'66 Mustang Gene Carpenter Stanwood, WA
About 10 years ago, Gene Carpenter had a different '66 Mustang with a Rat Fink figure on the dash called "Alley Cruiser" that he parted with to finance bigger priorities, including supporting his son's motocross efforts. This new coupe has been christened "Alley Cruiser II," since he wants to pick up where he left off. So far, the $2,500 coupe has only had minor bodywork finished and a fresh coat of flat black primer applied, but now that his son is 20, Gene says it's time for him to get back to hot rodding.
'72 Grand Prix • Bill Newcomer • Salem, OR
The Grand Prix doesn't get a lot of attention, but it's been Bill Newcomer's focus since he took a ride in his brother's '71. This '72 is the latest in a line of GPs for Bill, and a replacement for a '71 that met an untimely end, thanks to an engine fire. By chance he happened to spot it at a local body shop with a fresh coat of black paint. A black-on-black '72 GP? Bill had to have it and after negotiating a deal with the owner he had the body shop add the gold accents to match the wheels from his ill-fated '71. Nice touch, we say. So far, the GP is still mostly stock, but Bill says the GP helps preserve his sanity by just being there: "It puts a smile on my face every time I'm around it."