We are all in this hobby with a common interest, but we also have our own personal reason(s). For some, it's the raw power and speed our cars generate that leave us with big grins on our faces as we mash the loud pedal and the tires go up in smoke. Others, however, have a more personal purpose for their unique ride. For 25-year-old Jimmy Psomias of Flushing, New York, it's his therapy.
Five years ago, Jimmy found out he had kidney failure. His doctor suggested that he find something to keep his mind off his illness. He knew exactly what would possess the therapeutic qualities that he needed- a '69 Dodge Charger.
Since a very young age, Jimmy has been a big fan of the Dukes of Hazzard. The Charger became his dream car as he watched the Duke boys hurdle over the local sheriffs and escape the impossible. He developed an interest in all Mopars and began to gather as much literature as he could by subscribing to magazines like Mopar Muscle. They gave him ideas for what he would do with his very own blue-with-a white-vinyl-top dream Charger the only thing left to do was find that B-Body of his dreams.
His internet search had several setbacks when he followed up ads that led to cars that had already been sold. The hunt wasn't going too well, but Jimmy never lost hope. He eventually found an orange '69 Charger not too far from his home. The owner told him it wasn't the original color; it was originally blue with a white vinyl top. It was almost too good to be true, and he immediately bought the car.
Jimmy feels that God brings things when the time is right, and for him, this was the right time to have the car of his dreams. Knowing he now had a car to fix and make his own gave him strength through a time when he was weak. His parents wanted to help pay for the restoration, but Jimmy wanted to earn it. "I just feel that things mean more to you when you have to earn them," he says.
His illness didn't stop him from working on the car, and he has made considerable progress on it. Jimmy recently received a kidney transplant and looks forward to better days. "The only thing that was on my mind when I was going into the operating room was my Charger. There was nothing I wanted more than to complete the car and drive it."
Jimmy had to wait a long time and face unforeseen challenges, but he powered through them and can now concentrate on getting the Charger back on the road. We wish you the best, Jimmy.
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