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2016 Charleston Rod Run and Doo Wop

A great experience at WV’s top car show
By Cassidy McCoy & Jessica Richards

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Jessia Richards hands out copies of Auto Round-Up at the 2016 Charleston Rod Run and Doo Wop.

The 2016 Charleston Rod Run and Doo Wop was the 11th annual event and West Virginia’s biggest car show. From Thursday, October 6 through Sunday October 9 the event was held along Kanawha Boulevard. The event saw more than 820 registered cars and participants from all over the mountain state and the East Coast with a few travelers coming from as far away as Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Canada and more!

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A line up of cars at the 2016 Charleston Rod Run and Doo Wop

In addition to the hundreds of car enthusiasts lined along the boulevard, thousands of spectators and attendants walked along the cruise-in style car show. The cars stretched a mile across Charleston’s downtown and parallel to the Ohio River. It provided participants with a unique view of the town and a fun all-around experience.

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1967 Chevy Camaro RS/SS owned by James Frame of Elkview, WV

Wednesday, Oct. 5 the fun was kick started with a cruise to the Mardi Gras Casino & Resort. Hundreds of show cars packed the dog track’s parking lot for a night at one of Kanawha Valley’s biggest attractions. The 2016 Charleston Rod Run and Doo Wop began Thursday morning. Registration opened at 6 a.m. and most of the festivities ran from 10 a.m. to nightfall. Every morning the car crowd respectively saluted a flag during the National Anthem to start things off.

The live DJ from KAZ 68 FM was on hand daily with classic cruise-in hits. There was also 50/50 and silent auctions throughout the day.

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An inside look at the Richard Petty Racing Simulator

 Magic Island was packed with parts because of the swap meet and visitors could also try driving the Richard Petty racing simulator that was set up. Attendees also checked out pedal cars that were on display and vendors and concession stands that were open daily.

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Smithfield Bacon, was on site from Thursday through Sunday with the Richard Petty racing simulator in which two people at a time could hop in and try their luck on the track.

Fun Activities at the 2016 Charleston Rod Run and Doo Wop

In addition to the daily fun were special activities. Visitors could go on a scenic cruise and poker run or a poker walk through Charleston’s scenic downtown. Another thing was the Shops at the Doo Wop display with an array of primitives and shopping choices. There was a trolley ride that looped through some of Charleston’s most popular destinations and the Kid Zone that was filled with fun activities.

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This 1972 Pontiac LeMans Sport Convertible was brought to the 2016 Charleston Rod Run and Doo Wop by Dennis Carol from Davison, MI.

There was also a WV Drag Racers Hall of Fame Induction on Racer’s Row, a car crushing monster truck show from the XDP truck and nightly music at Haddad Riverfront Park from bands The Esquires, Johnnie Mikel, Dave & Whitney and The Street Players.

Saturday night at the 2016 Charleston Rod Run and Doo Wop featured quite possibly the coolest fireworks display I have ever seen by Zambelli International and the raffles were finally awarded. The raffles consisted of $500 Early Registration, the Pontiac Trans Am from Larry Dawson’s Auto Sales, the Xspec Power generator and pedal car. Finally, Sunday was a beautiful sunny day and more than 100 trophies awarded.

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John Pares brought a beautiful 1956 Ford Pickup from Little Valley, NY to the 2016 Charleston Rod Run and Doo Wop.

Most noteworthy of course was the selection of gorgeou cars. The show featured such a variety of vehicles. There was something beautiful, mean, powerful or antique do every spectator would be happy. The volunteers and staff create a memorable experience like none other. Registration is already open for the 12th annual Charleston Rod Run and Doo Wop October 4-8, 2017. Find information online at www.charlestonwvcarshow.com and check out www.autoroundup.com for more coverage of events.

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St. Albans, WV residents Chase and Courtney Petry attended the 2016 Charleston Rod Run and Doo Wop in their home county. Chase has matte militart green 1955 Ford F-100. It was beautifully restored but still looked like a rustic classic. The truck won the Auto Round-Up trophy!

