Courtney Halowell was an avid automotive enthusiast who wrote hundreds of magazine articles over the years and had a knack for simultaneously building friendships along with his finely crafted his trucks. Active in all aspects of the automotive hobby, Courtney’s career included tours with magazines that featured bikes, trucks, rods, and muscle cars. Famous for his unique outlook on life, his enthusiasm was contagious and will be remembered both for his talent and as a great friend with an ever present smile.
Courtney died in July and within three days of his passing, Negative Camber club members Mike Barcia and Chuck Scheer decided that they wanted to do something for Courtney’s family. "Our way was to throw him a truck show," Mike told us. Their goal was to raise money for the family to help with the unexpected bills associated with Courtney’s passing. "Lots of friends have come together to help us, traveling from as far away as Maryland and Pennsylvania. Vendors donated tons of raffle prizes to help us raise money. Quaker Steak and Lube here in Clearwater, Florida gave us the opportunity to use their facility. The "Lube" helped even more by donating 15% of the food proceeds to the family."
Like all cool car shows, the great collection of vehicles gave spectators lots to enjoy throughout the day but the afternoon action began in earnest with the Chicken Wing Eating Contest. The goal was to see how many you could eat in three minutes but "Yankee" finished his plate in half that time! Raffle prizes were next on the agenda and everyone who bought tickets eagerly scanned the huge collection of donated items. From simple T-shirts and caps to elaborate high end stereo speakers, amplifiers, and head units, the gift selection was amazing. Equally unique was the huge collection of one-of-a-kind trophies presented at the award ceremony. Tom Hingle, the legendary force behind Billet and Acrylic Fantasies, created a pair of machined masterpieces for the Best of Show and the Courtney Pick award. The Top 10 trophies, built by Robbie Taylor from Metal Head with graphics by Maximum Audio Video, were beautifully done and incorporated a picture of Courtney. The collection of specialty awards was just as impressive, built by Matt Smith of Rockstar Kustomz and Eric Foelber of Big Dog Customs.
Capturing Best of Show was Scott Farrell and his just completed, Candy Lime Green, 1966 Chevy C-10. It was only his second show and he won Best of Show trophies at both! Receiving the coveted Courtney Halowell Pick was Juan Carlo Ibarra for his collection of three outstanding pickups, a 1948 Dodge Rat Rod, a white 1948 GMC five window, and his Roush-equipped, orange and black F-100. The Club Participation Award went to Freaks of Nature. As a result of the dedication and generosity of everyone involved with the event, a check in the amount of $5,037.00 was sent to the Halowell family.
It takes a lot of talent and dedication to put on a successful show. Special thanks goes to supportive sponsors like Maximum Audio Video in Tampa for their printing, to Brandt Fuqua of Graphic Disorder for the flyers, and to Tommy Warwick and the Low Rollers club for their thoughtful donation. Finally, thanks to all the hard-working members, friends, and family of Negative Camber.