Andy Yee, the owner of the 2017 Lions President Choice is a member of the Death Traps Idaho. This is his story about his car.
The story of my 49 Chrysler is one of the brotherhood of car enthusiasts. I originally acquired it when long time car nut and kustom motivator Rich Ellis passed away. His widow gifted the Chrysler to me. It sat for several years as potential projects do, until Tony Farnetti Sr. was looking for something new to chop. I sold it to Tony knowing it would turn into something wild. Tony’s influence on me is immeasurable, he graciously warped and twisted my mind into the Kustom loving animal that I am. He showed me what was possible and taught me to “drive em baby drive”. The Chrysler to him was just another car to release some pent up creative juices upon. Tony sold the car when he was done with it and it became one of my… geez I can’t believe I let her get away cars. Tony, unfortunately, passed a few months after the car was sold, I was heartbroken. Soon afterward through a mutual friend, I found out who owned the Chrysler and that it was for sale! Amazingly, I knew who it was! A deal was struck, and she was back in my possession. After three months of intense after hour work Richard, Pop and I got her ready for paint. She made her debut at Tony’s memorial service. This car means the world to me, I am honored to share the memories that I have of her.
| Gerry & the Dreambenders
The sound first came to us in the winter of 1963-1964. It traveled from England west to the Americas. Loud, vibrant, youthful, enthusiastic and fresh. It kicked aside the formulaic music of the legion of Frankies, Bobbys and Tommys that stateside hit factories had been shoving down the throats of the country’s teen market for years.
It came to us courtesy of long-haired English boys wearing suits and packing irreverant chips on their shoulders. It came to us wrapped in exotic names like Beatles, Rolling Stones, Hollies, Kinks, Them and Searchers, eventually joined by American versions calling themselves Byrds, Turtles, Lovin’ Spoonful and (a decade later) Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.
It was the sound that put guitars and drums in the hands and bedrooms of millions of this nation’s teenage boys, and it was the sound that reverberated through the gymnasiums, armories, ballrooms, bomb shelters and grange halls on Friday and Saturday nights across the United States nonstop for the next 4 or 5 years.
It was the sound of the world changing…it was the sound of the British Invasion.
Gerry & the Dreambenders are the northwest’s only genuine British invasion-era rock & roll tribute show. Gerry & the Dreambenders dedicate themselves to recreating the music, the look, the excitement and the unbridled joy that was an integral part of any mid-1960’s rock & roll revue.
The individual members of the band hail from all points of the compass, and have played shows with such world-reknowned music heavyweights as Paul Revere & the Raiders, Steppenwolf, Merrilee & the Turnabouts, the Boxtops, the Shirelles, the Kingsmen, Uriah Heep, the Coasters, the Association, Johnny Rivers and many others.
Having said all that, let’s meet Gerry & the Dreambenders, shall we?
Mike Wallace…vocals, rhythm & 12-string guitar, harmonica
Ken McAtee…lead guitar, vocals
Jack Hourcade…bass, vocals
Kolleen Bray…keboards, vocals