The Ron Pratte Boyd Coddington Collection
With the anticipation of Barrett Jackson 2015 in a couple of weeks, and the Ron Pratte collection going across the block, I wanted to get a couple of my favorite hot rods in Ron Pratte’s Boyd Coddington collection documented into the Boyd Virtual Museum. Crazy Horse is way up there on the favorite scale. I might just have to see how deep I can reach into my pocket the day of the auction. Even though the Boyd collection is a very small part of Ron’s overall collection, there’s a lot of buzz out there. The question that I have been asked a couple of time is, what hot rod would be the hardest for me to give up. After its determined that “all of them” doesn’t count, as an answer, the answer to that question is an easy one. For me, its more emotional rather than a just a personal preference in a favorite hot rod. In fact, I don’t even have to think about it, the answer is Chezoom. Chezoom was built at just around the start of my fathers, and the companies unbelievable ride. I Was 22 when Chezoom was built and brand new to the aftermarket wheel industry at Boyds. Chezoom was built for Joe Hrudka who I simply idolized, (and still do). At that time, Joe owned Cragar Hurst, Mr. Gasket, Daytona accessories, Lakewood traction bars and bell housings; Hayes clutches, Black Magic II louvers, Rodware chrome accessories, and Bandit lug nuts and wheel accessories and Super Shops, he seemed bigger than life to me. It was because of Joe that Chezoom was able to come to life. Just being around Chezoom during and after the build, you knew you were taking part in automotive history. Thom Taylors concept and design elements that make up Chezoom is what sets him apart from any other hot rod designer today. Concept cars gives designers free rein to utilize their creativity and to utilize cutting-edge technologies and engage their forward-looking ideas and intelligent integration. Chezoom is a testimony to the incredible talent of Thom Taylor and his gift of vision. Many other builders and/or designers have tried to out do Chezoom and deliver the same awe struck reaction that Chezoom does, no one has even come close. The 1957 Chevy Boyd Air was Chip Foose’s attempt to take the crown from Chezoom. Don’t get me wrong, Boyd Air is a beautiful hot rod, but its no Chezoom. Chip Foose is a good designer, but the only difference between Chip and Thom is, Thom doesn’t have a team of PR guys working for him.
With that being said, you can bet Ill be paying close attention to who the lucky bidder is that gets to take Chezoom home with them. All the bidders taking the Boyd Cars home with them can consider themselves lucky. After all, they will own a piece of history and become a new member of the Coddington family.
See you on the road,
Boyd Coddington Jr.