November 28, 2022

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Look at these shiny classic cars from the Friendswood show

Naturally, we never assume 2 times when we see a Texas license plate, but if that plate is on a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air sports coupe with coral and shadow grey hues, for me it is love at initial sight.

For vehicle aficionados, there were a good deal of stunning sights at the yearly Friendswood Chamber of Commerce’s Car or truck & Bicycle Show held at Stevenson Park on Could 21.

Superbly restored vehicles that have been provided a new lease on daily life as treasures on the roadway have been up for awards in various categories.

The really like of these vehicles operates deep. There was David Shafer of Houston dusting his gray Corvette less than 1 of the park’s trees, and there was a purple 1971 Volkswagen bus that had a camper on the roof, a storage spot for a skateboard in the again, a Subaru engine and license plates that read through “Mary Jane” — named following the track, “Sweet Mary Jane” by Mungo Jerry.

Each motor vehicle has a tale

Some of the motor vehicle entrepreneurs, like Mike Wagoner, detailed on a placard how these common cars wound up in Stevenson Park in the first place. In most circumstances, it was a lengthy and difficult journey.

That wonderful Chevrolet Bel Air was a “barn find” in Missouri that was in such dilapidated form that it had to be dragged out of its so-referred to as solution place for the reason that the tires were rotten.

“For 20 decades, I was seeking for a ’55, but it experienced to be coral, shadow grey. It had to be coral, shadow grey from the manufacturing facility,” Wagoner explained. “Bob Coonrod, a famous restoration male from Missouri, went out to this farm that a spouse and children was offering. He went out there and be bought two tractors and he purchased two old trucks.

“As he was leaving, less than this lean-to, connected to the barn, he observed a taillight sticking out. He informed them that he’s acquired a pal that’s on the lookout for a automobile in this color,” he claimed. “They had to put tires on it to get it out from this barn. The motor was no great, the transmission was no superior, or else we would have restored it to its unique affliction. That’s how the system began.”

What Wagoner, who lives in Pearland, left out was that when Coonrod was just 16, he discovered the exact auto by the similar barn and needed to purchase it then. But his request to invest in it was turned down, and for an believed 20 years, there it sat right up until the loved ones farm went up for sale.

Wagoner’s spouse, Ruby, did a painting of what the vehicle looked like in its unique problem and the transformation to what it seemed like in Missouri to what was on display screen in Stevenson Park is nothing brief of astounding.

Also on display screen was a 1953 Corvette, a dazzling white one in truth with a red dashboard and crimson trim on the steering wheel.

It is not tricky picturing any a single of these antique automobiles on display rumbling down the road in its heyday. Thanks to the chamber’s annual car or truck display, we get to gaze at the true items up near, picturing all the knobs and gizmos executing their features all through days lengthy absent.

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