Mysterious Saga of 1940 Buick Pickup Truck

Article written by Gary Hopcraft
Historian for this vehicle

Almost everyone loves a mystery, so here are the clues to the existence of the only 1940 Buick (Roadmaster) pickup truck known to be in existence. Here is a real vehicle, the remaining one of four Buick Pickup trucks that were never “officially” built as concept or prototype vehicles, but were custom crafted by Buick Engineering in Flint, MI for use only as intra-factory service.
The vehicle featured here does have a reasonably complete history, having been in the possession of four known persons since the 1940’s, and the assumption that it was Buick owned from the time of assembly to after WWII. Research to date has not provided a “period” photo or documentation to absolutely prove its actual creation by Buick Engineering. However there are four important points to consider regarding its authenticity. First, in 1940 there were no known private individuals or “custom shops” in the Flint, MI area who would have had a reason to start and complete a “custom” project like this one on their own. Second, it is very doubtful that Buick Motors would have contracted such a project to an outside source. Third, any individual, other than Buick Motor, most likely would have assumed a great deal of credit for the vehicle(s) with the possibility of firm documentation available to show the sale or transfer of the vehicles. Fourth, no one to date, has been able to state or prove that it was not an engineering creation.

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The one and only 1940 Buick Pickup Truck

Considering the difficulty in generating the history for a 73-year old Buick that was never titled when built, has no documented serial numbers, (VIN numbers were not used until after 1953) and having few survivors of that era that are able to positively attest to actually seeing, driving, or building the trucks. This research has had to rely on interviews and the information compiled by the past owners and the current owner, Mr. Stephenson.

Mysterious Saga of 1940 Buick Pickup

Owner, Marvin Stephenson, Flushing, Michigan

Period photos? Consider that in 1940 through 1945 this truck seen driving around in Flint, MI would not have been anything special to see. Not an occasion to run and get the “Brownie” camera, load it with film, and then run after the vehicle and take numerous shots. Cameras and photography were not allowed on Buick property. Cell phone cameras were a few years in the future.

The History
During the 1940 production year, Buick bodies were produced at the Fisher Body plant on South Saginaw Street. in Flint, MI and then trucked to the Buick Motor Div. assembly plant on Hamilton Avenue on the east side of Flint. It is presumed that the Buick Engineering managers requisitioned four completed bodies, all Roadmaster Coupe Model 76S, body style 4427C, Fisher body numbers 620, 621, 622, 623, and brought them into the experimental shop on Hamilton Avenue where they were modified to the pickup truck configuration as featured here. It is not known if the bodies were then taken to the production assembly line and mated with the completed chassis or if they were mated in the experimental shop.

Mysterious Saga of 1940 Buick Pickup

History Preserved it at it’s best

Three were reportedly painted black, and one painted red. The red vehicle, one of the three bodies #621, #622, or #623, was used by Buick in plant Fire Department and was equipped with a 1.5” fire hose and reel mounted in the bed and also brackets for fire extinguishers. The three black trucks were to be used within the Buick complex to “chase parts” or “run errands” as needed. As there are no records of any of the four trucks ever being titled or licensed during their existence at Buick, the sole purpose was to be used within the Buick complex. It can be assumed that from time to time the trucks were sent on errands outside the Buick complex, they may have had “manufacturers” plates available for them for their off-property trips. It is most likely that if anyone of the trucks did venture out of the complex without a plate, no local law officer of that day would have questioned the vehicle, even if the driver had done something to warrant a stop. During this period of use by Buick Engineering, the trucks were often seen, well identified as Buick Motor Division Vehicles and certainly not a “curiosity” vehicle in its time.

Mysterious Saga of 1940 Buick Pickup

Stripped down but ready to rescue

The last vehicle, Body #620
The starting 1940 chassis serial number for Buick Assembly, Flint, was 13596807 and the chassis serial number on this vehicle is 13597027, making this the 220th chassis for the 1940 production year. This chassis was mated with body #620 on it, and this body is the modified Pick-Up body we have today.

Over the years many vehicles were built by Product Engineering for testing purposes both prior to pilot vehicles and during production. After their usefulness it was a practice to destroy the vehicles which carried unique body and serial numbers for accounting use, the vehicles were never to be released to the general public. These trucks were possibly used within the Buick complex during or until the end of WWII. At some point during this period three of the trucks were destroyed and the metal was salvaged by Buick Salvage Department, forever lost. But #620 managed to escape.

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Building the classic Buick Pickup

There is a very strong rumor that a Buick Engineering manager, J.A. (John Arthur) Nyland, was able to gain ownership of this truck before it was sent to salvage, then relocated it to a hunting camp in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, many miles from Buick, where it was well used and out of sight for several years.

The truck was returned to Grand Blanc, MI and stored in a saw mill barn on a local farm. It is estimated that the truck was stored and abandoned in this barn until the 1970’s at which time the farm and buildings were sold to a Mr. Moyer, a builder of new homes. Mr. Moyer then discovered the truck as he was tearing down the barn. The vehicle was full of trash, the roof and fenders damaged, it was rusty, and in very poor condition. Mr. Moyer then negotiated with a Mr. Gary Wollard for the sale of the truck and eventually Mr. Wollard purchased it.

