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Just wondering what the average profession is of Gt 500 owners and has the economy effected you? I have my own Fire Protection business for over 8 years and been in the trade for over 18 years. I built my company from nothing and now have my 2 sons working for me. I come from a family of loggers who believe if you not going to work get the hell out of the way and by the way your fired. I built my company from nothing, at 43 years old I'm still packing sprinkler pipe climbing up and down ladders and won't let my sons show me up. I usually work up to 9 pm doing paperwork after putting in a full day in the field. And yes my company is over the $250,000 mark and I'm not looking forward to the future taxes. I bust my ass and don't want to pay for some SOB who doesn't want to get off there butt. So I decided to treat my self this year and by a Cobra, I had a 66 stang back when I was 16 at which time I was living on my own "kicked out by step dad" and yes I made it through high school thanks to my wife of 24 years (high school sweet heart). Since that time I only looked forward and tell my sons to do the same. Hard work, determination and honesty.

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Small world. 31 years in the Navy, 10+ as a nuclear Electrician's Mate, two submarines, and training tour at the Idaho nuclear training site. Commissioned as an officer through the nuclear limited duty officer program and spent the last 20 years in the nuclear submarine maintenance business on two submarine repair ships, shipyard and shore maintenance tours in San Diego, Holy Loch Scotland, Georgia, Hawaii, and Puget Sound. Left the navy in 2005 and am now the plant manager at a 675 megawatt generating station in Iowa. Grew up with muscle cars in the 60's and couldn't resist the temptation to own another muscle car. Also have a BMW 335i with twin turbos. Both are fun to drive and it just depends if you want to go fast in a straight line or hug the tight curves at high speeds. :happy feet:

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Firefighter paramedic for the City of. Atlanta. Started as a volly in Michigan and now it is my life. Been doing this for 13 years and will either die doing it or cry when I leave. I can't see myself doing anything else. Nothing like the feeling of bringing someone back from a cardiac arrest and having that person tell you thank you a few weeks later .And Yeah the fire fighting is awesome also. Nothing like going into a building with flames blowing out the windows on one side of a house. Don't get me started on the highrises. Lol

 

That's my story....

 

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33 year old securities lawyer. Everyone in my office says its not the typical lawyers car, but I grew on on the farm and in love with my dad's '70 Torino 429 Cobra Jet he's had since he was 18. My response to the other lawyers is that I'm getting a license plate that says BMWSUKS.

 

My firm is putting together a track day for some lawyers and clients in early September and some of the cars that will be there will be an '08 911 Turbo, '08 M3, '06 Viper, '09 GT-R, '07 S2000, '08 911, '08 F430, '09 M6, '07 M Coupe, '07 RS4 and my '10 GT500. I'm excited to see how my car performs and compares.

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I'm in the car biz and have been for almost 30 yrs now. I'm currently the new car mgr at a Lexus store and yes, we have felt the squeeze of the economy but not as much as our fellow domestic/import dealers.

 

I've known my wife since the 8th grade, married shortly after high school and celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary in Feb. She is still my best friend after all these years, love her to heaven and back. Plus she gives me no guff over all my hot rods!

 

I purchased a new 09 GT500 about 2 weeks ago and came across this site. I've been lurking and reading all the posts to catch up on the great info supplied here. Thanks to all who have contributed.

 

I've worked since I was 8 bringing in money for the family as we grew up a little less fortunate, money wise. Dad worked 2 jobs most of the time and he provided for his 4 kids plus 2 cousins. I worked my butt off through school holding down at least 2 part time jobs, but I'm not complaining - it taught me to work hard to get ahead and not rely on handouts. I look back over the years, almost 50 now, and realize how blessed I am.

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33 year old securities lawyer. Everyone in my office says its not the typical lawyers car, but I grew on on the farm and in love with my dad's '70 Torino 429 Cobra Jet he's had since he was 18. My response to the other lawyers is that I'm getting a license plate that says BMWSUKS.

 

My firm is putting together a track day for some lawyers and clients in early September and some of the cars that will be there will be an '08 911 Turbo, '08 M3, '06 Viper, '09 GT-R, '07 S2000, '08 911, '08 F430, '09 M6, '07 M Coupe, '07 RS4 and my '10 GT500. I'm excited to see how my car performs and compares.

 

Been through calgary a coupe times on my way back to alaska its beautiful. And you have a long strtch between you and edmonton.

