MetalWorks Built 1966 Pro-Touring Nova

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E-bay has become a powerful tool for both buying and selling classics cars over the years. The vast majority of transactions done via on-line sales are successful for both parties involved, but I’m sure we have all heard of a horror story or two. Such is the case with the gorgeous Chevy II you see gracing these pages.

To coin the saying of “a picture is worth a thousand words” I feel we can alter that popular statement to “a photo can hide a thousand flaws” when it comes to online car purchasing. This Nova looked gorgeous online, and sold for some pretty good coin. When the Nova arrived at its new home, it even looked pretty good in person, but when the crew at MetalWorks began working out a few flaws for the new owner… the rabbit hole only got deeper and deeper. We won’t dwell on what all was found wrong, but focus instead on what MetalWorks did right on this now amazing Chevy II.

The Nova proudly runs a brand new GM Performance 525 hp LS3 engine with FAST fuel injection after its original engine was found to be bad. Tied to the LS is a TREMEC 5 speed manual transmission that is mated to a Ford 9” rear end with a Detroit Truetrac posi. Handling duties are carried out by the install of HEIDTs front and rear suspensions. Wilwood brakes keep things safe in the stopping department, and look sweet tucked inside the Billet Specialties wheels. Tons of other goodies are hidden behind the fresh coats of mile deep blue paint, and the full custom leather interior… but it’s hard not to mention features such as air ride by Ridetech & Accuair, Dakota Digital gauges and electronic climate control, and a Pioneer touch screen with 1100 watts of stereo, and even a back up camera.

In the end the Nova became everything, and much more than what it appeared to be on the E-bay auction. Chevy IIs are extremely popular and very stylish cars… and this example ranks with the elite that I have ever encountered. The crew at MetalWorks through their extensive building knowledge and flow of components that work properly together built a car that performs every bit as well as it looks… and it looks incredible!

Mecum Seattle 2015

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Back on June 5th & 6th, Mecum Auctions held their Northwest auction at Century Link Field Event Center in Seattle. Wow! It was very exciting and fun to be there and see all the action in person. With more than 600 cars and “Automobilia,” up for sale over two days, there was likely something for most car enthusiasts.

The top 10 included cars like a; 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger RT/SE, 4 speed that sold for $185,000. A 1999 Lamborghini Diablo Roadster sold at $170,000. A 1968 Ford Shelby GT-500KR Fastback, with 12,160 miles and a 2002 BMW Z-8 Convertible sold for $165,000 each. A 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro 427/425HP, 4 speed, sold for $155,000, while another 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger RT without the SE brought $150,000. The 7th thru 10th top sellers in order were a; 1967 Shelby GT 500 Fastback, $142,500. A 1956 Mercedes 190SL Roadster, $140,000. A 1992 Porsche 964 Turbo S2 for $130,000 and a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Hardtop with a 572 went for $120,000. They had about a 46% sell through for the entire 2 day event so a lot of great cars went to new homes over this weekend.

It’s really cool that Mecum came to the Northwest to hold one of their televised auctions. It gives those of us that live here a great opportunity to go to a nationally known auction and experience it in person. The place was packed I might add and again, wow, there were some amazingly beautiful cars. Obviously, high end collector cars as well as less expensive cars that I might be able to afford. With more than 600 lots consigned it was a respectable showing in my opinion.

There were cars in most price ranges such as a 1985 Buick Regal that sold for only $1,250, as well has a number of classics that sold for under $10,000. A 1953 Packard Cavalier 4dr. sedan that was by my estimation, a great looking driver sold for $5,500. If you wanted to get into the hobby that might have been a great place to start. Or a one family owned 1966 Chrysler 300 2dr. Hardtop that went for $3500. Seemed like a bargain to me.

