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Most any automotive enthusiast can affirm that finding an original A-body, first generation Plymouth Barracuda is somewhat rare; finding an original A-body, first generation Plymouth Barracuda in a completely factory stock configuration, in showroom condition, is almost impossible, however, sitting in the garage of a retired aircraft mechanic in Tampa, Florida is just that, an original A-body, first generation Plymouth Barracuda in a factory stock configuration, in showroom condition.
Derrick Howard, or as his friends and family call him, Dee, is one of the most personable type guys you could ever meet, the permanent smile and his infectious laugh convey the personality of a man that is just, well, happy. He's a husband and father, an accomplished musician and a lifelong motor head, when he's not sitting behind his drum kit knocking out a perfect tempo, you will find him behind the wheel of his extra sweet, solar white, 1966 glass back Barracuda cruising the streets in, and around Tampa.
Originally from the island, Howard grew up in the town of South Hampton, New York on the eastern end of Long Island; therefore, technically, you can say he's from the island. His addiction to the automobile he credits directly to his uncle Paul, "My uncle Paul would take all of us kids to Riverhead Raceway every Saturday night," Howard fondly recalled. "I just got hooked." Howard's involvement in the sport never went past the spectator stage, but even as a youngster, he had the bug, while the other boys were building models of airplanes and ships, Howard was building models of race cars and custom cars.