This Guy’s Garage - May 2012
Mike Eddy is an easy guy to figure out. First impressions might make you think this is a shop right out of the late ’60s or early ’70s. The decor tells you Mike’s world revolves around early Fords and Trans-Am racing. What is taking place in an adjacent room is the ongoing restoration on his ’64 Falcon Sprint that competed in the inaugural year of SCCA’s Trans-Am series in 1966, finishing inside the top 10 as the only Falcon in the field, and is currently one of the oldest surviving Trans-Am cars. What makes that an even better story is that the car was owned and campaigned originally by Mike’s neighbor, Pete Cordts, who unfortunately passed away last year. Mike’s dad also helped work on the car when he wasn’t working full time for Carroll Shelby. (The Falcon was used as a test bed for many Shelby suspension ideas.) Mike’s connection to the golden age of Trans-Am racing spills over into what could be called a dream job building and maintaining Vic Edelbrock’s fleet of vintage Trans-Am cars. Among the machines Mike works on every day include Smokey Yunick’s infamous gold ’68 Trans-Am Camaro and the Bud Moore– prepared, George Follmer–driven ’69 Boss 302 Mustang, along with a slew of other very famous road racers. All this leads us back to Mike’s garage and the history injected into every square inch of his shop.
1. Another hidden part of the shop is an amazing collection of vintage Trans-Am parts carefully stored away in the rafters, some of which will find their way onto his ’64 Falcon racer.
2. Mike also builds vintage Trans-Am and A/Sedan small-block Fords in his spare time. There’s usually either a partially assembled small-block or a pile of parts awaiting assembly sitting in this corner of the shop.
3. What you can’t see in his original shop is Mike’s ongoing restoration of a ’64 Falcon Sprint that Mike’s neighbor raced in SCCA Trans-Am in 1966. The car also campaigned in SCCA A/Sedan between 1965 and 1973.
4. Sporting its original small-block 289 and a four-speed, this Mustang belongs to Mike’s sister and is a family heirloom. Note the small hoodscoop and the trick valance under the front bumper.
5. This is Mike’s ’65 Ford Falcon Ranchero that sports a ’60s-vintage Paxton supercharger engine we featured in our Nov. ’11 issue.
6. Among the wall hangings is Mike’s graduation plaque from the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving earned back when Bondurant’s school was still at Sears Point Raceway in northern California. Bondurant now holds classes in Phoenix, Arizona, at Firebird Raceway.
7. Other cars stored in a separate location include a ’64 two-door Falcon wagon and a ’65 Falcon sedan delivery. Can you see a pattern forming here?