The Wilde One

Posted: 27th August 2013 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography, The Toads At The Sportsplex
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Personalities come in all shapes and sizes, and sometimes they even come wrapped in some of the most beautiful sheet metal you’ve ever seen.  When Mrs. Toad and I meandered our way into the Beverly Corners Show and Shine 2013 this summer, we came across one such character…  one with a terrific history and a deep back story.  We’re continuing our photoblog series “The Toads At The Sportsplex” with a close look at one of the cars displayed there, a classic Model A hotrod, aptly named “The Wilde One”.

The Wilde One - Duncan, BC, Canada

The Wilde One – Duncan, BC, Canada –

The Wilde One started life as a regular 1930 Model A Ford.  What we see here today is the direct result of years of love and passion poured into the creation of a personal vision brought to life by an owner who first bought the car in 1964 and spend the next 40 odd years making it standout from the crowd.  Bought when the owner was just 19, this was his first car, and from there it’s really easy to imagine the deep and personal relationship that has produced this fine result.

The roof has been chopped by 4 inches to create the dramatic low roofline, and the body has been dropped a whopping eight inches to give it that wide and serious stance.  All the fenders and hood are customized to add to the look, one that is as awesome as it is timeless.

The Wilde One - Duncan, BC, Canada

The Wilde One – Duncan, BC, Canada –

As an avid car enthusiast, I’ve turned a lot of wrenches in my life and admired a lot of cars.  Finding those special customizations that people make to their cars really adds a lot to the overall joy of revering them, and this car did not disappoint with many of these modifications that made it truly unique.  This side exit exhaust is custom routed through the fender, creating a dramatic look at the same time it provides the function of expelling all those hot gases from the fire-breathing 1957 Oldsmobile Rocket engine, sporting 371 cubic inches and a tri-power carb setup to help it breath.

The Wilde One - Duncan, BC, Canada

The Wilde One – Duncan, BC, Canada –

The Wilde One - Duncan, BC, Canada

The Wilde One – Duncan, BC, Canada –

No detail has been left untouched, the custom hand-made leather interior is minimalistic, with the name of the car embroidered right into the seats and side panels to add a dash of class and a special touch.  These little details come together when the car is taken in as a whole, delivering an authentic old-school hotrod aesthetic and a car that stops people in their tracks from across the show yard.

The Wilde One - Duncan, BC, Canada

The Wilde One – Duncan, BC, Canada –

Custom made bumpers sit just above a pair of pretty serious looking exhaust pipes in the back of the car, with the lowered and widened stance really helping to create lines that are as foreboding as they are beautiful.  These old classic rods tend to weigh less than the more modern muscle cars, and this really helps to deliver the performance to the ground.  This all backs-up the suggestion created by its aggressive appearance; a less-than-subtle suggestion, one that says “take no prisoners” in a glance.

One of the very best parts of this car’s story is found in 1968 when it was parked for 37 years as the owners were busy focused on marriage and family.  The Wilde One was never forgotten, and in 2003 it was brought out of storage to begin a new chapter in its life, finding a bevy of new modifications and customizations applied to make it a wee bit more contemporary, yet still hanging onto its rich heritage with aplomb.  And we just have to say we think it’s handled all these characteristics with grace and beauty, and we can’t wait to see what the next 40 years has in store for it.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit today.  As always, we really do love to hear from all our visitors so we encourage you to leave us any comments you may have below.  Until next time!




  1. avatar Edith Levy says:

    Gorgeous Toad. You are truly a master at bringing out the beauty in these cars.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Thank you so, so much Edith, we really appreciate you taking the time to visit and leave us your wonderful comments!

  2. What a beauty. I especially love the shots of the car’s interior. Well done my friend.

  3. Such a beautiful car, I’m so glad that they left it a more subdued color as it really lets the car and fine details stand on their own without having to scream out in a neon color “look at me!” Instead it’s natural beauty grabs you and pulls you in, I would have noticed this car right away and I’m glad it grabbed your attention as well as you always do such a great job photographing these wonderful machines. Thanks for sharing it and its life story with us Toad.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Thank you so, so much Howard, that means the world to me! What wonderful comments here! I am sure all our visitors will appreciate them! Thanks for popping on by and taking the time here today, sir, we sure do appreciate it!

  4. An amazing creation which your images have perfectly portrayed. An all round excellent article, Toad.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Thanks Mark, that’s really nice of you to say my friend! We really appreciate all your support!

  5. avatar LensScaper says:

    What a stunning car. Great write-up Toad, and excellent images to match.

  6. avatar ehpem says:

    Toad, this is a great set of images of an amazing rod. Really nice indeed. It really looks like you had fun with this one. I particularly like the interior shots – they are so rich in colour and feel. Amazing the details these guys put into their cars – not one square mm has been forgotten.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      I totally totally agree with you on that, Ehpem, thanks for popping by and leaving these great comments I am sure everyone will enjoy!