Gary Thompson

Lakewood, CO USA
Plumbing/Piping system designer
Dream Car:
BMW M3 2004

Car Club:

Maximum Performance (John Tripp)


Lifelong car guy since my first plastic model kit decades ago. Diehard Chevy guy. Licensed bicycling coach and avid rider. Also enjoy building award winning model railroad structures. Married, no children, just my mistress which lives in a dedicated detached garage all her own.
I have owned my '73 Z28 for over 31 years. The car was disassembled then meticulously rebuilt as a modified restoration in the mid eighties. Finished and first driven again on Christmas day 1985. Paint and body and motor machine work were the only facets of the work not performed by me. My fingerprints are present on EVERY SINGLE individual piece used to build this car. It was built as a road carving warrior using Herb Adams suspension components. I rebuilt the factory motor, my first small block, for low end grunt and reliability. It still contains the factory block, heads, crankshaft and pink rods. The rotating assembly was balanced and between the machine shop and myself it was blueprinted to a set of GM specs for road race application. Very tedious work for a first-timer! Still runs strong to 6400rpm today. Over the years I have installed a 700-R4, electric cooling fans on the be-cool radiator, electric fuel pump, custom hand made one-of-a-kind instrument gauge cluster using a full array of Autometer Sport Comp II gauges. It was made to mimic the factory gauge cluster with modifications for the additional gauges. Although the factory wheels are heavy I have not found a chrome or billet wheel that I think look as good as the factory units. The car has a steel cowl induction hood with a true dowl induction air cleaner designed by me and built by Heidt's Hot Rod Shop. It also has custom door speaker enclosures made out of fiberglass. My first and only work with fiberglass. The added door speakers add a new dimension of sound in the vehicle. Corbeau seats keep me in place during spirited driving. When I installed the 700-R4 I removed the motor as well. While the engine bay was empty the entire subframe, suspension components, inner fender wells and many ancillary components were prepared and finished with POR-15. Then those components were finished in the proper factory black colors (several). As I stated, all work is done my me (except alignment) with hand tools, I have never owned or used pneumatic tools. Even the steel cowl hood was installed without a second pair of hands. This is a truly built-by-owner ride. I have 31 years of purchase receipts and every document relative to my ownership including letters from the original owner and the other 3 previous owners.
I have the original window sticker as well. In my 31 years of ownership the car has been registered in Texas, Arizona, Nevada and Colorado. Through it all I have always been able to get the license plate of my choice; ROADZ.

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