When we last reported on this olive drab '32 Ford roadster, the restoration project was coming along but still far from completion (Classic Recollections, Jan. 16).
The V-8 powered bullet, christened 'Metal of Honor', was built with donated parts by a regiment of Barrington-area volunteers. Their mission is to raise money for the IronMen Foundation, a charity created to offer educational scholarships for children of slain or disabled military personal.
The car has since been finished and was presented for the first time to the public at the Village Church of Barrington on Saturday, Jan. 22.
The evening included a dinner for all who were involved and an unveiling by local retired military personal. Wearing a new layer of digital camouflage, this patriotic tribute also features custom pin striping, unique 'Metal of Honor' badging, ammo box storage, and seat belts from a vintage World War II airplane.
Following the grand commissioning, it was promptly sent on its yearlong, 4,500-mile tour of duty to national car shows and events. Eventually the roadster will be sold early next year at the 2012 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Ariz.
For more information, see www.ironmenfoundation.org.