Hot Rod TV Showcases CTC Auto Ranch's Classics
By Carl Oberman
When HOT ROD Magazine’s (www.hotrod.com) web show, “Roadkill,” contacted Allen Williamson about filming at his Denton, Texas classic auto salvage facility, he didn’t hesitate. In fact, CTC Auto Ranch, the 35-acre business he co-owns with his father Dale Williamson and brother David Williamson, was the perfect location for the show. Hosts David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan, were looking to buy a car from an auto recycling facility, make it run, do burnouts, add nitrous, drag race and then auction off the vehicle at the end.
“They did exactly what they said they were going to do,” laughed Williamson. “Mike and David were a lot of fun.”
In the episode, “Junkyard ’Cuda Rescue, With Nitrous Oxide!,” the hosts bought a ’67 Plymouth Barracuda with a 360 V8 from Williamson that had been in the yard for four to five years. They also bought parts to fix it - carburetor, interior, glass and brakes - and Williamson let them fix the Cuda right there at CTC Auto Ranch. The duo raced the Cuda next door at the North Star Dragway, and then drove it 300 miles to Houston, Texas for the NMCA Lone Star Nationals race. Roadkill is not the first show to call CTC Auto Ranch.
Williamson said they’ve worked with others, including Gas Monkey Garage (www.gasmonkeygarage.com), in the past. His yard is a mecca for rebuilders. It has 3,500 to 3,800 classic vehicles, from 1980 and older. Williamson said he tries to buy everything classic, especially muscle cars, except he does shy away from Mustang, Camaro and Chevelle since they can be found everywhere.
Many of CTC Auto Ranch’s classic parts can be found on the company’s website, www.ctcautoranch.com. The site lists the vehicles it has for sale, which parts cars it has, used parts, New Old Stock (NOS) parts, reproduction parts, engine parts and miscellaneous parts. It also features items like owner’s manuals and a link to the CTC Auto Ranch’s eBay store. Most of the cars in the CTC Auto Ranch yard are not dismantled, but left in-tact. Williamson admitted he doesn’t have the storage space to pull the parts off 3,000 vehicles, but also, original parts don’t get lost if they stay with the car. Most of CTC Auto Ranch’s vehicles were bought from other savage yards that closed. Entire vehicles are also available for sale, like the episode’s ’67 Cuda.
The Roadkill episode aired at the beginning of the year and HOT ROD Magazine published an article about the build this spring. Williamson said the phone calls started coming in as soon as the episode aired, which you can watch from a link on CTC Auto Ranch’s website, www.ctcautoranch.com. CTC Auto Ranch has been in business since 1985.
Williamson said the CTC stands for Community Trading Center and that the business first sold tractor and dozer parts. It didn’t start selling classics until 1989 to 1990. Williamson admitted classic cars and vehicle rebuilds are a hobby for him, his brother and father and stocking the yard with classic vehicles was part of the fun. The yard went from nothing to now nearly 4,000 cars and trucks.
“This is an industry as a whole that’s been lots of fun,” said Williamson. “It’s not every day you get a job where you enjoy coming to work.”