Text and Photos By: Wayne Ellwood
One of the many attractions at the SEMA and AAPEX expositions are the live (real time) demonstrations. The metalworking activity at Baileigh Industrial Tools really caught my eye. Using what appeared to be a body buck for a Shelby Daytona coupe, several workers from Yocum’s Rod Shop were busy at work hand-building the skin for the body. Wow. This was impressive. I know that there are many other businesses doing industrial tools, but this display was definitely addressed to the automotive group.
Sitting alongside the Baileigh workshop, a bare chassis for a Pro-Touring 1964 Olds Pro-Touring car, and is called Project Jetstar One. The project is being underwritten by John Beck of Progressive Building Services and is being built in conjunction with Jimmy Shine’s hot rod shop. The car is destined to raise money for the “Folds of Honor” charity group, which supports the families of service men and women who did not return, was on display. At this point, only the chassis was completed, but it was certainly another outstanding piece of metalwork too. You could clearly see the strength being built into the car. The modified air-ride suspension, exhaust passing through the frame rails and other features told me that this car (whether auctioned, raffled or just sold directly) is going to be a future winner.
Here is a list of displays that featured Corvettes (and a couple of extra ones):
Just click on the link to read about the special displays and see the photos.
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