What’s so special about the ’57 Chevy (part 2)

A few days ago I became sidetracked while trying to figure out why the 1957 Chevrolet has become such an iconic classic car. Actually, it’s more than an iconic classic car. It’s become an icon of American culture.

However, as I wrote a few days ago, back in 1957 the Chevy was pretty much the Camry of its era, so ordinary that even my Dad bought one.

As I mentioned in that article, my Uncle also bought a new car that year, a Plymouth with big and stylish tail fins. In retrospect, at least to my eyes, perhaps the most stylish of the mainstream ’57 models was the Dodge with its fin-over-fin tail-end styling. Looking back, even the ’57 Pontiac or ’57 Mercury might be better candidates than the ’57 Chevy for iconic status.

And yet it’s the ’57 Chevy that’s most popular, that always turns heads — and whether in coupe, convertible, sedan or station wagon form. It’s the Chevy that’s even on a postage stamp (a 33-cent first-class stamp issued in 1999, when the only recognition the ’59 Cadillac’s enormous and twin-missile tail lamped tail fin could earn was to be reproduced on mere 15-cent stamp used for lowly bulk-rate postcards).

RM photo by Teddy Pieper
RM photo by Teddy Pieper

According to the “auto editors” of Consumer Guide: “As an icon of its age, the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air ranks right alongside Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, and Leave It to Beaver.”

However, even those editors find that status “curious for a mass-market car in the last year of a three-year cycle. Nevertheless, these Chevys struck a chord that resonates to this day – even among those born long after the cars were built.”

Motor Trend suggests that, “Though total production was lower than 1955 or 1956, many enthusiasts agree the 1957 is the most desirable tri-five thanks to a complete blossoming of baby-Cadillac styling themes and added power. Fifty-sevens are most notable for their gorgeous chrome bumpers, recessed grilles, and sleek tailfins with anodized-aluminum inserts. But few recognize the subtle fact that the 1957’s cowl and hood were dropped 1.5 inches, adding greatly to the low and wide theme.”

“There are some features on that car — the two spears on the hood and the side and fin — that made it easily identifiable,” classic car auctioneer Mitch Silver told me last week at his Arizona Fall sale.

“A lot of cars that became iconic got there because they were pushed to the extremes,” he added, suggesting the ’59 Cadillac, Hemi-engined Chrysler products and the big-block Chevrolet Corvettes as examples of extreme design or performance.

“Who didn’t have one or have a neighbor who had one? It made an impression on everyone.”

— Mitch Silver

 

But, he said, that wasn’t the case with the ’57 Chevy, a car, he said, that just made an impression on seemingly every American.

“It sold in huge numbers,” Silver said. “Who didn’t have one or have a neighbor who had one? It made an impression on everyone.”

In 2011, John Kraman of Mecum Auctions explained to Automotive News: “The 1957 Bel Air probably ranks as the No. 1 best-known and best-ranked car coming out of the 1950s – and it’s all about styling. The chrome and the stainless steel and two-tone paints and bright colors represent the wretched excess of the era. Those styling cues ran out of fashion by the early 1960s. But all these years later, it hearkens back to your youth and it crosses generations to those who weren’t even alive then.”

In his recent book, Auto Biography, Earl Swift writes of the ’57 Chevy: “This was a distant ancestor of the modern car, from another age altogether. In 1957, much of the country relied on telephone party lines. The polio vaccine was just two years old, the transistor radio three. The first commercial computers, slow and stupid next to the weakest modern PCs, cost millions of today’s dollars and occupied entire rooms. And the only way to Europe for most travelers was aboard a ship. The fastest, the SS United States, flagship of the U.S. merchant fleet, took four days to travel from New York to Southampton, England.

RM photo by Teddy Pieper
RM photo by Teddy Pieper

“How primitive was the Chevy? Here’s how: It had as much in common with the first spindly, tiller-steered horseless carriages as it has with the computer-controlled autos of today. If you were to draw an automotive timeline beginning with the first wheezy buggies and ending with the 2014 model year, you’d find the ’57 Chevy near the midpoint not only in time, but in technology.”

However, he adds: “A classic (is) a paragon of styling and/or engineering that both captures the era in which it was constructed and transcends the public’s fickle tastes to achieve a kind of timelessness.”

And, he adds, the ’57 Chevy “was a throwback to an America that had been a world leader in quality goods. An America that kept its promises, in which hard work and diligence paid off. That was as solid and dependable and honest as the heavy-gauge steel that girded the Chevy’s flanks.”

