started at a car show at the Toronto International
Centre called Motion '76. It was my first experience
with the street rod fraternity.
I was just sixteen and didn’t have my license
yet but we took my ‘54 Dodge pickup to the
show. I made many friends that weekend that I still
keep in touch with. Later that year (and finally
with a valid driver’s license), I attended
rod runs every weekend until the snow flew.
I actually had a series of Dodge pickups: a ‘54,
‘55 and then, a ‘56. All were blue in
one shade or another. Paul Horton did a bunch of
chassis work on the ’56 the first month he
was in business in 1978.
My next project was a ‘37 Dodge sedan delivery
that sported a Lebaron clip and a 360 Mopar. I showed
it at “Motion” and many other shows
after that. My daughter made many runs in a baby
seat built into the back.
During my early street rodding days, I worked with
my Dad at Preston Auto Supply in Cambridge.
I think I would probably be considered a bit of
a car guy right from the start. I was an active
member of the Waterloo County Street Rods and a
Life Member of CSRA.
Like many of us, I couldn’t be without a car
in the works so I started a ‘33 Plymouth 4-Door
which didn’t get completed before being sold
to Nate Salter (I purchased my first Dodge pick
up from Nate). After that, the delivery was sold
and a NAPA Auto Parts store was purchased in Milton
in 1995 in partnership with Duncan Ackerman. We
built a ‘32 3-Window Ford in the showroom
of that store around 1998.
Next for us would be the ‘31 Plymouth Coupe
that Raquel and I still own. We pried it from friends
Brian & Ina Eby in 2003. We updated it with
a Chrysler crate motor and a bunch of stuff that
we purchased from Horton Street Rod Products. Little
did we know that shortly thereafter we would sell
the NAPA store and buy the company that Dorothy
and Paul Horton established in '78. Things have
gone full circle from being one of their first customers
to owning the company in 2005.
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new, old and soon to be friends to call and visit
us in our new Milton location. We believe in quality
products, excellent technical advice and friendly
service. And, some things never change. That is,
"we’re street rodders and want to help
you enjoy your project".