It all started in 1931 by a man named Walt and Lucille his wife, they owned a small general store with a gas pump and wood floors, they worked every day with no time off and little pay, back then times were tough and money was rare, conditions were rough but people were fair.
Now Walt had a few old cars, they were beaten and battered and had some scars. When he wasn’t working in the mine he would sell spare parts to people who would buy them. Anything to make an extra honest dollar, he had to work hard, be a good husband and father, he had to provide and keep away the worry they had to survive and continue the Lewis family story.
Now Dean was Walt’s boy and he grew up playing in these old cars, a million miles they would go pretending they were cowboys and chasing Geronimo. Walt had no idea the passion he had instilled in his child but Dean’s love for cars went far beyond the parts Walt had piled. So for Walt’s son he was going to make it big someday, it all started in 1931 it we would become known as Old Car City USA.
The last car purchased by the king of rock and roll was a 1977 Lincoln Mark V , it’s maroon in color and was purchased for Larry Geller. The Lincoln went up for auction in the early 1980s; where Dean Lewis the owner of Old Car City USA would acquire the Lincoln and some other rare Elvis memorabilia. Dean put the car and memorabilia on display at Old Car City USA
Mr. Geller was a very close friend of the King! He was not only his friend but also his hair dresser and spiritual advisor. Larry went to work for Elvis in 1964 and was the man responsible for the Legendary hair styles of “Elvis Aaron Presley”.
Have any of your parents and grandparents ever watched the movie, “American Graffitti,” with your kids and grandchildren to show off the cars you used to drive or ride in when you were young? Have them tell you how they remember the good old days.
You might want to tell them that Richard Dreyfuss and Harrison Ford was in that movie to entice them to watch it.
Remember the good old days in your automobile that featured a full bench seat.
There’s just something romantic about the bench seat where your honey could cozy up to you while you drove around town, or cruised around as we used to call it. The guys were more concerned what was under the hood while the girls were hoping that your car doesn’t conk out when you’re popping the clutch at a traffic light.
Yes, those were the good old days when cars were made of steel and real chrome fenders and unique hood ornaments and AM radios, only!
Remember the good old days when your automobile had a real big trunk and a full-size spare tire?
Every car had to have a spare tire and a jack to change your own tire and replace it with a full size spare. Many a relationship probably started when some hunk came to a stranded damsel in distress and changed her tire.
Today, kids just call their daddies or AAA and they come out and change the tire. Where’s the romance in that?!
Remember the good old days when one dollar got a hamburger, fries and milkshake for two(!) with change left over?
Well, this author vaguely remembers when the Burger King Whopper sandwich was first introduced in the Atlanta, Georgia area and, I think, the price per whopper was 45 or 55 cents. With a Coca-Cola for ten cents and fries for maybe 15 cents, one could get quite filled up!
Here’s a piece of trivia for you younger cats out there. I could take a Kennedy half-dollar coin down to the local “grocerette” convenience store in the mid-1960’s and get two bottles of Cokes, 12 ounce, and 6 full-size candy bars. I wasn’t ten years old and I would do that as often as I would get away with it.
Yes, boys and girls, I remember the good old days when I was a kid and I could walk several miles around my neighborhood during the day without fear or concern for my safety. Of course, if I stayed out past dinner time and didn’t call home, there’d be hell to pay!
Remember the good old days every time you come to Old Car City USA!
There’s something here for everyone! The toys shown above are just a small sampling of the kinds of toys the older generation of kids enjoyed playing with when their fathers and brothers were working on the family car.
These toys are made of durable metal that have withstood the many hands and imaginations of kids working on construction projects in the back yards or rescuing victims in house fires kindled by the children’s dreams of doing it in real life.
Remember the good old days when there was a bench seat for two “in the trunk?”
You read it right. There were cars that had what is called a “rumble” seat; not to be confused with “Rumble in the Streets,” or something related.
This car inside the “showroom” of Old Car City USA has the two seats up front and the rumble seat in back. When no one was in it, the seat could be tucked away as one would close the trunk. I wonder if it was designed with Daddies in mind to chaperone kids on Saturday night dates.
In summary, the time to visit Old Car City USA is when you want to relive the times and memories that involved the American automobile in everyone’s lives, whether in full size for adults or as a toy for the creative boy and girl in the sandbox.
This author loves to play with toys like these with his grandchildren. It’s a way to pass on fun times as we remember the good old days, everyday.
To the naked eye of the first time visitor or passerby to Old Car City USA in White, Georgia, it looks like a junk yard. A car junk yard.