“…a throwback to an America that had been a world leader in quality goods. An America that kept its promises, in which hard work and diligence paid off. That was as solid and dependable and honest as the heavy-gauge steel that girded the Chevy’s flanks.”

— Earl Swift

 

And consider this from the National Foundation of Patriotism (which turns out to be an organization founded by a former executive of UPS): “From a numbers standpoint, the ’57 Chevy wasn’t as popular as General Motors had hoped… company rival Ford outsold Chevrolet for the 1957 model year for the first time since 1935. The main cause of the sales shift to Ford was the fact the ’57 Chevy had tubeless tires, in fact it was the first car to have them. This scared away sales and many 1950′s shoppers switched to Ford as people did not initially trust the new tubeless design. However despite the setbacks on the sales floor, the 1957 Ford  (with the exception of the rare retractable hardtop model) is not nearly as prized by collectors today as the 1957 Chevrolet.”

The authors of The Big Book of Car Culture wrote: “The 1957 Chevrolet represents one of the more enigmatic chapters in modern car culture. While new, it was a rather anemic seller because the general body styling was rather dated, especially when compared with the offerings of Ford and Chrysler. Then there were the quality-control problems. Nevertheless, as a used car it proved to be a hot seller, especially among young adults. Today, two generations later, it is a favorite among middle-aged car enthusiast looking for a reminder of their ‘glory days’.”

That seems to be supported by more from the Patriotism foundation: “Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the ’57 Chevy was a popular used car, a highly prized ‘street machine’ or hot rod in 1957 terms. The ideal size of the ’57, combined with its relatively light weight compared to newer full-sized cars, made it a favorite among drag racers.

“The engine bay was big enough to fit GM’s big-block engines, first introduced in 1958 and popularized in the 1960s by the Beach Boys in the song 409. The relatively simple mechanical attributes of the car made it easy to maintain, customize, and upgrade with components such as disc brakes and air conditioning.”

However, the Patriotism report continues, what put the ’57 Chevy “on the map” was not just that Chevy “claimed the street scene from Ford” but that in 1957, Chevrolet won 49 NASCAR Grand National races, “the most of any car in NASCAR history.

“The title of sporty speedster was from then on set in stone!”

I’m still neither persuaded that the ’57 Chevy deserves its iconic status, nor that the reasons offered above are spot-on correct. I do think, however, that you, the classic car enthusiast, knows why you so cherish this car, and I hope you’ll share those reasons with the rest of us in the Comments section below.

 

52 thoughts on “What’s so special about the ’57 Chevy (part 2)”

  1. Sitting behind the wheel of a 57 Chevy was top drawer – for a young man that just got his first job in the early sixties paying a whole 1.85 an hour – with it’s bullets, modest fins, a hard top, dual pipes attached to that 283 v8 ,white wall tubeless tires – what more could you ask for – you where on top of the world – it was the epitome of cool

  2. Bought mine Dec 12, 1971 in High school. I still own it today. It has been with me thru everything and for that reason is very special. I am currently doing a “Frame off” myself, as a retirement project. The fact that it is “Drop Dead Gorgeous” doesn’t hurt either.

  3. How dare you compare a ’57 Chevy to a POS Camry import. One of the main reasons for American auto plants to shut down.

  4. i must have been ahead of the curve in 1961, i worked as head mechanic for a Chevrolet dealer, in Massachusetts.
    they had a perfect condition 57 BelAir hardtop,6 cylinder powerglide, i bought it for $700.bucks.

    well the 409s were just hitting the market, and good old GM had new long block engines available, and twin 4 barrell inlet manifolds, and wouldnt you know Corvette 4speed trans.

    well,i put both into the BelAir, it was the absolute fastest car around town , beat new vettes by the bunch and any thing else that i run with.

    along comes 1962, and i wanted to move up in the world, sold it for $1800.(yes 1800 bucks), thats called young,dumb,and full of C#^m.

  5. I would prefer a 57 Plymouth or Chrysler any day. Mopar styling was perfect, the forward look. Extreme rust, spotty build quality does detract. But if I even hear the word tri five one more time, pleeaase!

  6. The author was referring to the popularity of the Camry compared to the 57 Chevy, not the quality. BTW, the Camry is made in American factories by American workers. It has more domestic content than many GM, Ford, or Chrysler cars.

