Fellow car buffs appear in latest car magazines

It's good to see some of our car buddies getting some well-deserved attention for their rides.

A friend and I were thumbing through my fresh copies of Hot Rod and Street Rodder magazines at the post office the other day when I blurted out, "Hey, I know that guy!"

I had spotted a full-color nighttime photo of Steve Dale's nifty '58 Ford Tudor 6-banger shot at last year's Lead Sled Spectacular in Salina. On the preceding page in that issue of Hot Rod was Keith Bright's red-and-black '58 Buick wagon.

The wagon also popped up in the pages of Street Rodder, along with a rainy day shot of Don Beason's Husker Red '54 Buick hardtop, shot at the Goodguys show at Kansas Speedway.

Not to be outdone, Richard "Tiny" Thomas scored a full-blown article on "Sweetie," his prized '38 Chevy. It was the featured car in the Old Cars Weekly publication. You can see the story at—of—the—Week/. Just scroll down to the link next to the Nov. 29 date.

Congratulations to one and all.

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I don't like to take advantage of the fact I get to see some of the nicest, best-executed vehicles in the region up close and personal in the process of doing the Wheels page. So normally, when someone offers to let me drive their pride and joy, I politely turn them down. (I would be devastated if I picked up a rock chip, let alone mashed a fender for somebody.)

My resolve must be slipping a bit, though, as I couldn't resist taking the wheel of two of our recent feature vehicles. And they couldn't have been more different.

Ron Eyres' put me behind the wheel of his gorgeous '36 Chevy fire truck and, despite the open cab and below-freezing temperature, I managed to impress him with my double-clutching skills and get the truck back home without any damage.

Then last week, Jerry Harrison, creator of the Ravenhawk high-end street rod seen on this week's page, enticed me into the driver's seat of his creation. I was able to run his creation up through the first three of six gears, never missing a shift or killing the engine on start-up.

I can't say which was the bigger thrill, but I will say this: When I got home after each experience, I bragged to my wife that at least I still know how to handle a manual transmission.