Mr. Wollard, after doing some work on the engine, then moved the truck to the business and workshop of Mr. Bob Joseph in Grand Blanc. Mr. Wollard agreed to sell the truck to Mr. Joseph for $300.00 with the caveat that Mr. Joseph would restore the truck or sell it back for the $300.00. Mr. Joseph became the owner and contracted the restoration to a local mechanic. During the period 1978 to 1999, Mr. Joseph, whom we have interviewed, indicated that he had spent over $25,000 in restoration expense but very little restoration had been accomplished. He was able during this period to apply for and receive a “lost” title for the truck from the Michigan Secretary of State. This is the first title assigned to the truck since built.

Mysterious Saga of 1940 Buick Pickup

Restoration Time

Mr. Marvin Stephenson, Flushing, MI purchased the truck from Mr. Joseph in 1999 for the sum of $10,000.00. Mr. Stephenson, a local commercial roofing contractor, stored the truck until 2004 then started the complete frame-off restoration, completing the truck in 2008.

As part of this $36,000.00 restoration, another 1940 Roadmaster was acquired for body parts and the engine. (The original engine was destroyed by freezing during its long storage in the saw mill barn.)

Showing it off, cruises and auto shows, surviving a fire.
The truck was shown in late 2008 at the Sloan Auto Fair in Flint and made it to several local cruises. In March 2009, the building where it was being stored caught fire and was completely destroyed along with many other personal cars and commercial vehicles. It appeared to the owner during the evening of the fire that the truck was a total loss, however the next morning he discovered the firemen had rolled the truck out in front of the building, intact but covered with melted tar from the building roof. The melted tar evidently cocooned the truck and the water from the fire hoses chilled it, protecting it from being consumed in the inferno. Evidence of this protection are the original whitewall tires that were on the truck during the fire. They are still on the truck and are not damaged in any way. During the rest of 2009 and into 2011 the truck underwent another $34,000.00 insurance restoration to remove the tar and repaint the body.

After engine restoration and final touches it ready to roll.
In 2011, it was again shown at the Sloan Auto Fair and was chosen as one of the top 75 vehicles. It was also taken to several local cruises where it received a lot of attention.

The engine was from the “parts car,” it had not been restored and was not reliable. The truck had to be towed or trailered to any events and shows. The decision was made by the owner in August 2011 to pull the engine and completely rebuild it.
Removal of the cylinder head revealed five cracks allowing coolant to leak into the engine. In our search for a repair source or replacement head, we were fortunate to locate Tom Sperry of Sperry Welding in Capac, MI who expertly machined out the cracks, refilled them with cast weld and re-machined the head back to specification. During this head restoration the valve seats were machined out and steel valve seats inserted.

Mysterious Saga of 1940 Buick Pickup

A marvelous work of art

The block was sent to Fenton Machine Shop, Fenton, MI where Jon Conroy did a fantastic job of completely rebuilding the block with all new parts. The crank was turned .010 and insert type rods replaced the old-style poured bearings. The engine was re-installed in the truck in December 2012 and the truck was ready to “show” again in early 2013.

One of the owners goals is to obtain as much national visibility of the truck as possible. Featured articles in related automotive magazines and newsletters are in the works. Contacting automotive museums to make them aware of its existence is an ongoing project. We are featuring it in local GM dealership showrooms and attending local and regional automotive events.
Now that the truck is drivable and reliable, Mr. Stephenson is looking forward to many enjoyable days with this one-of- a-kind Buick Pickup. Look for it this summer and give us your comments.

2014 FALL CARLISLE PREVIEW-Celebrate 40 Years of Cars at Fall Carlisle!

2014 FALL CARLISLE PREVIEW, Auto Round-Up Publications, 40 Years of Cars at Fall Carlisle, Fall Carlisle is the company’s flagship event, collector car, car corral, Carlisle Auctions, Carlisle Expo Center, Spring Carlisle, 1956 Corvette, swap meetcollector car memorabiliaFor Bill and Lance Miller, the 2014 Carlisle Events “home” schedule ends where it all started for Bill and Chip Miller in 1974 – Fall Carlisle. Fall Carlisle is the company’s flagship event and during year one it was known as Post-War ’74. Despite a rebrand in 1975 to the Fall Carlisle moniker, the event has remained widely popular. In fact, Fall Carlisle is a popular destination for automotive enthusiasts due to fact that it is essentially the last go around for automotive shopping before the winter months set in. It’s also one of the last chances for enthusiasts to catch up and talk shop about all things automotive. In brief, Fall Carlisle, which runs Oct. 1-5 in 2014, embraces people from around the world and has done so annually for 40 years.

