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Eagle resident Cody Scott fuels his passion at upcoming Vail Automotive Classic

Caramie Schnell
Special to the Weekly
Ed Abramson, right, part of the Vail Automotive Classic Board of Directors, awards Cody Scott, left, first place in the 2014 Wheels & Wings car show in the Muscle Car class for his 1969 RS/SS Resto Mod Camaro.
John Waugh Photographic Images | Special to the Weekly |

If you go …

What: Vail Automotive Classic series of events.

Where and when: Wheels & Wings Festival takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Vail Valley Jet Center. The Vail Village Car Show is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, in Vail Village.

Cost: Advance tickets for The Wheels & Wings Festival are $20 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 15 and free for kids younger than 5; family packs (two adult, three children) are $45 and only available online. VIP tickets are $85 and include all-day food, drinks, shade and prime viewing for the aerobatic shows. Ticket prices will increase $5 to $15 on the day of the show. The Vail Village Car Show is free.

More information: Visit www.vailautomotiveclassic.com.

Before Cody Scott could legally drive, he owned a truck, and a pretty slick truck at that. His grandfather gave him the 1950 Chevrolet five-window pickup he’d purchased brand new.

“I was about 12 or 13 when my grandfather gave it to me,” said Scott, who lives in Eagle with his wife, Anne, and their two children, Chance, 4, and Katie, 2.

Along with the classic wheels, Scott’s grandfather clearly passed along his love of cars and trucks to his grandson, a passion that persists today.

“I’ve always had a love for cars and airplanes,” Scott said. “It’s just a fun hobby to have; you meet lots of great people who share the same interest.”

You might see the maroon-colored truck at the upcoming Wheels & Wings Festival at the Vail Valley Jet Center in Gypsum on Saturday, Sept. 12.

“It runs a little rough right now,” Scott said. “I’m hoping to get it running and get it in the show. It needs a little work on the motor.”

For Scott, the sixth annual event is “right up my alley.”

“Being a pilot and a car enthusiast, it’s one of my favorite shows,” he said. “I’m pulled in all directions. I’ll see a car on the way to an airplane I have to go look at, and then I see an airplane on the way over to a car I have to see. It’s kind of like being a kid in the candy store for me.”

Scott spent 10 years in the Marine Corps, working as a helicopter pilot and an airplane instructor pilot. He was deployed to Afghanistan twice, where he flew a CH53 Delta, a big transport helicopter. Scott met Anne, who was also a helicopter pilot in the Marine Corps, while serving. They moved to Eagle just more than a year ago, where Scott is one of the owners of Mountain Beverage, a local beer distributor.

Cruising the family Camaro

While Scott was in the military, he still found an outlet for his passion; he worked with a mechanic in Ohio who built a 1969 RS/SS Resto Mod Camaro for him. It took around four years to complete.

“I didn’t have a lot of extra money sitting around; that’s why it took so long,” Scott said. “He found parts off of other cars he was building.”

Scott picked up the car — which is LeMans blue with white racing stripes — in July 2014. Last year, he entered it in the Wheels & Wings car show and won first place in the Muscle Cars class.

“It’s just a driver,” Scott said of the car. “I didn’t want a trailer queen. I like cars, and I like to drive them.”

As such, the car has air conditioning, heat, cruise control, power windows and a “great radio.” Under the hood, you’ll find a blueprint Chevy 350 motor, complete with 410 horsepower and 430 pounds of torque. Scott drives the car a few times a month.

“My entire family sure enjoys it,” he said. “Every time I drive it, (Chance) says, ‘Why are you driving my Camaro?’ Now I have to ask if I can borrow his Camaro. But he’s generally very friendly and says ‘yes.’”

The family tradition seems well on its way to continuing.

“I guess it’s (Chance’s) Camaro now,” Scott said. “Hopefully when he’s old enough to drive, he’ll be cruising that.”

Caramie Schnell is a freelance writer contracted by the Vail Automotive Classic to write this story. Email her at caramieschnell@hotmail.com.