Watching something you have created from thin air transpire into a physical property is what it's all about to me.
On Thursday, November 19, 1863 dignitaries, citizens and the Chief Executive of the nation gathered at the grounds of the Battle of Gettysburg to dedicate a national cemetery to the fallen soldiers. The supposed highlight of the day was for the 15,000 in attendance to hear an elaborate oration by Edward Everett, a renowned public and political figure. To conclude the ceremony, the Chief Executive of the nation, Abraham Lincoln, was asked by committee planner David Willis to play a "small part" in the ceremony.
Before Lincoln took the stage, Edward Everett delivered a 13,607 word oration that lasted two hours. An elegant, well envisioned and executed speech no doubt, but what followed would forever leave Everett's words as an asterisk to what happened that day. In 10 sentences, 272 words, and a lengthy two to three minutes Lincoln delivered what could very well be the greatest American speech of all time-the Gettysburg Address. There isn't a citizen in America that doesn't recognize "Four score and seven years ago..." Sticking with Lincoln's less is more, I'm gonna forego a detailed and exhaustive (or at least from this point!) speech, and just say what I have to say; I'm leaving my position here at Custom Classic Trucks.
As most of you know by now, I'm a hands on person. I enjoy the physical work it takes to build custom trucks. Watching something you have created from thin air transpire into a physical property is what it's all about to me. For that reason I've decided to pursue one of my life long dreams and open up a hot rod shop offering chassis work, ground up construction, paint and body, and of course, custom work.
As I mentioned in my article, "Dine and Dash," involving my custom Classic Instrument gauges, I've decided to carry on the Starbird name and christen my shop as the Star Kustom Shop, after my grandpa's first shop that opened in 1954. The shop is located just outside of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and it's open for business.
Before I bid farewell, I must say thanks to all those I have worked with and encountered over the past few years. Whether it was a tech story, truck feature, event, or just talking about nothing as they say, you have all made my experience here at CCT a memorable and exciting one. By the way, Project Get Shorty is still on track to get finished, I'm aiming for this spring. In the meantime, if you're interested in receiving the Star Kustom Shop touch you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (918) 257-4234. As for now Off The Wall is officially off the wall. Good luck on all of your projects-remember to never be afraid to be different-and don't be a stranger.Dakota Wentz