Back in 1985, just after purchasing Trigger, I took her to Alabama to show her off to all my friends in the town where grew up. One of my stops was to visit my grandparents, J.C. “Buster” and Suzie. I hadn’t been in their house but a few minutes when Buster took me by the arm and walked me to the door, saying, “Take me to town for a minute,” as he led me through the door. We got into Trigger and headed towards the Spectrum just on the city limits of town. Driving with my grandfather in the car, I was cautious, staying under the speed limit. We pulled into the Spectrum, with Buster promptly jumping from the car and heading in the store. He quickly returned with two large cans of beer and a grin from ear to ear. Once he was back in the car, I pulled back out on the road and headed towards the house.
Buster quickly killed the first beer, dropping the empty into the back floorboard before opening the second and looking out the driver’s side window. He kept looking back. making me think there was something wrong with the rear tire. After a few, I asked, “What’s wrong, J.C.?” He quickly turned to me and yelled out, “There’s a three-legged dog pissin on your back tire!” to be heard over the wind noise through the T-tops. I pulled Trigger back into third and stomped the accelerator leaving positive traction black marks for about six feet before launching forward. The faster we went, the bigger the smile on Buster’s face grew as we flew down the road. We finally topped out at around 145 MPH in the longest straightaway before turning off onto the dirt road just before getting to their house. After parking in their driveway, Buster turned to me and said, “If I’d had this car during my shine running days, I’d be a rich man today,” as he got out of the car. J.C. smoked all the time and did so that day. He dropped his cigarette that day and burned my carpet by accident in the excitement of the ride. He passed away not long after that leaving an empty place in all of us in the family. That burn spot remains today and will never be removed!