An event like Fall Carlisle is a three-headed monster of excitement. There is a swap meet where automotive pieces and parts, merchandise and collectibles are bought and sold. This is a great outlet for further enhancing a collector car, restoring one or simply adding to the proverbial “man cave.” Option two is the car corral. If show goers aren’t looking to fix up a classic but would rather buy direct, the car corral is a simple face to face option for that to occur. Cars and trucks spanning automotive history comprise the car corral and with tax and tag service onsite, plus banking too; it makes the process that much simpler.

Another awesome aspect of the weekend is the highly popular Fall Carlisle collector car auction. The auction is backed by Carlisle Auctions and runs Oct. 2-3 at the neighboring Carlisle Expo Center. Powering the fun is Carlisle Auction’s revolutionary FREE UNLESS SOLD POLICY. This means that if a car is consigned and doesn’t sell, the consignor receives all fees back associated with the process. Ultimately, the policy helps with not only the overall car counts at each auction, but drastically improves the quality of cars as well. It also helped power a 72% sell- through rate during Spring Carlisle in April of this year. Carlisle Auctions hosts about 300 cars over two days and highlights to date include a 1956 Corvette that was owned by Carlisle Events co-founder Chip Miller. Also, a sizable car collection is planned. These consignments are just a few of what can be expected. Cars run the gambit of automotive history and there is something for everyone.

Finally, Fall Carlisle will include something special this year – a 40th Anniversary birthday party and celebration. Many details of this get together are still being planned, but aspects will include a special recognition of the dozens of original vendors from 1974 that are still vending today, a dinner for them, birthday cake for all to enjoy, games, prizes, music and more. Round number milestones are always popular and for Carlisle Events, this 40th spotlight year has been amazing and has included many great highlights. That said, the biggest and best highlights are yet to come and many of them will be on display during this final event of the Pennsylvania-based schedule in 2014.

There are multiple ways to be involved with Fall Carlisle and all of them start by calling 717-243-7855. With that number, or via our website at carlisleevents.com, enthusiasts can register as a bidder for the auction or consign a car, snag a swap meet space to sell in front of nearly 100,000 enthusiasts or pick up a car corral spot. There is only one last show of the year and this is it. Everyone is encouraged to get involved today! See you there!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

BASIC INFORMATION
Oct. 1-5, 2014
Adult Admission: Daily Wed – Sat. $10 / Sun. $7 / Event Pass $30.
Gate Times: Wed. – Sat. 7AM – 6PM, Sun. 7AM – 3PM

Vending Spaces, Car Corral & Auction Phone: 717-243-7855
Website: www.carlisleevents.com

RIDE THE CAT TO CARLISLE
Carlisle Events and Capital Area Transit (CAT) have made attending events at Carlisle even easier!

FALL AUCTION
All Fall Auction Consignments are FREE Unless Sold! Be a part of the auction excitement on Thursday and Friday. Ask about Spotlight Cars Too during 2-Day Auction.

40TH ANNIVERSARY INVITATIONALS
Carlisle Events is hosting a special show car display of 1974-2014 vehicles!

WEDNESDAY EARLY BIRD SHOPPING
Closing out the Carlisle-based season, the 8,100 vending spaces onsite will be filled with collector car memorabilia, merchandise, literature and more!

BUY & SELL IN THE CAR CORRAL
Find classic to late-model vehicles in all varieties of make, model and condition.

CARLISLE STORE IS OPEN
Get your official event merchandise via the Carlisle Store.

NON-DENOMINATIONAL WORSHIP SERVICE
Sunday Morning at 9AM in the Grandstand.

THE SPRING DAYTONA TURKEY RUN STOMPS THROUGH THE RAINFALL!

