Chris Vick, What Are You Working On?

Chris Vick has been keeping us posted on his build for sometime now. However, his project is now done (I don’t think a project is ever really done!) and he is now beginning to reap the rewards of a job well done.

Here is what Chris has to say.

Well, the season started ok but ended on a high note for my Cale car. I built this car mainly to take 1st place at our local judged muscle car show, the Land of Lakes GTO Muscle Car Show. This is a high end judged show with some truly detailed cars. I don’t have Jay Leno’s money or Chip Foose’s skills but I did my utmost best. It paid off, it took 1st place in its class, all midsize/fullsize Fords and Mercs.

One of the things I already knew was that it will be shot for Muscle Car Review magazine, watch for it some time this summer, so I caught up with the photographer and he started to check out the car. He ask me to start talking about the car and after about 2 minutes he stopped me, and then asked ” Would I likeĀ Muscle Car Review pick of the show”, which I replied ” That would be nice”. Am I going to say no?. Hell no. He was pretty impressed with the detail in the car. And he’s seen a lot of cars. So I walked out with 2 top trophies.

I’ve been involved with this car show for over 20 years so I have met a lot of people, after the show my head almost didn’t fit inside the car. (ha). The last show it went to was an all Ford show, a top 21 show with other special awards. They don’t let people win more than 1 award ( spread the wealth), it did’t get a Top 21, it ended up with Best Paint, picked out by 2 guys who work in the auto body world and can lay down perfect black paint. I was honored.

My only regret is that I don’t have the time or money to tour this car around so people can see all the detail it has. Concours is not for everyone, the time and money to reach this level is beyond most, I am able to do almost all my own work but it still adds up fast. I had 1 rule when building this car, if it wasn’t brand new, like Ford made it, it wasn’t going to be used.

Chis sent a couple of photos which are included in this post but he has also shared some other photos in previous articles. I have also included a couple of those so you might see the detail in his work. I think these document his recent recognition and trophies are well deserved and he is bringing the story of the Spoiler II to new groups of folks!

 

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About the Author: Some of my first and strongest memories from my childhood relate to cars. I still remember when things happened based on what car I was driving at the time. I grew up and lived in Iowa for nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California and now live in Tennessee. I was a Corvette fanatic for years but then re-discovered vintage American Muscle. My wife, Katrina, and I decided we wanted to focus on unique and rare muscle cars. After a lot of research we fell in love with the Ford Blue Oval Aero Cars. These were only built in 1969 and and aerodynamics became an important part of winning races. The only purpose of these limited production cars was to win NASCAR races using the Boss 429 and 427 power plants complimented with a special, wind cheating, aerodynamic body. The Ford Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II are terrific and historic cars. This site is devoted to these car and their owners past and present. We provide an Online Registry for recording the long term history and ownership of every remaining Talladega, Spoiler and Spoiler II.

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  1. Mark Shilladay says:

    Beautiful work Chris. Hope I get to see it someday.

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