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Wagon Wednesday: The Last Of The 2012 Turkey Rod Run Longroofs

LongRoofian December 19, 2012 All Things Hoon, Wagon Wednesday 8 Comments

So as this olelongrooffan has shared, ad nauseum, the fact I spent this past Thanksgiving Weekend out at the Daytona International Speedway celebrating Turkey Rod Run weekend. As the time I was able to sneak off and see some cool crap to share with my fellow Hoons was somewhat limited, I was pleasantly surprised to get a call from theKid. “Whatca doin’ John-John?” “Working Kid, what’s up?” “Can you get me in?” So he told me where he was and I headed over to pull the covers over another security dude’s eyes and get theKid and his black Ranger into the show. For Free. And, not surprisingly, we were successful. After he spent a few minutes checking out the trailers I was hawking, he called thehorsefarmer who was also in the infield wandering around, promptly located him and proceeded to head out. “Hey Kid!” He turns, and I handed him my trusty image taker and mentioned to him, “Grab me some stuff for Hooniverse.” You got it John-John.

So yes my fellow Hoons, much like that CatRatRod thehorsefarmer spotted that fateful weekend, here are some of the images theKid gathered up while scouting around the Turkey Rod Run that day. Of course, as this is a Wagon Wednesday post, the Jeeps and Willys he spotted are for another post. This one was for this olelongrooffan. I will say this about that, I do prefer the vehicle in the lead image of this post as opposed to the one immediately above. Although there is nothing wrong with the above image but a vintage, near stock, Land Cruiser? What could be better?

Well, maybe this vintage 71ish Kingswood. Yeah, I know that image taker has a mind of her own no matter who is clicking the shutter but wood grain vinyl and a clamshell. Gotta love it. I know I do.

And that ubiquitous plastic wrap around GM dashboard from the early 70’s brings back memories of TheGentlemanFarmer’s Buicks of that vintage. Where does the line begin to acquire one of these at 1971 prices?

theKid, continuing to appease this olelongrooffan’s tastes, captured this 53 Sedan Delivery from that Blue Oval manufacturer who next celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of its founder.

And a low and slow Bat Finned Brookwood from the year this olelongrooffan was born. Although not quite stock, it is finely tuned to be acceptable to me. It is a 59 after all.

And just for fun he captured this caricature of a longroof. He mentioned as we were later reviewing these images, “John-John, I told you that you should have done this with your olestationbus.” I think the Hoon down in the Space Coast area who bought it is quite happy I didn’t.

This mid 50’s Buick Century has been seen round these here parts multiple times. That swamp cooler hanging off the rear passenger is still a source of amusement to this olelongrooffan. The owner of this longroof has had it for sale as long as I can remember. He is asking $25,000 for it. Last year, I asked him why he didn’t lower the price on it? “Well hell son, then what would I get next? I love it and if someone wants it twenty-five thousand worth of bad, I’ll let it go. Meanwhile I’m going to enjoy it.”

theKid, continuing on the same path, captured this bright blue, I think it is a 65, Malibu longroof. I am not sure why someone would shave the rear door handles on these olelongroofs? Do they really think they can fool someone into believing it is a tudor wagon or a Nomad? And that blue beach chair in the foreground should belong to the owner of this longroof.

And I must say to my fellow Hoons, this ole Torino longroof really trips my trigger and I don’t even care if it is an original GT, I just love this body style. By the way, that pavement you see in the background of this image is NASCAR turn 3 of the Daytona International Speedway and that white strip at the top of it is a SAFER barrier wall.

Now this is a real tudor wagon. I’m agonna say it is a ’55 but it could equally be a ’56. Damn pretty but this olelongrooffan likes my longroofs with four doors. Just my preference. And I think those are 1972 Galaxie 500 full wheel covers leaning up against the front bumper trying to emulate one of those terrifying kids we all hate so much.

This Chevelle Concours longroof is one local to this area. I remember a few years ago seeing it roll out of the paint booth of Body Werks, a well known local customizing shops specializing in excellent resprays. This one shows it.

And, as thehorsefarmer did a few weeks ago at that Great Sam show, theKid spotted this 55 tudor Poncho with its matching trailer out there that day.

While meandering their way back to the bestpricetrailers.com temporary compound theKid and thehorsefarmer stumbled upon this near stock and original condition 1st gen Vista Cruiser Buick Sport Wagon (thanks Scoutdude!) So Want. Compact for the day. Easy to work on. Longroof and Vista Cruiser windows. Yeah this hits every button for this olelongrooffan.

And over by where Motorsports Marketing sets up their club area for the Rolex24 every year, this absolutely drop dead gorgeous 1956 Chevrolet 210 station wagon was captured. Yeah, it is just that damn beautiful.

Just have to give a nod of the head to theKid and thehorsefarmer for scouting out these longroofs for our viewing pleasure this Wagon Wednesday before Christmas 2012. Thanks.

Image Copyright Hooniverse 2012/theKid

  • Ohhh. Between that Torino and Chevelle for me. Both are awesome.

  • "I’m agonna say it is a ’55 but it could equally be a ’56."

    It is indeed a '55. From the front, the quick check is that the '55 has round turn signals whereas the '56 does not:

    <img src="http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4023/4683862661_f52fe78e0d.jpg&quot; width="400">

  • MadKaw

    The blue Malibu is a '64…..'65s had a one-piece, all red taillight lens. If I recall correctly, they also had different "CHEVELLE" script on the front fender (or maybe none at all…but I'm pretty sure the block lettering was '64-only). Also, the hood bulges are grafted on from a '66….no '64 or '65 Chevelle came with any sort of hood scoop or bulge.

  • These wagons are all just gorgeous, I'd have a hard time choosing. The Vista Cruiser is probably the pick of the litter, I've always loved the windows in the roof. That and the aircraft carrier sized '71 Chevy, because clamshell tailgate.

  • Scoutdude

    That is not a Vista Cruiser, it is a Buick Sport Wagon, far more desirable than the lowly, but better known Olds. That is my top pick.

  • Target29

    I want the Cutlass beside the Vista Cruiser

  • MVEilenstein

    That Concours is perfect. Absolutely perfect.