|At age twelve (1964), an Oklahoma City born young man asked his father to borrow $50 to build a car (from scratch). Either by having an understanding father or maybe just begging enough, Clay got his money and went to work. Less than a year later Clay Ridley, 13 years old, had built his own chassis and was ready for a body to put on this beast. The only body that would fit on this custom wheelbase was an MGA body. Clay installed the body, wired it up and was ready to roll in his very own built car that probably only weighed 1000 pounds and was powered by the Cobra 427 Ford engine. Needless to say, the car did wheelies in all 4 gears.
Clay Ridley graduated from John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City in 1970 and enrolled at Oklahoma State University. After two semesters of college, he left OSU and joined his father and brother in the Oklahoma Livestock Commission Company, the family's 75 year old livestock brokerage business located at the Oklahoma City Stockyards.