- Associated Press - Sunday, December 4, 2016

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - Ryan Colby was having a rotten day a few weeks ago, then something happened that changed his outlook.

“It was fall, but this is Alabama so it’s 88 degrees and I was coming out of the bank after paying some bills - first world problems,” he said.

As Colby was getting into his 1994 Toyota Supra - a car he had wanted since he was a teenager and bought about two years ago - a passerby got his attention.

Quincy Reynolds was riding in a truck belonging to the lawn service he works for, Grassworks Unlimited, when he saw Colby getting into the Supra. Reynolds has also long been a fan of the Supra and shouted out his appreciation for the Japanese sports car.

“I heard this guy yell at me, ‘Hey sir, sorry to bother you, but that’s my dream car,’” Colby said.

Colby said he thanked Reynolds and got in his car, but then he started thinking.

“He’s out there working hard, but was excited about my car,” Colby said. “It was a humbling experience to have someone excited about something I was griping about paying for.”

Colby decided to track Reynolds down and give him a ride in his car. Colby posted his experience to Facebook with a request that his friends help identify and locate Reynolds. After a few days, a friend’s wife found Reynolds and asked for his telephone number. Reynolds thought she was interested in lawn service, so he gave her his boss’s number.

Colby called the number and called Reynolds’ employer, who was at first a bit wary of giving his employee’s contact information to a stranger. A family connection of Reynolds’ employer was able to convince him that Colby’s request was on the up-and-up and Colby obtained Reynolds’ number.

After a few missed calls, Colby and Reynolds finally connected and Colby invited Reynolds for a ride. For Reynolds, it was a chance to get a closer look at his dream car.

“It’s a super car and it’s affordable too,” Reynolds said. “You don’t have to spend over $100,000 for that car. It’s just great. Everything about the Supra is awesome.”

Since then, the two have become friends and even realized they used to work together at a local restaurant.

“It’s amazing how that one car brought two people together,” Reynolds said. “It’s amazing how that happened.”

Colby, who works as a prosthetic consultant for Southern Bone & Joint Specialists, said, “That’s the beauty of cars. You don’t see the differences between people. Car people just see car people.”


Information from: The Dothan Eagle, https://www.dothaneagle.com

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