By Steve Laifman
March 27, 2000
The Last Note:
I thank the reader for bearing with my nostalgia trip. When we began, I posed the Nature vs. Nurture question. Still difficult to conclude, for me. Maybe the reader has But, a few last notes and observations.
Jay, has completed the circle from his childhood, and after graduation from law school he purchases his childhood dream - A Porsche 911, in an interesting shade of Prestone Green, here shown at Willow Springs. Of his three kids, Jonathan (3 months) has yet to express an opinion, but Bridget (6 years) is firmly fixed on the new Beetle, and has already chosen her color (Orange), a name (Herbie) and is trying to figure out how to personally build a garage addition. Eric (3 years) has turned from Fire Trucks and Trains to vacillating between Steeds Blower Bentley and an XK 120.
Jay, acquires a Sunbeam S-3 GT Coupe, and replaces the running gear with the stronger S-5 engine, Holbay head and cam, twin dual choke Weber side-draft carburettors, oil cooler, all synchro O.D. transmission, rear end, wire wheels, and other goodies. Death and Resurrection. Igor, come quickly - Its ALIVE!
Remember that little blond girl, helping Jay dig up the planter box? Well little Amy is now a grown lady (still blond) with two great kids. She is driving her Sunbeam S-2, while her husband Ronnie, pushes a very Hi-Po 67 Mustang Fastback. Amy is shown with her daughter Hilary (6), who is already critical of her mother's speed shift on the crash-box. Her son, Benjamin (5), is the fastest kid on the block with anything wheeled. He tears up the course, whether it be on land, or behind the computer joy-stick on the Star Wars Racer game. Easy, he says. For you!
When I was deciding to restore our 66 Mustang GT convertible, I was advised that it would be cheaper to sell it and buy one already restored. I took the advice, and with the cash in the bank decided that I didnt really have to buy another Mustang, having owned one for more than 20 years. On Sunday, June 6, 1996, Jay and I went to the Tigers United XXI, in Bakersfield, CA. If you look down this long line of Tigers you may notice a green one with a sign on the window. It was the only Tiger for sale and I bought it at asking price. Less than 45,000 original miles, with the original convertible top and upholstery. So that is how I joined the ranks - back to the LBC crowd I had left in 1959.
Thank you for accompanying me on this nostalgia trip. Our All Sunbeam Family may need a few more all too soon.
Steve & Linda Laifman
Jay, Barbara, Bridget, Eric, and Jonathan Laifman
Amy, Ronnie, Hilary and Benjamin Miller