For quite some times during the ‘70s and ‘80s, if you were a Keith
Black parts customer you could rent space inside KB's fenced lot next to the
shop. We kept our rig there several times. During one of our winter visits,
KB bought a new Mercedes. He told us this was the first thing he had ever
bought for himself instead of putting the money back into the business.
Being quite proud of his new toy, Keith invited some of us to ride with him
There were four of us: KB, me, Roland Leong, and, I think, Holly Hedrick.
We all were milling around the Mercedes getting ready to go when this kid on
a bicycle rides up and starts talking to KB about a job after school
cleaning up the shop. We all get in. KB turns the key and nothing happens.
Another couple of tries, but nothing. We all get out and open the hood,
looking for the battery. No battery there. We try the trunk. No battery
there either. Someone suggested it might be like an early ‘Vette -- under
the rear floorboards. So we start to look there as well.
In the meantime, while we are opening all doors, hood, and trunk and
taking up the rear carpets, this kid on the bicycle is calling, "KEITH!
KEITH!" After a few times of that Black turns to the kid.
"WHAT?" Kid says, "You know you have to have it in park or it
won't start." KB climbs in and starts the car. We close the hood and
trunk, climb in, and then we just sit there (motor running) not looking at
one other. Four hero tuners (OK, OK, three heroes and me). After another
minute or so, KB looks around to everyone and says, " I would really
appreciate it if we just kept this our little secret."