While checking out the Road Runner, I spotted a Daytona Yellow 1969 Camaro RS-Z/28 coupe in Fechter’s immaculate shop. The Camaro took me back to when I was a kid, riding around in a LeMans Blue ’69 Z/28. But as much as I was taken with the Camaro, its Mickey Thompson torque-thrust wheels mesmerized me as much as the car itself.
I’ve always appreciated certain period additions on different types of cars: Woodlites on Cords, Trippe lights on V-16 Cadillacs, vintage Sun tachometers in ’Cudas and aftermarket wheels on a variety of muscle cars. And one of my favorite types of vintage wheels are five-spoke “torque thrusts,” which are again being offered.
In high school, I ran a set on my 1969 Buick Skylark, which made the ol’ “Lark” that much meaner-looking. However, the wheels didn’t start out as a set. A friend who lived nearby had a pair of Mickey Thompson torque-thrusts that his father had bought many years ago from a garage sale.
Apparently, the seller only had two wheels and couldn’t find the others. I bought the pair from the friend and ran them on the front of the Sklyark. At the rear, I left the black-painted steel wheels exposed.
After driving the Skylark with mismatched wheels for a short time, my neighbor, a two-BMW-driving fellow, walked over and asked about the Skylark’s “new” wheels. I explained I only had two and was surprised when he said he had two wheels of a similar type in his basement. The other two wheels from the set had been sold by his wife in a garage sale many years ago. Sure enough, they were a matched set, reunited on my ’69 Skylark.
When I sold the Skylark, I kept the wheels for a while, hoping to use them on another car. The wheels were sold when my ’62 Cadillac needed a paint job, but I still daydream about uniting a Skylark with a set of Mickey