M. J. “Jr” Redden has a long and rich history associated with racing motorcycles and cars as an amateur and a professional.
In 1958 at the age of 18, Jr was fabricating roll bar cages for Don Yenko’s Chevrolet Racing Cars in Cannonsburg, Pennsylvania. Recently, Jr received a photo of Yenko’s 1957 SCCA Corvette clearly showing Jr's personalized “R” signature imprinted on the roll bar. Redden Classic's restoration of 1953 – 1982 Corvette cars became a full time dedication in 1998. Working from a three-bay, two-lift garage in Hickory, PA [near Pittsburgh], Jr can offer a variety of improvements, or swaps on engines, and has performed many ground-up restorations of “barn finds” and Corvettes needing some TLC.
Recently, a near-junk COPO Corvette found it’s way to Redden Classic Restoration. The original GM designer used a 1967 chassis and 1968 body. It was painted British Racing Green with a Tobacco interior & surprises. Jr's final restoration earned the Owner first place in the NCCC judging at Carlisle, PA, and the best engine award.
Read the COPO “Missing Link” story with photos reported by free-lance writer/photographer Steve Temple in Corvette Magazine, dated April 2018.
Jr has a total of three restoration features by Steve Temple:
* May 2016 “HEARTBEAT” VETTE Magazine - Sandy Redden's '75 Restomod Coup w/Stinger Hood and PPG Bright Yellow Skin.
* May 2017 “Fine Tuning” VETTE Magazine - Jr Redden's C5 2003 Z06, Torch Red...w/Lingenfelter-preppred LS6, fitted with a Magnuson supercharger pumping 12 psi of boost.
* September 2018 “YENKO RESCUE” Corvette Magazine - Bill Duchess's amazing "find in a warehouse" in June 2014. Note, this Shark sat in 2 ft of water after the deluge of Ivan. Read the story of Jr Redden's restoration.