Vicky Decker grew up in the region, with a passion for cars that started very early on. When she was 18 years old, her dad agreed to co-sign with her for her first car. They decided to shop around a little bit, and the first stop was Carroll Chevrolet in Crown Point. While there she saw a 1969 Mustang Mach 1 and instantly fell in love. Of course when she asked her dad to get that one he said no, and had his reasons. So they moved on and ended up at Smith Chevrolet in Hammond where a 1969 Camaro RS caught her eye. All though it wasn’t the Mach 1, Vicky’s passion for cars took over and she asked her father about this one. He agreed and the 1969 Camaro become her first car.
In July 1972 Vicky met her husband-to-be, Paul Decker. Paul also shared Vicky’s passion for cars, and had heard many times about the ‘69 Mustang that she has always wanted. So when Paul got a phone call in 2002 from a friend in Crete, Ill., his decision was easy.
His friend had called to let him know he had a ‘69 Mustang Grande that he was going to send to the scrap yard in case Paul wanted it. He instantly jumped on this opportunity and bought the car at scrap price. It then took him 3 long years to restore it, a 351 Windsor and a Ford overdrive transmission, along with tilt-away steering.
Paul suggested painting the car rally blue, but Vicky was very specific about the color, wanting it pink, but just a touch of pink, and having all the appearances of a Mach 1.
Vicky was overwhelmed by her dream finally coming true. Since the car was finished in 2005, she has enjoyed many car shows and cruise-ins. While at these events, she also enjoys telling others of her husband’s labor of love in building the car of her dreams.
“It isn’t a true Mach 1, but it’s Vicky’s ‘Mock One,’” Paul said jokingly. “If I miss a Valentine card or an anniversary every once in a while I should be covered.”
Visitors can see the “Mock One” and hear Vicky’s amazing story at the annual Valpo car show and swap. The car show will be held at the Porter County Fairgrounds on Sunday September 8. The public is welcome to bring their cars, or just come to be a spectator. Admission is $5, and it starts at 9 a.m.