Lap of the US–Contest with No Prize

HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO DEMONSTRATE YOUR AUTOMOBILITIES

Here is a photo of a car in Colorado Springs that was parked downtown. 

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As you can see, it is blue, from IL, and not of this century.

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It has a simple European interior typical of the 1960s.

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The body shape reminds me of a Fiat, but it is not.

So this is your challenge folks.  Identify the year, make, and model.  Fill in any other pertinent information of the era this car was available and supporting links to support your contention. 

The prize is of no value other than bragging rights.

Please have fun with this challenge folks.  We are looking forward to your answers!

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On the Road from TX to CO

It was time to leave TX and head to Santa Fe, NM, but NM was still having a tough time with wildfires and so we headed to Colorado Springs for a while.

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You get used to the view of the road which often appears to go on forever.

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Kind of like some of the trains we saw.  This one is a container train.

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It does seem to go on forever.

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The containers are full of goods needed somewhere else.

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They are hauled along by five engines.

We drove along and spotted and interesting place that used cars to attract attention.

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Across the street was this hot rod at home.

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Back on the road it was us chasing a vanishing point that went on and on.

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We pulled off at a scenic vista…

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Then back to the vanishing point.

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An ancient volcano off in the distance…

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Windmills put in place to generate electricity.

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Well, one of four were turning.

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Back to the vanishing point.  We would be in the Springs soon.

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On the Road–the View

We are putting on the miles…

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Crossing into Texas.

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On the Road–The Hand

Back in 2013 when I was doing a lap of the US and was rolling through Oklahoma I came across an interesting statue by the side of the road.  It was a forearm sticking straight up with the hand reaching for a butterfly that was on a fingertip.  At the time nobody was around.  I wanted to find the statue again and, hopefully, find the creators.  I did find the location and the statue again, but no one was around and there was a locked fence.  So I took some photos.  Unfortunately I could not get as close to the statue as I had nine years ago.

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It would have been nice to talk to the owners but no one answered the phone and nobody was around the place.

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On the Side of the Road–Toy Soldiers Atoka, OK

It caught our eyes and we did a quick turn to go look at what we saw on the side of the road.

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The white Caddy was great to see, but the Chevy truck was really a standout. Here are some more shots of it.

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But then we saw the amazing Chevy right in back.

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A ‘57 Chevy wagon on a truck chassis.  Simply amazing.  Notice how a ‘57 hood was repurposed as fenders for the dualees. This is heavy duty.

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Out on the street sat a Edsel wagon.  How many of those have you seen?

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As we explored the shop we saw some work in process…

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We had to see what treasures were inside.

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An air-bagged trailer.

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Just waiting  for its turn to become something great.

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An amazing rock-crawler made from scratch.

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This beautiful Mercury is waiting its turn, too.

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This Toyota Pickup is going places.

It was fun to see all these and the people were very gracious to allow us to tour the facilities.

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Paris, TX

We had to stop here and see the tower.

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Discovered on the side of the Road–Bogata, TX

Another great find as we drove down the road in Texas.  We didn’t know it at first, but it was a roadside display of Kravened Kustoms work.

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Hey, my next Mitsubishi!

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It is a father and son effort.  They produce some amazing cars.

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What fun!

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Finding Gladewater

When I drove here in 2013 my curiosity was piqued by an antique road grader by the side of the road.  My curiosity lead me to meet Mr. H.R. Wells, proprietor of this antique shop.

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When he introduced himself back in 2013 he revealed that he was also the local State Farm insurance agent AND the mayor of Gladewater.  So I was hoping to be able to say hello again after nine years.

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Unfortunately it had taken me so long to find his place of business again that he had called it a day.

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If you are ever passing through Gladewater, TX you might want to stop and meet HR and let him know that I said hi.

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On the side of the road–searching for Gladewater, TX

Nine years ago we had an interesting drive through Gladewater seeing some interesting things and meeting some interesting people.  So, of course we wanted to return and see what was still there.  Because we were taking a different route we found some things that we missed.

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We drove by and then turned around as we realized that we should take a look.

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Here it was in black and white.  And red!

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We talked to the folks and they let us wander around and take some more photos of the treasures scattered about the yard.

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This dodge pickup truck.

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A TR6!  Arguably the last great Triumph.

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Just look at that slanted rear window that rolled up and down!

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I didn’t expect to see a SAAB of this era in Texas.

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Here was a second one!

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Yes it is an Alpha Romeo.

We even got a look at some work in process inside.

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It was so great that they allowed us to look around.  I was told that they have another building near by where they have several restored cars.  We would have loved to have explored that one as well, but we were still on our mission.  We thanked them and hit the road.

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Found on the Side of the Road–Adairsville, GA

We love car museums and car shows, but we also treasure the surprises that are often just on the side of the road.  We found this lovely town not too far from the Savoy Automotive Museum and we stayed at a B&B that we felt fortunate to have found. 

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It is the Adair Manor and it was a treat to stay there.  The rooms are ageless and there is no wi-fi or TV to disturb the serenity.

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We couldn’t resist exploring the town center which was an easy walk away.  Here are some the places we saw…

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And of course we found a great classic car in someone’s driveway…

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Seeing this Studebaker brought back memories of the TV show Mr. Ed as they were the major sponsor of the show.

It is always nice to see that someone knows what a treasure they have, on the side of the road.

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