Old barns have long proved to be reliable locations for auto enthusiasts looking to find their next project vehicle. Few things are as exciting as walking across a farmyard, swinging open a massive door and discovering a dusty relic that’s been shielded from the elements for decades.
Tom Soerens experienced a similar encounter with his 1959 Austin Healey Model 100-6. However, he did not find his British tourer among tractors and hay bales out in the country, but rather stored away near airplanes and jet fuel.
“I stumbled upon the vehicle in a secluded hangar at the Erie Airpark in March 2008,” Soerens said, referring to a small airport near Moline and the Iowa border.
Being an aviation aficionado, Tom used the license plate to poke fun at the car’s runway-bound past. A ‘hangar queen’ is an airplane that has been sitting for a while or requires constant maintenance.