Ron was fascinated with the number of `tidy' old cars he spotted along Route 66, including this vintage Corvair convertible slowly wasting away behind a barbed wire fence. He said such finds would be quickly grabbed up in Australia as collector cars.
Another pair of cars that brought Maskell to a stop on his bike: an old Plymouth business coupe and a 1964 Chevelle. He was wary of getting too close to some of the cars, for fear of being bitten by an angry watchdog.
Half a Chevy truck is better than none. This roadside attraction was offered at `half price.' Check out the retro lawn mower next to the truck and the sign proclaiming that `Abe Lincoln and Elvis Stopped Here.' Presumably, they weren't traveling together.
It would be easy to overlook the old Chevy farm truck stripped of its cargo bed and be stunned by the boat-tail Riviera parked in front of the old stone building, but both vehicles appeared to be in remarkably good condition, considering they are stored outside.
Steve's Candy shop along Route 66 offers everything from shaved ice to hand-dipped chocolates and fresh beef jerky. But it was the funky Oldsmobile police cruiser that caught Ron Maskell's eye as a car guy.
Three Shoebox Ford forum members got to spend a little time together in Topeka. From the left, Virgil Wilson of Hiawatha, Ron Maskell of Brisbane, Australia, and Mike Berry, Wheels page editor. The three have been communicating with each other for years via the popular Oklahoma City-based website.
Dave `Coop' Cooper brought his shoebox Ford all the way from Tulsa to fetch Maskell and his bike, where Ron's journey down Route 66 would resume early this week. The `Coopty' is outfitted with a 302 Ford V-8 and 4-speed automatic overdrive and swallowed up the bike behind its back seat with no complaint.