Even if you aren’t in the market for a car, collector or otherwise the Mecum Auction in Seattle was a terrific car show. Many of these cars you might never see on the street or at car shows.  Put it on your list for next year and who knows you might find that perfect deal you just can’t pass up. www.mecum.com

Spanaway Speedway Reunion

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Former Stock Car racer Don Hall hosted this event in 2014 and outdid himself this year. It is a day set aside to remember the now defunct ¼ mile paved oval, once located near Tacoma, WA. Built by the Boness family in 1956, the facility was in continuous operation for almost fifty years. 1990 Daytona 500 champion Derrike Cope and Tom Sneva (an Indy winner in ‘83) had both been regular competitors there. In fact, NASCAR and USAC (now IndyCar) had sanctioned races at the venue for decades. Today a housing development is built on the former site and all that remains of the speedway are memories. Hall helps facilitate those memories with his impressive collection of memorabilia. There are also dozens of photos albums laid out and accessible to all. And then there’s the racers themselves who are always happy to share a story or two. Even Dick Boness, the man that built the facility and was there to the bitter end, attends this annual celebration.

A bonus to this scribe was the appearance of a surprisingly large turnout of midgets– vintage and contemporary. Lastly, Dave Craver and Darrel Hedman unveiled their new Jerry Day built retro-roadster. This Ranger aircraft engined monster is without question one coolest vehicles I have ever had the pleasure to inspect.


It was a great day with lunch and dessert provided pot-luck style. All indications are that Hall will host again next summer so make plans now to attend.

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Rockin’ Around the Block

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If you happened to find yourself passing through town on the second Saturday of August and suddenly ended up hip deep In what appeared to be a hornet’s nest of hot rods, you might have felt some concern for your health and welfare—that is, if you were not a GearHead. After all, Hollywood had once made horror films about hot rods taking over a town!
Car guys and gals from all around know that this is the Gresham, OR.  Rockin’ Around The Block Annual Cruise spectacular! This is the day that the Northwest Motorsports Association takes over downtown Gresham and proceeds to line Main Street with all manner of muscle and hardcore hot rods.

And not to worry Martha. This horde  runs a clean operation… Well, there was that one year… You see, there was this thing called the “Brick It.” And well – there was this T-Bird that caught fire! It seems the engine blew up and spread fire to all of the plastic on the car which proceeded to burn and burn and could not be put out. Ultimately the fire department had to be called in. But then that is another story.



The fact is, the NWMA has been producing this event for seventeen years running with the blessing of the entire downtown district. This event is a fundraiser for the Mount Hood Community College automotive technology program. During that time it has raised over $150,000 for scholarships.

Long time Street magic car club member, Scott sayre has been working this event since its inception. We asked him what stood out in this year’s show? Not surprisingly his answer was – a car. Specifically it was a ‘66 Nova out of Schroeder Speed and Custom speed shop In Troutdale, OR. This car has been pulling down multiple trophies and wins since it was recently introduced to the car world. It did it at the Portland Roadster Show and at this event as well.



There really was much more going on at this spectacular event than we can mention in these pages. This is a huge draw for the Gresham Chamber of Commerce. Sponsor, Jon Weston introduced a really bitchin’ old ‘54 Fire Engine that would have come in handy years ago (see above).

The show is heavily supported by a number or recurring sponsors. Not only are all the streets and lots throughout the core downtown area filled with Detroit iron but the Farmers Market fills up adjacent streets. All together it adds up to throngs of people jamming the streets and sidewalks throughout the day.

Speaking of throngs – we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the Gresham Bed Races. What are those…  uh, watch the vid. Actually, this has been part of the tradition. On Friday evening, the locals line the sidewalks on Main Street to witness those crazy bed contraptions that local businesses and organizations have built. Teams push them down the impromptu dragstrip set up on the closed down street. This year’s competition was mostly dominated by Tae Kwon Do fighters. Show promoter, Vern Ferris was happy to include a  raffle this year for wounded veterans. Two lucky winners went home with some really bitchin’, little miniature electric KIA cars donated by Show sponsor Westin Buick Kia GMC. Then there were the hundred or so trophies given out to the deserving winners.



Ron Ruedi and the Hurricanes rocked out throughout the afternoon on their Main Street stage right up until the Main Street Cruise closed out the event that evening.

It was a great day for a car cruise And this one did not disappoint. The weather was nice and mild and the whole town was filled with hundreds of hot rods all throughout the day. Were you there? Let us know what you think.

All for the Love of Street Rods & Custom Classic Cars

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The year is 1936 in a small community in Southern California where a young couple are welcoming a brand new baby boy into the Marval family. They named this little guy Johnny. Now a few miles away and one year later in Pomona, California a new baby girl is being welcomed into her family and they name her JoAnn. The interesting facts of the times are Johnny and JoAnn met, fell in love and married in 1959 and together they have created some Marvalous Custom Cars and Street Rods of World Class dimension. We at R&R NW Publication are excited to bring you five of Mr. & Mrs. Marval’s sweetheart rides.