  7. My brother and I both had twin black Belair two door hard tops at the same time, ( 66 & 67.) they were cool at the time and continue to be so. We’ve both wished for the foresight at the time to have held onto them. ( Ah, the errant ways of youth.). In those days your car became part of your identity.

    Curt Christensen

  8. Very interesting that Mr. Kohlmeier, above, bought his ’57 early and it remains in his possession. My story is nearly the same, buying mine in 1968 (for $800) and it is still owned by me. It would be interesting to see how many others can claim the same thing.
    My father often attempted to persuade my selling it, which I just couldn’t do. It now is considered a family heirloom. I must admit that it has endured many iterations over the years, from “plain jane” with 283 and two-barrel carburetor, to lifted all around (Genuine Suspension Kit), through many different small and big block engines/transmissions. Now, it sports disc-brakes, a 12 bolt rearend (differential), four-link rear suspension (a much lower stance than stock), fifteen inch rims(up from the original fourteens) and wider rear tires as well (we can’t stand those ultra-tall low profile tire/wheel combinations on this icon). We (my son and I) have never messed with the original lines of the body and trim, which we believe is untouchable. Paint color has been changed several times, but now will revert to a more subtle and “stockish” color. We love it and the reaction it receives wherever it goes.
    Truth be known, when I bought it initially, I was looking for a fifty-five 150 model, as it was supposed to be the lightest of the models. As you can imagine, running into this car, for sale at the curb in Oakland, California, turned out to be the right move.
    Thanks to all that have responded!

  9. I’m going to add a point I don’t see so far – Fuel Injection! Although few had it, this was the first year of Chevy fi – the vaunted 283. I believe that as the years rolled on, it became a distinguishing marker in hindsight that no other “family car” had before, giving it more status with history than it achieved when new.

  10. Hey Jack! I agree with what you say about Chrysler products. I thought they were cool too! Now, it’s so hard to find one of them in decent shape though. My favorite was the Plymouth Fury, though, as I recall they weren’t as fast as the ’57 Chevrolets.
    Another favorite (there are, and were, many) was the ’57 Oldsmobile, two door, either 88 or 98. My father owned the 98 2 door w/ 371″ J2 motor, solid lifters, three-twos and “Jetaway” four speed automatic transmission. I learned to drive in it and took it for granted, as I’d love to have it these days as well, ten miles per gallon be damned!

  11. This car is simply sexy. Period.
    Why do we think a woman or a man is sexy, sometimes we can explain it but sometimes we can’t
    You know, it is a feeling. And if many people have the same feeling the women or man or car becomes an icon.

  12. I bought a new 57 Chevy and had my dad co-sign for me (reluctantly). Some of my car club member friends (Midnighters Car Club) in Phoenix also bought one. It was a head turner and fun to run against the Ford and Golden and Silver Hawks. Something about that car still stays with me today, it’s just the feeling of owning one.

  13. In 1957 I was 17 years old and lived in Amarillo There was a supermarket chain there
    called Furr’s. When the ’57 Chevy’s came out, Furr’s had platforms built in front of each
    of their supermarkets. The platforms were about four to five feet high, and each platform had a ’57 Chevy placed on it. The cars were to be given away after being displayed for whatever advertisement value. My point is that even at that early time, the unique styling/value of the car was recognized. Never saw such a giveaway again. I owned
    a 210 two door, 265 cu.in., V8, 3 speed overdrive, on the column, while in the Army in 1961. Would love to have it back.

  14. The 57 Chev. is just one of the cars that I love. There are so many, I have a 57 210 2 door hardtop right now. But I think the reason the 57 Chev. got so famous was the introdution of the 283, with 411 gears and a stick shift , there wasen’t much of anything that could outrun it,

    in its day.And performence parts were cheap.

  15. Josef, you said it well for me. Its just hard to explain, In love these even if they are a dime a dozen. The bullets, and fins come to mind. I also agree for me, Im tired of Mustangs, but still have a spot for a gold 4speed with white interior from a childhood memory. Lots of cars we like are from childhood or other memories, but a 57 just became one of my top picks.

  16. An interesting sidelight that comes to mind is how, at least in my neck of the woods, we all were so strictly against anything with four doors! No one would be caught dead in a four door, even riding along with mom or dad. Now, there’s no thought of that nature. Heck, they all look the same anyway. ‘Course now I’m looking at the more easily afforded four-door models as a more convenient ’57 to own, that is if one can be located.
    Studebakers? Oh yes, anything after ’48 or ’49 and up to say ’56 were, or could be made to be hotrods.

