Old car guys cruise in to the square

Sunday, June 18, 2017
Glen Raymond enjoys showing his 1958 F-100 Ford truck as various shows and cruise-ins each year.
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A variety of classic cars glistened in the Saturday afternoon soon as their owners gathered underneath a large shade tree on the Bedford County Courthouse lawn to talk about their cars and any other topics that came to mind.

They were all part of the "Second Saturday Shelbyville Cruise-In. And while they all love driving their cars some of them also have special music serving as a soundtrack for the road.

Unionville's Ann Sorrells brought her red 1972 Corvette convertible.Shehas owned it for 13 years.

This truck appears to have its own personality as a result of extensive engine work.
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"I graduated from high school in 1972," Sorrells said. "I listen to 50s and 60s rock-and-roll. I enjoy The Temptations. It is hard to hear music over the exhaust.

"I had a '63 Nova Super Sport I sold to buy this. I always said I wanted to own a Corvette. This was it. I have put a lot of money into it, but it has turned out pretty well."

Lee Roy Cunningham has a number of classic cars, but he chose to bring a red 1957 Chevrolet convertible he has owned for approximately eight years.

"I've got six cars that need fixing and six that are ready to go," Cunningham said. "This is a frame-off restoration. I like '55, '56, 57 and 58 Chevrolets. I'm an old car nut."

The radio doesn't work in the car and Cunningham wears hearing aids so music doesn't play a role in his driving.

Charles White bought his 1987 Oldsmobile new off the show room floor and has put 87,000 miles on it.
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Glen Raymond brought his1958 F-100 Ford pickup he has owned since 2011. He purchased it in Kentucky. It has a 302 engine and an automatic transmission.

"It is a good, old play truck," Raymond said. "I have been to two car shows this year and finished in the top 20 and top 25. I average about nine trophies a year.

"I enjoy it. It even has ear on it. I listen to a little country anda little rock-and roll. I am really an Alan Jackson fan."

Larry Watkins may hold the record for the longest ownership of a car. He bought his Chevrolet station wagon 47 years ago.

Cars and trucks representing a variety of makes and decades were on display.
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"I drove it some in the 1970s," Watkins said of his 1957 Bel Air wagon. "I always liked 1957s. They are my favorite. I like the styling.

"I like the Eagles, Don Henley and Fleetwood Mac. I like old rock-and-roll."

Charles White bought his 1987 Oldmobile new off the showroom floor.

"It is stocked all the way," White said. "I didn't want to get rid of it. Ithas 87,000 miles on it.

"I listen to country music when I am driving."

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