Monday
Sep032012

24th Annual Street Dreams Antique Car Show

The threat of rain on Sunday September 2nd kept some of the antique cars away from the 24th annual Street Dreams car show in McLean.

Despite the threatening skies, a large number of spectators was in attendance at the Spring Hill Recreation Center to see the 50-some antique cars that were on display.

Voting among themselves, the car owners selected as their favorite a 1965 Volvo 1800S owned by Scott Miller.

 

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Monday
Sep032012

1963 Split Window Corvette “Love Story”

By Ted Orme

AUTHOR’S NOTE: “Damn it, Vern, I told you I was on my way to do my old pal Richie’s 1963 split window Corvette and you leapfrogged me with Jim Board’s ’63 split window (posted August 24). I wanted to do this car because it’s more than just a classic, it’s a love story – man, woman and car,” I explained. “So do it,” said Vern. “There are no fixed rules and regs on this website.” 

The current GM ad theme, “Chevy runs deep,” could have been written for Richie Cohen. His first car was a 1957 Chevy Bel Air convertible with continental kit and skirts. That was followed by a long string of new Corvettes and a collection today of seven classic Chevys and Corvettes from the 50’s and 60’s. His daily ride now is – what else? – a new ZR1 Corvette.  

But his favorite is his 1963 Split Window Corvette Coupe. Bought new for $5,000.20, according to the original sticker, and traded through five new owners after him, Richie bought the car back in 2006 for $70,000. What was so special about the ‘63? “I courted my wife, Judy, in that car. I had to have it back,” said Richie, president of Willco Companies, a real estate property owner and developer in the Washington Metropolitan area founded by his father, William Cohen.

When Richie met Judy on a blind date, as he tells it, “I picked her up in that car and we went for a ride. The 64 mile Capital Beltway had just opened and we rode around the whole thing, then headed up the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and rode around the Baltimore Beltway before coming back down to dinner at Hoffberg’s Deli in DC.”

 

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Sunday
Aug262012

1957 Ford Firetruck-600

By Vern Parker

As far back as Rene Rojas can remember not one member of his family has ever been involved with fire fighting.

That fact did not deter Rojas from an uncontrollable urge to buy a well-worn 1957 Ford F-600 which he found parked behind a Shell gasoline station in Greenbelt, Md. “I first saw it right after September 11, 2001.” he says.

At that time the vehicle was only a cab and chassis. It had formerly been a fire truck,” Rojas says.

After months of agonizing Rojas eventually followed his heart, bought the old Ford and had it brought to his Bethesda, Md., home.

 

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Sunday
Aug262012

1970 Ford Galaxie XL

By Vern Parker

A neighbor down the street from Gary Temple's parents must have been feeling flush when he special ordered a 1970 Ford Galaxie XL convertible. The base price of the handsome car was $3,501, however, the neighbor loaded the car with an armload of extra cost options.

On May 22, 1970 the convertible rolled out of the Mahway, N.J., Ford plant on a 121-inch wheelbase. Under the expansive hood on the 3,983-pound convertible was a powerful 429-cubic-inch V-8 engine capped with a four-barrel Holley carburetor.

The red Ford Galaxie is now in the hands of Temple in Herndon, Va. He recalls that his father once rebuilt the carburetor as he, too, did several years later.

 

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Saturday
Aug252012

24th Annual Street Dreams Antique Car Show Sunday, September 2, 2012 in McLean, VA.

The 24th Annual Street Dreams Antique Car Show will open at the Spring Hill Recreation Center located where Spring Hill Road crosses Lewinsville Road in McLean, Virginia. Hours are from 10 am to 3 pm. 

The five-hour, free show features antique cars reviewed by Vern Parker on this Web site. 

Admission is free. Families are welcome. It’s a great way to bid farewell to a very hot summer.