That’s what we loaded up and took to Amelia Island this past weekend! It’s one of the most prestigious car events in North America, and we took a truck load of cool stuff to the beautiful Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach. This event is what we like to call “fancy” and it’s right up there with Pebble Beach, in terms of notoriety and cool factor. For 2014, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance featured the Underslung, a unique design used by American Motor Car Company from 1905 to 1914. Just so happens that Corky and his father, Harold each have an American Underslung in their collection, so those two were no-brainer’s…we just had to take ‘em. Also on our truck was Richie Clyne’s American Underslung roadster, a truly incredible piece and a great-driving car. Amelia Island also had a tribute to the Offenhauser Indy engine, so we displayed our Lencki Six engine, as it was an “offy on steroids”.
Throughout the process of filming the Backroad Gold TV Show, which airs weekly on the Travel Channel (Wednesdays at 9:30pm), we have been exposed to a bunch of great cars. Our neighbors at Honest Charley have revived a bunch of old iron, including this 1956 Chevrolet 210 two-door post. We love the modern look they gave this classic Chevy, and it’s all attributed to the contemporary tire and wheel combination, which utilizes a set of Rocket Booster wheels. (more…)
In the 1950′s, American auto manufacturers hit their stride with awe inspiring designs that put a stamp on what some would consider the greatest decade in automotive history. By 1955, all of the “big three” manufacturers (Ford Motor Company, General Motors and Chrysler) had redesigned the flagship models with cool, new styling that sent consumers sprinting to the dealerships across the country. For the Plymouth brand, the Belvedere was the top dog in the product line, and with miles of stainless steel trim, beautiful front and rear styling cues and a host of engine options, it’s easy to see why it was so popular. We got our hands on one of these ’50s classics during the filming of the Backroad Gold TV, which airs weekly (Wednesdays at 9:30pm EST) on the Travel Channel.
We deal with a lot of classic cars, and we love to see them restored to stock condition. Ford Thunderbirds are highly regarded as a classic car, and it’s not often you see one with the custom treatment. However, the 1958 through 1960 Thunderbirds (also known as Square Birds) don’t get quite as much respect as the more popular 1955 through 1957 models. With this in mind, we love the ’59 Thunderbird that Honest Charley built, as they took advantage of the unique body lines of the Square Bird and gave it a traditional “Watson style” look. Keep reading to see how they did it! (more…)
With the filming of “Backroad Gold”, Travel Channel’s hit new TV Show, just across the street at Honest Charley, we got an inside look at some of the cars being built for the show. One such car, featured in the second episode of season one is this 1940 Willys sedan that was brought back from Corky and Greg’s adventure to California. The Willys came back to Tennessee and received a full rebuild with a heavy military influence. And though Willys didn’t enter the military market until World War II, this sedan has a cool look and pays tribute to all of the men and women who have served in the United States military. Keep reading to find out more about this distinct Willys. (more…)
Our product offerings extend to a number of distinct makes and models, but we have a great deal of authentic products for 1963 to 1967 Corvettes. This year range is commonly referred to as the Midyear Corvette, or the C2, and it is regarded as the most popular generation of the popular Chevrolet sports car. Wheel options for Midyear Corvettes originally ranged from base model wheels that featured full hubcaps (1963-1966), Rallye wheels (1967), and a factory option for “Knock Off” wheels. The Knock Off wheels were not as common as the steel wheel and hubcap combination, so they are highly sought after in the restoration market. (more…)
Finding the right tires and wheels for your collector car is easier than ever, thanks to our new features on our website! You can now search by vehicle, to find the original bias ply size and the radial equivalent, by using the drop-downs located at the top of the page. Another new feature is our drop-down menus that allow you to search for tires and wheels by size, meaning if you already know the exact size and style you need, you can drill down the search results to exactly what you want! From OE-specific sizes and styles to custom sizing for hot rods, muscle cars and customs, we have the right tires and wheels in stock and ready to ship to your door!
Oh, and you thought we forgot about the Suede Palace at the Grand National Roadster Show? We park our big trailer just outside the door at the Palace, so it’s convenient for us to sneak in there and grab pictures from time to time. We got most of our pictures on Friday, because it’s tough to get cool pictures of the cars when there is such a big crowd. The Suede Palace is THE place to see the coolest traditional hot rods, customs and gassers, so there is a lot of Coker tires and wheels in there!
We soaked up all of the So-cal goodness we could in the week we spent out there. Our main objectives were to attend the MPMC conference and to meet and greet at our Grand Opening party for the new West Coast facility. However, a bonus for this trip included the Grand National Roadster Show. We set up as a vendor at the show, and it’s one of our favorite events of the year, so we made our way around the event to photograph all the cool stuff. Here’s what we found!