Gene Thomason 1977 Spitfire


My dad had a few triumphs when I was a boy growing up. We went for a few rides together. I thought it was a very neat and fun adventure with the top down. My dad passed away about a year ago. I regret, however, not getting to work on his latest spitfire with him in his shop. He had a red ’77 Spitfire. I had inherited this fantastic car from him. He was in the process of restoring her. I have invested $3,000.00 in her and still in the process of her restoration. She’s been in a few car shows. Originally in the un-restored category but she didn’t place. We did receive wonderful door prizes though. I miss my father dearly and am so happy to have his Spitfire. I wish he could be here to her final restoration. In my mind “Lil’ Red” will always be my father’s car. I’ve always received compliments on her and asked “What kind of car is that,” she’s even had photos taken of her from total strangers. I’ve taken her to OKC, OK, Muskogee, OK, Tulsa, OK, Fayetteville, AR, Ft. Smith, AR, Ozark, AR and Little Rock, AR.  I plan to take her on many more trips through the whole state of Arkansas. I’ve had a lot of fun and made a lot of memories with this car. I plan on keeping her in the family and passing her on to my son. Thanks for allowing me to write about my Lil’ Red British sports car.