Danville Duke and longtime Goodguys Rod & Custom Association member Dave Allen was presented with the Brizio Family “Driven Street Rod” award at the recent Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona.
It was a fitting end to Allen’s tenure as owner & driver of the legendary Boyce Asquith deuce roadster, a car he acquired and drove the wheels off over the last decade or so before nearly losing his life behind the wheel.
In Pomona, fans got a look at the freshly restored roadster, a multiyear project by headed by the car’s new owner – Fresno hot rodder, collector and Joker’s Car Club member John Lawson. The hot hi-boy appeared brand new, just as it looked when it made its 1980s debut, revealing just how much time and effort Lawson and his team spent getting the car as perfect as possible. Mission accomplished!
Allen and Lawson had met over the years at Goodguys events but were not close. Lawson was sitting home a few years back on a Saturday afternoon when his cell phone rang. It was a frantic mutual friend calling to say that Allen had just crashed the roadster on I-5 west of Fresno and needed immediate medical attention. Lawson called his associates at the Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno (a center which specializes in Level 1 trauma) to set up Allen’s lifeline and had a helicopter there within 15 minutes. Just an hour after the accident thanks to Lawson, Allen was being stabilized and prepped for surgery.
Allen went on to make a full recovery as did the screaming yellow blown deuce roadster which will be enjoyed for years to come thanks to John Lawson. Somewhere out there, the late Boyce Asquith is giving the thumbs-up!