Ace’s WWII ‘Old Crow’ plane takes flight – on four wheels
With an engine powerful enough to get a plane up in the air, a
But Mike Katz has gone even further than that.
Utilizing a team of auto craftspeople from the New York-New England area and his own over-the-top creativity, Katz has created a rolling tribute that replicates Anderson’s “Old Crow” P-51 fighter plane down to period-correct embellishments like a decorative camouflage paint job, P-51 wing lights used as tail lights, a parachute and an instrument panel that could pass as World War II cockpit.
Katz shared the plane’s intricacies with
Katz says the “Old Crow” project took up six years and cost more than $300,000. And he told
But the price tag for the work was.
“I couldn’t imagine how a guy could spend that amount of money on a car,”
According to Katz, the hot rod is powered by a Ryan Falconer V-12 engine with 1600 horsepower. It’s the motor used in three-quarter scale P-51 Thunder Mustang planes that compete in the Reno Air Races.
Katz, the owner of five Connecticut Planet Fitness health club, said the car also honors two other men who served in World War II – an uncle and a friend – and another friend who died while serving in the Vietnam War.
And four P-51 Mustangs have been redone to mimic the ‘Old Crow’ appearance. Two are currently still flying, one based out of