Soon after setting the record Patrick found himself serving his country in the military. During that time the the record setting car was left in the hands of his racing partner and was eventually sold.
Twenty eight years later Patrick was browsing the classified adds and noticed a 57 wagon was for sale. Upon viewing the car Patrick conferred the impossible… The car in the add was actually “Pappy’s Toy” and Patrick had to have it.
“I had not been looking for the car and just saw the advertisement by accident. The car was rough but, restorable” he said. It took eight years and countless hours to restore the car that now looks like showroom new.
Speaking of the smooth as glass paint job, Patrick said “I credit my friend Richard Stefanko for his assistance, he is one of the best painters I know.”
“We always called my dad "pappy" and my dad was racing the car before I did". Thus the car was nicknamed pappy’s toy during its racing days” Patrick told me.
As he raised the hood of the car I saw the words “Thanks Murph” painted on the underside of the hood. Patrick said this was done as a tribute to his father Murphy.
Speaking of his racing days Patrick said he said other drivers protested his car more than once. “I had to face tech inspection when the protest were filed. Each time officials found my car was legal under the rules.”
What made Patrick’s car a winner? “ It was nothing more than attention to details and research. We would look at everything and make sure it was perfect. If something broke we made it better. We left nothing to chance and it paid off” Patrick said with a gleam in his eye.
Patrick told me that he always played by the rules and was proud of that fact.
|The "Road Runner" a 56 wagon that Patrick also raced.|