’50 Chevy – Rico Novachick


I always loved custom cars when I saw them cruising around while I was growing up in Richmond, California. Every day, I saw these cool cars at Gordon’s Drive-In while I was walking home from school. I said to myself, “When I get out of high school, I’m gonna get a job and get one of those cars.”

After graduating in 1962, I got a job at a Richmond cannery. I was making good money and bought a ’57 Chevy. That was followed by a ’59 Impala, a ’32 Ford, and a ’34 Ford. I started showing cars at the Oakland Roadster Show around 1966.

In 2011, after 26 wonderful years together, I lost my wife and best friend Gayle to cancer. In the months following, while coping with the loss, my friends encouraged me to start a new project. My good friend Ken saw this car online and showed it to me. It was a teal green color and more of a “rat rod” look – it was a bit rough around the edges. But I liked its chopped look and thought it had a lot of potential…

Read the complete story in our December, 2014 issue.