Often when we travel around the country developing material for future issues of TRJ, we shoot a few garage shots as we go. A smattering of these photos was used in TRJ #57. We showed garages belonging to Al Engel, Kirk White, Dave Simard and Mike and Chuck Longley. As usual we had far more photos than we ha room for and we thought we would bring some of the outtakes to you here.
We started at Al Engel’s garage in Point Richmond, California, which is just across the bay from the TRJ offices. Al has quite a collection of cars, but the building resembles more of an eclectic museum than the standard garage. It houses hot rods, restored vehicles and racecars along with plenty of interesting parts, engines, as well as memorabilia, large scale replica vintage airplanes and even a gondola from Venice, Italy.
Kirk White has been involved with hot rods and sports cars as long as he can remember. Originally from the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, area, Kirk raced his factory supercharged T-bird back in the ‘50s and owned the Ferrari Daytona that Brock Yates and Dan Gurney drove in the first Canonball Run back in the 1970s. In recent times Kirk has resided in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. We visited his shop where he had a few hot rods, which were for sale, along with a Jag roadster. Kirk recalls the “Devil Deuce” ’32 five-window coupe from his youth in Pennsylvania. The tan Deuce roadster is owned by Sanford, Florida-based rodder Chuck Burns.
Dave Simard needs no introduction to TRJ readers. The spacious garage adjacent next to his shop in Leominster, Massachusetts, is chock full of cool cars and parts. It is filled with a stellar collection of vintage early Fords along with a few later models. In TRJ #57 we showed the opposite side of the building with Dave’s ’32 roadster Bonneville racer in the foreground. Here we see a similar white roadster, this time a ‘34 that was originally run by Scotty’s Muffler Service.
Perhaps what we like the best about Chuck and Mike Longley’s operation in Deland, Florida, is that their shop looks exactly like the you would think it should. It is a nostalgic looking place where nostalgic hot rods are built and restored. This is no accident. The Longley’s pride themselves in not only crafting era-correct cars, but do so using tools and techniques that are from the era as well.
We’ll have more garage photos that span decades that we’ll post more as we find time.