Tommy Lee Byrd has been a friend of BangShift.com for years. His calm, pleasant demeanor belies the gearhead that he is. The dude will get close to the action as a photographer (he was standing right next to me when Boyd Howe’s ’55 Chevy went rogue at the Tri-Five Nats and was even closer to the action than I was) and his C2 Corvette is one of the most sublime street movers I’ve ever seen, certainly one of my top five Corvette choices, period. It’s not exactly coincidental that I’ve seen him around when I’ve gone down to Chattanooga for the Coker Tire get-togethers, either. He’s one of the good ones, and he’s got a bit of a hobby: he’ll collect anything that is old and storied. He’s got quite a bit of really neat items floating around his collection that you can check out via his own YouTube channel, Hot Rod Hoarder.
Old drag machines? Uncle Tony can smell ’em from a mile away. It was only a matter of time before he migrated to the shop as if he had the urge to visit Mecca. From the neat Kellison funny car to the Lyndwood dragster that is buried in the back, he’s going to be walking around checking out the neat bits that leave you wanting to know the history, the stories, the backgrounds of what’s laying around in a shop of dreams that any gearhead worth their salt would love to spend hours in. Check this out!