“Having been passed on by former owner, God, This ’55 Chevy has no Mercy for it’s new yet feisty Maori Warrior … The World’s Fastest Tiki!!!”
Chris Tynan, a man who has been on the Drag Racing scene for more than thirty years, is something of a legend is many racers eyes. He described his own first drag racing experience as “The thrill of being on the edge of control “, at the age of 14. His own car, “Rat Attack” (featured here) is just as well known as he is, having owned her as a street car before doing a few modifications and tweaks over the years that eventually caused her to take away a few well held track records (some of which still stand unbeaten today), a few memorable half track burnouts and an infamous full-track burnout at meremere dragstrip.
After thrity odd years or so, Chris decided that it was time to send the old girl onto another loving home. She was gracefully sold off to Mike Reid, a pretty laid back type of guy, who has been racing since 1991. He took the old girl and gave her the same love Chris had given her.
After doing the picture of Nigel’s car and getting such good feedback, Ryan requested again if I would be able to do a picture of the car. He sent me some good reference photos and I got to work. A few weeks later this was the result! Ryan told me Mike loved it, and was really impressed with the way it came out. Also, combing through Ryan’s friends on Facebook, I found Mike Reid’s page, and lo and behold I came across the picture in his photo album. Another great way to put a smile on my face!
The old “Rat Attack” has now had a fresh coat of paint, white with a beautiful metallic black contrast where the Candy red once was. Good on you Mike for getting out there and doing what you love and thank you Chris Tynan for achieving what you have, and continuing to encourage others to get out there and do what they enjoy.
Coming up next:
The prettiest little ’32 Ford Roadster in the bunch..