The Yellow Essex
Owen Martin and His Prized Essex Hot Rod
My brother, Owen Martin, loved to tinker with cars. Over the years, he restored many old cars into showy street rods, but I think the love of his life was his 1929 Essex. He actually ended up restoring it several times, changing the configuration and once bringing it back to life after an accident.
He drove it to many rod runs and car shows in Kansas. He particularly liked going to the Osborne Kansas rod run each year.
(photo of Owen Martin with his Essex from the family album)
Owen Martin with the Essex Before Restoration
The Essex and Owen in their Prime
The cherry red color becomes a showpiece hotrod. Owen did a wonderful job with the exterior and the engine was admired by all his hotrod friends. Here you see Owen, a little older, hair a little longer but still with the mustache.
Here's the Same Essex, Only It's Red
After a Car Accident, the Essex Got Another Makeover
Here's Owen and His Essex - It's Turning Yellow Here, Fenders Not Painted Yet
The Essex Goes to the Wedding
When Owen got married, it was a charming outdoor ceremony near some tall trees. There was the yellow Essex and also the vintage Ford that Owen's father had restored.
Another time, the Essex served to ferry a car buddy's daughter to the prom with her date. Others might hire limos for such an occasion but riding in the Essex made her prom night special.
Owen Martin's Essex and His Dad's Model A Briggs Special
Read More about the Essex Automobile
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The Essex Wasn't Owen's Only Restoration Project
Over the years, he acquired other cars and turned them into showpieces. He took his cars to hot rod shows around Kansas. Enthusiast turned out to see all the cars that dedicated "rod rats" developed from old junkers.
Owen's Essex and his other cars were featured at Arkansas City, Winfield, Wichita, and other shows.