What An Era, Glad I Lived In It

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1959 Chevrolet Impala 2Dr Hardtop

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1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria

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1958 Cadillac Series 62 Sedan

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1960 Lincoln Continental Mark V Four Door Landau

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1957 Buick Roadmaster 2 Door Hardtop

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1957 Lincoln Premiere four-door Landau

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1959 Buick Convertible

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1959 Edsel Citation

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1958 De Soto

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1959 Mercury Colony Park Country Cruiser

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1958 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special

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1958 Dodge Custom Sierra

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1949 Oldsmobile 88

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1959 Ford Thunderbird Convertible

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1949 Kaiser Virginian

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            1960 Imperial Crown Convertible

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1953 Studebaker Commander

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1949 Pontiac Four Door

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1960 Chevrolet Impala Four Door Hardtop

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1959 Mercury Four Door Hardtop

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1955 Oldsmobile Super 88 Two-Door Sedan

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1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser

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1954 Mercury Sun Valley

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1960 Chrysler Valiant

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1960 De Soto Fireflite

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1960 Chevrolet Corvair

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1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

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1960 Mercury Colony Park Country Cruiser

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1956 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe de Ville

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1957 Dodge Royal Lancer

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1960 Dodge Dart Pioneer

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1957 Lincoln Premiere

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1960 Dodge Polara Matador

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1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible

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1950 Studebaker Starlight

 What a trip down memory lane! we’d take any one of these beauties…. Be sure to share it with all your ‘older’ friends, and see if they don’t feel the same as we do!

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Remember When We Could Cruise and Drag

As I was listening to our oldies station, they were talking about the big June event in Modesto, with all the old cars, music groups,  car shows and cruisin down the main drag. For those of you who don’t know Modesto is where the inspiration for American Graffiti came from and that movie brings back memories for all of us who love cars.

Between hearing the info on that event and reading about drag and bracket racing, made me think back to my high school days, I know amazing at my age that I can actually still remember them!

While no one ever condoned street racing we all know it took place. Even more than street racing, I can remember spending all day Saturday, washing, waxing, polishing and cleaning the inside of the car so it was in tip shop shape Saturday night to cruise with.

For so many of us back then there were places to go and show off our cars. We had streets to cruise on and show off our cars. And yes, we also had those places where we drag raced them.

But we also had tracks you could go to and drag race on. I can remember, Central Islip’s and National Speedway to name a couple. Today’s car lovers don’t really have that luxury. Maybe some areas of the country do, but here in California for the most part it is gone. Not the tracks, but the ability for the average Joe to use them for fun. The police  here have curfews and don’t want any kind of cruising activity to take place. Drags have been outlawed on the roads, as well they should. However, the raceways (the ones that are left), won’t even accommodate those who wish to drag race. They are strictly for those with the big bucks and the big buck drag racing cars.

What a shame, as I know of many kids who would love to have an outlet or place to go to showoff their car and their skills as drivers. Like so much else today, it is just another bastion we have lost. Very sad to those of us who grew up in an era when all of this and much more was available.

So for those of us who have the memories of what it used to be like, be sure to share those with the youth around  you today and let them live vicariously through you.

We would love to hear your stories, drop us an email so we can put yours up.

The Meaning of Spring and Summer

Spring and Summer mean different things to many people. For some it means getting the garden ready for planting, for others they have spring cleaning on their minds, for many it’s time to start thinking about Summer vacation plans.

For many it is home improvement time, fixing lots of those things outside that we let go over the winter, painting, and a whole lot more. As all of us know, house repairs and improvements can take on a life of their own. Before we know it the Summer is gone and we are still working on them.

For those of us with a love of cars, it means taking the car cover off, taking it off the blocks it was on over the winter, or just taking it out of the garage. For those of us who are lucky enough to have a heated garage or live in a great year round climate, it means putting the finishing touches to it. For those of us who have procrastinated over the winter, putting it in gear to get it ready for the Spring and Summer shows and events; or just getting it ready.

For those of us who live or have lived in those parts of the country where snow is part of our winter, we can’t wait for Spring and Summer to arrive. We lived in upstate New York and once Spring arrived we couldn’t wait to get outside and just hoped that it meant no more snow. Usually by May, we were safe, although I do remember one year with a storm in early May.

However, once the nice weather arrived, in our case, many years back now, the Vette was taken out of storage and we started to get it back in shape. Lots of outdoor time with getting the little things fixed, fluids checked and filled, and maintenance work done before we got to the washing and waxing. I can remember spending the whole day cleaning the inside, washing it, waxing it and then going out to the local eatery and showing it off.