 

THE SPRING DAYTONA TURKEY RUN, Auto Round-Up Publications, Batman and BMX Stunt Shows, classic cars, Christopher Angel, Thanksgiving Daytona Turkey Run, Daytona International SpeedwayDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 1, 2014) – The 25th Spring Daytona Turkey Run, in spite of a rainy
Saturday, saw an 18% increase in ticket sales from the last three day Spring Turkey Run show
in 2012. The 2013 Spring Turkey Run was a two-day show. In addition to regular visitors of the
Spring Turkey Run we welcomed local families excited to see the Batman and BMX Stunt
Shows and simultaneously created a new passion for classic cars for many.
The Spring Daytona Turkey Run team has heard roaring reviews from both attendees and
vendors. Show guest, Christopher Angel stated, “I was there Friday. Walked 15 miles. An
overwhelming amount of cars for sale! Wow!! Show cars too. Killer is all I can say. My tired
muscles will recover!” J.D. Thompson said, “Thank you for putting on a great event. Just
moved here and this was our first time at the Turkey Rod Run. Had a great time and cant wait
til the fall show!!!”
The Thanksgiving Daytona Turkey Run, also at Daytona International Speedway, is November
27th – 30th, 2014 and planning is currently underway.

The Cayman Motor Museum: A Piece of Heaven in the Middle of the Ocean

By Shaun Smith, Assistant Publisher

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The Caymon Motor Museum

The Cayman Motor Museum is home to one of the greatest car collections in the world. Located in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, one would not expect to stumble upon such a magnificent “jewel” in the middle of the ocean. But, lo and behold, there it is, shining like a beacon from an island surrounded by a beautiful turquoise ocean and a white sandy beach.

The diverse auto collection belongs to respected businessman Andreas O. Ugland. For more than 40 years,

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1886 Benz – The First Car

Ugland has been an avid antique car collector, and his beautiful collection also sports exotic, rare and classic cars, vintage motorcycles, diner and service station memorabilia as well as an impressive assortment of art—all on display in a large building.

When you first enter the museum, you see the 1886 Benz “the first car in the world.” After you pay admission (which is reasonably priced at $15) and make your way past the gift shop and into the main room, it is very easy to become overwhelmed by the massive collection that seems to pour down upon you.

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Smith Beside The 1966 Batmobile

Imagine opening a closet door that is really a mountain of old baseball cards and comic books and as soon as you twist the handle, you fall down from the impact of the avalanche of ancient relics that pours all over you. That’s exactly what it is like.

Everywhere, on the ceilings, the floors, the walls, even in thin air—everywhere, classic cars are jam-packed as close together as possible, while Texaco signs, cigarette machines, Coca-Cola memorabilia and motorcycles appear to be heading right for you.

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The Prized 1905 Cadillac – The Day Jesus Arrived!

The collection is really incredible—and it is evident that Ugland clearly ran out of room at some point down the line during his “picking” and built large shelf units above the first floor to add more vehicles and memorabilia. It also appears to be a “work in progress” as though he has plans of adding more—though I do not know where in the world it would fit.

Undoubtedly a big fan of foreign cars, you immediately see a line of Ferrari’s from every decade as you enter the first row of cars. Throughout the facility, you also run into a 1972

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1958 Buick Special

Citroen, 1977 Maserati, a Mini Cooper, a Fiat, Renaults, BMW’s, Volkswagens, Jaguars, a 1973 Kougar 3.4 Roadster, several Rolls Royce’s and Bentley’s, a very rare French 1905 Cupelle and a 1952 MG TD.

Besides the foreign rides, Ugland is also a fan of Chevy’s as I noticed an entire row of Corvettes from 1954 through 1967. Wow! Rounding out the collection is a series of Fords, including a 1965 Mustang Fastback, a 1955 T-Bird, and one of those “shelf unit” rows I mentioned earlier displaying antique Fords from the 20’s.

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Fords & More Fords!

One of my favorites was the 1958 Buick Special 40 Series that was in pristine condition. The elegant convertible literally stopped my heart for a moment in time and I could only reminisce about the good old days of the 50’s—when life was much simpler and less hectic.

Unmistakably the wildest of this all-star-Olympic-team of cars is the original 1966 Batmobile. Not only is this a collector’s dream, but it was in great condition, was complete, and included the 1966 Batcycle! Now, that, my friends, is something to see.

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Sir Elton John’s Marvelous 1963 Bentley

Perhaps the most impressive of the bunch is the marvelous 1963 Bentley SIII which was previously owned by Sir Elton John. It sports a V8 with 200hp and coachwork that was completed by such noted marques as James Young, Park and Ward, H.J. Muller, Hooper and others. What wasn’t clear, however, was whether the car was owned by John before or after he became “Sir.”

Almost certainly the highlight at the end of the show, a stunning 1905 Cadillac sits in a corner by itself and has a very unique story of its own. It is apparently the very first car that arrived in

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Cool Diner Memorabilia

Cayman and displayed on a tripod beside the Caddy is a poster describing “The Day Jesus Arrived”—a story about a misunderstanding between the locals and the new technology of the time. Very neat indeed.

