When running a weekend errand a while ago, I decided to take a quick detour to visit the local airport. I don't know anyone at this airport beyond a flight instructor, but it's always nice to sit for a while and watch airplanes.
On my way out I passed a lone hangar that I'd never seen open before. Out of the corner of my eye I thought I recognized the telltale signs of the back-end of a canard aircraft (two vertical stabilizers, pusher prop in the back, etc.) I circled back and sure enough it was a canard, but this canard was different. It had two engines in the back!
Feeling like a local airport bum, I got out of my car and introduced myself to the gentleman working on the aircraft. It turns out that it's one of the first -- if not the first -- customer-built and flying Velocity V-Twin. We talked canards for a while, I found out he was a local mayor, and then I had to leave him to it before I wore out my welcome.
It's amazing to me that this plan is (a) on this airport that I thought was a bit too short for canards, and (b) just 6 minutes from my house!