My dad's '39 Ford Deluxe coupe,
a very cool ride for a "square" guy! (He bought a new '41 Ford 4-dr after
I was born, in February of that year.)
Various (very) early
My first car, an ugly 2-tone green
Customline V8. (With girlfriend
Carol, summer 1958.)
'57 Chevy Bel Air convert
( 270 HP 283)
Photo taken at Ocean
At "Ma" Lyon's house, Bangor,
Maine. Summer of '62 (Mrs. Lyon was an elderly woman who sort of "adopted"
a bunch of us Air Force gearheads, and treated us better than our own mothers
at times. My pal Kirby's '59 Impala in the background.)
'62 Chevy Impala SS (300/327 4-speed,
4.11 Posi) I'd wanted a Bel Air "bubble top" 409 but none were to be found
when I went shopping late in the model year. (Behind the chapel at the
former Dow AFB, Maine, now Bangor Int'l Airport.) Roy Wells photo
14.70's @ 99
MPH in the 1/4 (Atlas Bucron 8.50x14's, stock headers with dump tubes).
'54 Chevy 210 "rust
bucket" (1962/63) Front wheels & tires were from my Impala, in
storage for the winter.
'64 Pontiac GTO 2-dr post
coupe. (348 HP/389 V8) Silver w/ red interior...a great car!!!
(One like it sold for $45K at
a recent Barrett-Jackson auction!)
Roy Wells photo
13.54 @ 105+ in the
quarter and 23+ mpg on roadtrips! Roy Wells photo
'67 Corvette Sting Ray (435/427
Big Block) It's not my car in this pic, but, except for the lack of a hardtop,
it looks identical to the one I had. (I haven't any photos of mine, not
one!) Anyway, and coincidentally, I took delivery of my 'Vette the day
I purchased the Wheeler
dragster. Price paid for the Corvette? $5500, the dragster;
$7K. (It turned a 13.10 @ 110 on its only 1/4-mile pass...with recapped
License plate from
my Vette...if you don't know what it means, don't ask!
My '67 Chevy Suburban,
originally the push truck for the Wheeler Dealer. After I quit racing,
I turned it into a camper, and took it to the Woodstock music festival
in '69. I also drove it across the western U.S. and Canada for three months
the following summer.
1988 VW 311 delivered
new in Nice, France, and driven two mnths hroughout much of
Western Europe for
that summer. (On the Mediterranean island of Sardinia.)
'69 Kawasaki 500 H1 Mach III
Not my bike in this pic, but it's close enough. Mine was totaled when I
collided head-on with a neighbor's Ford Pinto on a mountain dirt road in
rural Virginia, in May of '70. (Although quite battered, I was able
to drive my car to a hospital.)
My first "San Francisco" car,
a '65 Volvo 544 (As seen from my Union Street apartment window, 1974)
Click on the picture for a funny anecdote!
"Our" '78 Toyota
Celica GT making a pass at Sears Point Raceway, Sonoma, Calif. This car
After a drunk totaled the
Volvo, I purchased this 1969 Toyota Corona from noted former Rolling Stone
(Kolleen drove this car after we "moved in" together, and she was often
my "plus one" on concert guest lists.)
came with us to Maui
in '83, and we kept it until '91 when we purchased a new Mazda van.
Funny story; this tag
saved me from an expensive parking fine in San Francisco. The bust was
really unfair, so I went to court to protest it. The clerk told me the
ticket wasn't valid because in place of the tag number on the summons,
there was only a "description of the car" - BEIGE GT! She tore the
ticket up, and I walked away with a very BIG grin on my face! (I always
thought this tag was very zen-like.)
1986 Jeep CJ7, the
last new AMC-built Jeep sold on Maui. We had it for nearly
15 years before selling
it to a farmer in Kula (who only wanted it to drive
around his onion fields).
It was a very nice Jeep up 'til then!
1991 Mazda MPV minivan,
purchased new as a delivery vehicle for our fledgling gift
basket business. It
had 232,000+ miles showing on the odometer at the time this pic
was taken. We
finally junked it in mid-2009 (I won the Street Bracket category in it
Maui Raceway Park,
in Oct. of '91 - with nearly perfect lights and no wheel spin!)
Without a much
needed second car (after selling the CJ7), I bought this '86 Toyota MR2
on a whim, from a friend who was desperate to sell it just before his moving
back to the Mainland. I had the car for over four years, and paid
through the nose to keep it running that long!
In need of a more trustworthy
(air conditioned!) vehicle, we took this '06 KIA Spectra5
hatchback home with
us in October, 2006. It was the Sports-Compact money winner
at Maui Raceway Park
on 11.14.08 (with steady 18-flat ET's @ 76+ MPH). Whoopee!
We wore the Spectra5
out, after 9-years/120K miles, and replaced it with a new KIA Soul in Sept.
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