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FIRST GENERATION BEL AIR

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About a year ago, a good friend of mine acquired a 1953 Chevy Bel Air in a trade deal that involved a few vehicles. He flips cars for a living, so it wasn’t around for long, but that car made a major impact on me. Up until that point, I had not paid a whole lot of attention to the early ’50s Chevrolet’s, but something about that car really grabbed my attention. I love the smaller body (compared to the more popular late 50’s models), and the subtle, yet somehow pronounced, fender bubbles add to the appeal for me. Throw in an art deco dashboard and it adds up to one bad little car in my book.

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I’ve done a little research since then and this is what I have discovered. The body style I’m referring to was produced from 1950 to 1954. First year production numbers only reached a dismal 76,662 (despite a low $1700 selling price) as American auto buyers were still cautiously evaluating the new-look Chevy. By 1954, that number had jumped to over 450,000 across the model lineup. 1954 engine options included a 92hp 216.5ci or 105hp 235.5ci with a 4-barrel.

The 2 photos you see in this post were taken this weekend at a local cruise-in. Two beautiful specimens for sure! I’ll continue to be an admirer andĀ  student of the first generation Bel Air… and who knows, one day there may be one parked in my garage!

*sources include www.myclassicgarage.com, www.50classicchevy.com, and others.

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SINK HOLE!!!

By now, I’m sure everybody knows that back in February a massive sink hole opened up right under the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Eight rare Corvette’s were sucked right into the earth. I went up about a month ago to see the damage for myself… and although pix cannot capture the massiveness of the hole… maybe these will at least give you an idea of what happened and the results. I’m also including security camera footage of the incident in case you’ve not seen it.

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A BUSY SUMMER

Wow! I just realized that I haven’t made a post here in a few months. I’ve been pretty busy this summer with work… often working 8 to 5, then starting up after dinner and working more until 10 or so. I have made time for riding and driving though. Here’s a few pix from some of the cruise-ins and shows I’ve attended.

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One of the coolest trucks I’ve seen in a while was at a local truck show a couple of months ago. It’s on a NASCAR frame with a NASCAR motor. Pretty dang bad!

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I made it up to Champagne, IL. for the Bloomington Gold Corvette show this summer. Some incredible cars there but maybe none as cool as this 64 model. This is an unrestored, survivor car with less than 4500 actual miles on it. Just like it came off the showroom floor!

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Otis on display at the local truck show.

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Another cool one from Bloomington Gold. This car was just in attendee parking.

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Gotta love the BIG BLOCK mid-year Vette’s!

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Love, love, love this car!!!!

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ANOTHER CRUISE-IN

The weather has not be cooperating with the local cruise-in scene here in Middle Tennessee lately. Tonight we were overcast and it’s pretty freakin’ cold. Still, myself and about 20 other guys made their way to the local Sonic for the Saturday night festivities. I’m glad I did, just so I could see this family enjoying themselves. They were giving Otis some love… mom was snapping pictures and the excited young men were having a good old time looking at the cars and trucks., I love to see families out together enjoying a car show.

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Otis liked the attention… But the real star of the evening was this beautiful, completely restored 1957 Chevy pickup. WOW!

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An of course… I’m obligated to photo any third gen Corvettes I see. Here’s a nice ’73 model in Corvette Yellow. (Yep… looks Gold, but that’s what Chevrolet called it.)

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AND NOW… SOMETHING DIFFERENT!

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Friday night in Middle Tennessee was cloudy with splotches of rain. Still, I made my way to the local cruise-in for a few minutes to see what was going on. Not much… but I did find this beauty. I like to think I am pretty traveled with automobiles, but I had never seen one of these in person. It’s a 1965 VW “Notchback” which were never sold in the USA. Pretty cool… and nicely restored by a guy who told me it was nothing but a “shell” when he got it.

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MORE CRUISE-IN PHOTOS

I’m on a roll! I’ve been to 2 cruise-ins in three weeks… and that’s pretty good for me. This one takes place just south of Nashville and typically has a great turn-out. Especially on the opening night of the season, which this was. I would guess there were 400 cars there. Here’s some of my favorites.

SW1I’m kind of getting sick of the “flat-black-thing” but this truck looks great with the red, green and yellow accents.

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The holy-grail for me! Big Block Corvette C2!

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Man… I LOVE THIS CAR! My plain-jane 77 L82 model.

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A little hot rod action.

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I’ve always loved 2nd generation Camaros and this one was gorgeous!

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Nice workmanship here.

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Another great-looking Chevy pickup.

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One of the nicest Bugs I’ve seen in a while. Wow.. if you look close at the door it almost looks likeĀ  55 Chevy! Haha

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