#37 SHARON & RICHARD PARRY , BRIDGEWATER, NY
#37 Of Sharon & Richard Parry, Bridgewater, NY
1960 FORD FALCON ON A 1954 CHEVY FRAME.  EARLY FORD STRAIGHT
AXLE WITH SPLIT SPRINGS & TWO WEDGE BOLTS.  THIS CAR HAS AN EARLY
HYLAND QUICK CHANGE REAR END. WHEN PURCHASED IN 2004 THE CAR
STILL HAD THE ORIGINAL SEAT & LAP BELTS AS WELL AS THE MERCURY
OUTBOARD AND GAS TANK.  IT HAS A REPLACED 283 CUBIC INCH MOTOR
WITH POWER PACK HEADS BACK IN IT. THE RESTORATION WORK WAS
COMPLETED IN THE EARLY WINTER OF 2005 BY JOHNS AUTO
RESTORATION, ROME, NY.  IT WAS HAND LETTERED BY TERRY SIGNS,
HAMILTON, NY.  SPECIAL THANKS TO MY HUSBAND RICHARD FOREVER
SEEING THE PROJECT AND COUNTLESS OTHERS FOR BURNING THE
MIDNIGHT OIL.
As Bought
THE CAR WAS ORIGINALLY BUILT BY JACK JOHNSON, HARRY PEEK &
TONY VALIANO IN HARRYS MOTHERS GARAGE IN THE WINTER OF
1967.  JACK WAS THE DRIVER IN '68 & A LITTLE OF '69.  1970 SAW THE
"SHOE" BEHIND THE WHEEL AS HE NEEDED A RIDE GRABBING A
COUPLE WINS IN IT.  JACKS LONG TIME FRIEND & MECHANIC JO JO
DESARBO RECALLED THE CAR WELL AND REMARKED ABOUT BLOWING
A MOTOR JUST LOADING IT ONE SATURDAY AFTERNOON.  JACK
LAUGHED AND TOLD OF TONY COMPLAINING ABOUT A SEAT BRACKET
JACK  BUILT FOR A FIBERGLASS SEAT THAT WEIGHED 50 POUNDS.  
WITH THAT JACK REPLIED, "TONY, YOU BUILT US A CAR THAT WEIGHS
TWO TON - WHAT'S 50 POUNDS MORE?"  WITH THAT, TONY SPUN
AROUND AND LEFT THE GARAGE.
John Grady Photo
DRIVERS: JACK JOHNSON & KENNY THE "SHOE" SHOEMAKER
MY HUSBAND STARTED IN ABOUT 1959 WATCHING RACES.  HE
LETTERED HIS FIRST CAR IN 1962 FOR RUDY SCHLAPHFER & AGAIN IN
'64 FOR JERRY WISNOSKI, THE LAST TIME THE OLD LAYING DOWN #8
RACED & THAT WAS AT THE NYS FAIR GROUNDS.  LETTERED A FEW
MORE IN THE LATE 60'S AND 70'S FOR THE WISNSOSKI CREW, THE #441,
#21 & THE # 22, AS WELL AS THE #20 FOR BROTHER BOB.
AFTER WE MARRIED IN THE EARLY 70'S WE TOOK UP WITH JERRY
CHRISTIAN WITH A LATE-MODEL AT FONDA THIS WOULD ONLY BE A
COUPLE YEAR STINT AS NOW THE FAMILY WAS COMING ON FAST.  
AFTER A LONG ABSENCE WE TRIED RACING GO-KARTS FOR A FEW
YEARS ALONG WITH HELPING OUT LONG TIME FAMILY  FRIENDS, THE
EFFNERS, WITH THEIR PURE-STOCK & PRO-STOCK CARS.  WITH ALL
THAT BEHIND US NOW WE JUST ENJOY THE MOTOR HOME & SHOWING
THE RESTORED RACE CAR WITH THE MIDSTATE ANTIQUE STOCK CAR
CLUB.
ALONG WITH LONG TIME FAMILY FRIEND DAVE CONDE WE ARE THE
FOUNDERS OF THE CENTRAL NEW YORK STOCK CAR HALL OF FAME
AND REUNION WHICH WE SUCCESSFULLY RAN FOR 10 YEARS.  WHAT A
RIDE THAT WAS, AS WE MET A LOT OF INTERESTING PEOPLE &
RENEWED WITH MANY OLD FRIENDS ALONG THE WAY. ALSO WE
CREATED THE WEBSITE
"COUPES & COACHES" AS WE'VE TRIED TO
SHOW THE WAY IT USED TO BE.
WE SPENT MANY SUNDAYS AT MORRIS SPEEDWAY AS WELL AS
SATURDAY NIGHTS AT FONDA RACEWAY. RATHER IT WAS GETTING A
CHECKERED AT THE TRACKS OR TRYING TO OUT SMART THE
COMPETITION IT WAS A BLAST! AS WITH EVERY ONE ELSE, WE HAVE
OUR MEMORIES, HARDSHIPS & LAUGHS TO SHARE.  WE ARE
THANKFUL WE DID IN THAT TIME ERA, AS TODAY THEY DON'T HAVE
THE GOOD TIMES WE HAD.  TODAY IT'S A DIFFERENT STORY THAT
GOES SOMETHING LIKE THIS -
                  MONEY BUYS SPEED - HOW FAST DO YOU WANT TO GO?

                                                                                                                                                                                                 
 
SHARON & RICHARD PARRY
SHARON PARRY WITH THE #37