I know this is waylaid but better late than never.
I would like to offer my sincerest thanks to @VicVictory for hosting an amazing competition and I would like to personally thank every single participant for the competition they brought to the table. I honestly didn’t think I would be sitting in the position of Number 1 at this thing’s conclusion but I owe that to all of you, not for any lack of good rivalry however – quite the contrary. You all provided such fierce competition that it was do or die and as a result I have gotten MUCH better at building cars and I hope that all of you have as well. Because if there is one thing this competition taught me, it was how to pay attention to all aspects of the car, including many that I had never even really noticed before.
This competition was a significant effort for myself and I perhaps took things a little too seriously in that this almost became a second job. But whatever my time investment was, I loathe to imagine what Vic’s was and consequently, I wish there was some better way I can thank you than just words. These don’t feel like enough. As much as I possibly can, thank you so much Vic for one hell of a ride, start to finish, and may your deeds bring you good fortune in this life or another.
My time investment feeds into a more personal note. This competition was very draining for myself because of, ironically, its appeal to my interests. More than building cars, I like telling stories. I also like photography. And by its very nature, every single car in this competition required a story and glamour. Thus, I come out the other end exhausted and little bit tired of Automation. I will be sticking around, yes, but my involvement here is probably going to be diminished for a while. As corny as it may sound, since this competition ended, I’ve felt liberated and have been spending more time outside the house and getting in touch with a whole world, especially cars, that exists outside my own. Its already led to some amazing encounters.
Don’t worry though. Fenton Holdings, Ltd. has more stories to tell even if some of the best were inspired by and already created thanks to Generations.
PS: Because of the stories Generations helped me create, I feel a little awkward accepting the title of Number 1 perhaps because I am not used to winning things, but also maybe it feels a little insincere to those had established their canon beforehand. Hence, some of you might be disappointed and holding a grudge against me and I understand how that may be justified. I would only ask that you please consider how the outcome of this competition is bittersweet for me, both for its toll on me as previously established but also for what I feel I may have taken from others. Winning is sometimes worse than losing.