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Classic cars charm the guys

Houston Chronicle -- They come cruising through the drive-thru, engines revving, an elbow resting on the door, a wrist guiding the steering wheel.

They are in Mustangs, Camaros, Corvettes and the occasional Ford Coupe. It's a procession as old as internal combustion engines. Boys and their toys out to impress each other and, if things break right, a girl or two.

For most of the guys who gather every Friday in the southwest corner of the Lowe's parking lot, and it is mostly guys, the weekly parade is part of the circle of life. They were into buying and fixing up cars when they were teenagers, and now, in retirement, or at least middle age, they are doing it again. The cars are the same, the price tags, however, have added a few zeros.


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Submitted Jul 20, 2012 By: leemun
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KAR120CSII
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Message Posted: Aug 12, 2012 6:41:57 PM

Drove mine this morning -- fog and mist -- windshield wipers don't work -- top down -- fun anyway. That's what it's about.
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Muscle Cars can be seen in Pensacola at Burger King parking lot on East Nine Mile Road... each Saturday 4pm - 7pm
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2012 7:47:12 AM

Classic cars are fun but expensive and most of them don't offer any kind of return on investment, rather become a cash black hole. For the rare few that have classics that actually appreciate in value, they are a breed apart from most of us.
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polarbear2
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2012 6:56:23 AM

Although I never had one, I also enjoyed muscle cars. Also when I was in late teens I had wanted to get a Cord but couldn't come up with the money
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I love the old muscle cars.
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KAR120CSII
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 7:00:28 PM

Thanks for the post --
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 6:05:24 AM

different strokes for different folks.
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polarbear2
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 10:45:44 AM

We have people in my area that even with the latest cars can't seem to get over that speed regardless of the speed limit
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 4:44:34 AM

polar: yes, but around here that doesn't seem the case. When they're out and about, they don't seem to have a third gear that gets them past 35 mph, thus clogging up winding two lane roads that sadly cannot be widened but are major arteries into several counties.
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polarbear2
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 10:44:31 AM

You do realize that the classics can exceed 55 MPH? Right honda boy
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 4:57:07 AM

as for the Classics... there is a place for them, but not on the roads at 35 mph when the speed limit is 55 mph or higher.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 4:56:00 AM

I agree on the lack of fuel efficiency with old heavy battleship cruisers. But aside from the repetitive "price too high" can't say I agree with you, tomok. D169 already stated it all.
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Wait until we have access to Cuba - nothing but 40's and 50's "Oldies" down there.
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LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 11:38:32 PM


AMEN Driver 169! Could not have said it better.
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Got to love 60'muscle cars
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 3:10:47 PM

Tomok said:
"Old vehicles that are heavy, have very low MPG, can be unsafe"

Heavy gas guzzlers are unsafe? Wow, you gotta explain that one.

Tomok said:
"Boys drive these cars to project an image they usually don't have with what God should have gave them at birth."

Sounds like *someone* is upset with God because he wasn't provided all of the "tools" he needed. Either that, or he's been checkin' the ... "boys"! LMAO

Tomok said:
"They are still trying to get that image they never had in old age, by owning a classic car, a dream forever unfulfilled!"

An opinion. Can't back this one up with any facts - which is pretty much true with everything you have stated.

Tomok said:
‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe,

Here we go again with gas mileage being, somehow, related to safety. "VERY" safe, even.

Up to this point, all you have stated is opinion. Did you not get what you wanted at birth, which, in turn, didn't let you get what you "want" as a teen, which carried on to "old age"?

Tomok said:
"The price of fuel at the pump is too high!"

And when we get to the very last sentence in your post, I can finally say "You got THAT right!"
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driver169
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 11:41:42 AM

Tomok, nobody's twisting your arm to read it. If you don't like it, move on.
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 8:19:49 AM

Tomok - go out and hug some trees - apparently that's what you're used to.

Classic vehicles are interesting and fun to own & drive, especially if you've done the restoration work.
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 7:21:28 AM

tomok..spoken like a true liberal. Decide what everyone else should do with their money and life. Get over it. People like to choose their own hobbies.
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 5:05:55 AM

Old vehicles that are heavy, have very low MPG, can be unsafe, are sometimes very expensive and are Not a good value for the money. Boys drive these cars to project an image they usually don't have with what God should have gave them at birth. Visit a car museum to remember your youth, its much cheaper!
They are still trying to get that image they never had in old age, by owning a classic car, a dream forever unfulfilled!
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money. Consider using other forms of less expensive transportation to lower your cost.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 1:53:51 AM

Thanks.
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 1:32:08 AM

The great and lost Good old days. How sad things are getting worst.
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2012 11:19:46 PM


We have Rod Runs on N. Meridian each weekend during the summer. People bring lawn chairs to sit and watch all the classic cars. It is great entertainment!

However, with this heat....makes it really tough on spectators and Classics without A/C.
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2012 11:15:42 PM

A reminder of the good old days.
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gas was 25 cent a gal back then
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A stroll down memory lane...
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I have never understood the desire for classic cars.
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2012 11:08:32 PM

Love checking out the cool old cars
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Classics are classic for a reason.
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I've always even partial to the Mustangs
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Some aren't too bad, but others aren't worth it. IMHO
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the classics were great and still are
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2012 11:03:53 PM

Saw a different car in the parking lot today > Fisker Karma > Sold from Fisker of Atlanta. Did some research on this fine looking machine $100,000+ Check it out at the link below:http://www.fiskerautomotive.com/en-us
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true
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ok
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Gotta say...I do love looking @ the Corvettes....(sigh)
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Oh
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ok
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I would love to have a Model A pickup but I really don’t have time to care for it.
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I'll never forget the smell and feel of my brand new '65 Mustang !
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2012 10:51:28 PM

classic cars will always attract...
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I love classic cars and I am not a guy!
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OK
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ok.
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ok.
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guys love classic cars of their childhood years
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ok
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the good ole days
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After "Clash for Clunkers," I hope there's still many left out there stashed away in old barns and garages.
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I want my 66 mustang back
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