My Dream Machine: In Their Own Words
Photos and details from just a few of our many exhibitors.
Clarence Converse, 1967 Shelby GT 350
My boss went on a trip to Kentucky to add to his Shelby collection back in the old days. I fell in love with the car when he brought it into our shop where we specialized in repairing Mustangs, Shelby's and Cobras. I used every excuse to get the keys. Need to make a parts run? Donuts for breakfast? Lunch run? I'm sure you get the idea. In 1981 I was able to buy it from him and it became my daily driver for many years. Items unique to this car as I got it is that it has a Paxton supercharger and upper scoop running lights. I still use any excuse to take the car out for a run!
Troy Fisher, 1966 Chevrolet Caprice Wagon
My 1996 Chevrolet Caprice Wagon has an LT-1 350 motor, built 4160E transmission with Corvette servos, 9C1 police disc rear end, Belltech lowered 1.5" front & 2.5" rear coils and shocks, 17" chrome Impala SS wheels, and custom stereo with old school Soundstream components. I have had this particular car for 3.5 years now & I am the 3rd owner. It had 105,000 original miles. It now sits at 135,000 & gets driven daily ( exception rainy days). The motor has many bolt on goodies such as cold air intake, Edelbrock headers, LT-4 valve covers, and Corvette fuel rail covers. It is black with ruby red interior. It's nickname is the 4 door Vette!! The other LOVE of my life!!
John Huerta, 1967 Volkswagen Sedan
Paul Demeester, Custom Zyborg Motorcycle and ZTV
"My fully handbuilt custom Zyborg motorcycle has a blown-injected, 8 valve, V-twin hemi with matching Zyborg truck/transporter. The truck, known as ZTV (Zyborg transport vehicle), is a 94 Chevy 3/4 ton chopped, dropped, on air, with supercharged 454. Totally hand formed rolling, running sculpture. A stunning work of art."
Bob Seawell, 1966 Ford Mustang
"My dream machine, a home built 1966 custom Mustang convertible (Pegasus), is one of the coolest mustangs around. Turned into a two seat roadster with modern performance suspension and an insanely wild engine, and Lambo doors, this Mustang can fly. Pegasus features over 150 modifications and changes, and updates. In fact the only things not modified are the bumpers and the windshield (they're next)."
William Mays, 1989 Camaro IROC-Z
"My machine is a 1989 Camaro IROC-Z. I purchased this car in 2003 at the age of 20, and used it initially as my only means of transportation. One year later it was side-swiped in a parking lot, and required extensive repairs. After all the body work was done and a new coat of paint sprayed, I enjoyed the car for another 2 years or so before it was once again ruined, this time by a flatbed pickup truck on my way to work. At that point I decided I was going to take the car off the road, and spend the time to repair it and do some other modifications I had always wanted to do. What you see in the photos is the results of 5+ years of sweat, saving, and at times doubt that it would ever be completed. At this point the only thing on the car that has not been replaced or refurbished are the side window glass. EVERYTHING else has been replaced, freshened, or tweaked to make the car handle, ride, and perform better than the day it rolled off the showroom floor. From the gas tank, to the engine, to the windshield, countless hours and dollars were spent bringing my car back to its former glory. She is a participant of many California car shows, and a recipient of numerous awards including most recently, 2nd place in the modified Camaro category at the Muscle Cars in the Park show 2010. I would love to see my car featured on your website. Nothing would give me greater satisfaction than to share my creation with other enthusiasts, and to show them young and old, that just because you're only 28, doesn't mean that hard work, dedication, and a love for a car can't get you what you want."