I took advantage of Liv being out of town this weekend to do something that's been on my list for years: I drove up to the Gold Country to visit Marty Stein and check out his Crosley-powered 1952 Siata 300BC.
It seems like it's been forever since Marty's had the Siata out to the meet so I've been itching to take a close gander at the car since I've started to learn a bit more about Hmods. Marty's car is a far cry from the homebuilt specials like the car in my garage (for one thing, the Siata has a slick aluminum body), but it was cars like the Siata that inspired the special builders. And the Siatas were probably very inspiring: they weren't called 'baby Ferraris' for nothing.
Marty's early racing career left a lot to be desired, and he credits the late Bob Graham with helping him get the car in competition trim. Graham built a hot motor and advised on other tweaks, and before long Marty was running strong in the 'Over the Hill Gang' of Hmods.
(Thanks to Cliff Reuter's Etceterini for the Watkins Glen pics!)