Thanks for the advice to use toothpaste on scratched glass, it is working on the minor scratches and I have since learned cerium oxide slurry will work on the larger scratches.
I just read the article on Doug Bonaro's 1955 Dodge Power Wagon it is a nice looking truck. I just purchased a 1950 B2-126-PW last fall and can't wait to get started on the restoration. It is now completely dismantled and awaiting some attention. I have a few things to finish on the garage where it is housed before I begin the long task of the rebuild. Keep up the great articles, good to see other trucks it helps me in the rebuild.
Just read your fantastic article on the 1975 Cadillac Sedan de Ville. I too am the proud owner of one of these beautiful land-yachts - it had 29K miles on it in December 2007 when I imported it from Laguna Hills CA to my home in Auckland, New Zealand. It now has 40K on the odometer
Liek the one in your article, it is in Jennifer Blue with the Cotillion white top, but with the Antique dark blue leather interior.
Keep up the great work!
A few weeks ago you iwere kind enough to interview me and my 1959 Triumph TR-3A at my Virginia home. You explained that the published review would appear in your syndicated column at some point. Lo and behold, yesterday I received from my cousin, Larry, a clipping from the newspaper in the small town of Franklin, PA containing your review ot my TR-3. Larry was reading the car's details in his paper when he thought it sounded familiar; then realized with some amazement that the car was actually mine.
Thanks for your coverage and your super descriptions that appear in all of your "Out of the Past" reviews.
Hi Vern.....I really enjoyed your story about my 1948 Desoto in the local paper yesterday. Many of my friends called to tell me how interesting they found the story.
Clarence ColeyBowie, Md.
I met Vern at his car show in September 2010 and told himI had a 1975 Chevy Cosworth Vega.He said would like tosee the car and take some pictures of it.We met at my housewent down the street and took pictures with the car and me.He asked me detailed questions about the car and why andhow long I had it and the future for the Cosworth Vega.After reading his article on the car now I know why, Vernis a very good professional writer and nice to talk to.So thank you Vern Parker for this great write up on my car.Thank You,Frederick E. Seoane
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I also had the pleasure of interviewing Vern. The aticle and photos appeared in the August 2008 issue of the Caddie Chronicle (pages 11-14). See article at the URL below.http://www.clcpotomacregion.org/forms/CLCPR.0808Newsletter.pdf
Vince TalianoCLC Potomac Regionwww.clcpotomacregion.org
On the occasion of his twentieth show, in 2008, I wrote an article about Vern. It was the idea to have it published in the AutoWeekend section on the Saturday before the show, but The Washington Times did not feel to surprise Vern. The reactions of the people who were joining his party before the show, were positive. They loved to read about him as a young car fanatic and a mature 'car professor' now.
I suggested to put the article, plus photos, on this web site, but, he is too modest to put it up. If you feel he should, please leave a comment. I think Vern deserves it that you know more about him...
Looking forward to your post on this subject.
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vern, thanks for answering - my email won't allow me to send off one to you. If u get down to Palm Beach, look up Walter Smith and get in touch. He hung around Ragtops for a while. a good store to know. You could write the rest of your life out of this town. best. J.
Vern - Thanks for hanging in there and creating this great venue! I have the 61 Blue & White Falcon. I have attended several of your September events and really enjoy being at a show where every car is unique. It makes for a "new" experience. By that I mean you get to visit folks with all sorts of cars. I remember that one year I was parked in between a Porche Speedster and a car from the 30's. I believe it was a 34 Packard. What a nice time. Keep up the good work.Regards,Phil Barber
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Another great car show this past weekend. We really enjoyed seeing you and all the fabulous cars---great variety. We continue to be amazed at your ability to order such superb weather. Keep it up and we'll see you next year.
You have done a great job with this site! With this venue you continue to provide a great service to automobile enthusiasts in the Washington DC area, just as you did for so many years at the Washington Times. I know that this site will be a great success and, as an avid automobile enthusiast myself, I will support the site in any way I can.
Bill LightfootVienna, VA
Three years ago (August 2006) I became the proud owner of a pristine 1975 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Convertible with only 17,200 document orginial miles. I called Vern Parker and told him about my purchase. His first reaction was that the car was a "rust bucket" which was and is the correct description of many of the automobiles of that vintage. But I prevailed upon him to come to my home and inspect "Big Red". Needless to say, he was quite surpriprised - no rust -and did a great write-up in early September 2006 in the Washington Times. I see Vern at many of the car shows in the area and he is without a doubt an encyclopedia of automobile knowledge. His annual show in McLean is probably the best in the area - only orginial automobiles, no street rods or customized vehicles. See you at the show!
I was privileged to have my 60 Thunderbird selected for inclusion in Vern Parker's "Out of the Past" column in the Washington Times on Monday December 26, 1988. I have known Vern ever since that time and have come to acknowledge him as the D.C. area's most knowledgeable old car expert. If you have even the slightest interest in cars that were designed and molded by the hands of human beings, as opposed to being computer-designed to meet EPA constraints, I would encourage you to go to the car show on September 6 (see Car Calendar). And while you are there, take the time to talk to Vern. You won't be disappointed.
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