GT/51 FORD – 1951 Ford
“In Memory” Bruce Leven
Builder: Craig Wick
BIO ON BUILDER
Craig Wick started his first body and paint business in 1987. From there he went to work for Hot Rod Enterprises turning out many award winning cars. After leaving Hot Rod Enterprises he went to work as an Engineer. Another seven years later, Craig decided it was time to get back into the automotive business. With decades of experience under his belt he started Wicked Fabrication in 2002. He has since worked to assemble a team of craftsmen that build the highest quality cars. Craig is dedicated to ensuring that his customers receive a well-built car that not only performs and looks good but is also safe and reliable. He works alongside the customers throughout the build to make certain that they are involved and understand the process. As the hot rod industry undergoes constant change, Craig is continually striving to build timeless cars that his customers can be proud of.
BIO ON OWNER
As many know Bruce Leven passed in September 2017. His IMSA GT and SCCA Trans-Am racing days brought many race inspired ideas for builds, while his successful business ventures allowed him to bring his ideas to life. Bruce had quite a collection, from Porsches to motorcycles and Hot Rods to BMWs, he liked what he liked. We were very fortunate to work with Bruce over the years making his wild ideas a reality. He loved the build process and stopped by regularly to check on progress and run new ideas by us. Bruce really allowed us to display our design and fabrication abilities with the 51 Ford and we could never thank him enough for the opportunity and accolades it has brought to Wicked Fabrication. Even nearing the end of his life he was constantly in touch and was talking about future builds, his passion for automotive design and racing was something that inspired all of us.
BIO ON SHOP
Wicked Fabrication is located in Auburn, Washington and opened up shop in 2002. It only took 6 short years to outgrow the initial shop and move to the current location. With 10 full time employees specializing in everything from fabrication and chassis work to wiring, plumbing and assembly we are able to keep every build moving forward no matter what stage it is in. Quality work and attention to detail is our goal. Working locally with award winning paint and upholstery shops we are able to manage the build from start to finish. We work closely with our customers to make their visions a reality. We have a well-established customer base with many returning for additional builds, however new customers are always welcome. Visit our website at wickedfab.com to get in touch with us and to keep up with what we have going on in the shop check us out on facebook and Instagram.
BIO ON CAR
This particular build is a vintage racecar inspired 51 Ford Coupe. Using styling concepts from the racecars of the 1950s and 60s, a shoebox ford emerged built in a way never seen before. The team at Wicked Fabrication brought the car to life with extensive body modifications including a wedge section, handmade aluminum hood and pancaked roof to name a few. Byers Custom, also located in Auburn, Washington, performed the body and paint and finished the car off with a subtle gray exterior accented by a blue gray throughout the rest of the car. The aircraft inspired interior features lots of exposed metal tied together with distressed leather by Stitches Custom Upholstery in Poulsbo, Washington. Under the hood rests a Hilborn injected Lincoln 368 connected to a T5 transmission. Art Morrison front suspension and custom rails were utilized making their way back to the quick change IRS center with custom built control arms and Koni coilovers. Coming to rest on a set of true magnesium knock off wheels, the 51 Ford looks like a car that could have been found on the track during the pinnacle of automotive racing.