Classic car cruise-in was
a blast from the past
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Beach Boys music, fuzzy dice
and hot cars surrounded the Logan County Courthouse lawn Sunday.
Some 130 entries into the annual classic car cruise took locals back
to simpler times.
One such cruiser was
owned by Ivan Tripplett of Lincoln. Ivan parked his dark blue and
vanilla bottom 1948 Chevy pickup on the south side of the square.
This golden oldie has all the amenities of a modern coupe but is a
sweet ride for Ivan and his wife, Joann.
He reported that his
baby sports a 350 Chevy block engine, automatic transmission, and
cruise control, as well as power windows and locks. Ivan, who
retired from Myers Industries several years ago, has taken his new
beauty to eight classic car shows this summer, winning a trophy for
"A Fine Ride" in Petersburg.
The truck is
appraised at $28,000 and is the second classic car that Tripplett
has rebuilt. "I do all my own labor -- that's the fun of it," he
chuckled. He is now ready to sell this giddyup and buy another
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His wife, Joann,
smiled as Ivan talked about the drives they have taken together.
Another cruiser is
Lincoln resident Mike Buttell. He and wife Juanita purchased a 1952
Dodge Coronet last year and have been slowly fixing it up. The
Sentinel Green machine has all the original parts, and he wants to
re-chrome and paint it.
Buttell is a member
of the Railsplitter Antique Car Club. He has also collected antique
tractors. He states that the Coronet is the first original antique
car he has owned, but he has restored other classics, such as a '68
Chevelle, '70 Charger and a "sweet" '70 Camaro Z28.
Picking a favorite out of this collection of cars would be
difficult. The glisten of the paint jobs and the roar of the engines
take an observer back to an era of drive-ins, soda shops and good
ole rock 'n' roll.