I spent the weekend in my hometown of Midland, TX. As I mentioned last week, the Mabee Special was opening at the Petroleum Museum and I was lucky enough to get an invite from my old crew chief and now museum curator, Ronnie Low. I had been sick all week and almost didn’t make the trip, but I’m so glad that I did.
It was great to see the Mabee Special in flesh and blood and just as nice to meet her owners – Jim & Lea Ann. I think they really got a kick out of an entire car community coming together in appreciation for the special little race car. Of course, the scene was completed when Joe Mabee walked in the museum and laid eyes on the car for the first time in 50 years. His reaction was priceless… Such a great family of people.
Just as impressive was the display. I had never been to the Petroleum Museum and was absolutely blown away by the facilities and the people. It shouldn’t have been a surprise… Growing up with a guy like Ronnie Low and knowing his commitment to cool, I should have known to expect the amazing.
The Mabee Special will be on display for 3 months, but if you can’t make it in that time frame it is still entirely worth a trip. The Chaparral exhibit featuring all of Jim Hall and company’s achievements is something no hot rodder should ever miss.
Enjoy the photos.