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Remember the Good Old Days with Your First Automobile?

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.

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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. remember the good old daysThe 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!

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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 remember the good old daysdollar 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 remember the good old dayshalf-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 could be a very popular option unless the car was driven slow in good weather.

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.

 

 

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Top 10 Reasons Why Old Car City USA Exists as the World’s Largest Known Classic Car Junk yard!

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.

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CBS Sunday Morning, August 9th

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.

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A great place for portraits!

Don’t forget that Old Car City is also a fantastic background for Portrait Photography.  The possibilities are endless.  Check out a few of these portraits.

Clint Brownlee Photography
“Quick” Eddie’s Grand Daughter
Clint Brownlee Photography
“Quick” Eddie’s Grand Daughter
Clint Brownlee Photography
Too cool for school!
Clint Brownlee Photography
Just Chillin
Clint Brownlee Photography
We have to take the bus again?
Clint Brownlee Photography
Michael Williamson
Clint Brownlee Photography
Michael Williamson

 

All images by Clint Bronwlee

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Great article about Old Car City by Pete Collins

Here is a link to an article written by one of the “Photoshop Guys” Pete Collins.  I mentioned his visit in a previous post.  He wrote this article for Scott Kelby’s blog.  Check out the article here:  Old Car City….Potential Bucket List

Thank you for the kind words Pete.  Hope to see you out at Old Car City again soon.

Clint

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Some Interesting Visitors

Over the last several weeks, Old Car City has seen some interesting visitors drop by to interview Dean about Old Car City and to just take some fine pictures.  I was fortunate enough to be able to meet both visitors and spend a little time with them.

 

Our first visitor is a celebrity in the Photoshop circles.  Pete Collins is one of the “Photoshop Guys” at Kelbyone training, which is an online training resource for Photoshop.  Pete also is the co-host of Photoshop User TV and has a regular column in Photoshop User Magazine.  Pete was about midway through a week long photography trip with some friends when they stopped by to shoot at Old Car City.  I look forward to seeing some of his images from Old Car City being used in some of his new tutorials.  Pete is a great guy and I highly recommend his workshops and classes.  We had a great conversation about layers and using some of the great rust and patina on the cars as a texture layer.

 

Our next visitor was Marissa Gawel, recipient of the National Geographic Young Explorer’s Grant.  Marissa, along with Penn Greene, are traveling throughout the country seeking out and documenting America’s Road Side Attractions.  From Marissa,

“We’re looking to understand the role of the attractions we’re visiting-withing their cities and withing the greater context of American culture.  The creators of the sites built their museums, homes, and art for reasons that vary from the spiritual to the entrepreneurial, but, regardless, have brought their towns new narratives and new business.  I’ve found the creations we’ve seen so far are incredible, and speak to the creative spirit of this country”

Marissa has a great blog documenting their journey, here is the article with images they published about Old Car City:  American Attractions, Old Car City
While you are there, read through the other post about all the wonderful places they have visited.  What an incredible trip, I am so jealous, I would love to take that kind of road trip.
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