JoAnn Marval has had an interesting ride along the way with her talented husband John. Out of high school and away to Santa Ana College where John did his thing in the music department at the same time built a few street rods and custom cars. His love of cars almost outlived the love of music until Mr. Marval met a young couple by the name Sonny & Cher, who just happen to need a back-up bass player. So from about 1962 to the early seventies John found himself working for not only Sonny & Cher but for the likes of Ike & Tina Turner, as well as the Righteous Brothers. Wow, this is some pretty good company Mr. Marval was creating music with. John and JoAnn relocated from Southern Cal. to Southern Oregon in the mid-seventies so one might say that most of these custom car creative wonders were built by Oregonians. John and JoAnn have been active members of the Rogue Valley Street Rods for the past ten years.

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1967 Chev SS/RS Camaro Convertible with a 350 for power and a 350 turbo trans, 12 bolt rear end. BF Goodrich on all four corners with rally ’67 wheels and hubs. This black-on-black beauty is flawless inside and out. A real crowd pleaser wherever she goes.

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1958 Chev Impala hard top with a 348 ci for power and a 3 speed stick transmission. Another Black Beauty with a white top and pretty much everything else is stock, what you see is what you get. A mighty classic ride for a daily driver.

1952 Chev two door hard-top with a GMC inline 6 running a stock trans and rear-end. She has a delicious powder blue body with a white top and a gorgeous tuck and roll white and blue interior put together down in T.J. Mexico.

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1919 Ford Model “T” Center Door. This is a world class build and it took over ten years to complete this unbelievable artistic work of automobile wonder. Every inch of this car was completely refinished. She sports a 302 Ford for power with a C-4 auto trans and fully tricked out and polished Jaguar rear end. Front end suspension is by Kugel. Fabrication and Dakota Digital by Ron Smith. The color on this million dollar creation is “toad green” with graphics by Tommy Carr and pin striping by Tippett. Interior is a creamy white color in rich leather by Jerry’s Upholstery. BF Goodrich tires on all four with polished wheels by Vintques. This is truly one of the world’s most beautiful street rods and custom car creations. She has won over eighty First Place and Best of Show awards all over the West Coast since her debut in 2006 at the Rogue Valley Street Rod Southern Oregon Rod & Custom Show in Central Point Oregon.

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1928 Ford Model A Roadster. A persistent six year build time to complete this one special little ride. A tricked out ’56 Buick Nail Head for power with a 4 speed Saginaw trans and an early Ford Billet Quick Change by Winters Rear-end. The front end is by Kugel and the track nose custom work from John Petty.  Total frame, front and rear fabrication by Ron Smith. A delicious black leather interior and top by Gary Merriman. The color on this award winner is Pearl Tangerine, painted by Bill Tyler and she really comes alive when the show lights hit it. She sports BF Goodrich tires with the 10” Halibrand wheels on the rear and the 10 spoke polished up front add to the excitement on this unbelievable roadster. She has won her share of Best of Show and First Place Awards in the past three years.

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. John Marval about ten years ago down in Grants Pass at a week–long festival and car show and he is a true first class gentleman in the world of street rodders and custom car enthusiasts. I can see how and why Sonny and Cher and the Righteous Bros. back in their day took a liking to our John Marval. From the time he spent in the US Army as a singer and musician and then off to Korea as a radio operator, John will be the first to admit his life finally got going with a real future after he met his one and only JoAnn. Together they have two fantastic sons that have grown to adulthood and they too love and enjoy the automobile artistic wonders that Dad and Mom have created over the years. They both are very proud of their beautiful parents and are always very helpful, now that Mom and Dad are getting into those twilight years in age.

We at R&R NW Publication would like to thank both of you for sharing your wonderful artistic automobile creations with our thousands of readers all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond.  “All for the Love of Street Rods and Custom Classic Cars.”

Oh Yes! One more thing Mr. Marvalous, Happy 79th Birthday back on August 10th and a special Happy 78th to you Mrs. Marvalous, on your upcoming birthday.