Joel Mattix owns Boss Custom Interiors in Evansdale, and he has a passion for cars. Mattix specializes in interiors. He's currently working on a 1957 Ford, with literally nothing inside.
"I basically have to design it and then fabricate everything from scratch," said Joel Mattix.
Joel Mattix was part of a team working on a 1940 Ford Coupe. The car won the prestigious 2013 Ridler Award at Detroit Autorama, which showcases custom-built cars.
"Most or any of the car builders in the country or overseas are trying to win," said Mattix.
The car is owned by Ron Cizek, but was built by Andy Leach with Cal Automotive Creations in Omaha, Nebraska.
Mattix met the builder back in 2006 and randomly heard from him about working on this car.
"Got a text about a year and a half ago, I'm working on this '40 Ford. Are you interested in doing the interior? Sure," said Joel Mattix.
Joel Mattix went to Omaha to do the interior for the car named Checkered Past.
He had less than three weeks for this project. It's something that would normally take him about three months. He logged 18 hour days to get everything done.
"It was all worth it," he said.
Mattix said he was extremely impressed with Andy Leach's team of young builders and their dedication to the final product.
"Pushing a million bucks to complete and everything's hand built. A lot of hours went into this car. Almost three years," said Mattix.
Mattix believes it was the engineering of the car that put it over top of the seven other finalists.
"It may look like an old car, but yet it's modernized like a new car, and that's what's tough to do on these old cars is to engineer that," he said.
Mattix said it's always been a goal of his to win the Ridler Award, and it happened the first year he was part of a team in the contest.
"I don't think it's quite sunk in yet," said Mattix.
Joel Mattix said he would work on a car for the contest again next year, but he'd hope to have more than three weeks to get it done.
The 1940 Ford Coupe known as Checkered Past is going on tour for a year. It's also up for Hot Rod and Street Rod of the year awards.