What a great way to spend one of my final days of summer… by taking a road trip with my mom to Winfield, MO to visit an old friend. Catching up with a dear old friend is an understatement. Shook was friends with Mom and Dad way back beginning in the 60’s and thankfully he and my mom have kept in touch. Shook and my dad made a great team during the racing years as you can see by the trophies in one of my recent posts. (Click Here) Over the years this great man has served his country, worked to retirement, had his own small engine repair service, worked with youngsters in town, taught music, and has become quite the wiz with technology. We enjoyed lunch at a local restaurant where his ‘favorite server’ Lisa dished up some pretty great food. It was obvious that Shook is known by many and loved by all in his small town. Upon leaving to head back to St. Louis Shook decided to do a little “show and tell” from his shed. As you can tell by the picture it takes a man with vision to build such a machine out of a Huffy Aluminum ATB. As we kidded around about Horse Power Shook said it would get up to about 40 mph. As I headed to the car to get my camera I couldn’t hold back the tears thinking about all the memories my dad and Shook had shared, and mostly about all the ones that never happened. Thank goodness certain friends are just naturally part of the family like Shook. …The last treasure I saw was a rusty sign with his name on it. As I showed interest in the sign he gladly offered it to me. What does one do with a beat up old sign with someone else’s name on it? Keep it forever, of course. You never know what you might encounter in your travels through Smalltown, America. Most of us are hoping to see a shiny quarter panel sticking out from underneath a tarp in a leaning barn. Or perhaps a field whose only crop is side-by-side Oldsmobiles just waiting for someone to come and pull a useful part. Well, in this small town it wasn’t the “one spark plug” Huffy or the unique sign that stood out. A gentleman named Richard Shook with a history of life worth living, a handful of good honest friends, and a willingness to take each day head on with a one of kind attitude….He was the real Diamond in the Rough today. We love you Shook!
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