This hobby of ours has a great way of generating friends for us. When people gather together with similar interests, they tend to form friendships. We all need friends, I mean where else will we find guys crazy enough to get up at ridiculous hours to go to a swap meet or to go chase down a lead on a new project. We need our car friends to help us not start to agree with our "other" friends that we are nuts!
I have just recently had contact, through an online forum, with a guy that we shared parts of a project that we did some 35 years ago. I haven't seen or talked to him since we finished that project and now; he has a new car that he has just finished that is a beautiful custom and I can't wait to see it in person. The interesting thing is that a customer of mine had sent me some updates of his progress over the last year or two, so I knew of the build. Now, this customer is becoming a friend too. This network of crazy hot rodders becomes a large "family" of friends. Now, when I travel around the country, I have friends to see all over it.
I have another friend that I have known for probably 50 years. We talk on the phone every couple of weeks, even though we live 500 miles apart now. I have built one of his cars three times, in different styles, another one just once and he has one of my old personal builds. He has a friend that I just met a couple of years ago, not through him, that now I call a friend. He is another guy with too many cars and projects, just like me, and most of my friends.
So, now take your hot rod or custom out with some old friends and make some new ones.