• Aug 2nd 2006 at 7:05PM
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Car junkies are generally a close-knit bunch. They form local clubs, stage weekly cruises and car shows, and generally spend a lot of time working on their cars and helping each other out. Over at the NASIOC forums, one member posted a story that illustrates how close these relationships become.

The poster, who goes by the alias "Gherkins31," tells the the story of his friend, Mark, who is afflicted with Lou Gherig's Disease. Sadly, his condition has reached a point where he is unable to walk and has limited arm strength. He couldn't work on his Mazda RX-7 project car anymore, and any hopes he had of seeing it transform into his dream ride seemed to be dashed. It still needed a great deal of work, as shown in the "before" shots at NASIOC.

Then, his friends stepped in.

They stole the car Overhaulin'-style and pooled their time, effort and wallets to make the once-unlikely dream a reality. Three weeks and $13,000 later, they surprised Mark with the car you see above. Its name, spelled out in a windshield graphic, is "Mark's 7."

Oftentimes, a car's restoration is called a labor of love -- a reference to the owner's feelings for his vehicle. In the case of Mark's 7, it was exactly that: a labor of love -- the group's love for a friend who, in his time of need, they treated like a brother. We congratulate them all on a job well done.

Thanks to reader Sean G. for the tip.

[Source: NASIOC forums]

The reveal:
mark's 7

The "before" photo:
Mark's 7

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Remember that some of these guys only met online thru the NASIOC forum. Shows that not everyone in this world is as hell-bent as we know it. Nice story.
      • 9 Years Ago
      > Now just watch the racists step in adn complaint about this car not being domestic....

      Lou Gehrig himself was the son of German immigrants. I smell a conspiracy!
      • 9 Years Ago
      AWESOME!!! Like another poster said here, it does WONDERS to reaffirm my faith in humanity. :) Now if we could just spread this concept worldwide! Hmmmmm....................................

      I'm sure my friends in Indonesia would feel the same :)
      • 9 Years Ago
      That's pretty awesome. And NASIOC is one of my favorite forums too.

      Now just watch the racists step in adn complaint about this car not being domestic....
      • 9 Years Ago
      That was really a great story.
      • 9 Years Ago
      • 9 Years Ago
      Great story! It would be nice to think that we all have those kinds of friends. Bravo to that group of guys! Acts of love/kindness like this almost restore your faith in humanity. ;)
      • 9 Years Ago
      What an inspirational story. I have no worries now, after reading that sad item. I really hope they find a cure for the dreaded disease.


      • 9 Years Ago
      Real nice, well done!
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