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1935 Miller 2-Man Seal Fast Special
By Dean Kirkland Tom Malloy, a seasoned collector with a discerning eye for automotive treasures, has always been transparent about his approach to acquiring vintage cars. "Auctions aren't really my scene," he often shared with fellow enthusiasts. "There's something about the directness of negotiating one-on-one with a seller that appeals to me. Plus, why should I pay an auction premium on top of the car's price?" While he generally avoids the auction circuit, there are exceptions to every rule. The 1935 Miller-Ford 2-Man Indy Seal Fast Special was one such exception. This exquisite racer, being the fifth in an exclusive series of just ten, represented a rare find in the automotive world. When it was announced that this car would be part of the 2003 auction, following the unfortunate demise of Joe MacPherson and the decision to liquidate his auto dealership's prized collection, Tom felt an irresistible pull. "Such opportunities are few and far between. This car isn't just a vehicle; it's a piece of art, a testament to the golden era of racing," Tom passionately expressed.
Echoes of Speed: The Legendary Miller Racer
By Dean Kirkland Racing history is replete with iconic figures and legendary names, each leaving their unique imprint on the tracks of time. Among these luminaries, the name 'Miller' shines exceptionally bright, casting a long shadow of influence and admiration. When Tom Malloy, a connoisseur of racing's golden era, was questioned about his rationale behind acquiring the 1934 Miller 'BURD Piston-Ring Spa.', his response was both profound and simple: "Because it's a Miller." For those deeply entrenched in the world of motorsports, the name 'Miller' evokes a sense of awe and respect, akin to the reverence 'Edison' commands among scientists or the admiration 'Beethoven' garners among classical music enthusiasts.
The Tale of the Rosie Roussel Track Roadster
In the vast universe of automobiles, there exists a clear distinction. Some cars are built for function, designed to transport us from one point to another. Others, however, are crafted with a deeper intent, embodying tales of passion, ambition, and legacy. For aficionados like Tom Malloy, the 1932 Rosie Roussel Track Roadster wasn't merely a piece of machinery; it was a bridge to the past, a tangible link to the golden days of racing. "I can still feel the excitement in the air, the roar of the engines, the cheering crowds, every time I saw the Rosie Riley Roadster race down the tracks of my dad's Carrell Speedway in Gardena," Tom fondly recalled. Rosie Roussel was more than just a name; he was an icon, a legend who dominated the racing circuits with unparalleled skill and charisma.
1932 Ford-Westergard Highboy 'Survivor'
In the annals of automotive history, few cars have garnered as much attention and admiration as the 1932 Ford-Westergard Highboy 'Survivor'. On a sunny day at the Santa Barbara Concours d' Elegance, Tom Malloy proudly showcased this iconic vehicle. Its name, 'Survivor', was not just a moniker but a testament to its enduring legacy. Despite its weathered appearance, the car stood as a testament to the genius of Harry Westergard, a legend in the realm of custom car development.
By Dean Kirkland In the world of automobiles, there are certain cars that just exude a raw, untamed energy. Enter the Ford 'Mooneyes Special' Hi-Boy Coupe. This beast is not your average car; it's a fierce contender, always ready to take on any challenge. It's a far cry from the more reserved Model T and Model A. Tom Malloy, talking about his '32 Mooneyes Special, remarked, "Driving it was an adventure I'll never forget. It's not something I'd do every day, but it's definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience."
Riverside International Speedway
The Riverside International Speedway was synonymous with the thrilling cacophony of roaring engines, the unmistakable screech of tires gripping the asphalt, and the heart-pounding sensation of speed that left spectators and racers alike breathless. For many years, these electrifying sounds painted an auditory masterpiece that resonated throughout the Riverside International Speedway. Located in California's vibrant core, this racetrack was not merely a playground for those with a need for speed. It stood as an iconic landmark, a living tribute to a time when American road racing was in its glorious prime, drawing enthusiasts from all corners of the nation.
'Black Ghost' 1970 Dodge Challenger
The Mystique of the 'Black Ghost' Challenger In the world of automotive legends, certain tales surpass the rest, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of enthusiasts. One such tale revolves around the 'Black Ghost' 1970 Dodge Challenger. In the sprawling landscape of American muscle cars, where stories of raw power and thrilling races are a dime a dozen, the legend of the 'Black Ghost' reigns supreme. It's not just a chunk of metal on four wheels; it embodies a story, a legacy, and a testament to the pinnacle of American engineering prowess.
A Tale of Two Mercedes Gullwings
Whenever people discover my deep-rooted passion for cars, they invariably pose the question, "So, which car holds the top spot in your heart?" It's a query that, on the surface, seems straightforward, but delving deeper, it's layered with nuances. The 1955 Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing is a name that frequently dances on the tip of my tongue, evoking memories of elegance and innovation. Yet, in the vast world of automotive marvels, how does one single out just one masterpiece as the ultimate favorite? Each car, with its unique history and design, tells a story, and choosing one feels akin to selecting a favorite chapter from an epic novel.
The 1913 Locomobile
In the vast world of vintage car collections, Tom Malloy's name resonates with reverence. His collection, a testament to his discerning eye and deep appreciation for automotive history, boasts several gems. Among them, the 1913 Locomobile holds a special place, not just for its historical significance but for the personal journey Tom undertook to make it his own.