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Rickerwill

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Sparks, Nevada
United States

 
 

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About me and my passion for cars

I am a child of the '50s, so I was in high school in the early '70s when muscle cars dominated the streets of small-town America. My buddies all drove Road Runners, Chevelles and El Caminos, Torinos and Mustangs, GTO's, and hot street trucks. I learned a lot from helping my older brother figure out small mechanical problems in his and his friends' cars, and we all made our fair share of mistakes together. I had been building car models since about 6, and really thought I knew all about every part of a car (though I really only knew about 1/24 scale parts!).

My first car was a '65 Belair 327 that I got from my older sis. I was not too excited, because it was a (dreaded) 4-door sedan. I quickly found a better alternative and landed in a '67 GTO that was in near pristine shape when I got my hands on it. As a self-supporting adult at 16, I thought I knew more than the cops in my small Nevada town, and managed to ensure that car was well known by all the police department in no time at all. I would blame the car for all my teenage troubles, but there were a few trouble-making girls mixed in there, too.

Since leaving my hometown, I have owned a variety of cars - mostly GM - that I have enjoyed immensely. I built a '55 Chevy pickup from the ground up, built a nice '66 Chevy II and sold it before I even had much chance to enjoy it, and had a few more along the way. My favorite car of all is the '96 Impala SS I bought nearly new (4k miles) and have modded and raced and shown for the 16 years i have owned it. It is the absolute best all-around car I have ever owned. What other car can enable you to load up the family, go to another town to race autocross, get on the big track, run the dragstrip, compete in the sound-off contests, win a trophy in the car show, then load everyone back up and drive home again? It is a blast!

The projects currently in my shop include a '67 Chevy Stepside pickup that will be a real street pounder, a '65 Impala SS (for sale right now!), a '57 Chevy 210 Sedan that is being mated to a '95 Impala SS chassis, a '68 Chevelle SS with a later 454, and a one-owner '50 Chevy pickup that is going to be resto-modded into a sweet modern mechanical custom. There are a couple others that my son and I are working on together, as well.

My first car

'67 GTO

Car I wish I still had

My first! The sweet turquoise on turquoise '67 GTO I spent much of my wasted youth cruising.

My dream car

'57 Chevy convertible with thoroughly modern (C-6?) undercarriage and running gear.

Car clubs I’m in

ISSCA - Impala SS Club of America
Classic Chevy Club (since '79)
Classic Chevy Club of Reno

Favorites

  • Type of racing: autocross and big track hobby run-what-ya-brung
  • Car movie: Hollywood Knights; 2-Lane Blacktop, Bullitt, California Kid, American Graffiti

— Profile last updated: Oct 14, 2011

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