Recently I had the opportunity to work with R&C magazine to help on an article in which I contributed with 2 Hot Rod builders. The task given was to illustrate there vision in what(if they had the time) ..... the ultimate ride they would come up with.......
I chose Neil Candy and Brian Bass.........
Both men chose the much loved 32 Ford (hey,... gotta love that!)
Neil I know very well and he wanted an ultimate street terror..... A whole hog chopped 32 5 winda,full of go fast goodies,sporting a blown SOHC motor..... I like this guys style!
Remember your folks saying"Don't accept Candy from Strangers".....
Well....I always listened to them until I met this gentleman... Neil Candy.
I consider Neil to be one of the finest upstanding Hot Rodders around,(And a helluva a great friend!)... so much so.... he in my mind, is my savior on the Diamond Deuce.(More on that later.)
First off,.... he runs a great little Speed shop just outside Kingston Ontario.... and fills the gap for anybody who has the need for Speed.
Candys Hot Rod Supply.
Neil also practices what he preaches.....he has built quite a few Traditional cars and now runs the Drag car"Mother's Worry" The car is named not for some coined Rothian phrase.... but rather for a tribute to his mom. The other influence on his A drag car was the Orange Crate. If ya don't know that piece of fine history.....pack up,go home and beat it.
This car is a true throwback to the real days of quarter mile brawl'in, Gear grinding,high whinding,rubber burning monsters.
A tuff, no bullshit,hold on and shut up drag car.
He also has a Blown 409 32 5 winda.An interesting note here, there were no 409 blower plates available on the market when Mr. Candy set out to build his W monster motor.So, like any respectable innovative young man.... he designed and got one made,no small feat .....and not too shabby either!
I guess Neil and I hit it off real fast due to we speak the same lingo....pure gearhead in the traditional sense.
We recently travelled to the Lone Star Round up and had a blast.I converted him to it..... he is hauling the 5 winda next year.I may even get him to wear a Stetson.