A girl and her car...

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[caption id="attachment_344" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="The smile says it all."][/caption] The 2010 Houston Autorama has come and gone. We made a mad dash for the finish line on several fronts, and were successful on all accounts. The debut of Penny Weiss' 1955 Thunderbird "Blue Belle" was our primary focus, but the first ever PAINTHOUSE booth was a close second on our priority list. I will follow up with a post about our "experimental extravaganza" soon. It was a mad dash to the finish for Blue Belle, but we made it, and without having to work all-nighters (it was close a couple times, though!). The stretched hood scoop, custom wire wheels, Ron Mangus leather interior and last minute assembly all came together to create a car that stunned a lot of people. You just don't see many Thunderbirds that are customized tastefully (I hope that is the impression everyone took away from the car). Usually, Thunderbirds need to stay purely original; otherwise, more often than not, when customized they get taken too far and end up ruining what is "right" about the car. Our intent was to hang on to everything good about the original classic design, but add small, elegant upgrades that subtly improved the car. Ultimately, you will have to let us know if we succeeded. We were humbled to be positioned at the front entrance door directly opposite the current Riddler award winning car, Gold Digger. I also heard rumors that the show promoters did their news interviews in front of Penny's Thunderbird as well. By the way, what a great show put on by the new promotors. Kudos to Steve Green, Jason Henderson and the rest of their crew. As rookies, I'd say you knocked it out of the park. What are y'all gonna do to top it next year? No pressure, just sayin'. As far as awards go, Blue Belle exceeded all of our expectations. We did not make the elusive Magnificent Seven, which is the preliminary selection for the time-honored Millwinder award, but she did win First in her class (mild sports), Outstanding Paint award, Outstanding Display award, Outstanding Detail award and Outstanding Sports car. Quite a first outing, way to go Penny! 2011 Grand National Roadster Show, here we come.... Until next time, Randy You just don't see many Thunderbirds that are customized tastefully (I hope that is the impression everyone took away from the car). Usually, Thunderbirds need to stay purely original; otherwise, more often than not, when customized they get taken too far and end up ruining what is "right" about the car. Our intent was to hang on to everything good about the original classic design, but add small, elegant upgrades that subtly improved the car. Ultimately, you will have to let us know if we succeeded.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

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