Besides the spectacular and amazing cars on display, there are hundreds of all types of memorabilia and rare relics that would be interesting to anyone even if they didn’t like cars.

There are many signs like BP, Shell, and BF Goodrich. Hundreds of license plates from all over the world are displayed. There are gas pumps, gum

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Very Rare 1905 Cupelle

ball machines, cigarette machines, bicycles, guitars, an actual diner, and there is even an entire shelf unit dedicated solely to coffee grinders—about a hundred of them!

Oh, and I can’t leave out the various newspaper issues with famous headlines like “Oswald Slain in Jail Shift,” “MM: Accident or Suicide?,” “Kennedy Assassinated,” “A Lonely Life Ends on Elvis Presley Boulevard,” “Wall Street in Panic as Stocks Crash,” and “1302 Lives Lost When Titanic Sank; 868 Saved.”

Ugland is also, impressively, a notable competitor in the sport of speed boat racing. A model of his boat is also on display in the showroom.

Ugland has a wonderful collection that is, in my opinion, competitive on a global scale with some of the best

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The 1966 Batcycle

classic car and memorabilia collections around the world. If you ever get a chance to take a cruise to the Cayman Islands, be sure to visit the Cayman Motor Museum—trust me, not only will you not be disappointed, you won’t want to leave!

For more information, visit www.caymanmotormuseum.com.

40th Daytona Turkey Run

By Fred “Buzz” Quillen

The 40th Anniversary Daytona Turkey Run, Auto Round-Up, Daytona International Speedway, over 6,000 old cars, memorabilia, car show, 40th anniversary of American Graffiti, Cindy Williams and Bo Hopkins, hot rods and classic cars, classic American muscle cars, antique collectors, model Studebakers, Oxford Morris, street rod, T-Bucket is a hot rod with a very highly customized engine that looks like an old T-Model Ford, side pipes, custom built frame and a V8 Hemi engine, Street Rod family of cars, 1977 Pontiac Trans Am with the Pontiac eagle emblazoned on the hoodAs the sun reluctantly came up on another cold and windy day on Thanksgiving back home the annual event, the 40th Daytona Turkey Run began. Down in the Daytona International Speedway, busloads and carloads of people gathered for the beginning of an exciting four-day car show extravaganza.

There were literally over 6,000 old cars on display and for sale at this year’s 40th Daytona Turkey Run and hundreds of food, memorabilia, and car part vendors. There were also The 40th Anniversary Daytona Turkey Run, Auto Round-Up, Daytona International Speedway, over 6,000 old cars, memorabilia, car show, 40th anniversary of American Graffiti, Cindy Williams and Bo Hopkins, hot rods and classic cars, classic American muscle cars, antique collectors, model Studebakers, Oxford Morris, street rod, T-Bucket is a hot rod with a very highly customized engine that looks like an old T-Model Ford, side pipes, custom built frame and a V8 Hemi engine, Street Rod family of cars, 1977 Pontiac Trans Am with the Pontiac eagle emblazoned on the hoodmany special events, raffles, and live entertainment areas for all of the attendees to enjoy. It was no surprise that the show this year attracted well over 125,000 people with ticket prices as low as $15 per day and $50 for a four-day pass.

In addition to the regular car show, the event also celebrated the 40th anniversary of American Graffiti and hosted celebrities such as Cindy Williams and Bo Hopkins. This was great for all of us fans. I managed to find and buy a couple American Graffiti memorabilia items from some of the vendors, and was able to get them autographed at the show for my collection.

The 40th Anniversary Daytona Turkey Run, Auto Round-Up, Daytona International Speedway, over 6,000 old cars, memorabilia, car show, 40th anniversary of American Graffiti, Cindy Williams and Bo Hopkins, hot rods and classic cars, classic American muscle cars, antique collectors, model Studebakers, Oxford Morris, street rod, T-Bucket is a hot rod with a very highly customized engine that looks like an old T-Model Ford, side pipes, custom built frame and a V8 Hemi engine, Street Rod family of cars, 1977 Pontiac Trans Am with the Pontiac eagle emblazoned on the hoodIn addition to the thousands of hot rods and classic cars, there were countless numbers of vendors and events. There was live music and food from across the country and all over the world. People ranging from infants to elderly couples were out enjoying the sights and listening to the live music at the 40th Daytona Turkey Run. Walking through the show, I loved the feeling of community and nostalgia in the air with people haggling over prices and others enjoying a great plate of barbequed ribs with their families and friends.

