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It all started when I was young and my dad and uncle would take me to the drag races at NEITA raceway in the early 60’s. The dragsters were front engine machines which  made allot of noise and smoke, way cool for a 6 year old kid! We also frequented the dirt tracks of northeast Iowa especially Tunis Speedway in Waterloo, Iowa.

In 1976 II bought my first car - a 1969 GTO!  It was blessed with a 400 cubic inch engine, Munsi 4 speed, and a 12 bolt rear-end.  The car had plenty of power for a 16-year-old kid to get hooked on muscle cars and speed.  I was a definitely “gear head” through early years building and racing many types of vehicles. 

Here are some photos of my first racing interest, Sand Drag Racing. It underwent many design changes and my fabrication and painting careers were launched! This machine  was a lot of fun to race!

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After the Sand drag Racing experience we went pavement drag racing at Cedar Falls Raceway (formerly NEITA raceway.  Here is a photo of my first drag car;


My need for speed was rekindled when I moved to Newton, Iowa and became interested in dirt track racing.  As usual, instead of being able to sit in the stands and watch, I had to become involved.  I became a part of Cahill Racing out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa in the early 1990’s.  At that time, we were mostly involved in dirt racing at Knoxville Raceway in Iowa but soon started racing Silver Crown sprint cars on the pavement all around the country.  I was involved with the racing aspect of the team and worked in the pits!


I also have many friends around the Newton area who are involved in the race scene so I had to get involved by being the chief mechanic on a pavement modified.  We won our first feature during our first year of competition and the following year we finished 2nd in track points!


The Sprint car team owner decided that it was so much fun pavement racing that we had to get involved in Indy car racing and soon joined the IRL as a traveling team.  I’ve had the opportunity to be part of the pit crew during two Indianapolis 500 campaigns.  In 2001 we finished 11th which was quite an accomplishment for a privately owned team! 


Even though I was heavily involved in racing, my “need for speed” was not quite satisfied by just building and maintaining these racecars.  I wanted to build muscle cars, which I would be able to show and drive on a daily basis.  Here are a few samples of cars which we have recently restored;

1969 Yenko Camaro Tribute Car

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1967 Chevelle SS Convertible

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As opportunity presented itself, my hobby was turned into my new business and Weaz HotRods and Customs was born.    We’re an independent shop, specializing in creating and restoring muscle cars to make our customers dreams a reality. 

We offer many services to our customers, including:

  • Locating complete or project cars
  • Providing marketing services to sell your project or complete cars
  • Offering complete restoration projects
  • Providing assistance during any phase of your restoration project.

I look forward to meeting you and discussing ways to make your car dreams a reality!

Rick Miller

Please contact us at emiller@pcpartner.net

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