Great American Race—Lewisville, Texas Edition

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Vintage cars lined the streets of old town Lewisville, Texas. “Oooh”s and “Ahhh”s could be heard from the excited crowd as they milled about snapping pictures. Bustling crew members wiped every speck of road dust from the cars until they gleamed as if they were on a show room floor. The exhausted drivers in the Great American Race seemed oblivious to it all as they grabbed a bite to eat and stretched after a long day on the road.

It was the first time this summer that it has been actually “hot” here in North Texas. Y’all remember in that movie “Airplane” when the pilot was under pressure and sweat poured in buckets down his face? Yeah. That’s what it was like. I was melting in the heat. Can you imagine driving in a car with no air conditioning all the way from Concord, NC to Anaheim, CA? Those drivers are much hardier souls than I am, that’s for sure.

Right now, the driver’s are all smiles, but they still have the desert (and a record heat wave) in front of them. They may have forced grins on their faces by the time all that is done! I asked one of the participants if the rain and flooding had been a problem. They said that they had to take one detour yesterday, because of flooding at the Red River, but other than that there had been no problems. If that’s the worst they have in fourteen days on the road, they will be lucky indeed.

My husband was fascinated by the car engines (he’s an engineer, after all). I was enchanted by the pristine interiors! Some of them were very plush.
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Unfortunately, because of the goofy people everywhere, it was difficult to get good shots of the cars. And, my dear husband, bless his heart, misunderstood the concept. He was taking pictures of what interested him, and forgetting that my audience perhaps wouldn’t thrill to motor parts. He did get a few shots that were usable, and has promised to remember the audience next time.
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One of his co-workers was there, because the fellow’s father was in the race. He was driving a wonderful rambler, and we had a good picture of it. Unfortunately “technical difficulties” (ahem!) caused that picture to be erased from the camera’s memory, but we have a shot of the interior.
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Because my husband loves Volvos, we had to seek one out. We found one, that came to participate all the way from Germany (transporting that across The Pond must have cost a pretty penny!), with a video camera mounted on the dashboard. Wouldn’t it be great if this driver was showing the videos of his trek somewhere on the internet?

Lot’s of the cars reminded me of blogs, with all of the “bling” displayed everywhere. This one had participated in the Great American Race many times.
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If you are interested in perhaps seeing the race as it heads westward, you can find the schedule on the website. You’ll see a lot more cars if you visit it yourself. But, now, if y’all want to see some engines, steering wheels, and dashboards—-I’ve got some pictures I can show you!

  5 comments for “Great American Race—Lewisville, Texas Edition

  1. July 7, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    It all muscle at our place. Duster (72), dart (68) that’s my sons, (66) valiant and my favorite a two door post Savoy (64).

    We have an old Volvo sitting in the driveway that has been “under construction” for years but will never get finished (sigh). Sounds like you have some fun ones.~skt

  2. July 7, 2007 at 9:02 pm

    Still crocheting and will get more to you soon. Haven’t made tags yet and now printer is in Westcliffe and I’m in Denver. Oh I’ll figure it out.

    You know I love you for that! I appreciate you going to all the trouble. I know you have a lot to do.~skt

  3. July 8, 2007 at 9:10 am

    I’m not that into cars in general, but for some reason, I really like the old cars that were around and commonplace during my childhood. I think they just bring back memories or something.

    In fact, there is a 1960 somethingorother in a car lot here (never got close enough to find out the make and model) and it’s definitely not a muscle car, but everytime I drive by I can’t help but look at it. It like calls my name or something.

    I took a picture and sent it to my sister to ask if that car meant anything to her and she said “Nope, it just reminds me of an old man’s hat!”. LOL Oh, well!

    I think the video of the car’s trip from Germany would be interesting, too!!!! (ok, not the whole video, just the highlights πŸ™‚

    Jessica

    Don’t know if we will ever see that video from the German car. I love to look at old cars, but my husband only wants to see the engines! He IS an engineer, after all.~skt

  4. July 8, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    These are such fun events to go too. Expecially when you get older and can see the many generations of vehicles. Such care and love they get too. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

    Getting to go see the old vehicles is fun, and I am so delighted when some of them are older than I am!~skt

  5. JAM
    July 9, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    Awesome post. Great photos too.

    My Dad, Big Brother, and both grandfathers were awesome auto mechanics, although only my maternal grandfather did it for a living.

    I inherited no mechanical ability. That’s why I’m an electical engineer instead of a mechanical. Just the thought of working on a car makes me want to faint like others do at the sight of blood.

    Whenever Lovely Wife and I have looked at cars over the years, salesmen envariably elbow me, point with their chin for me to follow them and open the hood and show me the motor.

    They had no idea that I had no idea what exactly we were looking at.

    πŸ˜† You are a hoot. I can just see you looking under the hood of a car. I love it that my husband knows how to fix an engine, but I hate that he wants to go and look at them at a car show, when all I want to see are the sleek lines.~skt

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