  17. i had all three,Bel-Aire convertible 283 with dual quads,57 Star chief with tri power and 57 2dr ht super 88 with single 4 barrel, the Olds was definitely the best all around car, the Pontiac was the fastest

  18. In the 60’s, no one wanted fins any more. So at that time the ’57 Chevy had the least ‘finny’ styling a teenager could get in an affordable and reliable used car. A J-2 Olds was a close second and had a performance image, if you could swing it. 56 Chevies were a tad frumpy. 55’s in good shape were a great alternative but harder to come by with a V-8. A 56 Ford had that chrome strip on the side that was not quite right for the 60’s. So the Chevy was not great (I still like 55’s better when slightly customized) but it won by default. Now the ’57 parts are so easy to come by, it’s an even easier choice for collectors and restorers.

  19. Bought mine in Mumbai India for $ 300. Yes $ 300 only in 1986 on my return from US to India for good. This was my second car and first Left hand Drive and Automatic. Wow going through all the posts I feel proud hanging on to the car. I remember getting stuck in traffic jam on smaller roads of then suburban Mumbai with all those right hand drive small cars Viz. Fiats and Morris Oxfords. Trying to get out and grabbing every single inch a time came when my car was actually blocking the main road I was trying to move on to. Police had to intervene and it took more than an hour to pull out of the mess created. Also I remember chasing sunset to the beach with an American cousin in Rural area with 20 minutes for Sun to go down and 35 kilometres to go on unknown rural road. Made it.

  20. I am the owner of 1957 150 that original unrestored. It has been in family since new. goes to many shows each summer as far away as 3 or 4 hundred miles driving. lots of looks and comments when they find it is unrestored.

  21. I owned a 56, then a 57. the 56 seemed to be heavier, and to me held the road better. found the 57 bel-aire in a field, just the body, had a tree growing up thru engine compartment. bought it for 35.00 and hauled it home in 1971. took motor and trans out of 56, and put them to the 57, motor was out of a 62 corvette, 283 had a 3-speed in floor. interior took out of wrecked 65 impala ss. 57 had a dead short somewhere, and I sold it in 1972 for 300.00. Bought a 68 road-runner……ah memories

  22. I was 10 years old in 1957 when my neighbor bought a brand new 57 Chevy Belair which I immediately fell in love with. At age 18 after graduating high school I was finally looking to purchase one. I found one for only $500, however with the draft only a year away it never happened. After getting home from the service, life got in the way and once again the 57 would have to wait. Well finally at age 66, after retirement my dream is fulfilled as I purchased a 57 Chevy Belair 2 door sedan. It has 36k original numbers matching 283 that was put in a barn in 1969 only to be restored in 2002. I have had the car since July and have been having a blast working on it and going to car shows and cruise nights winning 11 trophies this season. People just come up to you and always want to talk about the car and tell you their stories. Of course I paid a lot more then the original find in 1965 of $500, but that as they say is priceless.

  23. I BOUGHT a 57 2 dr. hardtop in 63 for 800.00 black w/red inter. like new. bought another one in2004 for 3000.00 resored it myself now have 35,000 in it red 2 dr. hardtop bel air.

  24. I bought my 57 hardtop in 1966 when I was a Junior in highschool. I found it way back in the hill in Okla. It didn’t have a motor or tranny. It was factory black with the red and black seats. I paid 75.00 for it. I took the 327 out of my 56 4 dr and put in it. The 327 had a 3/4 Duntal solid lifter cam with a 750 AFB carb, duel exhaust, three speed with a Fenton 500 shifter. Also the heads had been shaved. That thing would run. I sold it to my brother in 1969 to by a 64 SS Impala with the 300 Hp, factoy tack, and 4sd.

  25. Anthony, you are a fortunate individual. I can only imagine what your ’57 looked like sitting with no motor or trans. AND only nine years old. A labor of love to be sure. Wish there was a method of attaching photos with these comments. I’d love to see one of your black five-seven!

  26. I owned two olds a 49 two door fastback coupe & a 53 super 88 , either one would stripe the print off a 57 chevy 283 power pack every day of the week without aviation fuel witch all the guys around home thought gave their chevies more of an edge*********** to no avail that we olds folks could see. Mac.

