I vote for me
I am my own biggest influence. I can't afford the big dollar rides/50-100k and don't build after them. I build out of my pocket and what makes me happy. I am glad for these guys who make the bucks but for me I would think that would take the fun out of it always building high dollar rides for rich people. The Show thing came after Rodding. Make it work then make it pretty. I like flat black/satin or in house home paint jobs where I know the guy did it himself. I can buy a $20 or $30k car to play with but who built it and who designed it? My $10-$15 cars I build are my own creation, my paint, my design. I love this hobby!
Rat Rods Rule.