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Joe McCollough's Articles
Joe McCollough
Member since May 10 2018

Joe’s dad spent his early years in the 70’s doing the typical hot rod hooligan stuff, and went on to make his career running Norfolk, Nebraska's maintenance shop. He fixed and fabricated on everything from fire trucks to front-end loaders. Joe grew up on his dad’s stories, and when Joe was old enough to start working on cars, his dad’s lifetime of experience as a mechanic and a fabricator proved more than valuable.

Of course, once Joe got through college, his dad finally built something for himself. He brought his years of fabrication and mechanical experience to bear restomodding a 1955 Chevy 3100 pickup truck, which was featured in Classic Trucks magazine. Joe’s first car was an ’86 Buick Regal handed down from his mother. The 307 engine didn’t win many drag races, but it looked the part. Joe lowered it, painted all the trim, and ran Camaro wheels with big and little tires. It looked way faster than it was, but Joe claims that was good for staying out of trouble. He still has it.

His introduction to more advanced projects was a ’69 C10 truck. Joe and his dad shortened, shaved, and filled until everything matched Joe’s vision. He learned how to weld, paint, and persevere in the face of late nights and difficult problems. Over the last 15 years, his C10 went wherever Joe decided to go. It’s been to Bonneville twice and served off and on as a daily driver. Joe’s C10 sits in his garage as a monument to lessons learned and life well lived.

After Joe finished his truck, he set out to build something more ambitious. Joe recovered what was left of a Model A Tudor sedan abandoned in a field and embarked on the slow, glorious, and often humbling process of building a true, period-correct 1950’s-style hot rod. Joe discovered that his ambition overshot his actual skill.

Through the model A project, Joe figured out he wanted to build cars and didn’t have the skills to make it happen. He enrolled in the McPherson College Automotive Restoration program. McPherson College created opportunity and put him to work next to some of the most talented people in the industry. When Wayne Carini and Chasing Classic Cars came to town, Joe was in the episode. He also had his work featured in a sheet metal shaping manual and received the Jay Leno scholarship.

After graduation, Joe’s journey took him to Tulsa, OK, where he worked at Hot Rod Garage. Joe’s time as professional fabricator and builder was like a Master’s degree in building cars. He worked hard and learned a lot, but he and his family missed Nebraska.

Joe’s history at Speedway Motors started with a short stint in our call center before moving to Kansas for school. After working in Tulsa, Joe returned to Speedway Motors as a fabricator in the Engineering/R&D department. Shortly after Joe’s return, the G-Comp Suspension line began to pick up momentum and we started started building all-out Pro-Touring race cars, including a 1965 Chevy II Nova, a 1967 Camaro and a 1970 Camaro.

Joe is now the technical writer on the Speedway Motors marketing team and manages our projects and car builds. Joe’s builds included our Week to Wicked Chevy II Nova Gasser, the ’32 Roadster we drove to the Street Rod Nationals, our 410 Sprint Car project, and our 1972 Chevelle project. He also loves teaching. If he could, he'd teach everybody in the office how to weld.

We might just take him up on the offer.

Joe McCollough's Articles

1/12/2022
Where do you stand on engine swaps? Does your Ford need to have a Ford engine and your Chevy need to have a Chevy? Or, does anything go in the name of speed? We want to hear your opinion...
by Joe McCollough - Posted in News
1/4/2022
This Model A hot rod stopped us in our tracks, and the story of how it came to be is just as good as the finished product!
by Joe McCollough - Posted in News
12/29/2021
After years of dominance with the legendary 4x sedan, "Speedy" Bill Smith and his hotshot driver Lloyd Beckman upgraded to this sleek new offset roadster for the '64 season.
by Joe McCollough - Posted in News
12/28/2021
Every year at the Goodguys Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals in Scottsdale, AZ the best of the best from the year are on display. Here's a quick look at the winners from 2021!
by Joe McCollough - Posted in News
12/16/2021
Here are the hot rods, muscle cars, and race cars that you loved the most from 2021!
by Joe McCollough - Posted in News
12/6/2021
Some things are just meant to be. Jim's '39 Chevy coupe has earned its "4EVER 39" license plate.
by Joe McCollough - Posted in News
12/3/2021
If you're reading this, we're willing to bet that cars are included in your holiday traditions. Here's one of ours...
by Joe McCollough - Posted in News
12/2/2021
Dan's Chevelle started out as a Christmas present in 1993. It's been with him ever since, for better and for worse. Here's the story in Dan's words.
by Joe McCollough - Posted in News
12/1/2021
Check out this list of great Holiday gift ideas from Speedway Motors for that special racer in your life!
by Joe McCollough - Posted in News
12/1/2021
If you're struggling to find the perfect gift for the hot rod or classic car builder in your life, here's a helpful guide with some great gift ideas from Speedway Motors!
by Joe McCollough - Posted in News
11/9/2021
This Corvette comes from humble beginnings, but it's a serious contender on the track.
by Joe McCollough - Posted in News
11/5/2021
Wild engines and creative swaps are all over at SEMA 2021. Here are a few of our favorites.
by Joe McCollough - Posted in News
11/4/2021
The Chip Foose Experience at the '21 SEMA Show highlights the amazing career of one of hot rodding's most recognizable and prolific figures.
by Joe McCollough - Posted in News
11/3/2021
We're thrilled to be back at SEMA! Here are a few of our favorites from the first day of the '21 show.
by Joe McCollough - Posted in News
11/1/2021
Christopher Graviett and his brother have an impressive fleet of old cars, and the story of how they got there is a pretty great.
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