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Just wondering what the average profession is of Gt 500 owners and has the economy effected you? I have my own Fire Protection business for over 8 years and been in the trade for over 18 years. I built my company from nothing and now have my 2 sons working for me. I come from a family of loggers who believe if you not going to work get the hell out of the way and by the way your fired. I built my company from nothing, at 43 years old I'm still packing sprinkler pipe climbing up and down ladders and won't let my sons show me up. I usually work up to 9 pm doing paperwork after putting in a full day in the field. And yes my company is over the $250,000 mark and I'm not looking forward to the future taxes. I bust my ass and don't want to pay for some SOB who doesn't want to get off there butt. So I decided to treat my self this year and by a Cobra, I had a 66 stang back when I was 16 at which time I was living on my own "kicked out by step dad" and yes I made it through high school thanks to my wife of 24 years (high school sweet heart). Since that time I only looked forward and tell my sons to do the same. Hard work, determination and honesty.

 

Hi Alaska,

 

Cool of you to share your story. It compels me to share mine with all so here it goes:

I am 38 years old and have lived in Eugene Oregon all my life. Eugene is a liberal, natural sort of place but has a college town feel. I grew up with little money and never had the chance to have a sport car (or anything fast) like a Shelby. In fact, my first car was a VW rabbit but damn I loved that car :)

 

 

In high school I had a good friend who had a 67 (maybe a 68 or 69) Mustang Mach I. He loved that car. He put his heart and soul into it and paid to have everything chromed (it was all the rage back then). After everything was done, it was stolen from him and he never recovered it. I'll never forget how sad he was.

 

After high school I went to college at Oregon State University (after turning down baseball scholarships) to pursue a Chemical Engineering degree. Unfortunately, that did not work out but a Math and Chemistry degree from the University of Oregon (OSU rival) did.

 

Yeah, I am sort of a geek :), but let me know if you need any technical/computer help. It's the least I could do!

 

As soon as I graduated I took a job with a high tech company called Symantec. I soon became a computer programmer and developed applications to support the company. My work eventually put me on the Symantec insider trading list (as I new all the companies secrets :)) and I was living good.

 

Recently, I changed gigs and started work for the University of Oregon as an application programmer. It's been a good thing but much different from the multinational, multicultural corporation of Symantec.

 

Alaska, much like you I firmly believe that I outwork and outplay all those I know. So this year I thought I should reward myself with a Mustang (Shelby no doubt) of my own. I can't wait and dream of what's it's going to be like. I hope to have it by EOM.

 

Talk to you soon,

 

DaFreak.

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I know you work hard. The logger family I'm from is out of Oakville WA up by Centralia

 

I live near Vancouver WA. Most all my work has been in Oregon. I have been in the trade since I was 20. I'm 48 now and have never ever been laid off. That may soon change due to the recession. The company I work for is not getting enough jobs to keep us all busy and I have been told that the end of August will not be a pretty picture.

 

As a CARPENTER it's my job to work myself out of a job and go to the next one. For the first time ever...it looks like I don't have a "next one" to go to. :banghead:

 

Unemployment may be in my near future.

 

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Hi Alaska,

 

Cool of you to share your story. It compels me to share mine with all so here it goes:

I am 38 years old and have lived in Eugene Oregon all my life. Eugene is a liberal, natural sort of place but has a college town feel. I grew up with little money and never had the chance to have a sport car (or anything fast) like a Shelby. In fact, my first car was a VW rabbit but damn I loved that car :)

 

 

In high school I had a good friend who had a 67 (maybe a 68 or 69) Mustang Mach I. He loved that car. He put his heart and soul into it and paid to have everything chromed (it was all the rage back then). After everything was done, it was stolen from him and he never recovered it. I'll never forget how sad he was.

 

After high school I went to college at Oregon State University (after turning down baseball scholarships) to pursue a Chemical Engineering degree. Unfortunately, that did not work out but a Math and Chemistry degree from the University of Oregon (OSU rival) did.

 

Yeah, I am sort of a geek :), but let me know if you need any technical/computer help. It's the least I could do!

 

As soon as I graduated I took a job with a high tech company called Symantec. I soon became a computer programmer and developed applications to support the company. My work eventually put me on the Symantec insider trading list (as I new all the companies secrets :)) and I was living good.

 

Recently, I changed gigs and started work for the University of Oregon as an application programmer. It's been a good thing but much different from the multinational, multicultural corporation of Symantec.

 

Alaska, much like you I firmly believe that I outwork and outplay all those I know. So this year I thought I should reward myself with a Mustang (Shelby no doubt) of my own. I can't wait and dream of what's it's going to be like. I hope to have it by EOM.

