Wheelspin: Bits and pieces of memories

05/24/2014 12:00 AM

05/23/2014 3:37 PM

I was reading a Hemmings Daily automotive blog recently and saw a topic I thought I would steal, since it probably has wide application among car hobbyists.

We have all grudgingly turned loose of old cars that we wished we could have kept. But how many of us have squirreled away an old badge or trim piece of one of those cars to hang on to just a tangible bit of the memory?

I know I have. For example, I have a hood crest from a 1950 Ford that reminds me of my black Tudor that I drove my last year of high school and my first year of college.

Unlikely as it seems, I also have a 100000 km grille badge from a yellow 1981 Mercedes 300D, a 5-cylinder diesel sedan, that we drove for several years. It was slow, but stylish.

Last weekend, while out in western Kansas, I chanced upon a keychain fob from the dealership in Jetmore where I bought my first car, a 1954 Ford two-door, a tired Navy motor pool car that somehow found its way to Kansas. I had to have it, and as the accompanying photo shows, now I do.

How about you? Do you have prized bits and pieces of your former rides stashed in a cubby hole somewhere? If you do, drag them out and snap a photo of them and send me a picture with the description of what they are and why they’re important to you.

The quickest way to get them to me is to email the photos and info to mberry@wichitaeagle.com. If you prefer snail mail, send them to Mike Berry, Wichita On Wheels, Wichita Eagle, 825 E. Douglas, Wichita, 67202.

If we get enough of them, we will do a feature on your car keepsakes.

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July 11 will once again be the day to get your old collector car out and go cruising in solidarity with other gearheads. That’s the date of the fifth annual Collector Car Appreciation Day, an unofficial holiday promoted by the SEMA Action Network, which lobbies for legislation to help preserve historic auto restoration and fights “crusher laws.”

The more old cars out and about that day, the more attention the hobby will attract. And the more fun everybody, car owners and casual observers alike, will have.

We thank you for your support.

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