I talked to Ivan on the phone during pre-buy in 2011.
We chatted for close to an hour, about the bits in SOL he was happy with and other bits he’d have done different if he started again. Lots of general airplane chat.
Then I said, “Thank you, I’ve used up enough of your time,” and he said it was okay ‘cos he was in a hospital bed having chemotherapy and it’d have been more boring without someone to talk to!
A friend ferried an RV-7 from Albany to Wagga Wagga a few years ago. During the pick up, he found the attached photo on the back wall of the hangar. Original paint scheme. I expect some of that paint is still underneath the blue and burgundy stripes it currently carries