Inspired by and Dedicated to the Man and the Myth, our friend Don Yenko
With 54 years in the business, automobile "refreshtoration" began at Yenko Wildfire about the same time that the oldest vehicles we now craft were originally manufactured. Since combining our expertise on the renowned '69 Yenko Camaro, Don and I became best friends. We raced, we boated, we flew, we dined and we exchanged many brain cells until Don's untimely death in 1987.
By 1982, Don had given one last shot at his "in house COPO" program with his ill-fated Turbo Z Camaro. I had opened Wildfire Motorsports in Dallas, where I resurrected 335 Camaro, Firebird, Monte Carlo SS and S-10 pickups from their severe lack of horsepower and handling
problems. With up to 650 hp, we built cars to show and/or go. We shipped cars to 26 states plus Norway, Germany, Australia and Canada.
The next epiphany hit me on the return trip from SEMA in Vegas in 2002. GM had just brought out the latest edition of the Camaro/Firebird and the C5 Vette was doing well. Chrysler had endowed us with the mighty PT Cruiser and the Hummer H2 was just over the horizon.
The brainwave hit me....What would Don build if he were around today?
To keep it somewhat brief, upon getting all the necessary blessings from the Yenko family, estate executor, Steel Town Corvette Club [founded by Don], several of his old crew, mechanics and the Pink Lady herself, Donna Mae Mims, we began cranking out a series of 20 YENKO Wildfire Commemorative vehicles that exemplify state-of-the-art classics to be.
With the final car nearing completion, 3 are already in museums, 2 get raced regularly and successfully. Our Chevy SSR was named Best SSR in the world by the very team that designed it. 6 are in the hands of YENKO collectors while 1 travels the roads of Norway. The others pop up at various venues around the U.S.
In among the commemorative collection, we have accepted and completed over 300 restorations, restomods or refreshtorations for discerning clients worldwide.