Jerry Atkinson brought his primered '64 Ranchero to the gathering. He figured Ford had put about half of a foot too much in the roofline, so he lopped 6" out of the roof pillars and then molded in a custom tonneau cover for good measure.
A classic pair of vintage street machines: Dave Moore's beautiful bronze 1950 Ford and Doug Reed's 1949 Olds custom known as 'The Toad' were parked shoulder-to-shoulder and looked as if they had just rolled in from a long-ago cruise of Douglas.
One of the highlights of the day was the one-car `cacklefest' featuring the fire-up of the late Steve Carbone's beautiful front-engined dragster. Troy Pate, standing to the right of the car, had a thrill of a lifetime when he got to sit in the rail with the nitromethane fumes rushing past him.
Chopped, brightly colored Fords spiced things up at the Geezer get-together. That's Allen Ames' '32 three-window coupe in blue with the Bonneville-style numbers, and Joy Kent's '33 Tudor in red, all the way from Boca Raton, Fla.
Troy Pate builds some great looking show cars, but pursued this classic beautiful canary yellow '32 Ford roadster for several years before finally buying it from an old-school hot rodder. He has pledged to not change a thing on the car.
Talk about a rare sight: how about Loy Burnett's survivor 1942 Mercury coupe with excellent patina and interior? Note the double horizontal grille design and the parking lights tucked between the fenders and hood.
Here's an example of subtle styling changes that occurred in only a couple of years' time. David Henning's '37 Tudor, right, introduced teardrop headlights to Ford's lineup, with a variation on the '36 grille. Bob Nelson's '39 Tudor parked alongside demonstrates how those headlights evolved and features a more organic-looking grille design. Both are resplendent in basic black.