Hot Rods and Car Shows - How Stumbling Upon a Car Show Brings Back Memories

By: Karl Stern (@dragonkingkarl, @wiwcool, karl@whenitwascool.com) and photos by Tonya from When It Was Cool

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1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS and a Dodge Challenger (not sure on the year model)

Yesterday was finally a beautiful day in Alabama following a seemingly never-ending winter.  I've often said winter time in Alabama is essentially six months of grey skies and 34 degree weather.  It reminds me of that line from Desperado, "The sky won't snow and the sun won't shine..."   Finally, the weather broke and Tonya from When It Was Cool went for a drive and stumbled upon a small car show in her hometown.

Tonya has recently bought a new camera and gear and was anxious to try it out and got some nice shots of the classic cars and hot rods being shown off in a parking lot.  When she showed me the photos it brought back a lot of great memories of times spent with my dad.  My dad was a baby boomer and the last of the old hot rod car generation.  He graduated high school in 1969 and grew up working on cars and has always been a pretty good back yard mechanic.  When I was a kid we used to build model cars together and he knew literally every car there was to know.  Unfortunately, my generation didn't really take to the car hobby like my father's generation did.  Sure, there are a few hot rod fans but largely our generation missed out on the muscle car era.

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1967 Pontiac GTO with a 1952 Ford Pick Up in the back ground.

It's was still fun to get a glipse back to something that sparked my interest in my childhood and I'm sure my dad (who is still alive and well) could tell you literally everything there is to know about these spectacular cars that Tonya photographed.

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1952 Ford Pick Up is ready for a make over!

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Beautiful 1969 Chevy Camaro

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A line up of classic cars ready to ride the strip and a Saturday night.

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1937 Chevy Pick-Up and a Street Rod hanging out.

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A beautiful Plymouth convertable.

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Pretty in pink and beautiful in blue.

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This classic Ford Mustang is ready to roll.

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American classic '57 Chevy

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The 1957 Chevy Bel Air is a true piece of Americana.

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Saturday in the park.

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