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Normal Guy Supercar

About Normal Guy Supercar
I am originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan, where growing up American Muscle Cars were king.  I started off owning classic American muscle cars and that's where I really fell in love with cars, and wrenching on them.  My first car was a 1971 Chevy Nova that I bought for $2,000. It was a rusted pile of junk that was constantly breaking, but this need for repairs and maintenance is what forced me to learn how to work on cars, and appreciate them even more.

After college, my wife Meg and I moved to Austin, Texas where the tech scene was rapidly growing. My career in software was growing quickly and soon I was running entire technology teams and even creating software startups.  This success put me in the fortunate position to live out a dream, and purchase a Ferrari.  My first Ferrari was a 2005 F430 that was considerably modified, and I knew from the start I wanted to work on it myself.  After searching for YouTube videos on how to do simple maintenance on the car and finding almost no results, I decided to document my experience with ownership, maintenance, and diy servicing the Ferrari.  This is how the YouTube channel, Normal Guy Supercar was born.
If you could have any car, what would it be?
My stretch dream car would probably be a Ferrari F40 as I feel like there's a special place in history, and in my heart for that car.  But on a more realistic level, I've always really loved the Ferrari 458 ever since it came out, plus that was the first Ferrari that I ever drove.  So I would say even though I currently own a Ferrari 458, it's pretty much my dream car.  Not that I'd refuse to upgrade to a 458 Speciale.
What is your go-to Mod?
Pretty much every car that I purchase I have to modify the exhaust first thing.  Something about having the right sound for cars is so important.  We only have 5 senses, so eliminating or not enjoying one of the primary ways we experience cars is disappointing.  Nothing sounds like a Ferrari with a proper exhaust.
What is your guilty pleasure?
I suppose a guilty pleasure of mine is to occasionally park the Ferrari somewhere conspicuous and then watch people walk by and get excited to see the car.  It's not that I want to show off or brag about owning a Ferrari, it's that I enjoy reliving that excitement gearheads get when they see a car that they really like.  The excitement and happiness that these cars can bring to people is infectious, and it's one of the coolest things about owning a supercar.
One piece of advice you would like to give to car enthusiasts
One piece of advice I would suggest to young car enthusiasts is to be ready to work your butt off, especially when you are young. Chances of success in your career can be dramatically improved by busting your butt. The hard work you put in today will pay off later in life.