Daily Features

OCTOBER 9, 2010 THE TOUGHEST GUY I MET THIS SUMMER IS BECOMING FAMOUS

By on October 9, 2010

 

Earlier this year, I met a nineteen-year-old car guy who has been confined to the hospital for a long time.

 

Aidan Fitzgerald is just a typical kid, except that he is limited by the onset of muscular dystrophy.

 

The big difference is that Aidan refuses to let his illness push him around.

 

This past summer I wrote a story about a car show that took place in the Red Deer, Alberta Hospital parking lot, largely because of the efforts of the Red Deer car clubs and some dedicated hospital staff.

 

That was the first time I met Aidan, and I really didn’t get to spend much time with him. He was the center of attention and he wanted to absorb the atmosphere outside of the hospital.

 

His world was largely inside the hospital-and had been for a long time.

 

So my brother Jerry and I visited with him later that week and got to know what makes this guy tick. He communicates with a keyboard, but he also communicates more effectively with his facial expressions. It doesn’t take long to figure out what Aidan wants to say about his life.

 

Now obviously Aidan can’t set up a garage in his room and start twisting wrenches, but he can design some of the coolest custom rides that I have ever seen on his computer. One of my favorites was an old school VW microbus that he stretched and added an extra set of wheels to give it a tandem look.

 

 

Another one was a hybrid 50s/60s custom job that had elements of early to mid 50s Buick features with modest early 50s Caddy tailfins. Aidan added an early 60s hardtop roofline to it.His final concept would have made George Barris or Chip Foose very envious.

 

 

I guess  Aidan’s obvious flair for car design just proves the old adage: you can’t keep a good man down. Muscular dystrophy is an evil illness that will test people to the very edge of their limitations. The trouble is that guys like Aidan are a little too tough to handle. These are John Wayne type guys.

 

The one thing that seems to give Aidan real trouble is weather and bad timing. Aidan got an opportunity to go to a Thursday night show at the Parkland Mall. The week before was blazing hot and the turnout was huge. Aidan got a week where the weather got cold and nasty. However he had also planned a visit to the mall, so things worked out for him.

 

Aidan has become famous in car circles that extend well beyond our area. Celebrities like Paul Le Mat (John Milner in ‘American Graffiti’), George Barris and Dennis (My Classic Car) Gage have passed along their best wishes to fellow car guy Aidan.

 

Legendary NHRA Champ and former Red Deer boy 240 Gordy Bonin has visited with Aidan and is now an email buddy along with Fudd Fjallman (world class single A dragster builder 1969).

 


 

The Calgary Herald and Edmonton Journal ran features on Aidan, so the guy is definitely getting around the car guy circles. It may even get easier for Aidan in the future as he will benefit from a local hospital charity that provided a portable respirator for Aidan and others.

 

So next summer the car show season will have one more fan when the toughest guy that I know hits the circuit.

 

Jim Sutherland @ mystarcollectorcar.com

print

5696 Total Views 3 Views Today

About admin

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Facebook

Featured Ads

Rear View Mirror

sale imgp5157

APRIL 29, 2015: REALITY 101–MYSTAR TEACHES THE GOLDEN RULES ABOUT HOW TO SELL YOUR RIDE

  Most car guys want to part with their beloved rides shortly after they are fitted with a toe tag.   “Till death do us part” is not as...

April 29, 2015 View more...

APRIL 24, 2014 (MAY 2014): WHAT HAPPENS WHEN AN ELECTRICIAN BUILDS A CUSTOM TRUCK?

  We spotted a very stylish 1951 Chevrolet ½ ton truck at a car show and really liked what we saw because it was clear this pickup had style...

April 24, 2014 View more...
may13-70cudaimgp9587-001

APRIL 29, 2013 (MAY 2013) 1970 HEMICUDA-MOPAR NOSTAGLIA-21ST CENTURY STYLE

  Most car guys have a dream ride and one of the top vote getters is the ’70 Hemi Cuda.   That particular car will remain a dream for...

April 29, 2013 View more...

APRIL 2, 2010: FUSION GLASS LTD. RED DEER -THE CAR GUY GLASS SPECIALISTS

Fusion Glass Ltd. 101-6660 Taylor Dr Red Deer, AB T4P1Y3 (403) 342-1990 FUSION GLASS Andrew Pankratz is a hands-on guy. He’s also a car guy and he loves the...

April 2, 2009 View more...

Most Viewed

My Star Showcase

ADVERTISE YOUR NEW PRODUCT HERE

  This is a prime piece of advertising real estate because it’s parked in the most dynamic car hobby e-zine in Canada. Go to this contact form and get...

December 7, 2017 View more...

MSCC MARKET REPORT 2019

  MSCC MARKET REPORT 2019   Welcome to the MyStarCollectorCar Market Report.   This will be a regional look at prices for collector vehicles based on actual sales so...

August 3, 2017 View more...