For the rest of you, it doesn’t matter, whether you have a hot rod, street rod, or just a driver, Spring getting here tells you, you need to get started. Even for those  who don’t show or do events, this is still, for many of you, your favorite time of year. Why, for the reasons talked about above, the washing and waxing and just being able to work on our cars.

Speaking of which it’s that time of  the year again to get out the bucket, the rags, and start cleaning up the car, for us before we we sold it, it meant our Cougar! We  would  be busy till late Fall, have a great Spring and Summer everyone! We will have our memories and our car mags to remind us of those wonderful times. Enjoy yours!

What’s Your Dream Car?

Remember when you were young and looking to get that first car. You looked around at the cars your friends had, you looked in the various car magazines and would put yourself behind the wheel of all the cars they featured.

I do. In fact, I can remember my grandmother and father asking me what kind of car I wanted for my High School graduation. I really wanted to get a powder blue Corvette with white interior, or a white Corvette with powder blue interior. They thought the price for one back then was a bit more than they wanted to spend and didn’t feel it was a good “first” car. So I got my “Black Beauty” instead, a black, 2 door 1962 Chevy Belair with blue vinyl seats, which I fell in love with real quick.

They were right, I am glad I got the car I did, but a girl has dreams and that Corvette was mine at the time. This is closest picture I could find as to what it would have looked like.

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Chuck and I were lucky enough to own a 1973 Corvette and had loads of fun with it. We joined a Corvette Club, met a great bunch of people and did a variety of events. Shows, rally’s, low and high speed events. Plus we went to the Corvette Convention in Michigan. We also had a blast driving it cross country and were very sad when we had to sell it because it wouldn’t pass smog here in California.

The Bronco we got just didn’t cut it, so we started looking and got ourselves 1955 Chevy, and a 1963 Impala which we restored. Stupid us sold both when we moved. Should of kept them and sold the Bronco. If only we had a crystal ball back then to know what we know now.

So, what is my dream car today, well take a look at the beauty below, a 1953 Chrysler Imperial.

1953 Chyrsler Imperial

Though I will have to wait for a while until we finish with the 1977 Cougar we have right now. Along with the Imperial, we are also on the lookout for a 1976 Lincoln Town car, a Triumph TR6 or Spitfire, an MGA and possibly a Lotus for auto crossing or vintage racing. As you can see we have varied tastes.

So many cars, so little time!

So what is your dream car? Let us know!

Favorite Car Song and Why

I have a number of favorites, however, my all time favorite is Hot Rod Lincoln by Commander Cody.

Since living in an extremely cold climate means taking your Corvette off the road in the winter months, a winter car is a must.

So in September we started looking for a car for winter and found a beauty, a 2 door dark green 1976 Lincoln Town Car, 5035 lbs with a nice big V-8 (460) that rode like a dream, and talk about hauling a**. I can still remember the night we picked it up. With only having the Corvette, Chuck did most of the driving. Since I hadn’t driven in a while, I told him to take it easy since I hadn’t driven in the dark for quite sometime. Well, anyone who has even driven this car knows that 30 feels like you are crawling and before you know it you are up to 50 or 60. So, yep, you guessed it, there we were on the back roads and Chuck is punching the Corvette to keep up with me. I was in heaven, with all that horsepower and car around me again. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the Corvette, but since my first car was a 2 door 1962 Chevy Belair being in a big car again put me in seventh heaven, and this one was even bigger and faster than my first one.

Of course when we got home Chuck had some choice words for me, however, it all turned out all right. And what a winter car it was, we never got stuck and believe you me Rochester gets a lot of snow. Watched many a car spin it’s wheels in the parking lot, while that big Lincoln plowed through it like it was nothing. Never missed a day of work in it either and it started up even at minus 40 and 50 wind chill, and the heat, ah the wonderful warm air it put out, just couldn’t beat it. It did yeoman service for us.

We had the Lincoln for our three remaining winters in Rochester, before moving out west. We sold it to a college student going to school in NJ. It was still in tip top shape, just some minor rust, which is just part and parcel of living on the East coast with cold, snow and salt.

Would love to find another, as we would snap it up in a minute. While not a hot rod Lincoln, it still brings back very very fond memories.

My other favorites, Little GTO, 409 (of course), and the ultimate car song for those of us that live recklessly, Deadman’s Curve.

So tell us your favorite and why. If we get enough replies, we’ll dedicate a section of the  car song favorites.