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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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Total guy thing.
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2012 7:24:12 PM

Every summer there is a classic car show in my home town. They close off the center of town and the parade of historic autos lasts all afternoon.
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Cool!
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2012 7:22:30 PM

fallbaby your right!! I can still tell the difference w/ trucks, however cars are a different story.
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fallbaby
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2012 7:11:22 PM

I miss the days when I would see a car and know exactly what year, make and model it was with just a glance. Now it's maddening when I see so many newer cars that all look just about the same!
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ok
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Old is good but expensive
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Ok
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okk
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Okay.
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Love the old musclecars.
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A whole lotta money and a whole lotta time.
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Ok
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Wouldn't mind buying a fixer upper myself.
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I remember the days of the classic cars, but I don't see any of the currently manufactured cars ever reaching "classic" status.
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they are turning into gangs now
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If money was no object, I'd have half a dozen classics.
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They don't make them like that anymore.
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We have one every week during the summer and early fall.
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In the mid 60's my red 55 Olds conv was a chick magnet. Now I drive a SUV and the only action I get is the wife bitching.
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They should have this in every city.
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2012 6:40:10 PM

Some Girls love thewm too.I know some who have some of those ageless classics.
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2012 6:39:57 PM

to bad they are not making any cars that will be classics
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k
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2012 6:36:33 PM

this is the oldest hobby on the planet..bout time it got its 15 minutes of fame.
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2012 6:36:21 PM

I had a classic that caught fire in my garage and displaced me from my house for 127 days and 21 hours. That apartment was smaller than a VW beetle.
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Can't afford them. But my car will soon qualify for an antique...
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ok
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i love them, not cheap, but fun
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Nice Hobby, But Expensive....
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OK.
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Nice times!
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It makes you remember the good old days. Times where much simpler and you could make a living. How I wish we could turn back the hands of time.
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It is a good Hobby but it is Expensive.
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Classic cars are certainly fun but I don't think I would go back to cruising parking lots again like a teenager.
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Can you think of a better hobby? NOPE!
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Classic cars charm the girls too!!! I love classic cars and enjoy going to car shows to see cars from back when they had "personalities."
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Good
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There is something magical about a car that was built before autos become PC's on wheels.
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If Obama had his way, there would be no classic cars except for the rich.
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I'm a big fan of the old custom vans
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2012 6:07:47 PM

fun to enjoy
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To all the naysayers.....let me know when you give up overpriced, slave labor Apple products!

[Edited by: cougfanSC at 7/20/2012 7:06:42 PM EST]
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Code enforcement will not allow car work to be done in the driveway here. Makes some repairs tough.
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great hobby, like to see them on display.
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I just sold a 65 Lincoln convertible. Original cost, $3,500, recent selling price $37,000, to a guy from New York, sight unseen. He just repainted the exterior for $17,000 and redid the interior for $11,000. It can become expensive real fast.
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I had a '66 Mustang when I was 17. If I had just kept that car 'til today....

IT WOULD HAVE 700,000 MILES BY NOW. WHAT AM I THINKING?!!
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