Saturday, November 15, 2014

Vintage Vettes, the Dement brothers, and the greatest job in the world

“This can’t be right,” I thought as the GPS sent me to a crusty old office building on Memorial Boulevard in Murfreesboro. According to their website, Vintage Vettes handles a large assortment of pristine straight-axle Corvettes. Even as I went behind the building and opened the steel door, I did not see how this dark, dismal place could be what I was looking for. I introduced myself to a couple of guys sitting at desks plugging away on their computers, and they welcomed me to take a look in the next room. Suddenly I realized that my initial impressions were way off.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Cruise season winds down at Coach's Eastgate Grille

Now I’m starting to feel a little sad. The first car cruise that I went to when I moved to Nashville was the first cruise of 2014 at Coach’s Eastgate Grille in Lebanon, Tenn. And now, it looks like one of the last cruises of the year that I’ll be going to is, you guessed it, the one at Coach’s Eastgate Grille. These guys started the season early, and are ending the season late. Plus, they do a good job with this event, offering door prizes and even lunch to participants. This is a pretty good way to end things. That’s especially true when you see what kind of cars they had on display.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Music City Fall Classic Auction in Murfreesboro is a great car show where everything's for sale

I obviously go to a ton of car shows, so I get to see a bunch of great cars. But sometimes, the most interesting old cars that I see are someplace other than car shows. I’m talking about collector car auctions. If there’s one anywhere near me, I’ll always try and hit it. You know cars are often at their best when someone is trying to sell them. No questionable personalization. No door prizes. No disk jockeys. What you get is a straightforward variety of cars, all cleaned up and presented in a way that should appeal to the greatest number of buyers. Take a look at some of the cars that were at the Music City Fall Classic Auction in Murfreesboro and see what I mean.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Trunk-or-Treat at the Mt. Juliet Chick-fil-A Cruise

Mt. Juliet was a scary place last Saturday night when the annual Trunk-or-Treat Car Cruise rolled into the Chick-fil-A parking lot. Vintage cars were mixed with scary costumes for a fun night of candy and chicken. This was the first time since we moved here that the old HMC truck was able to wear its Halloween costume (Tow Mater, every year, of course), but there were lots of other great cars and trucks to check out along the way. Here were a few of my favorites.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Let's go to the Crusin' Spring Hill Drive-In Car Show

Over the weekend, I found my way all the way down in Spring Hill, former home of the Saturn, for the Cruisin’ Spring Hill Drive-In Car Show. Now, the General Motors plant in Spring Hill might not build Saturns anymore, but they’re definitely alive and kicking, and still churning out Chevrolet Equinoxes. This event was held at the UAW 1953 Union Hall, and featured this car show along with GM displays, a craft show, live music, and even food trucks. It was actually quite a shindig. Here are some of the cars.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Nashville Classic Collector Car Auction had the good stuff

The Nashville Fairgrounds was a busy place over the weekend. On one side of the parking lot, there was a stereo competition. But since the stock Delco in my wife’s 2007 Impala didn’t crank out enough base to put it in contention, we went to the other side of the lot and checked out all the great vintage cars at the Nashville Classic Collector Car Auction. There were a bunch of people in there with bidder numbers, as it should be. The guys from JMARK Classic Car Auctions, and auctioneer Phillip Traylor, were running a small but high-quality lineup of hot rods, muscle cars, and classics.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

2014 Hazzard Run brings The Dukes of Hazzard to life

Yee haw! As a car chase-loving boy growing up in the ‘80s, The Dukes of Hazzard was one of the greatest TV shows in the history of the world. I still watch the show today with my own son, and it still brings back some nice memories. And I’m not alone. There are still die-hard Dukes fanatics out there. Some are even more into it than me, including the ones participating in the Hazzard Run over the weekend. These guys and gals gathered behind Cooter’s Place in Nashville with their very own General Lees and Hazzard Sheriff’s cars, and caravanned down to Cooter’s Place in Gatlinburg. There. They met up with actual cast members from the show. It seemed like a good time to me, so we got up early Saturday morning to see them off.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The private car collection of Frank Thompson

What car guy wouldn’t want to be like Frank Thompson when they grow up? Thompson was a successful Chrysler/Jeep dealer in the Kansas City area with a passion for vintage vehicles. Now, he’s retired from the new car business, so he has time to enjoy what he loves. Hidden in an unmarked building in Overland Park, Kan., is a stunning private collection of pristine old cars. These are the right cars in the right colors with the right options. They’re every car lover’s dream. Of course while we were there, the “retired” Thompson, who is in his 80s, was dressed up in a suit having a meeting in one of the adjoining offices. Maybe this being successful thing takes a lot of work after all.