Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Mom covers the Bates City BBQ Cruise

Believe it or not, there are car shows going on around town that I can’t make it to.  Sure, I’d like to go cover them all, but there’s only so much one person can do.  Sometimes, I get some help, though.  Take last weekend.  My mom has a booth in an antique mall in Shawnee, and she called to tell me that they were having a car cruise there.  And even though I couldn’t make it, mom managed to snap a few pictures for us, and my dad was able to provide a little perspective.

This Autumn Gold ’70 Nova really stands out.  The engine bay was stuffed with a factory-installed 396 big block.  The owner claims that this is an original car with only 12,000 miles.  Now I don’t normally get too nutso about this style of Nova, but this one is hard not to like.  It looks like a sleeper muscle car, because it is a sleeper muscle car.  You just don’t find things like this very often. 

Here’s a ’57 Chevy convertible.  I don’t normally call these out in my stories.  It’s not because I don’t like them, because I do.  Rather, it seems like there are so many of these that they would dominate the blog.  But there’s a good reason that you see them all over.  A red ’57 Bel Air convertible like this may be the most iconic car ever made.  Every little part and piece of this car is recognizable to anyone who knows anything about cars.  And these are the dream ride of more people than you could count.  Just look at this picture—this is the quintessential ‘50s car.

This ’66 Plymouth Sport Fury is actually a pretty rare car.  They only built 3,418 of them, so you aren’t going to see one very often.  And with a base price of $3,251, it was the most expensive Plymouth you could buy.  The chrome, enameled bars on the door are the easiest way to tell that you’re looking at a Sport Fury, but they also had fun stuff like bucket seats and a Deluxe steering wheel.  This would have competed with an Impala SS or Galaxie XL back in the day.

My mom took a nice little set of pictures, and you can see them in the slideshow below.  No, it’s not 1,000 pictures, but most people don’t go as crazy as I do.  You can also click on this link for a better version of the slideshow.  Thanks, Mom!


  1. Yay Mom! Thanx.

  2. Gooooooooooooood JOB Mom & Pops !!!!!!!

    Don - Basehor, ks