But once you step into the property and take a look around how the cars are situated, you begin to see something that’s missing in other car junk yards around America, possibly the world!
10 Reasons why a car junk yard like Old Car City USA is so special!
In this blog, we’ll look at ten videos currently on YouTube that show car junk yards of various types and conditions. We might say a little about each one, but as you will see, Old Car City USA stands apart as more than a car junk yard. It’s a “national treasure!”
Reason #1 – A Dodge, Chrysler and Plymouth car junk yard in Alabama
In this video, the narrator tries to be funny with his overview of this car junk yard owned by Stephens Performance, a “Mopar-only dealer of sheet metal for Mopar cars (Chrysler family of cars) from the muscle car era.”
As you will notice, some of these cars have been picked through like elephants in a bone yard. Worse, the “carcase” of the car is left behind with little to determine what it was originally. Such is the case for the typical salvage yard today.
Reason #2 – Modern cars are made of plastic in this car junk yard
Old Car City USA might have a Corvette or two and other cars with fiberglass bodies, but 99% of the cars in the video below are made of plastic. There’s little plastic on cars before the mid-1970’s. Old Car City USA has cars dated from 1918-1977.
Reason #3 – Any old car junk yard does not a museum make!
This next video is of a lot in Minnesota that claims to be around 100 acres. That is a lot of cars. Actually, if this car junk yard contained only classic cars, which it doesn’t, then it could claim to be the largest classic car junk yard in the world. As you see how it’s laid out and the narrator seems to appreciate craftsmanship of the earlier era of automobiles, you also see, and hear, his apparent ignorance thereto as well.
Reason #4 – Don’t let titles confuse you about it being a classic car junk yard when it’s not.
This video was produced by the same guy in video #3 and was titled “Exploring classic cars…” The problem is, it’s more classic trucks and fire engines and military vehicles than cars. Still this car junk yard has some attention to detail worth viewing for your entertainment. It’s just not a very big attraction off the road as Old Car City USA is in northwest Georgia.
Reason #5 – Old Car City USA is not a car junk yard where profiteers are seen or allowed to take parts home.
Granted this car junk yard in Canada is all its name implies, a junk yard. Still, the video below shows that people looking to profit from what they take away leaves a gaping hole in the vehicle they left behind. Not exactly a photographer’s paradise, I should add.
Reason #6 – We’ve had people visit this car junk yard from around the world who came to take lots of videos and photos.
This video has had the most views and apparently has a “French” connection. It is also the oldest, dated from Feb. 24, 2007.
Reason #7 – At Old Car City USA, videographers combine fine music and thoughtful photos to make this car junk yard look more like an auto museum.
This videographer, in my opinion, exhibited Old Car City USA with the perfect blend of music taste and appreciation to detail…down to the hood ornaments.
Reason #8 – Old Car City USA is more than a car junk yard. It’s “the promise land for junk yard dreamers!”
These men in this video give justice to appreciating the value of detail in how the cars were originally crafted. Hood ornaments and special windows never seen in later models are pointed out as well.
Reason #9 – For this car junk yard, pictures are worth a thousand words each, but…
Reality is worth a thousand pictures! This video is a culmination of only 500 pictures showing various images, though I’ve limited the time to about 5 minutes. Not too many other car junk yard videos feature so many personal videos and photographers as Old Car City USA.
Reason #10 – When has a car junk yard like Old Car City USA ever had a Sunday morning news magazine program pay a visit?
That’s exactly what happened back in 2015. The honorable “Mayor” of Old Car City USA, Dean Lewis, had the distinct privilege to be featured on CBS Sunday Morning in August of 2015. Tracy Smith interviews Dean and highlights the fact that this car junk yard has, among other things, “two-ton flower pots.”
Bonus video: Russian narration
We don’t have a clue to what this man is saying, but we will assume that it’s like all the other flattering videos about this car junk yard many miles away from his homeland in Russia or the Ukraine. If anyone can translate, please add to comments below! Thanks.
This Sunday, August 9th, at 9:43am, CBS Sunday Morning will be airing a piece on Old Car City USA featuring Dean Lewis and his family as they discuss the history and meanings behind Old Car City. Earlier this summer, Tracy Smith from CBS Sunday Morning, came to visit Dean and his family at Old Car City. They spent several days touring and filming in Old Car City and interviewed Dean and the family as well as photographers who were making images at Old Car City. So if you are up and moving this Sunday, please tune into CBS Sunday Morning on you local CBS affiliate.