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Q&A with Clark Wilcox

6/12/2018
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What is your title and how long have you worked at Speedway?

I’m a Street rod Tech/Flathead Tech. I spend my days helping our customers build street rods over the phone, and also help to diagnose and solve their street rod problems. I also work with our merchandisers and buyers to make sure that we have the right parts on the shelf, in our catalogs, and on our website. I have just celebrated my 21st anniversary as a Speedway team member. The growth of Speedway Motors in my 21 years here has been phenomenal!

What is your favorite part of the job?

I really appreciate working for a company that is dedicated to providing top-notch customer service and has committed the dollars necessary to have a huge inventory to supply our customer's needs. It is a great feeling to work at car shows and be on the receiving end of so much praise from our happy customers.

Tell us about what you did before you came to Speedway Motors.

I was the manager of a "traditional" speed shop for 25 years before I got the opportunity to come to Speedway Motors. It was a great move for me, as I was able to cut my work week from 80+ hours a week down to 40-45 hours and I get to have a lot more fun. I've gotten to meet a lot of great people, see a lot of really neat cars, and travel to a lot more interesting places than ever before.

In what year did you buy your first hot rod?

My first running, driving street rod was a ‘37 Chevy that I purchased in 1979. It had a Chevy small block, a Nova sub-frame, Chevy 10 bolt rear, and a power sunroof. It was a nice "driver.” My current hot rod is a BRIGHT red ‘29 "A" high-boy roadster. It is a very traditional rod, with a ‘32 grille, Chevy small block, TH350, wide whitewalls, and old-time "flipper" hubcaps. It is also a "driver.” In fact, I recently drove it thru the Black Hills of South Dakota.

What is your favorite hot rodding memory?

I've got so many, it’s hard to pick one! I'll go with my first trip to the NSRA Street Rod Nationals in Memphis, Tennessee back in (gulp) 1975. Our caravan was a mini motorhome pulling a T-bucket roadster, followed by a Chevy-powered ‘40 Ford coupe. I got to drive the ‘40 coupe some, and I rode shotgun in the T-bucket. We got rained on, ran out of gas, and also got to change an electric fuel pump on the side of the road with traffic flying by. It was great to be part of the genuine street rod experience. I'll never forget it!

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