Issue #38 kicks off with a story about Bobby Green's Belly Tank Lakester. Green's Lakester looks as if it has been stored in his garage since 1952, but in fact, he recently completed it and debuted it at El Mirage last October. Green used a real 1944 P-38 Drop Tank, and equipped it with Milk Truck Wheels for an authentic look.
It has been nearly 60 years since Sam Barris chopped his first Merc in 1949, and that car still holds as much significance as ever. Out of the thousands of Mercs that have been chopped since then, this one could still be the best. The recently restored "Sam Barris Merc" spent much of the summer in our studio, and the story of the incredible car is as interesting as the car is beautiful.