So this past weekend was the 39th annual Turkey Rod Run down here in the World Center of Racing. This olelongrooffan has been attending this event for so many years that I have lost count of that number. As usual, there were quite a few custom cars that showed up and I was lucky enough to get out and about and check them out. In previous years, I attended this event as a spectator but since I started schleping trailers, I usually have to stick close to our booth so as not to incur the wrath of TheBoss by being away from my temporary cube for too long. But I did get out and about to find some stuff to share with my fellow Hoons.
One of the customs I spotted was this 59 Chevy Impala knockoff. There was so much customization on this one that it could be based on pretty much any chassis and, as that license plate proclaims, it is the KatsAss. While not altogether in this olelongrooffan’s taste, the builder did a jam up job on this one.
But I do have this to say about that, the builder carried the look from the exterior into the interior and it turned out damn nice. At least for a customized 59 ragtop. Just make sure to get it back into the trailer before the clouds open up.
Just down a ways parked next to that resale red 64 GTO was this Kermit Green “Bronco III”. Yeah those ball cap wearing dudes appeared to graft a 34 Ford grill onto the front end of what they had labelled a Bronco.
Given the amount of customization required to achieve this truck, this olelongrooffan is going to have to cut them a little slack. It is a longroof after all.
But the absolute coolest custom ride of all could be found in my own backyard. Yeah, see that number 20 bearing 1960 Pontiac Catalina in the above image? That very same car won the 1961 Daytona 500 back when NASCAR raced stock cars. See those two folks sitting at that table in those white chairs? That would be the dude who drove that car to victory that long ago February day. Yeah, Marvin Panch who is now in his 80s and still attracting cuties from all over. His daughter sitting next to him, Marvette, manages his day to day activities and always has Marvin around to assist in promoting TheBoss’s company. Why? Well, Marvin and TheBoss’s folks go way back and Marvin has known TheBoss since the day TheBoss was born. And you think this olelongrooffan can spin a yarn? Think again, my fellow Hoons, think again.
So anyway, Marvette puts all of their show appearing stuff in the trunk of Dad’s 60 Catalina so it all stays together. It’s interesting, whenever I asked Marvin about his future show visiting plans he would just look at me with a gleeful look and tell me I needed to check with Marvette as she sets it all up. Yeah, and he loves it. “I don’t know what I am doing tomorrow and that is the most fun part of all of this.” A more personable gentleman is hard to meet these days. I asked him what his monetary compensation was for coming out here and signing autographs at our booth every day for this four day weekend. He looked at me with a look on his face almost in disbelief. “Son, your TheBoss would do anything for you that he could and I feel the same way about him. It’s just what you do.” A more profound statement hasn’t been heard by this olelongrooffan in quite a whiles.
So anyway, TheBoss headed over to the NASCAR archive storage facility to pick up this ole Catty on Monday and drug it out here to the Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday for display in one of our ClearTrailer.com products and it certainly drew a bunch of attention this weekend. But do my fellow Hoons remember I mentioned that Marvette keeps their show stuff in the trunk of that ole Poncho? When she arrived on Thanksgiving Day to set up that table and stuff, she climbed in the rear of that trailer and grabbed the partially seen above screwdriver to stick through that key slot to open that truck up to access those needed accessories.
Again, this olelongrooffan can’t make this shit up.
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