When your career is driving the Bigfoot monster truck, it’s unlikely your daily driver is anything less than extraordinary—a Pruis or Corrolla just ain’t gonna cut it. For driver Troy Russell, a custom-fabricated, twin-turbo Bel Air is just the right fit. A few years ago, Troy was in the midst of finishing his Bel Air, the car was prepped and ready for paint, when he broke his back during a Bigfoot show. A part failure caused a jump to go array. “Once I landed, I knew I was hurt,” said Troy. “I broke three vertebrae and doctors told me I couldn’t return to driving.” While on bedrest, unable to finish his project, fellow hot rodder and friend Andy Meadows of Andy’s Hot Rod Shop in Mulkeytown, Illinois, stepped up to help. Most days, after Andy was done working at his own shop he’d start another shift in Troy’s garage. While Troy laid on the couch Andy worked on the car. But that was difficult for Troy. “It was bittersweet, sweet because my project was being finished but bitter because I couldn’t do it or help very much. But it wouldn’t be together today if it wasn’t for him.” Let’s rewind… Read full this story
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