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My son and I had dropped my daughter off at a birthday party in our old neck of the woods and we were driving past the service station that used to be home to this hulk when we saw this 1968 Dodge Monaco.

The owner of the service station said it was okay to photograph the car but more interesting was his story of being one of the first African American drivers in what would be known later as NASCAR. He’s a wily old fella with a bunch of hunting stickers on the back of his late model F-150 and it was awesome to hear. I gotta go back sometime and record it. Car folks would enjoy his story, I’m sure.

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There’s a spring service company down the street from my side gig and every now and then, something awesome is parked in the lot. Once it was this Chevy El Camino.

The other day, it was this red wagon, which I mistakenly thought was a Chevy Nomad from a distance. Turns out, it’s a 1957 Ford Country Sedan.

Clearly, those are aftermarket wheels and the antenna was electric, but overall this was a slick ride.

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This 1967 VW Type 1 is a hotrod. And cool as all get out.

That is all.

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These are actually two separate cars parked near each other not far from my grandmother’s house in Glen Allen. The kids and I pass them when we visit her. One of them definitely is a 1967 Mercury Cougar, and I’m pretty sure the other one is, too.

I’m a big fan of the hidden headlights. I’m sure they’re not terribly aerodynamic but they look cool in a way that cars just don’t anymore. I’m glad someone’s taking good care of these two.

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I wasn’t sure when I saw this Chrysler Imperial on Richmond’s North Side if I’d seen it before. Turns out, I had.

No matter. This is still a very cool car.

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NBD.

Just a BMW 2002 I passed in Church Hill awhile back.
These were made from 1962 to 1977 so it’s hard for me to date because I’m a BMW specialist. I’d guess 1975 though. I’ve always been a fan of the huge windows in these. I’d bet the blind spots are small.

Big props for the In-N-Out Burger sticker.

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This 1964 (I think) Ford Fairlane 500 was parked (illegally, I might add) on Cary Street heading toward downtown. This one sports the base V8 engine, if the 260 badge at the front turn signal is to be believed. It didn’t look like it had been moved in awhile. Which is a shame. I’ll bet on the right fall day here in Richmond, this’d be a sweet ride.

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The kids and I had picked a designer buddy up near Carytown and as we were heading to Manchester via Cary St, we saw this Austin-Healey Sprite. I thought it was a Mark IV but the plates say that it’s a ‘64, making it a Mark II.

The weather broke last week so it was a perfectly wonderful day to be out in this little car. I was instantly jealous. The flags on the headlights put me in mind of this silly little compilation from the Conan O’Brien show. Yeah, baby! 

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I’d bet that if you took all the badging off this (I think) 1985 Audi 5000 S, you wouldn’t guess it was an Audi. Its big, bulky design doesn’t say luxury today but back in the mid 80s when this body style was in production, it was a big deal. I remember as a kid, really loving them when I saw them though I can’t imagine they handled all that well.

Anyway, we found this one deep in Chesterfield County while we were looking for the library.

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I completely forgot we’d seen this 1972 Chevrolet Blazer in Glen Allen one night before we headed to my grandmother’s house for dinner. I’m not thrilled with the flames or the tailgate but the paint was beautiful. A K5 in this kinda shape would definitely turn heads.

Anyway, figure it’s a bonus. Happy Friday.