At night they had trike shows and events like the The 40th Anniversary Daytona Turkey Run, Auto Round-Up, Daytona International Speedway, over 6,000 old cars, memorabilia, car show, 40th anniversary of American Graffiti, Cindy Williams and Bo Hopkins, hot rods and classic cars, classic American muscle cars, antique collectors, model Studebakers, Oxford Morris, street rod, T-Bucket is a hot rod with a very highly customized engine that looks like an old T-Model Ford, side pipes, custom built frame and a V8 Hemi engine, Street Rod family of cars, 1977 Pontiac Trans Am with the Pontiac eagle emblazoned on the hood“Teeter Totter” where contestants had to drive their car onto a platform and balance the platform in the shortest time possible. It was very entertaining and quite impressive to see the way that people controlled and maneuvered their vehicles. It was truly a test of both skill and finesse.

Although the weather was touch and go for a while, no one was deterred and the event was a great success. I remember waking up on Thursday morning and heading down to the Speedway to pick up some dashboard gauge dials and a carburetor (for my Barracuda and Impala projects I’m working on this winter) and check out the vendors’ wares.

I got there bright and early to pick up my parts and spend the rest of the day seeing everything, but by The 40th Anniversary Daytona Turkey Run, Auto Round-Up, Daytona International Speedway, over 6,000 old cars, memorabilia, car show, 40th anniversary of American Graffiti, Cindy Williams and Bo Hopkins, hot rods and classic cars, classic American muscle cars, antique collectors, model Studebakers, Oxford Morris, street rod, T-Bucket is a hot rod with a very highly customized engine that looks like an old T-Model Ford, side pipes, custom built frame and a V8 Hemi engine, Street Rod family of cars, 1977 Pontiac Trans Am with the Pontiac eagle emblazoned on the hoodclosing time, I had completely forgotten to pick up what I originally went for and had to go back on Friday. I think I actually may have forgotten on purpose, just so I had an excuse to go back for the next couple days.

I cannot continue any longer without talking about some of the amazing cars I saw at the DTRR this year. In addition to the classic American muscle cars and antique collectors, model Studebakers, and The 40th Anniversary Daytona Turkey Run, Auto Round-Up, Daytona International Speedway, over 6,000 old cars, memorabilia, car show, 40th anniversary of American Graffiti, Cindy Williams and Bo Hopkins, hot rods and classic cars, classic American muscle cars, antique collectors, model Studebakers, Oxford Morris, street rod, T-Bucket is a hot rod with a very highly customized engine that looks like an old T-Model Ford, side pipes, custom built frame and a V8 Hemi engine, Street Rod family of cars, 1977 Pontiac Trans Am with the Pontiac eagle emblazoned on the hoodOxford Morris’, the highlight of my adventure was one street rod in particular. As I was walking down one of the main areas, I heard a thunderous roar and I saw a breath-taking, sunset orange, T-Bucket. For those of you that do not know, the T-Bucket is a hot rod with a very highly customized engine that looks like an old T-Model Ford.

The orange beast had silver accents and dog dish hubcaps. From what I could see, the vehicle had side pipes, a custom built frame and a V8 Hemi engine that roared like a lion in the jungle. I am not sure of all of The 40th Anniversary Daytona Turkey Run, Auto Round-Up, Daytona International Speedway, over 6,000 old cars, memorabilia, car show, 40th anniversary of American Graffiti, Cindy Williams and Bo Hopkins, hot rods and classic cars, classic American muscle cars, antique collectors, model Studebakers, Oxford Morris, street rod, T-Bucket is a hot rod with a very highly customized engine that looks like an old T-Model Ford, side pipes, custom built frame and a V8 Hemi engine, Street Rod family of cars, 1977 Pontiac Trans Am with the Pontiac eagle emblazoned on the hoodthe specs on the engine and never got a chance to talk to the owner of the vehicle because the throngs of people admiring his machine were enormous. I saw children and their fathers just staring in amazement and almost drooling over this testament to the Street Rod family of cars.

After walking around for a while longer, I found out that there was a beautiful car up for raffle. It was a red, 1977 Pontiac Trans Am with the Pontiac eagle emblazoned on the hood. The tickets were only two bucks a piece and the proceeds all went to charity. I bought a ton of tickets with the hopes of winning the classic street car, but luck was not on my side. In spite of this, I will always remember this year’s 40th Daytona Turkey Run because of the great food, good times, and enough fun to hold me over till the 41st Turkey Run, which will begin on Thanksgiving Day next year.

