Larry Long/Bill Uttitch
"I've got a story for you," were nearly the first words out of Larry Long's mouth when we met him at the Nats. Larry trekked all the way from Boulder, Colorado, to come to the show, but that wasn't the story he was referring to. Instead, he proceeded to tell us about the program he and fellow autobody-repair instructor Bill Uttitch had begun at Boulder Tech vocational school where they teach. It seems Larry, a hard-core Olds enthusiast, had acquired a rusty '71 Cutlass coupe as a parts car when he had the idea to donate it to the school and have the students convert it into a race car. Part of the inspiration came from the High School Drags racing program at Denver's Bandimere Raceway. The school liked the idea, and the plan was set in motion. As hoped, the students swarmed to the project, and the body was straightened out while the engine--an Olds 350--was freshened, all at the school by students. The multihued graphics on the car's nose represent the colors of all the schools affiliated with Boulder Tech, and when school's out, Larry and Bill take the car to shows for fun and public relations. Check them out at www.bvsd.k12.co.us, and then select the Technical Education Center link.
'32 Ford and '66 Olds
Brad Hollenbeck of Andover, Minnesota, comes from a family of automotive enthusiasts, so it's no surprise that he's one himself. In fact, it's his intention to pass the torch to the next generation, so when his daughter was born, he picked up a new project car. The '66 Olds Delta 88 convertible seemed like a good driver that the whole family would be able to enjoy, and after several years of working on it while also using it as transportation, it was transformed into the slick cruiser seen here. Recently, Brad's grandfather decided it was time to pass on one of his treasures, and he handed the keys to his all-steel '32 Ford coupe to Brad. Grandpa had purchased the Deuce 20 years ago as a street-rod project and transformed it from a channeled, fenderless hot rod to the lovingly detailed resto rod also seen here. It's still chopped, but the rest of the body is nearly stock. Underneath lies a small-block Chevy, Turbo 350 trans, and a Ford 8-inch rear. When Brad took over the '32, he handed his Olds over to his wife, but the kids are already asking when they'll get the keys.