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If you looked at the yellow 1967 Dart pictured here and are questioning the Tittle “Blue Collar Dart” I have to admit that “Blue” has nothing to do with this feature article of a very nice yellow Dodge Dart. It isn’t the color I’m talking about, but the owner of the car and his perception of what a “Driver” should be.
The wide looking body and bumper look like a single piece of metal. But, alas the grille, trim and bumper are all separate - just fitted beautifully.
Let's start at a definition of “Hot Rod”, one that I believe in and have for years. A “Hot Rod” is any car whose owner takes the time and spends the money to modify his/her driveline and/or change the exterior or the interior. A “Driver” is any car that isn’t perfect, didn’t have multiples of thousands of dollar bills thrown at it, but still complies with the term “Hot Rod”. Remember, everyone’s thoughts of perfect paint may be are different and that is what makes our sport/passion so interesting.
Now who is the owner of this Dart? His name is Phil Gavigan, a youthful 50 years old and he works as a night time “Security Guard” six days a week. He isn’t making the kind of money to build a “100 point restoration” or a “resto rod”, just a Driver and although I often shoot cars that cost well over $200,000 and are built by professional shops, but I really love to give the little guys a chance to be featured. Phil has also owned two other Mopar’s; a 1970 383 CI Dodge Challenger and a 1969 Dodge Cornet with a slant six installed when it left the factory. Now I have explained the title, Phil is a little guy in a sport of millionaires – a Blue Collar kind of guy. He goes to work to earn a living and saves his money when he has a project to accomplish. I really respect what he has done with his Dart just as I respect every car of a similar bent I see at shows and dragstrips.