COSTA MESA — Les Nimmo's other car is a race car. To be exact, it's a vintage 1967 Ford Mustang, one that's scarred and scuffed from 20 years of road racing.
"It's not a trailer queen — people can see that it's actually been raced," Nimmo said of the white-and-blue pony car.
The black spatter pattern along the bottom and the bumper — caused by burnt rubber and loose asphalt — are proud battle scars.
The Mustang has been in countless races — including Nimmo's first race in 1990 — and is one of the many odd projects that come though his Costa Mesa machine shop on Newton Way, Nimmo Machine. It's where he makes and fixes parts for everything from office chairs to race cars.
Nimmo, 66, said he's been building things out of scrap metal and parts for as long as he can remember with his father, a welder.