was supposed to be a quick slam bam deal.
Pick up Brandon's new project and mosey on home.
The builder had taken it to the Father's Day roadster show,
didn't have any bites,
and made one attempt at posting it online.
Somehow Brandon remembered the car,
and found the contact info almost a year later.
with a quality parts list
although the proportions were a little exaggerated.
Compared to some other junk he had found,
this looked like a score.
The day was warm and the guy a bit grumpy,
but what happened as time progressed
was the stuff that beers are made for,
to try to remember if it really happened.
Our amazement and interest cracked his hard shell,
or was it cold hard cash!
A simple no frills metal fabricating work area,
decorated haphazardly with old race car parts.
winning the winternationals in 1978,
then crashing in 1980!
funny cars and creating Aldan Shocks.
This was Frank Aldana.
Very surreal to hear stories of burning alcohol,
business swindlers, and race hijinks.
We were there almost three hours!
scared all the competition,
and retired unraced,
while he went to race with the Pfluger team instead.
So now what does a guy like that do?
he spends every Saturday building a hot rod.
Brandon's new project was his test bed for his keeper project.
Lots of cool little details.
Thanks Frank for the tour!
I couldn't resist grabbing these speakers on the way home.