The 8th Annual Charleston Boulevard Rod Run and Doo Wop

By John Shapiro 
Cruisin’ Times Editor 

8th Annual Charleston Boulevard Rod Run & Doo Wop, John Shapiro, Cruisin Times, Auto Round-Up, swap meet, oldies concert, show 'n shine, 1000 show cars, rods, customs, muscle cars, antiques and classics, Cruisin’ DJ’s, NSRA Safety InspectionsA combination of a downtown event, swap meet, oldies concert, show ‘n shine and several cruise-ins that make the Charleston Boulevard Rod Run and Doo Wop an absolute must-do event.

The show is situated along Kanawha Boulevard as 1,000 show cars, from rods, customs, muscle cars, antiques and classics from neighboring states, as well as West Virginia converged in downtown Charleston, WV for this annual five-day event. Yes, there’s something going on all five days and nights!

8th Annual Charleston Boulevard Rod Run & Doo Wop, John Shapiro, Cruisin Times, Auto Round-Up, swap meet, oldies concert, show 'n shine, 1000 show cars, rods, customs, muscle cars, antiques and classics, Cruisin’ DJ’s, NSRA Safety InspectionsShowgoers say, “It’s the best because there’s a two-story shopping mall within three blocks of the event, and that makes my wife very happy!” Another cruiser said, “there are restaurants and hotels within walking distance and you can leave your car parked in the show area and walk back to the hotel!”

The Charleston Boulevard Rod Run and Doo Wop stretches just about a mile long, but never fear, shuttles can bring you back and forth, especially since there are swap meet and vendor tents just waiting for you and plenty of deals on hard-to-find items.

Things kicked off on Wednesday at the Mardi Gras Casino and Resort with a Cruise-In just down the road in nearby Nitro, WV. with two, one-thousand dollar cash drawings.

8th Annual Charleston Boulevard Rod Run & Doo Wop, John Shapiro, Cruisin Times, Auto Round-Up, swap meet, oldies concert, show 'n shine, 1000 show cars, rods, customs, muscle cars, antiques and classics, Cruisin’ DJ’s, NSRA Safety InspectionsOn Thursday, early birds can take part in the Spirit of West Virginia Paddle Boat and Brown Bag Cruise along with a concert and a $500 cash prize drawing for pre-registered car owners only.

There were loads of great entertainment like Cruisin’ DJ’s Randy Damron and Charlie Cooper all weekend, and live bands Thursday through Saturday nights, which included the Diamonds. “Why Do Fools Fall in Love,” “Little Darlin,” “Silhouettes” and “Stroll” are just a few of the songs that kept people singing along. Plus there was a special fireworks show that could be watched from your car or hotel room!

8th Annual Charleston Boulevard Rod Run & Doo Wop, John Shapiro, Cruisin Times, Auto Round-Up, swap meet, oldies concert, show 'n shine, 1000 show cars, rods, customs, muscle cars, antiques and classics, Cruisin’ DJ’s, NSRA Safety InspectionsThe first 850 registrants received dash plaques. The Donut Connection Route 60 Cruise and Poker Run was held Friday with first place $250 cash, second $150 and third $100. But don’t worry about your parking place disappearing the moment you leave, because at the Charleston Boulevard Rod Run and Doo Wop, it’s secure and waiting for you when you return.

Also on tap is the Givens Machine Shop tour, Spouse tours, NSRA Safety Inspections, and the Shops at the Doo-Wop, which were inside the Ramada Hotel.

8th Annual Charleston Boulevard Rod Run & Doo Wop, John Shapiro, Cruisin Times, Auto Round-Up, swap meet, oldies concert, show 'n shine, 1000 show cars, rods, customs, muscle cars, antiques and classics, Cruisin’ DJ’s, NSRA Safety InspectionsDuring the day there’s a poker walk through the Charleston downtown village district with prizes awarded for best hands sponsored by Charleston Area Alliance. And there’s even a Ladies Car Maintenance seminar at the Ramada and an Engine Build at Haddad Park by Givens Machine Shop.

For more information on this great car show, call Lloyd McIntyre at 1-888-4-DOOWOP. You can also visit their website at www.charlestonwvcarshow.com.

Note: Due to the number of great photos from the Charleston Boulevard Rod Run and Doo Wop that Shapiro submitted for this piece, we will continue a future submission displaying more of these in a follow-up issue as Part Two. Stay tuned!