By: guest blogger Jerry Dixey
Nearly all of the content for our blog coverage of the Street Rodder Road Tour presented by AMSOIL comes from the “pen” of Road Tour Director Jerry Dixey. I felt that today I’d simply use his report from last week’s visit to the Mark Moriarty Collection so you can capture the enthusiasm he has for rodding. Jerry, thanks for the photos you’ve sent us all these years and for taking time to share your impressions along the way.
We see many private car collections while we are traveling all summer on the ARP/Street Rodder Road Tour. It is safe to say that over the 21 years of the Road Tour program we have seen most of the biggest and the best groups of special-interest vehicles all over the country. Every once in awhile we are fortunate to visit a collection that is just so unique that it warrants a closer look. Mark Moriarity’s collection is a perfect example.
Moriarity says he was bitten by the car bug at an early age – and he really means early. At the age of 12 he bought a 1955 Chevy with the money he earned from his paper route. In 1982 he attended a KKOA event and he flipped for the early style customs that he saw on display. His fascination and appreciation of early show cars and customs lead him to own over the years historic Ed Roth creations such as the Road Agent, the Globe Hopper and even to recreate the iconic Outlaw. In 1997 he began work on his own creation, which he named the Futurian. Some of his other treasures included the Eclipse by Ray Farner and a number of creations from the fertile mind of Von Dutch. One of his prized possessions is the Dream Rod, which was built by Bill Cushenbery for show promoter Bob Larivee Sr. The Futurian and the Dream Rod are on display in Mark’s living room.
Our Road Tour visit to Mark’s home and garage was a high point of the MSRA Back to the ’50s Super Tour for most of us. Mark greeted us and spent time talking about the history of each of the vehicles on display and how they made their way to his collection. Besides the cars, we were able to see Mark’s amazing collection of automobilia that he has acquired over the years. Mark does most of the work on his vehicles and actually makes a living as a tool and die maker. We all came away from our visit with a real appreciation for folks who have stepped up to save and share their treasures for everyone with a love for these early custom and show cars. Thanks for a great morning, Mark!
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Thanks for your contributions to the street rod scene, Jerry. And for your support of all things AMSOIL.
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