Tom Medley, creator of the “Stroker McGurk” cartoon character that appeared in Hot Rod magazine starting in the ‘40’s until he took over as editor of Rod & Custom Magazine in the 70s and one of the founding fathers of the “Rod Run” is getting his coveted ’40 Ford coupe back.
Last October, Medley suffered a hot rodder’s most feared nightmare – a fire that destroyed nearly all the contents of his garage – tools, welders, sewing machines, car parts, memorabilia, etc.
Medley escaped injury but his beloved 1940 Ford Deluxe coupe wasn’t so lucky. It was heavily damaged, a near total loss. In response, Medley’s friends and family, along with some very talented and loving craftsmen joined together to rebuild the car and get the 92-year-old hot rod legend behind the wheel again. Tom’s “new” ’40 coupe will be officially delivered to him during a Saturday evening ceremony August 25th at the Goodguys West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton, Calif.
Car-builder Randy Clark and his talented staff at Hot Rods & Custom Stuff in Escondido, California handled Stroker’s ’40 rebuild and Clark with Medley riding shotgun will drive the car up to Pleasanton from Southern California to present it to him in the official ceremony.
Clark and his team performed yeoman’s work during the 10-month project basically building it back up from scratch. An army of volunteer’s donated everything from cash to parts and moral support not to mention countless man hours. The impressive list of donors shows that the hot rodding industry can truly come together with a common goal to get one of our founding fathers, and a really kind hearted one at that, back behind the wheel where he belongs. To read the outstanding reconstruction blog and see the entire list of project contributor’s and donors as well as a chance to donate to the rebuild, click here.
“It was truly an honor and a privilege to bring Tom’s car back to life for him,” Clark said. The guys at Hot Rods & Custom Stuff who helped resurrect this coupe appreciate Tom’s passion for the street rodding hobby and were excited to be a part of this effort. We wish Tom many more happy miles in his coupe.”
Goodguys Founder and Chairman Gary Meadors, a long time friend and fan of Medley’s is delighted to see his old buddy get his beloved ’40 back and to have him receive it at the West Coast Nationals. “Tom is one of the true pioneers in our industry,” Meadors said. “If it wasn’t for Tom’s passion and vision for street rods, our industry would look a lot different than it does today. The Stroker McGurk award has been one of the best kept traditions of the Goodguys West Coast Nationals and we’re so proud to have everyone who worked so hard on rebuilding his ’40 come to Pleasanton to present it to him. It’s going to be special. It’s also fitting the car will be driven to Pleasanton! Hats off to Randy Clark and everyone who came together for our hero Tom Medley.”
If you are not familiar with Medley’s involvement in the sport of hot rodding, click here.