Thursday
Aug222013

25th Annual Street Dreams Antique Car Show

The 25th Annual Street Dreams Car Show is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. To 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 1st at the Spring Hill Recreation Center in Mc.Lean, Virginia. There is no charge for either participants or spectators.

The site is at the intersection of Spring Hill Road and Lewinsville Road just a mile or so from the Tysons Corner Shopping Center.

The antique cars that will be displayed at the free event have been featured in articles written by Vern Parker.

The most popular antique automobiles on display at the show in the past that have been selected by discerning spectators at the event during the last quarter century have been:

1989 – 1937 Cord

1990 – 1956 Jaguar

1991-- 1933 Packard

1992 – 1928 LaSalle

1993 – 1944 Dodge

1994 – 1931 Cadillac

1995 – 1936 Cord

1996 – 1958 Cadillac

1997 – 1930 Ford

1998 – 1956 Ford

1999 – 1935 Packard

2000 – 1938 Packard

2001 – 1963 Mercedes-Benz

2002 – 1939 Lincoln

2003 – 1930 Cadillac

2004 – 1963 Jaguar

2005 – 1933 Datsun

2006 – 1936 Cadillac

2007 – 1963 Mercedes-Benz

2008 – 1953 Packard

2009 – 1981 DeLorean

2010 – 1966 Corvette

2011 – 1947 Nash

2012 – 1973Volkswagen

2013 – ???? ?????????

While attending the car show be sure to vote for your favorite antique.

Thursday
Aug222013

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air

By Vern Parker

What better way for a young man in 1958 to spend his separation money from the U.S. Air Force than to buy a three-year-old 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air?

That is exactly what David Hughes did with his final pay check of $700 from a grateful nation for his military service.

He drove the four-door Bel Air for five more or less trouble-free years before he traded it in on another car in 1963.

The 1955 Bel Air may have been long gone but it was not forgotten so after more than a half century Hughes began a half-hearted search for a replacement Chevrolet. “I retired in 2011,” he says, “and was bored out of my mind”.

 

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Monday
Aug122013

1972 Javelin SST

By Vern Parker

Paul Bagnell had just turned 16 in the summer of 2012 when he and his father began shopping for his first car.

Like many teenagers before him young Bagnell set his sights on muscle cars as well as pony cars. Eventually a 1972 AMC Javelin SST was located in Pennsylvania.

Father and son went to investigate and were told the car had been languishing inside a garage for a couple of decades. As soon as the garage door opened Bagnell experienced a “WOW” moment. Right then he knew that was the car for him.

 

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Monday
Aug122013

VW Jetta Hybrid vs. Toyota Prius Plug-in

By Ted Orme

In its August issue, Consumer Reports compared the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid and Toyota Prius Plug-in. As fate would have it, the same two models came to my driveway back to back. Would we agree or disagree on the pros and cons of these models?

For the most part, agree. Especially so in the case of the Jetta Hybrid, which CR found to be “one of the most enjoyable and engaging” hybrids to drive. With its zippy 1.4-liter turbocharged, 170 horsepower four-cylinder engine and electric motor, precise steering, and crisp handling the Jetta has an authentic Teutonic feel for the road and a decided advantage over the Prius or any other hybrid I have driven. The Jetta also sports a seven-speed, dual clutch automatic/manual transmission that offers a smooth, far more natural driving experience – as opposed to Prius and most hybrids that get windup CVTs.

 I found, as did CR, the fairly basic cabin to be comfortable and quiet with a spacious rear seat and generous head, leg and foot room, front and back. The wide front seats are comfortable and supportive, and the controls are pleasingly simple and gages big and legible.

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Tuesday
Jul302013

1970 Cadillac Sedan DeVille

By Vern Parker

Having owned a 1970 Cadillac for several years Scott Minesinger is well acquainted with the intricacies of that car.

As his son, Jack, approached driving age the father thought what better first car with which to present his son than a 1970 Cadillac. The search began for a car for him.

A low mileage, rust free 1970 Cadillac Sedan DeVille four-door hardtop was located in Baltimore.

It had been purchased when new in Baltimore and was faithfully garaged.

 

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