SoCal Beaches Magazine swimsuit model, Melany is seen in our featured video with San Diego, California local Michael Murphy and his award-winning ’34 Woodie at the end of the 2009 Wavecrest Woodie car show at Moonlight State Beach in Encinitas, California.
Both Melanie and our featured Ford hot rod are a beautiful sight, but only one of them is powered by a 535 horse, Ford 427 punched out to a 486. The Woodie is quite the looker, and it’s fantastic finish has won it the award of “Best Hot Rod Woodie” at both Wavecrest and Doheny State Beach in Orange County, California.
According to Murphy, the car as a whole took three years to build and the basic unit itself came from the Hercules Motor Car Company in Tampa, Florida, who interestingly enough also manufactured wood for Packard.
The 486 mill stuffed into Murphy’s clean ’34 wagon was built by Greg Scott of El Cajon, California, while paint is courtesy of Best of Show in Escondido and interior done by Armando’s of San Jacinto. Both the lighter colored and redwood surfboards atop the Woodie were custom made for the car, the redwood board by San Diego’s Dennis Murphy while the latter was custom made by Dale Velzy.
But Melany is as important to the Woodie as all of the custom rod and board builders who worked separately to make Murphy’s ’34 possible, because as we learn in our featured video, pretty girls have sold Woodie wagons since they were new.
Knowing a little bit about that history, you can decide for yourself which one is the true icon here: Melany, Michael Murphy’s ’34 Woodie or both?