Who is Tony Allers? Why does he have this once lost and who some believe nonexistent Smokey Yunick Fiero?
Tony has a rich history which all comes into play with his quest for the rare Smokey Fiero.
-is a retired Detective with the Anchorage, Alaska Police Force;
-once had a business building luxury buses for music stars in Nashville;
-has been a drag racer;
-is a Building Inspector for the City of Hendersonville, Tennessee; and,
-has built, in his garage, a two year Champion Show Car on the ISCA circut.
As you can tell he is a serious car guy.
I am sure his skills as a Detective have come in handy in finding, researching and restoring the Smokey Yunick Fiero. I am also sure that his car building skills are far above the normal build it yourself gearhead.
You know your are at a car guys house! Tony and his wife have a sense of humor.
Tony is married to one of those special women who are involved with their gearhead husbands. Tony installed this special window so she could watch him work in the garage from her kitchen!
How about a door from the parts room at the Best Damn Garage in Town!
Here are some original Smokey Yunick custom ground cams with his hand written notes attached. This is real automotive history.
For all you young bucks out there that think digital gauges have been around for ever, here is an original test wheel that mounts on the back of a car to record data. Pick up any old magazine from decades gone by and you will see one of these attached to the back of a test car.
Shelves and stock direct from the original Best Damn Garage in Town.
Tony has equiped himself with a shop that is very functional while also being surrounded with treasures from Smokey’s Best Damn Garage In Town. Walking into Tony’s garage is a lot like visiting a diarama in a museum. The garage functions and is very clean but is also a historical vault of all things Smokey from spark plugs to complete motors and posters.
In his driveway sits a big block Avalanche that looks like a Chevy prototype. It has SS Avalanche decals and a special hood. Painted in black and very clean it could pass for a stock GM truck that was never built. Tony built it because Chevy didn’t he thought they should. I also own an Avalanche and love it but I would trade it in a second for an SS like Tony’s.
He isn’t quite done with it though. Next up he wants to build a big block Hot Vapor Engine for it and tow his new show car! When he gets it done it should put to rest the last of the skeptics on these engines.
What about those show cars? I can show you pictures and tell you about the first one but you have to wait for the details on the new one. However, I will be doing a complete record of its progress from now until completion and hope to cover it when it shows up at the Autorama in Detroit next March. Here is a teaser for you.