  27. After reading Mr. Edsall’s two part article there are many mistakes in the sources he quotes.. The article is a complete waste of time to read especially part one.

  28. Mr. Shireman: I am sorry you think sharing your personal car stories with your family is a waste of time. I think it is a very worthwhile to share the details of your life, even your love of cars, with the people you love.

  29. Larry Edsall : The other side of the coin is that part two of your article and the sources you quote contains many major errors..

  30. Frankie my boy, it’s fun to hear all the input in this forum….but yours. Period.
    As to the ’57 Chevy being the exclusive icon of our era, isn’t it obvious here that it is but one of many icons. It is also obvious that the ’57 Chevy is, arguably, the most recognizable car of its era. As for me, man oh man I loved them all, the ’49 Olds included. Reggie Jackson got it right, just buy them all and drive them!

  31. Bill L There is a somewhat modern descriptive that sure applies to you “Get A Life”. If the best you can do is criticize then load up your Yugo and Historian works and disappear.

  32. Got me going there for a moment Bob, I was thinking ” what the heck did I say?”. At least 99 % of us can smile and either reminisce or have fun discussion! ( Or cry,,,,I miss my 57!!!)

  33. You know if you go back to what Hollywood depicted as cool cars of the era, It wasn’t the 57, In fact for Chevies there was a huge display for the 55 Chevy, which was the one that changed the way people viewed their car for ever, It had the look. The new v8 power and a total different ride appeal. By 57 Chevy needed a change, hence the radically new 58 Impala, Which again made people step back and take a look

  34. I know I didnt care the 58 for a long time. Just in the last few years looking at a blue one with all the trim on it gave me a new appreciation of them. Actually, the metal trim and detail on all the 50`s cars is cool. My 66 TBird has virtually no plastic visible. Even the interior rear view is metal.

  35. That right Frank, Today’s up and coming gen x will never get to experience the love of American automobiles like We do. You had to live it.

  36. Damn right! Why back in my day (insert old fart accent) we carried heavy metal around the garage instead of cheap, light plastic.

  37. I’ll never forget, in my high school days, “thumbing” a ride from Danville to Walnut Creek, in the early sixties (we weren’t supposed to do that, even back then) and a young guy picked us up in a ’50 Ford Coupe. It was primered in a rust color….no big deal….until we got in and the guy punched it. Turns out he’d shoe-horned a Cadillac motor in it and it really “hauled the pies”! Big difference, as compared to the stock flatheads normally seen in them. My friend and I were duly impressed! The guy said he now called it a “Fordillac”….first time I’d heard it phrased as such. Fun times.
    We can all go on and on….and I hope we do! Such as my brother-in-law’s ’32 Ford Roadster. It had an Olds J2 in it, with six-two’s and a La Salle three speed. Very cool for early sixties, even if it turned only a fourteen flat at the Pomona Drags. (I remember the clutch was slipping as well, which definitely hampered the e.t.’s and mph’s (just under 100)
    Talk about icons! How ’bout the Model A’s and the Model B’s? They outran almost everything, right off the showroom floor in 1931-32, and that was with their anemic flathead motors!

  38. I am really amazed the above poll for best “fins” is even a contest. In reality the 57-59 Plymouths, Dodges and even Desotos had real fins. Comparing those of Ford and Chevy, to the Mopars is no contest. I have attended thousands of car shows in the last 20 years. There are always large crowds around those big finned Mopars, if you can find them, and just yawns for the others. Last summer a show of hundreds of classics at the local “Super Cruise” had one perfect red/black ’59 Dodge Royal Lancer. It owned the show for both young and old drivers.

  39. In part 2 of this story it states that the 57 Chevy was the first have tubeless tires and that is one of the reasons why sales shifted from Chevy to Ford because in 1957. In 1954 Packard started using tubeless on their automobiles. In 1955 the use of tubeless tires became the standard of the auto industry in the US, Chevy started using tubeless tires in 1955 across the entire car line. I am dang sure that by 1957 Ford must have also been using tubeless tires..

