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MY Shot
Bruce Lietzke
July 30, 2001
Playing golf is my profession. Getting under the hood of a car is my passion
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July 30, 2001

My Shot

Playing golf is my profession. Getting under the hood of a car is my passion

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I don't care for golf magazines and couldn't regrip a club if my life depended on it, but I do read 25 car magazines a month and I've built a 1926 Ford street rod, which has about 4,000 parts from scratch. That's why the other players call me Car Guy. build, collect and race muscle cars, which I've been hooked or since my older brother, Duane, took me to a drag race when I was 14. Cars are my release valve for the pressures of the Tour, and when I'm home, I never work on my game. Instead, I'll see the kids off to school and head straight to my 11-car garage, which al 6,000 square feet is the same size as our house. I stay busy tinkering until the kids come home in the afternoon.

My first car was a '70 Plymouth Road Runner. I bought it for $3,000 during my freshman year at Houston and learned right away that working on a car is harder than playing golf, butchered that Road Runner trying to install things like a dual-point distributor, a new exhaust system and a set of headers.

Muscle cars are popular among Tour players, who have offer asked me to help them find a vintage model. I never could locate the '67 Chevelle that Tom Purtzer wanted, but I did find a 73 Trans Am for Gil Morgan and an '87 Buick GNX for Ben Crenshaw. I own eight cars: the '26 Ford, a '68 Road Runner, two '68 Shelby Mustangs (one's a GT-350, the other a GT-500), a '66 El Camino, a '79 Pontiac Trans Am Firebird, a '91 Corvette with a ZRI engine and m^ favorite, a '67 Corvette convertible. I love the Corvette because it reminds me of high school, when we used to cruise 11th Street in Beaumont, Texas, checking out girls and other cars.

It's hard to talk about being young when you're 50, which turned on July 18, but age does have its blessings. I expect to expand my car collection with winnings from the Senior tour. Ever better, the tour has a three-month off-season, which is jus enough time to boost my El Camino from 250 to 400 horsepower by installing a small-block Chevy engine.