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Info on Zach & Brenda Straits 1961 Ford Starliner Zach & Brenda’s recently finished 1961 Ford Galaxie Starliner has been a labor of love. They first saw this Starliner stored in a barn fifteen years ago, but the owner refused to sell it. With only 29,669 Starliners produced in 1961, the search to find a suitable restoration project wasn’t easy. After hunting for five years, they received a call from a friend who said his cousin had recently acquired a Starliner and it was for sale. Zach called and to his surprise it was the same car from the barn that they had tried to buy five years before. The car had a lot of dents and must have been in a hail storm or two; but it had very little rust and the floor and trunk pans where in great shape. They got it road- worthy to find any mechanical issues and started accumulating parts including bumper chroming by Born Again Classics for a complete home built, frame off restoration. Eight years and tons of hard work later, the Starliner is better than new. The Starliner was completed in a “retro mod” style with 1970 era accessories. The 390 cubic inch, 401 horsepower, 3 deuce, Ford FE engine runs strong. The interior is a custom red cloth and black vinyl design based off the 1960 Starliner. The paint is base coat clear coat Dupont in the original monte carlo color. The finish quality and attention to detail earned Zach & Brenda the Timberland Pro Home Built Heaven Award at the 2009 Goodguys Nationals in Columbus Ohio and the Detroit Speed Builders Choice Award at the 2009 Goodguys Southeastern Nationals in Charlotte NC. The Best Muscle car at the 2009 East Coast Indoor Nationals in Maryland and was honored with a First Place Best Restored 58-65 and ISCA Best Street Machine Award at the 2010 Detroit Autorama. Best Engine Compartment at the 2011 Motorama in Harrisburg, PA. Best Restored Car at the 2011 Northeast Rod & Custom Show in Philadelphia, Pa. Best of the Best Classic Car at the 2011 NHRA Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green, Ky. The Starliner was the feature car at the Carlisle Ford Nationals 50th anniversary of the 1961 Starliner and has been invited to be a feature car at the 2011 NHRA US Nationals in Indianapolis, In Labor Day weekend and competing against 9 other cars for the 2011 Bob Daniels Award of Excellence. The Starliner was also selected to be one on the Galaxies on display at a 2011 special event at the Nascar Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC. The Starliner also won the 2009 National Timberland Pro Home Built Heaven Award. Check out this link for more details. http://www.good-guys.com/news/newsStory.aspx?newsid=1456 Ford TV did a You Tube Video at the 2009 All Ford Nationals in Carlisle Pa. Check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_y-4EtB5R4w And Chuck Hanson with Holley TV did a feature on the car at the 2011 NHRA Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green, Va Check out. http://www.holleytv.com/featured_landing.php?reset=true Several pictures are also posted on this link. http://www.fotothing.com/zstraits Zach and Brenda have started a registry for 1961 Starliners. Contact them at thestarlinerconnection@gmail.com or check out their website at www.starlinerconnection.com or “The Starliner Connection on Facebook for more information.