    John F

  40. Well John, we’ll all have to admit that your “tubeless tire” complaint is valid and suppose the corrections need to be stated. If I had been more analytical I would have taken more notice of the discrepancies but the thrust of the forum wasn’t, and isn’t, pointed at anything but nostalgia and propagating friendly discussion between people with common life experience and interests. Your rant reminds me of one of my grandchildren, who constantly dives into Google looking for some minute (tiny) fact to bring down grampa’s credibility. Thanks for your input John. Now, is it true that you haven’t graduated high school at this juncture? I’ll also wager that you have no knowledge of what a Yugo could possibly be. (quick now, dive for the Google search engine once again)
    Keep the life experience coming folks. We truly enjoy reading them, even the comment from an unlikely man from India…just fabulous!
    In my youth, I would earn “wheeltime” from my sister’s boyfriend, spit-polishing his ’51 Chevy Businessman’s Coupe. It was extraordinary for a guy to allow a “wet-behind-the-ears” 16year old drive his pride and joy. The car never looked better and I looked good for the girls as well.

  41. Bob, this fella must really have trusted you and liked your sister a lot! Im not sure I could have done that with my pride n joy,,,

  42. Indeed! I felt extremely fortunate Frank. For the record, they subsequently were married…..as a matter of fact, additionally, his brother eventually married another of my sisters, keeping it all in the family.
    The ’51 coupe was a special car. It had, interestingly enough, a ’57 Chevrolet 235″ Stovebolt Six in it and a Muntz record-player, playing 45’s (that of course didn’t play too well while driving, but were very cool for the times in the realm of impressing the girls). It had black tuck & roll naugahyde upholstery and ’57 Olds pale yellow paint, chrome rims in the back and American Torque Thrust D’s in the front. It was pretty quick, up to about 60-65 mph, having 4.11:1 rear end gears. This translated into absolutely no top end, but I was in heaven, taking my girl to the drive-in in it.
    I don’t know how to add an attachment here, but if you email me parofish@hotmail.com, I’ll send you an old shot of it. Hey, no worries if not, I still loved it.
    Fun also, Steve (the cool owner of the’51) was one of those fellows that HAD to be the blueprint for “the Fonz” on Happy Days. His brother wasn’t as easy with his black ’55, with 348″ truck motor and three-twos, though he finally let me joy-ride in it, providing me with my first moving violation the day before heading to Vietnam in July of ’66. It wasn’t for speeding or exhibition of speed. It was for the too noisy side-pipes, which were three inch side pipes (aka,lakes pipes). My dad took care of it for me, some time later. (More trivia, useless as can be)
    Thanks for the interest, sincerely Bob.

  43. What canI add, I also bought a tri 5, while in Hiogh school, still have it, and a 49 Packard
    that i bought years later, only because I had to wash one when I was just a kid. Back to the tri 5, this car started my collection of about 22 differant cars, when ask (My 2 boys) did not pick either thr 55 chev, 63 split windo, or the 54 vett. One went for a cool (all stock) 71
    malibu, and the oldest went for a 71 3/4 ton p.u.?? what is a collector to do when the car that took them to Little League, and the P.U. that Dad takes when he goes to help others
    is the Pick of the litter for each son, I must have done something right. Poppy K.

  44. Mr. Edsall;

    In reading all of the responses to your series on the ’57 Chevy, this blog points up another topic that may be ripe fodder for your next article, “Why do cars affect us so strongly?” I have been into cars all my life and now that I am in my 60s, it is a big part of my life. I have always loved cars, all cars, and mostly all car people. This has led me to a group of gear heads, motor heads and overall car nuts that meet at Krispy Kreme every Saturday in Mandarin, FL. We gather early to bench race and argue about what car was fastest, best back seat love story, etc. etc.. Although you will not find Reggie Jackson or Jay Leno, in attendance are grease monkeys, retired body shop owners, sprint car drivers, machinists, businessmen, lawyers and a couple of well heeled collectors, all who share a common bond and passion, a love of cars. Our Cars? 29- 34 Ford and Chevy street rods, ’31 Rolls Silver Ghost, 67 427 Impala 4 speeds, Cobras, Vettes, Camaros, Mustangs, Buicks, Olds, 57 Chevys, T birds, mopars and a couple that I have never even heard of!! Great people, great times and it is a fitting example of what everyone here has said, we love our cars!! To all who are reading and writing, come by and see us!

  45. Hey David,
    What a great weekly event! Understandably, I’m sure it is but one of thousands of meetings across America, if not around the world. For example, aside from the ones I personally attend in Southern California, there are those attended in both Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and South America, by very devoted motor/gearheads and car people. There is no more enjoyable method of meeting people then on the common ground of our favorite mode of transport.
    We’d all appreciate hearing of and about the many varied events around the world.
    Thanks David, for your offering.

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