|It all started with the Corvette
hobby. First it was just fixing them up and selling them so we
could find another one to repair.
||Joyce and I met in June of 1971 and were married in August of
1971. After 41 years we are still best friends.
We have two daughters and 3 grandchildren. I retired from
General Motors in 2006 after a career working in Mockup
In July, 1971 we bought a 1969 Corvette Convertible to go on
our honeymoon and have been enjoying all types of cars ever
It all started with the Corvette hobby. First it was just
fixing them up and selling them so we could find another one
We got serious about the Mid-Year Corvettes, mainly 1967
models, we then started to go to NCRS and Bloomington Gold shows
and the building bug got a good hold of me. Restoring a 1967
Marina Blue Corvette Convertible, we reached all of our goals.
Top Flight and a Gold.
Next came the muscle cars. Mainly 1969 Camaro's. I really like
the idea that you could change engines and trans, go fast and
no one seemed to care about the numbers matching thing.
A good friend Gary Singles took me to a NSRA show in Tampa,
Florida in 1991. We drove his really cool 1941 Chevy. Big
Block, Blown and a ton of fun. I called Joyce from the show
and said we just bought a "black hole". I had purchased a 1934
Chevy 3 Window, full fender coupe from Outlaw Performance. I
knew nothing about hot rods. This was going to be a real test.
Gary helped me a lot. Made all sorts of crazy parts and the
next thing I knew the car was going to Detroit Autorama for
Ridler judging in 1994. It's still hard to believe but we were
awarded a Great 8. A lot of friends helped me with ideas of
how to build hot rods.
Did a few shows, met Bobby Alloway at his show in Tennessee.
We had just won one of his top 25 awards. After the show, he
let us sit in a 32 Ford roadster he had just finished. He
spent time with me and told me about the Zipper body and some
of the ideas he had for the roadster. So we sold the Chevy,
and went shopping.
||Joyce and I were at Detroit Autorama in
1995 and I told her that I would like to try again, to build a
Ridler car. That's when the 32 Revolver came to life. We won
that great award in 1997.
After Detroit we won America's Most Beautiful Roadster in
1998. Becoming the first owner to win both with the same car.
Eric Giesert from Street Rodder told me about the "Triple
Crown" that no one had managed to win. It included the
Goldmark in Boise, Id. So off to Boise in March of 1998 and we
won there also.
After a lot of enjoyment with the Revolver, we sold it to a
collector. He has since sold it and it is now lives in a
Museum in Minnesota.
In 2002 I bought a 32 Ford 3 Window coupe from Downs. Thought
about just having a cool ride to enjoy. But the bug was huge!
Next thing I knew we were building another contender for
Detroit. Reconstructive back surgery really slowed me down.
About half way thru the build, I asked for help in finishing.
I had drawings from Jeff Phipps in West Palm Beach, Fl. on a
killer interior. With that I contacted Don Pilkenton of Don's
Hot Rods in Carlise, Ohio. He agreed to help us finish.
||The next 4 years it was take the car to Florida, bring it back
to Ohio for Phil Salisbury from Carlise Custom Paint to work
the interior to shape. Then back to Florida. Then back to
Ohio. When you have a great team everyone puts forth a great
effort. Jon Wright spent 2 1/2 years of steady chroming, piece
We finished XS CASH one week before Detroit. Won a Great 8 and
had a great story to remember.
Just finished a photo shoot for Street Rodder Premium.
Thanks Joyce for giving me this great life of car building.
Couldn't have done it without you!!!