I've always been a history buff and enjoy just about anything that's historically
significant. The Chrysler PT Cruiser was a concept that fit right in. When I first
saw some on the street I knew right away I'd have to own one someday. Well, one
turned into a different one, which morphed into two and it went from there.
I've since sold all the PT Cruisers & trailers.
In May 2007 I bought the '88 Jag XJS from a friend in Houston. It had been sitting
idle for several years and needed a lot of restoration work, mechanical & cosmetic.
Like the PT Cruisers, it has gone to a new home.
My current rides include a 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche LT, purchased December 9, 2011;
a 1987 Buick Grand National, purchased February 28, 2015; a 1985 Buick Riviera,
purchased August 15, 2016; a 1980 Buick Regal, purchased June 8, 2020; and a
2020 Lincoln Navigator, purchased April 21, 2020.
I enjoy road trips and exploring old highways, especially Route 66, but any
abandoned section of old highway piques my interest. I also like to explore
old bridges and buildings. I've collected a bit of transportation memorabilia,
including old road maps, some dating back to the 1920's. The 'crown jewel' is
an authentic 66 sign, which marked the Mother Road in Illinois from 1960 to 1985.
In high school I drove a 1950 Plymouth Special Deluxe like the ones below. It was
Seafoam Green and had a few of the modern options of its day, including an AM
radio, rear window shades and a windshield visor. It didn't have turn signals, which
were listed as a $20 option. One of the things I remember well is the vacuum-powered
wipers that didn't work all that great. The old Plymouth stayed in our family until
the summer of 1994. The last I heard it was still running.