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Blair's Speed Shop in Pasadena launched a lot of careers, and a talented bunch of hot rodders gravitated to work or simply hang out there. Tom hung out to visit his friend Tim Timmerman, got to know the guys, and stuck a cartoon of Don's brother Bruce on the wall. Robert Petersen, who was there to peddle an ad to Blair, saw it. "Petersen called me and said, 'I like your stuff,'" Tom says. "How'd you like to go to work for Hot Rod magazine? I said, 'hell yes.'"