Last weekend I was helping some friends of the family get their house ready to sell, hauling gravel and pulling weeds. Really exciting stuff, I know. I decided to take a 10-minute break to get my 55-cent iced tea refill at the Starbucks just a few blocks up the road. This happens to be in a small shopping center with a grocery store, and O’Reilly’s (Springfield’s finest!), a McDonald’s, and a few other stores. What I didn’t know was that every Saturday afternoon, when the weather is decent, the parking lot fills with classic cars, trucks, muscle cars, rat rods, and even a few modern machines. You can imagine the look on my face when I first pulled into this parking lot. I even pulled up near an older gentleman and asked if this was a regular event. He said “yeah, we’re here every week.” I vowed to come back the next weekend, grab some of my favorite or most interesting shots, and share them with you, and that’s exactly what I’ve done. Take a look.
This 1964 Ford Fairlane 500 was easily my favorite, and one of the best-looking cars ever made, in my opinion. This particular car has had some serious restoration work done to it, and it shows. It’s not completely stock, but it’s still fantastic to look at. That deep, tomato red is just a gorgeous color.
How does a MX5/LS1 swap strike your fancy? My little brother-in-law understandably thought this was a Corvette at first. As engine swaps go, this is one of the better ones I’ve seen. You’ll notice that every wire, cable, and hose has its place, and nothing looks half-done. I wish we could have stuck around to see this red rocket take off.
The following are just a random selection of some of our favorite cars from last night.
Not sure what this is. Anyone?
I don’t know the year of this AMC Gremlin, but I believe it’s a 1973.
I can’t think of a better way to spend a warm summer night in Washington than to spend it with other car guys, looking at classic cars and trucks. I’m really glad I stumbled on this cruise-in, and you can bet I’ll be coming back as often as I can. The number of warm, dry weekends we get around here is pretty limited, so it’s important to take advantage of chances like this whenever I can. I hope you enjoy the pictures.
[Photos Copyright 2013 Hooniverse/Marcal Eilenstein]