: Hoover meets a Spyder



gdwriter
03-30-08, 11:20 PM
Actually, Hoover met the Spyder, well known around these parts for, among other things, being incredibly tall and having a great gun collection. I've never been around somebody who made me feel short. But James was as cool in person as he is here.

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Hoover has this goofy habit of butting his head in between people's legs. He had lots of room here:

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We met up in Hood River, OR where James was taking tests for a possible job on the police force there. It's about two hours from home, but a beautiful drive through the Columbia River Gorge. I also wanted to check out the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum (http://www.waaamuseum.org/) (WAAAM) that James' friends opened last year. Very impressive collection, and all the planes are airworthy.

James already posted pictures of the planes in a thread (http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/cadillac-forums-lounge-member-introductions/120811-airplane-junkies-look.html) last fall. So I'll focus my pictures on the cars, most of which are pre-WWII. My favorite is this magnificent Packard:

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Stoney, here's a Harley for you, from 1927:

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gdwriter
03-30-08, 11:25 PM
More pictures. The cars, like the airplanes at the museum, are all in running condition and get taken out regularly. Even the Packard.

This 1957 supercharged Studebaker Golden Hawk was the fastest production care of 1957, capable of 150 MPH.

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Hood ornament from a '36 Plymouth:

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A very pretty 41 Chevrolet:

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gdwriter
03-30-08, 11:28 PM
I really liked this '36 Ford V-8, especially the greyhound hood ornament:

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This 1928 Dodge was driven in while we were there:

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Very cool museum and worth checking out if you love cars and airplanes.

Florian
03-31-08, 12:23 AM
the ford is nice, but that Packard is dead sexy....what a gorgeous ride. Nice to see forum members meet IRL...always a good time to put the faces with the names.


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CadillacGurl
03-31-08, 01:19 AM
Nice pictures Gary!! Yey Hoover!!! :D
Beautiful caddy as well :thumbsup:

dkozloski
03-31-08, 01:24 AM
A guy here in Fairbanks had a Studebaker Golden Hawk. Much to his chagrin he found out he couldn't outrun a Fairbanks city cop in a '57 Chevy. Being a sore loser he got out of the car, threw the keys into the brush alongside the road, and told the cop he could have the goddam car. This is not a BS story.

The car was actually a very overrated lead sled. The blower was a McCullough centrifugal driven by a V-belt and did nearly nothing. The strange part was that the carburetor was enclosed in a tin box and the whole thing was pressurized, a real Joe McGee.

Spyder
03-31-08, 01:36 AM
Ha, excellent pictures! They came out much better than the ones I took last October.

With any luck I'll be living up there in the next couple of months!!!

gdwriter
03-31-08, 01:43 AM
that Packard is dead sexy....what a gorgeous ride.Isn't it, though? The owner takes it out regularly around Hood River. James' friend, whose Dad owns the museum, got a ride in the Packard with the top down. I'm jealous!


A guy here in Fairbanks had a Studebaker Golden Hawk. Much to his chagrin he found out he couldn't outrun a Fairbanks city cop in a '57 Chevy. Being a sore loser he got out of the car, threw the keys into the brush alongside the road, and told the cop he could have the goddam car. This is not a BS story.:histeric::histeric::histeric::histeric::his teric:

Great story, Koz!

dkozloski
03-31-08, 01:58 AM
Isn't it, though? The owner takes it out regularly around Hood River. James' friend, whose Dad owns the museum, got a ride in the Packard with the top down. I'm jealous!

:histeric::histeric::histeric::histeric::histeric:

Great story, Koz!

I'm pretty sure that the guy wound up trading in the Golden Hawk for a '57 Chevy 283 FI Impala. I know that the Stude sat on the dealers lot forever and they couldn't give it away.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-31-08, 09:48 AM
I wonder what 150 mph in a car that's 51 years old now would be like?? Scary to say the least....

The Golden Hawk...so that was the flat out fastest car made in 1957 or the fastest accelerating car of 1957? I thought I read somewhere that the 300C with the 375hp 392 Hemi was the quickest car made in '57.

Anyways, cool to see members meet in real life!