MSCC Products and Services Showcase

These are all great businesses and they support MyStarCollector Car through their advertising  so we can continue to bring you our  insight into the old car hobby 365 days...

July 13, 2016 View more...

JANUARY 2019 CAR SHOWS AND EVENTS

JANUARY 2019 CAR SHOWS AND EVENTS   JANUARY 12-14: CINCINNATI, OH Cavalcade of Customs    JANUARY 13:  WOODSTOCK, ON: Woodstock Nostalgia Show  Fairgrounds 875 Nellis St 519 426 8875...

September 27, 2015 View more...

More At My Star

MSCC JANUARY 18 FEATURE FIVE FOR FRIDAY: FIVE SENSATIONAL RIDES I’D LOVE TO SEE AT A 2019 CAR SHOW

  Car shows are a magic place for me and yes—it’s the Disneyland kind of magic.   Disneyland was built for kiddie dreams so it’s only fitting that I would like to see a few of my kiddie dreams at some car shows in 2019.   This list of five rides I’d love to see See More

MYSTARCOLLECTORCAR’S CRYSTAL BALL TO THE RISING STARS IN THE VINTAGE VEHICLE HOBBY

  The start of a new year is an exciting time for car guys, even if their beloved old rides are parked for the winter. The reason for their excitement is the auction season because the new year provides a new round of sales events that showcase vintage vehicles on the block.   For some See More

INDY EDITION ’78 CORVETTE PACE CARS, BAD WEATHER AND OTHER RANDOM THOUGHTS

  This is mid-winter in the north so there’s plenty of spare time in the car…unless you’re knee-deep in a project.   If you are not tearing apart and/or rebuilding your dream car this winter you’re probably doing other positive things like reviewing the hundreds of pages on the MyStarCollectorCar website.   Or you can See More

Mustang News | 2020 Shelby GT500 Full Reveal + Interview with GT500

  DETROIT, Mi. ( January 15, 2019 )  – AmericanMuscle’s (AM) Justin Dugan visited the COBO Center in Detroit, Michigan for the 2019 North American International Auto Show and the official reveal of the 2020 Shelby GT500. After a brief press conference,Ford Motor Company revealed the new Shelby in typical entertaining fashion using a video See More

Editor’s Picks

JANUARY 2019: A RARE 1960 CANADIAN PONTIAC STRATO CHIEF SAFARI 2-DOOR STATION WAGON HITS THE ROAD

    Rod and Dawn Klemmensen are the proud new owners of a classic 1960 Pontiac Strato Chief Safari two-door Canadian station wagon.   The Strato Chief was a...

January 16, 2019 View more...

RUST VALLEY RESTORERS—MORE DOCUDRAMA AND LESS EDUCATIONAL

  Full disclosure here—I want to be an impartial judge on this show but Jim and I were going by the White Post Auto Museum in Tappen, BC a...

December 29, 2018 View more...

NOVEMBER 23, 2018 FEATURE FIVE FOR FRIDAY: FIVE QUESTIONS WITH EG AUCTION’S TODD SCHWINDT

  EG Auctions has been a player in the western Canadian car hobby for years and they’ve grown to the point where they have expanded into the U.S. market....

November 22, 2018 View more...

GET COACHED ON THAT CAR PROJECT—REYNOLDS-ALBERTA MUSEUM VEHICLE RESTORATION WORKSHOPS

  Restoration projects are not easy.   In fact, a full restoration can be the most complex and difficult job you’ll ever take on but the pain is definitely...

September 3, 2018 View more...

Car Shows and Events

ST ALBERT’S ROCK’N AUGUST: THE RAIN, THE PARK, AND A BRADY BUNCH CAR-PLUS A MOPAR FEST

  MyStarCollectorCar was on the road to St Albert, Alberta this past weekend for their annual Rock’n August car show held on the grass in their famous park system....

August 11, 2018
JULY 27, 2019 20th ANNUAL MICHENER ALLEN CLASSIC AND COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION

FEATURE CAR—THIS MONSTER ’69 CHARGER       The 2nd Generation Chargers are widely seen as one of the most iconic muscle cars ever built. They looked fast from...

June 19, 2017
FEBRUARY 8-10, 2019 PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA EG AUCTIONS CARS STARS ROCK N ROLL Collector Car Auction

FEBRUARY 8-10, 2019 PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA EG AUCTIONS CARS STARS ROCK N ROLL Collector Car Auction   NOVEMBER 1-4 2018 PALM SPRINGS CALIFORNIA CARS STARS ROCK N ROLL Collector...

April 21, 2017
JANUARY 2019 CAR SHOWS AND EVENTS

JANUARY 2019 CAR SHOWS AND EVENTS   JANUARY 12-14: CINCINNATI, OH Cavalcade of Customs    JANUARY 13:  WOODSTOCK, ON: Woodstock Nostalgia Show  Fairgrounds 875 Nellis St 519 426 8875...

September 27, 2015

Ads

Ads responsive