Article by Anthony Alaniz. Photography by Mike Garrett of Speedhunters.
There are times when we enthusiasts ponder the life a car has lived. Who drove it before us? Was it some teenager who successfully won their first sexual world series in the backseat? Or was it a father who brought his first-born home in that car and now has to sell it to pay for that kid’s education?
Many think of cars as an appliance—a machine that performs a job and then is tossed aside when obsolete. But to us who live the modified lifestyle, who breathe exhaust fumes and bathe in motor oil, a car has a story, a history—a unique personality that no one person fully understands.
You never know where a car has been, or where it is going, but oftentimes we are just companions for a small part of its journey. The automobile is such an icon of American life—movies and books have been written about the automobile and the freedom we enjoy because of it.
Take Brian Hobaugh and family’s 1965 Corvette Stingray. Bought by Brian’s father in the mid-1980s, the C2 Corvette has lived quite the exciting life. Modifying cars in the 1960s and 70s was popular amongst sports car aficionados—and this C2 was not spared from such fate. Just after it was ordered in 1965 it was modified for autocross racing. To accomplish this, the previous owner cut and widened the fiberglass fenders for larger 315-section tires. The wide stance remains today, though it has had some modifications throughout the years.
Even Brian’s father, who had quite the reputation among San Francisco Bay-area racecar drivers, bought the car with the intent of racing it in SCCA solo racing. Hobaugh senior made a name for himself as one of the area’s quickest drivers in a race-prepped Camaro. The bright red paint and widened stance give the C2 an aggressive and menacing look. The quality of this restomod is astounding—it looks brand new and fresh off the factory floor.
SpeedHunters did it right when they took the Corvette to the hills east of San Francisco Bay. The photography shows the bright red car with black wheels contrasting nicely against the pale blue sky of California and the bleak, brown landscape. There is a visceral beauty seeing the difference between machine and nature—and photographer Mike Garrett did a wonderful job presenting the restomod.
If Brian’s story is any testament, every car has one unique life to live. It is just a matter of what part of the journey we will be a part of until it moves on to someone new.
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