a B - it was a saloon car and it was the closest I ever got to owning a B! I would have preferred British Racing Green to the blue of Marty's car but that's just a personal taste thing

    Oh what a wonderful rapport those two had - and great that Steven appreciated Marty's obvious joy in seeing the car

    3946 days ago
    What a wonderful gift indeed and one cherished for life. Your son is one lucky kid and your cousin one pretty special man.
    3950 days ago
    What a generous and loving gift!! It is awesome that your cousin has lived as long as he has with the cancer. This is what killed my MIL. She too lived (with no treatment) long past the 6 mos. they gave her. She lived for 16 mos. after her diagnoses. My best to your cousin!!!
    3953 days ago
    Awesome gift! You have one lucky son. Very nice cousin you have.
    3953 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2219650
    What an amazing story. I'm sure this gift is as wonderful for Steven as it is for Marty. Thanks for sharing.
    3953 days ago
    Wow! What an incredible gift.
    3953 days ago
    What a loving gesture! An incredible and moving story. Thanks for sharing.
    3953 days ago
    This is THE most amazing story ... you're right - no matter where he goes or what he does in the future Marty will never forget this - or Steven either. Awesome!!!
    3953 days ago
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