Passion of modest lovers drives Newport County vehicle scene

Cody Helger takes a spin in the 1965 Shelby AC Cobra, his “summer date-night machine.”

In Tiverton and Very little Compton, they say you can’t swing a adhere without having hitting a Helger. 

“My loved ones goes way again in this location,” acknowledges Cody Helger. With 14 youngsters born to his fantastic-terrific-grandparents, the Helger relatives has its fingers in a huge variety of neighborhood businesses. It began with their very well-known turkey farm, then branched into ice cream, Christmas trees, professional fishing, develop, property upkeep … the list goes on.  

In spite of their broad presence in smaller small business, the family’s true heart lies in the polished chrome, mechanical ingenuity and basic strains of classic automobiles. “It was handed down by way of the generations in our family members. I really like it. My father loves it, and so does ‘Pops,’” Helger claims. His grandfather produced a residing offering stock car components out of his barn. Helger’s father, Ray, runs Helger Bros. Speed Shop in Small Compton. His twin brother, Jesse, is also an enthusiastic (read through rapidly) driver. As for Helger, he’s a nationally identified drag racer who won his to start with regional levels of competition at 16. “I was not a jock in significant faculty and I didn’t drink or do drugs,” he claims. “I experienced my own crew of fellas and we favored cars and racing.” 

Cody Helger burns rubber in his ‘55 Chevy.

It does not issue if people automobiles are hot rods, humorous cars or vintage roadsters no matter whether it is a blazing top gasoline, horsepower-hungry dragster or a 1940 Ford Deluxe convertible that tops out at 25 mph. Helger and his spouse and children revel in the exhilaration, enjoyment and romance of rapid, previous, uncommon and collectible automobiles. “Cars communicate to you,” suggests Helger, standing a few of toes from his hottest invest in, a curvaceous 1965 Shelby AC Cobra, a 450-horsepower “summer date-evening equipment.”