Here’s a fun little promo featuring your’s truley. Our friend Adam Reynolds at Acentric Video RULES!
Music by the Barnyard Stompers, our Friday night entertainment!
On our first in person meeting, like he did with everyone that asked about his car, he handed me this card. As the 2nd owner, and 62 years at that, he had every right to brag!
He was proud of his family and especially his grand daughters, his black labs and the Joy ranch in Evergreen where he spent much of his earlier years. We sat at the table flipping through his ‘Picture Books’ and laughed about his lifetime adventures. He had documented the life with ‘The Vic’ well.
He showed me a photo of him in the September 2010 Good Guys Gazette, and explained how he had to kick the guy in the shins to get his story and photo on paper, “Mike, how many people do you know that have owned a car for 62 years?” You see, it’s more than a shiny red Victoria, it is an amazing story of a boy and his lifelong partner.
I was lucky enough to hook Thom Taylor, he and his crew from Hot Rod Unlimited flew out to cover the 60th Anniversary event, see the video here. I let Don know I had some visitors that would like to meet him, we knocked on the door, Don poked his head out. “Don this is Thom Taylor from Hot Rod Magazine, he wants to see The Vic”, I said. Don looked him up and down, paused at the ‘Hot Rod Magazine Staff’ logo on the shirt. Now Don was no dummy, he subscribed to Hot Rod, he knew exactly who Thom Taylor was. Then he turned to me and said in his grumbuly voice, “Mike what have you done?” Ha Ha, it was priceless! You can read the article here.
A photo Thom took of the two that day, in the very garage Don re-built the Vicky.
I’ve referred to this story as ‘Book Ends’, there were so many years in-between where the car was ‘on the shelf’, but the left and the right of that where Don’s Joy with ‘The Vic’.
I’m honored he packed the O2 bottles in September and drove himself up the hill to relive the Hot Rod Hill Climb 60 years later. Some sweet moments with Don were captured by Adam Reynolds in this video, a must watch. Enjoy.
God Speed my friend
* this article is a reprint from the March 2014 email – Join the list here
Locals Charlie Clark and Darrell Mayabb got together and made a book!
It’s all fun as Charlie takes his freinds and “Sprinkles Chilie Pepper on them” to make a funny enjoyable adventure in a 40 Ford.
It’s published by Flathead Press,LLC.
It’s available on Amazon here
We have 3 copies signed by both the author and illustrator along with posters to give away at the Hot Rod Hill Climb on September 13th, 2014!
And Charlie says he will be at the event selling books, don’t miss it!
“I have a lot of friends that participate in the “old car” hobby. I thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be fun to write some stories and include them?”
BUT, since they are all people much more normal than me, I need to keep their personalities intact but sprinkle some chili pepper on them to create adventures of which they become an integral part. While driving coast to coast and border to border twice in one year, I had plenty of time to think about some crazy adventures that one might get into with an old hot rod car.” more
This adventure just keeps on giving.
Saturday July 19th I took my mother, in town from California, and my two boys to Green Mountain Falls, west of Colorado Springs, for the Thin Air Nationals. This was the 35th Annual event hosted by the Colorado Springs Rod and Custom (CSR&C) car club. These guys also staff the NSRA event in Pueblo, so they now how to put on a good show.
We stepped into the Pantry for lunch and Brain Anderson of the CSR&C spotted me. Brian and the club are HUGE supporters of the Hot Rod Hill Climb, he and the CSR&C club ran the tech inspection last year, and will do it again this year, along with hosting the Valve Cover Races (more here). Brain grabbed a stack of HRHC post cards and ran out the door, but before I sat down he was back! He had two very tall men behind him. Before I tell you anymore, I want you to know, I’ve been working really hard to round up as many living HRHC legends as I can, I’m going through old photos, programs, results etc to get names with faces and track these guys down.
Brain spit out, “Mike, this here is Cotton Warren and his son Spider”, he continued after catching his breath, “Cotton was at the original Hot Rod Hill Climbs!”
HA HA! All Of course I new the name! I’ve been looking for him! I stuck out my hand, the hand shake would have to wait, Dann “Spider” Warren handed me a framed photo of Cotton in front of his car on Rose Street in Georgetown 1953. The store front is now Troia’s Italian Restaurant. It would seem that they were looking for me too. Awesome. Cotton went right into how his flathead Vicky was the hottest of the times! (Seems everyone of the legends had the fastest hot rod around… ha ha)
There were two Vicky’s at the Hot Rod Hill Climb in 1953, Cotton’s fender-less one, and of course Don Joy’s with full fenders. What I found ironic is that the only photos I have with proud drivers posed in front of their Hot Rod’s, are the Vicky’s. Don proudly shared this photo on his business card (seen below).
After lunch we sat under the trees and I showed them the photos so many have shared with me.
While going through the album, I had this photo (below) that I gave to Cotton, Dann commented on the two boys sitting on the wooden sidewalk (upper left), “That may be my brother and I, we were there as a family with my mother too, I think I was 5 at the time”. Only a magnifying glass and a fortune teller could tell us for sure, I like the story and that’s the way I’m going to tell it! In the case you don’t know, the ‘W’ stood for Cam Winders of Colorado Springs, and if you noticed the photo above, Cottons plaque is mounted on the body above the fuel tank. The W2 car is that of Doug Cimino who would come back in 1954 with Ardun heads on the same coupe.
It was a pleasurable afternoon, and of course I encouraged them to come to the tribute 60th Anniversary Hot Rod Hill Climb event September 13th, 2014.
Get ready for the 2014 Hot Rod Hill Climb, September 12th and 13th!
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Yep, one guy owns them all!
Our friend Ron Bement built all four in his garage, and when I say built I mean machined all the parts! Ron is an amazing machinist and detail wizard!
Ron recently finished his Riley 4 Port Model A miniature motor, it only took 4 years to build.
We look forward to having him at the 2014 Hot Rod Hill Climb showing off these mini-marvels!
Yes.. they all run!
Lindsey Fisher of Rod Authority wrote a really nice article on our friend Jessica MacKichan. Jess and her father John came to the Hot Rod Hill Climb last year with the Speedway Motors sponsored Hot Rod First-Aid tent, providing supplies like oil, shop rags, carb jets, etc for the participating Hot Rods.
Read the article about Jess here
John is bringing his 1931 Model A Roadster, it will have a Model B 4-banger engine with a Cragar head, and Halibrand quick change rear end this year.
We are off to the LA Roadster Show for the 50th Anniversary, learn more here.
Look for us in the Swap Area Friday and Saturday, come by and meet us and check out all the photos from 1953 and 1954! We will have the 60th Coupe on display and some new shirts!!
Our 2014 Event Poster is now done!
The feature is Cal Kennedy and Don Scroggs 1934 Chevy Roadster, T-33
To get the word out, we are offering 2013 and 2014 Event Posters for $17 …..SHIPPED! (in the Continental US)
Buy your collector 60th Anniversary set now!
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