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About me and my passion for cars
I came of age in the late 60s and all my friends were driving 55-56-57 Chevy's and such. My best friend had a 56 Nomad that we use to cruiz Van Nuys Blvd in. We use to also hang at the Bob's Big Boy in Burbank. Another friend had a 55 Olds that after high school he sold to a old time comic name Doodles Weaver. My mom lived in the "Valley" and my dad lived in Whittier and I spent a lot time also cruising Whittier Blvd with another friend in his 57 Chevy that was all jacked-up with a chrome straight axel front end. Sometimes I also wonder what happened to all the custom vans that were around in the late 60s and 70s? They seem all but totally forgotten.
My first car
1968 Dodge Charger. I joined the Army when I was 17 and never really had a car of my own till then. I always drove my parents cars. My mom had a 66 Chevelle two door that was stock and super clean so it wasn't so bad. I bought the 68 Charger in '73 when I came home on a 30 day Army leave from Germany for a $1000 and on the very last day of my leave an older guy lost control of his car on the freeway and hit me and the car was a total. His Insurance Company gave me $1351 dollars for it. Sure I made a few bucks but would rather still have the car. When I first read this question I thought it said "Remember your first?". Gosh I was already 4 lines into it when I realized they were talking about your first car. I started to go into when I was 16 and Jamie Johnson's parent's were out of town and I went over on a Saturday night...Um, nevermind.
Car I wish I still had
1957 Chevy Nomad
My dream car
1968 Dodge Charger with a 426 Hemi.
When I got out of the Army in '75 I was driving through Whittier California where I lived at the time and there was a small used car lot that sold transportation cars and there sat a '68 Dodge Charger same color as the one I had. I stopped and looked and the guy had me drive it around the block and it was smoking bad and smelled like it might be burning oil. When I got back to the lot I opened the hood and Damn-me if it didn't have a factory 426 Hemi in it. It would have needed to be gone through but still what a find! The guy wanted $600 dollars for it and that day it might as well been $6000 or $60,000 I didn't have any money. I've often been reminded of that car and think what it would be worth today.
Car clubs I’m in
Classics And Rods
Southern Nevada (New Member)
I was in contact with another member and wasn't sure if they had regular meetings or anything and maybe for new members hand out "Mouse Ears" or have some kind of secret "Blood Initiation" or something?
- Type of racing: Drag
- Driving song: Little Duce Coupe
- Car movie: Vanishing Point
- Car magazine: Hot Rod
— Profile last updated: Jun 14, 2009
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