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Carini: To hot rod or not?

I’ve loved hot rods for just about as long as I can remember.


When I was a kid, Dad’s cousin Tom had space at the family’s restoration shop, and using whatever was at hand, he would build some down and dirty hot rods. My friend Tommy and I thought they were so cool. We’d spend hours and hours hanging out in the shop just watching these basic machines take shape.


For most of my adult life, I’ve been involved with cars that are more or less stock. That’s particularly true when it comes to Ferraris, where every nut and bolt is documented and originality is so important. You learn quickly there are certain cars that are OK to customize and others that you absolutely cannot touch ... 


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It is often said that "it's only original once" and the right patina can make a car even more interesting. You're right Wayne, you can always change your mind later, but going back to the current stage would be very difficult to recreate. The car itself will tell you what to do. I think you made the right choice.