Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Heavy metal: sculpture combines love of couple's classic cars and horses

Quay County Sun:

"A new breed of horse, “The Chrome Commander,” trotted through Tucumcari this week.

The shiny horse — sculpted from more than 100 classic car bumpers — is owned by Vaughn and Chryse Veit of Monticello, Minn. Weighing in at more than a ton and standing at 12 feet, the sculpture attracted motorists along Route 66, who stopped and took photos as it was parked in front of the Blue Swallow Inn.

The Veits stayed at the Blue Swallow on their way to California.

The horse was commissioned to symbolize the collaboration of their two passions with Vaughn Veit’s love of classic cars and Chryse Viet's love of the American Saddlebred horse.

The couple have been respectful of each other's preference for horsepower.

For example, Chryse Veit said, at the couple's wedding that Vaughn Veit drove up in a yellow 1933 Ford Cabriolet and she rode up on a horse, named Creative Spirit's Lottery Ticket, raised by her family.

“If you look closely at The Chrome Commander’s tail you can see one from a '55 Chevy,” said Chryse Veit. “He’s one of a kind, something that can never be duplicated. We named him The Chrome Commander after the one of the most famous American Saddlebreds of all time, Wing Commander.” "

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