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A love of cars has run in my family for three generations


Editor’s note: As a way to celebrate Father’s Day, we will be posting every story we receive as part of our Collecting Cars, Collecting Memories contest. The winner will be announced in June. To learn more and to submit your story about your dad and a classic car, click here.

From a straight 8 luxury car, to a V8 muscle car, to a V6 mid-engined sports coupe, I come from a long line of automotive enthusiasts.

My grandfather Rex’s pride and joy was a 1950 Buick Special 4-door “Jetback,” pictured here from around 1954. It was outfitted with just about every factory accessory available, and had enough chrome on the toothy grille to blind onlookers in bright sunlight.

Rex with his 1950 Buick Special 4-door Jetback | Tyson Hugie Photo

My dad, Craig, spent most of his younger years wrenching on a 1968 Chevy II Nova. It probably went through more engines than most cars go through tires — not because of its unreliability, but because of dad’s insatiable appetite for more speed and more power.

Craig with his 1968 Chevy II Nova | Tyson Hugie Photo

And I carried on the tradition but in a different way, dedicating my attention to my Formula Red Acura NSX that was a birthday present to myself at age 30.

Tyson with his Acura NSX | Tyson Hugie Photo

It’s no mystery that my love for all things automotive is a bit of a family affair.

Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie is a Phoenix-based automotive enthusiast who has been writing for The Journal since 2016. His favorite automotive niche is 1980s and 1990s Japanese cars, and he is a self-diagnosed “Acura addict” since he owns a collection of Honda and Acura cars from that era. Tyson can usually be found on weekends tinkering on restoration projects, attending car shows, or enjoying the open road. He publishes videos each week to his YouTube channel and is also a contributing author to Arizona Driver Magazine,, NSX Driver Magazine, and other automotive publications. His pride and joy is a 1994 Acura Legend LS coupe with nearly 600,000 miles on the odometer, but he loves anything on four wheels and would someday like to own a 1950 Buick Special like his late grandfather’s.


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