Hot Rod Urn
Rob Kinnan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
December 16, 2015

None of us gets out of here alive, so when we take our last ride into eternity why not go out in style? We’ve all read stories about rich guys being buried in their precious Ferraris and other cars, and seen the pictures of a car guy’s casket adorned with automotive stickers by his buddies, but what if the person’s last request is to be cremated? Then in true hot rodder fashion they need a custom urn.

Vern Tardel Enterprises is a street rod shop that specializes in traditional Ford hot rods, focusing mostly on Ford Model As and ’32 roadsters with complete builds, parts, and know-how. With nearly 50 years of traditional Ford hot rod building under their belts, they offer everything from signature cast aluminum parts, "Let Me Help You" books, to tools for the shop or garage, and they’ve just come out with these Hot Rod Urns.

It has been called the Last Fast Ride and is a “classic hot rod sculpture of a Bonneville/dry lakes racing roadster sitting atop an urn as a memorial to celebrate a life well-led and enjoyed in the world of hot rodding and racing.” The urn was inspired by a group of hot rodders that saw the need for a meaningful way to pay tribute to great friends, and its elegant design was conceived by Vern Tardel with the skilled help of Star Wars movie-industry model maker Charlie Bailey. Each one is hand made to order and is 12x9x4-inches in size, with a satin black finish that can be hand-lettered and pinstriped as an option. They also offer a full-custom version that you can organize directly with their pinstriper Jerry "Wolf" Alward. The basic urn goes for $650 to $850. Go to http://www.verntardel.com or call (707) 487-3413 for more information.

While the Last Fast Ride urn appeals mostly to hot rod and land speed guys, it got us to thinking about creating custom urns for our Mustang and Ford family and friends—maybe even ourselves—as a last resting place for those that are cremated after death. True, it’s kind of a morbid thought, but if your family is going to display your ashes on the mantle, wouldn’t you rather go into eternity in a ’68 Shelby GT500 or a Boss 429 instead of some bland copper pot? We certainly think so.