In the beginning
The coolest thing was that the entire big V8 engine was chrome
I love cars. New cars, old cars, small cars, large cars, US cars, European cars, Asian cars, I love them all. But above all, I love classic muscle cars like Dodge Hemi, Ford Big block, Mustang fastback, SS396, Z28, Mercury Comet, Studebaker, Hudson, Barracudas, GTO, 442, AMX, Buick GS, etc. Also racing cars like Porsche, Viper, MG, Aston Martin, Honda, Austin Healey, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Lotus, Ferrari, Maserati, Ford GT, Corvette GS, Mercedes, Shelby Cobra, Audi, Datsun, Toyota, BMW, KIA, VW, Nissan … I love them all.
My dad's 1964 Chevrolet Super Sport Impala
Dreaming of a 4-Speed
In 1962, at age fourteen, I was able to purchase (with my Dad’s help) my first chariot. Enter a 1953 Hudson Jet with a Twin H Power high performance flat head six cylinder stock engine.
My first car 1953 Hudson Jet with high performance twin H power engine
For many years the Hudson automobiles were constant winners at the Bonneville Salt Flats and NASCAR oval tracks. Not old enough to have a driver’s license in Florida, I did all of my driving on the remote sandy
palmetto and palm lined trails. My school buddies, Dale, Bruce and Bill came along for the adventure road races. It was a blast!
Sadly, we moved from the surf and sand back to the swamps of Louisiana. I sold and left the great old Hudson in the Sun Coast area of Florida.
Upon settling once again in my birth place of Louisiana, it didn’t take long for me to start jonesing for a new ride. Once again, my Dad found an awesome set of wheels for me. The car was a beautiful 1953 Oldsmobile Super 88 coupe hot rod. The "rod" was chopped and channeled, vented hood, pearl metal grey exterior and white leather and chrome interior. The coolest thing was that the entire big V8 engine was chrome. Another bitchin’ ride for a 16 year old that could now have a driver’s license. Drive in theatres, hamburger joints and sock hops … "Here I Come!" Oh, and a drag race here and there. But I didn’t like getting beat! The "lead sled" was too heavy for her chrome engine. Very soon I started thinking about getting a new rubber burner.
My second car 1953 Oldsmobile Super 88 hotrod
1964 - In the bayou state of Louisiana, I bought a "like new" (less than 1,000 mi) 1963 Daytona Blue 327 ci/ 340 hp Corvette convertible for $2,200. I was a junior in high school at the time. I loved cars and racing. My rush came from anything with four wheels or wings, fast and loud.
Dave at Spring Nationals Pelican State Raceway
1966 photos by Dale Carlson
I raced my car from 1964 thru 1967. The car became my "need for speed" adrenalin addiction. In the first three years I owned this car I had eight different racing motors that I built and raced in several drag racing classes. By my 18th birthday, I had defeated numerous company sponsored drag racers and risen to regional racing points leader. Some of my favorite races during those years were against the "new" Carroll Shelby Cobras. In road racing, they were nearly invincible. But, in drag racing, my Stingray could take the small engine block snakes.
I wrote this book and started this blog for all car lovers. My story just happens to be about a corvette. The history could have just as easily been one of the aforementioned works of speed and art. Finding the lineage of your old car is a great way to pass on the wonderful history and development of the automobile. Most of all, this is a great way to remember your past adventures and conquests. Start Looking!
"Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer." Romans 12:12