This Ride has it in spades ….. Moxie that is!

It’s funny how the mind works. I was reading a “non car” article that reminded be of a book, that reminded me of a drink, that reminded me of a car. Are you following me? To cut to the chase, several years ago I came across a ride at a local car show that I can honestly say I had never, ever seen anything like it before or since. It was so unexpected I thought it was worth a second look.

We’ve all been there and it’s a crummy place to be; sitting with sellers remorse. A local fellow, who wished to remain nameless, created this one of kind ride as a a result of just that. He was “oh so sure” he was ready to see his ride go but the moment she drove off he had massive regret. Said ride was a Rolls Royce Moxiecar. Unfamiliar? Here’s a little background. Moxie soda is the oldest continuously produced soft drink in the United States, first produced in 1884. It was so popular by the turn of the century that the word “moxie” was widely adopted to mean “courage, daring, and energy,” as in “This guy’s got moxie!” Moxie is an acquired taste perhaps because of the strong rich flavor but if you drink it well, you’ve got ….. In 1918 Moxie began deploying a small fleet of publicity cars known as Moxie Horsemobiles or Moxiecars, each a modified chassis where driver sat perched atop a statue of a horse. Only one LaSalle-based Moxiecar is known to survive today. So back in the early 2000’s, with blessings from the Moxie Company, this unnamed fellow who is a customizing genius, built an exact replica Rolls Royce Moxiecar. He put just north of 100 grand into the Rolls Moxiecar build. But as with most artistic geniuses once the project was finished, he grew bored and moved on to his next idea and the Rolls Moxiecar was sold. Perhaps a little too soon because that dang seller’s remorse set in immediately. He so regretted selling the Moxiecar Rolls that he soon began recreating a new and improved Moixecar. This incarnation uses a slightly different platform a more humble Ford, but strictly keeps with the Moxiecar theme. Painstaking attention to detail just radiates off this ride. It’s beautiful, a hands down crowd pleaser and frankly, I think it’s enchanting. First time I’ve ever said that about a car. My only regret is that I didn’t see this pony performing. No worries, I’m determined and I will not rest until I see her in all her glory hightailing it down the road. I must say, a fine tribute to a grand albeit interesting soda but an even finer example of true talent, vision and expression. It’s just so cool when people march to the beat of a different drum. Talk about Moxie!

Note to self; think twice before you part with your ride!

Stay tuned, we are going to dusting off a couple more oldies but goodies as well as more from the SEMA Super Star list.

Till the next time – Keep on Kruzin!