I expect most people think of fancy paint jobs in this kind of context. There were many such, but some were only partially restored and some were deliberately left "rough." Here is a sample of my favorites.


I was surprised to see a Subaru at a "classic cruise in." And such a Subaru at that! The owner has added after-market "Lambo" doors to a Subaru BRZ.

His trophies show that he's done a good job of his upgrades.


There were any number of Corvettes and Mustangs. I chatted a while with the owner of this stingray. In a former lifetime I dated a guy who was wild about Corvettes (what was I thinking?!?!). He traded his 1973 Corvette for a classic 1963 split-window model only to be disappointed that it was a true sports car rather than a sporty looking luxury car.

Obviously the relationship was doomed.

Last I heard of him he had traded the 'vette for a Nomad.

I wonder if this owner stood in line at the DMV to get that license number.

Hot rod

The owner has gathered bits & pieces from far and wide to build this monster. The grill is from a Farmall tractor and who knows where the rest of it came from. There was a young man lovingly polishing the exhaust pipe. I asked him if it was his car, but it belonged to his cousin. Another friend teased him saying he'd better not claim it for his own!

I do not recall Upper 10, but it was a Sprite-like soft drink made by Royal Crown. RC Cola was one of my favorites as a kid, but the lemon-lime offering when & where I grew up was 7-Up.

Elbow grease

The vehicles were mostly spotless inside & out. I teased this guy about finding a speck of dust on the front fender only to be informed that he hadn't gotten there yet.

Nice matching engine trim & upholstery.


I don't think it came from the factory looking as snazzy as this.

Monster truck

This is the only monster truck I saw at the event.

Dodge Truck

This truck is more to my taste. The logo identifies it as a Dodge Brothers truck. I was not aware of the history of Dodge, but it is fascinating. Check out the link.


This Ford woodie uses actual wood, not the printed or applique decorations that I grew up with. My family never owned one, but there was a time I thought they were cool.

Nash Metropolitan

A true classic: the Nash Metropolitan.

I didn't know of any Metropolitans in my town growing up, but I did know folks with Ramblers. Of course the song Beep Beep was quite popular with them.

School Bus

Not every exhibit was meticulously restored!


Flames were a common design motif.

My favorite flame paint job was black on black, but the picture didn't turn out well. Actually, the paint job didn't turn out very well either, but it was a cool concept.


Wheelie bars were in evidence on a number of exhibits.

My best friend in high school drooled over the original Barracuda. One of her father's many jobs was as a Plymouth salesman and he would let her borrow cars off the used car lot - never a Barracuda though. We would each chip in 25¢ (that's about $2 apiece in 2018 money) for gas and hit the road on summer days.

Before she married she was a drag racer for a while, which was a pretty ground-breaking thing for a girl in Mississippi in the late 60s!

Fake Woody

This fake woodie had lots of geegaws in its display. I saw many weird crying kid dolls, but this was the only little dog "peeing" on the tire.

I never could figure out if the kid was supposed to be crying in envy or ??? Apparently other inquiring minds want to know.

PS. They are officially called "time out dolls."

Star Wars Fan

The "Dark Side" has clearly captured the owner of this car. The LED lights, yellow in this picture, changed colors.

His & Her Cameros

Camaros were also popular exhibits, but this is the only "His" and "Her" display. The owners were not around and the sign board simply described the specs for the cars. I'm sure there's a story here and I'm sorry that I couldn't find out what it is.

Jim still mourns the Z28 Camaro he had in grad school. Someone stole it and by the time the car was found it had been stripped and nothing much was left. The thief was never identified.

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