 

Talk to you soon,

 

DaFreak.

 

Hey as long as you work hard at what you love thst's what counts. My little brother is also a programmer out in Florida he has Brad Grandorff flies all over for some company cant remember who. So go enjoy the ride you deserve it.

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I built my company from nothing, at 43 years old I'm still packing sprinkler pipe climbing up and down ladders and won't let my sons show me up.

 

I know lot's of sprinkler fitters and work around many of them. That is hard work. I bet it keeps you in good shape too. That is the key.

 

When you work so hard for your money....it makes enjoying the GT500 so much sweeter. :)

 

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I know lot's of sprinkler fitters and work around many of them. That is hard work. I bet it keeps you in good shape too. That is the key.

 

When you work so hard for your money....it makes enjoying the GT500 so much sweeter. :)

 

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Thanks thats my background sprink fitter, you should check with the local up here economy still moving there doing quite alot on ft richardson army base, I now there is alot coming next spring

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Thanks thats my background sprink fitter, you should check with the local up here economy still moving there doing quite alot on ft richardson army base, I now there is alot coming next spring

 

I'm hoping things get better soon. There are 623 Journeyman and 187 apprentices on the out of work list in my area. The other trades are in the same boat.

 

So you live in Alaska? Do you work during the dark cold winter months?

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I'm hoping things get better soon. There are 623 Journeyman and 187 apprentices on the out of work list in my area. The other trades are in the same boat.

 

So you live in Alaska? Do you work during the dark cold winter months?

 

Yea, building up here goes all winter now days they just tarp it and heat it until rough in, also I focused on service and inspections as the fire systems must be inspected annually so we fly all over the state all year long and there's always somthing breaking so keeps us busy. I also have several large contracts with Department of Militaryband Vetrans Affairs, City of anchorage ect.

 

good luck hopfully things will pick up soon for you but like I said things are still moving up here so if you need some leads let me know.

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Yea, building up here goes all winter now days they just tarp it and heat it until rough in, also I focused on service and inspections as the fire systems must be inspected annually so we fly all over the state all year long and there's always somthing breaking so keeps us busy. I also have several large contracts with Department of Militaryband Vetrans Affairs, City of anchorage ect.

 

good luck hopfully things will pick up soon for you but like I said things are still moving up here so if you need some leads let me know.

 

Thanks for the offer. :salute:

 

I'm glad your doing well and I've been told recessions are temporary. :huh:

 

Enjoy the car before the snow hits!!! :shift:

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Im a fifth generation farmer living on the same farm as my great grandfather, and my last name is Shelby. I am related far back to Carroll his side went ot Texas to farm my side went up through Tenn to Indiana. My middle son farms with me now. Started farming with my dad in 1977 340 acres now my son and I farm 8000 acres and operate a smal trucking company also. Farming is always difficult because what kind of profit you make depends on mother nature too much rain not enough too hot too cold its just part of the job. My mon loved Camaros my dad was a Mustang guy my mom won out my first car was a z28 it took me a long time to become a Shelby owner, now my favorate car ever. Ive owned many my love of cars has passed on to my sons. My oldest son is an engineer for Danica Patrick and worked with Paul Tracey before. I hope everyone stuggling with this bad economy will get to the other side of it the best they can Chuck

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Alaska,

 

I thought you would get a kick out of my mailbox. :hysterical: This was taken a couple days before Christmas here in WA state.

 

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Nice, we actually came down new years my 17 year old plays comp hockey we drove up to Vancover BC for a tournement. One of my distrubutors for fire pumps is in the portland area he said you guys got dumped on pretty good.

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Alaska,

 

I thought you would get a kick out of my mailbox. :hysterical: This was taken a couple days before Christmas here in WA state.

That's a cool pic Rob. I was in the 'Couve for that snowy Christmas last year. What a blast it was.

 

I don't have a GT500, but I'll chime in anyway. I'm the director for a privately owned, 4MW power plant north of Sacramento. It supplies electricity for an entire Indian reservation including residential, casino/hotel resort, water treatment & waste water treatment plants, etc.

