People Who Have Made A Difference:
The drag racing chassis builder helped revive street rodding with the Deuce Factory's aftermarket suspension parts, including the first reproduction '32 framerails.
I was involved with drag racing, and then got back into making parts for street rods because I had done that in my early years. Building my first street rod, I looked around at what was needed—and framerails were definitely needed. You could find bodies, but framerails were hard to come by. I worked on the tooling for two years.
That got the whole business going. Now you can buy parts and build a car without any trouble. But there's too much money involved now, and too many high-dollar cars. I enjoyed the people I was involved with because a lot of them were old time hot rodders like myself. I think those guys are few and far between now, although to me the rat rod movement is a great thing—going back to the way it was. Some of them get carried away, obviously. There are crappy rat rods and there are very good rat rods; the really nice ones are the way it was back in the day. I've always appreciated the people who had the talent to build their car themselves.
I'm out of street rodding now, but I enjoyed it while I was in it. I'm still racing a Bonneville car every year. I'm still having fun and I'll keep going as long as I can.