I want to share an important update on my partner, Chester Greenhalgh, the author of the legendary, “How to Build a T-Bucket …” as well as the “Hot Rod or Rat Rod Truck” ebooks we market through our websites.
The “drug wars” that killed 27,000 people in Mexico last year have impacted Chester greatly. You see, a decade ago Chester married a beautiful Mexican woman and moved to a remote Mexican village for a semi-retirement of building hot rods and enjoying a peaceful life where the low cost of living could be supported with equally low retirement funds.
However, the drug wars of the past few years have changed that. While the violence was initially concentrated in large cities and near the border, it has spread to the more remote regions. After the discovery of a mass of bodies outside his remote village late last year, Chester and his wife decided the safest thing to do was to come back to the U.S. to stay with relatives until things quieted down. It was meant to be for just a few weeks, but is now going on almost a year.
Of course, Chester isn’t involved in the drug trade. But, he’s the only “gringo” living in a remote area that’s become even more impoverished as a result of all the violence. Armed robberies are an everyday occurrence and more often than not leave the victims dead. Because he’s a gringo, Chester is perceived to have a lot of money and, therefore, he is a highly visible tall, lanky target. That’s why he decided to head north of the border until things calmed down.
Last week, though, Chester got word that his home in Mexico had been broken into and burglars stole his tools. Then, he learned some windows in his home had been broken. To protect his remaining property from thieves Chester decided to go back to Mexico to assess the damage and try to get things properly secured, if that’s possible. I don’t have to tell you how risky this is and I hope you share my thoughts and prayers that Chester will be able to get things done quickly and safely.
After reading this update, I hope you’ll take a moment to add a comment with your words of support and encouragement for Chester. If you’re one of the many who have already purchased both of Chester’s eBooks, now would be a great time to recommend them to a friend. It’s going to take a lot for Chester to be able to replace the tools that were stolen and as a hot rodder you know how devastating that can be. If you’re a new visitor or haven’t yet had the true pleasure of experiencing Chester’s incredibly informative and entertaining “how to’s” on hot rod building, this is the perfect time to do so.
As a reminder, here are the links to purchase Chester’s eBooks. I know Chester will very much appreciate your support:
- How to Build a T-Bucket Hot Rod Roadster for Under $3000: kickin’ it old skool
- Hot Rod or Rat Rod: How to Mount an Antique Pickup Body on a Late Model Pickup Frame for Under $3000
Most of all, I hope you’ll please take a moment to leave a comment below with some encouragement or thanks for Chester in this trying time.