It's a combined heat & power, co-generation plant, powered by 4 natural gas-fired, recip engines. I've been there since construction 5 years ago and still love showing up to work every day of the week. I average 70 hours/week year round, but the perks are great, my crew is loyal & hard-working, and I can work on my cars whenever I want to (with all the Snap-On tools a guy can dream of). ;)

The tribal government I work for has seen a sharp decrease in revenue due to the ailing economy, but we have endured zero lay-offs. In fact, I'm hiring. So if there are any natural gas recip engine techs or plant operators with CHP co-gen experience on Team Shelby, drop me a PM. :)

 

Ken

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Im a fifth generation farmer living on the same farm as my great grandfather, and my last name is Shelby. I am related far back to Carroll his side went ot Texas to farm my side went up through Tenn to Indiana. My middle son farms with me now. Started farming with my dad in 1977 340 acres now my son and I farm 8000 acres and operate a smal trucking company also. Farming is always difficult because what kind of profit you make depends on mother nature too much rain not enough too hot too cold its just part of the job. My mon loved Camaros my dad was a Mustang guy my mom won out my first car was a z28 it took me a long time to become a Shelby owner, now my favorate car ever. Ive owned many my love of cars has passed on to my sons. My oldest son is an engineer for Danica Patrick and worked with Paul Tracey before. I hope everyone stuggling with this bad economy will get to the other side of it the best they can Chuck

 

 

Hope things are good to come, and I have a lot of friends and family in farming you work hard from dusk to dawn and damn proud of it. I bet your proud of your sons nothing wrong with hard work, dicipline and a lot of love thats what our country needs to get back to. People need to Quite asking for somthing free get of thier ass and make it happen.

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Just wondering what the average profession is of Gt 500 owners and has the economy effected you? I have my own Fire Protection business for over 8 years and been in the trade for over 18 years. I built my company from nothing and now have my 2 sons working for me. I come from a family of loggers who believe if you not going to work get the hell out of the way and by the way your fired. I built my company from nothing, at 43 years old I'm still packing sprinkler pipe climbing up and down ladders and won't let my sons show me up. I usually work up to 9 pm doing paperwork after putting in a full day in the field. And yes my company is over the $250,000 mark and I'm not looking forward to the future taxes. I bust my ass and don't want to pay for some SOB who doesn't want to get off there butt. So I decided to treat my self this year and by a Cobra, I had a 66 stang back when I was 16 at which time I was living on my own "kicked out by step dad" and yes I made it through high school thanks to my wife of 24 years (high school sweet heart). Since that time I only looked forward and tell my sons to do the same. Hard work, determination and honesty.

 

Small world Alaska! I don't have a GT500 either, (will a SGT do) but your story caught my eye. I work for a company called Victaulic, maybe you heard of them (being sarcastic). I'm a mechanical designer, have been in the grooved coupling/fire protection industry for the past 25 years trying to come up with better ways to help stop the beast of flame! I'm glad to hear that you made it through life with your beliefs and I must say they work for me also. Good luck in the future and may God bless you as you go.

 

Doug

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46 year old trial attorney with my own practice(with a partner). My first car was a 1980 Z28 (my two brothers both had Zs at that time as well) and I have never "grown up" since that time. In 1989 I bought a Mustang GT convertible, and the rest is history. Been driving one ever since.

 

 

33 year old securities lawyer. Everyone in my office says its not the typical lawyers car . . . My response to the other lawyers is that I'm getting a license plate that says BMWSUKS.

 

Being squarely middle aged and running my own practice you should hear how many times I am asked "when am I going to buy an adult car?" but the Mustang is just in my blood. I just don't like any of the other cars on the raod. I looked at the M3, and I know it is a good car, but meh. I just love Mustangs. I think clients respect me for sticking to my guns like that. And if they don't, too bad.

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Satellite communications tech with AT&T. Provide data communications to the Caribbean, Central and South America and Africa via three 100 foot and one 50 foot dish antennas. I have been with the company since 1972 starting as a splicer helper with Bell of Pa.. Transferred to AT&T after the Bell System Break up.

 

Other interests are Amateur Radio and collecting and repairing old tube type radios.

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Man this is one great group of hard working guys!

 

I grew up poor in a small Cotton Mill town in Ala. and like most of you I started working hard at an early age with paper routes grass cutting etc.

 

Worked on the 2nd shift in the local textile mill from 3:00 till 11:00 while I commuted to Auburn University. Graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Business and went to work for a major retailer. I just retired this past year (2008) at age 60 after 38 years with the same Company. I spent time in Store, District, Regional and Corporate positions. I was grandfathered in with full retirement pension and supplemental package at age 60, management now has to work till 65.

 

I married the most beautiful girl in the world and we will celebrate our 38th wedding anniversary this month.

 

My wife and I have both worked very hard our entire lives and we are now in the play and spend mode. :yahoo:

 

Best of luck to everyone here in this tough economy and hope things turn around soon.

 

Best regards,

Steve

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