Hot rods, classic cars and nostalgia

Published 6:22 pm Saturday, March 28, 2009

When Rick Schexnayder walked past a late 1960s Chevrolet Chevelle he immediately took a picture and sent it to his father-in-law.

He remembered hearing how his father-in-law drove one of the classic muscle cars when dating Schexnayder’s mother-in-law.

Nearby, an older model Corvette caught his attention. Now this was a car the Nederland man admired while growing up.

“I always dreamed of owning one of those,” Schexnayder said. “This brings back my childhood, things you don’t see anymore.”

The Chevelle and Corvette were among more than 100 vehicles parked along Boston Avenue for the Spindletop 25th Annual Rod and Classic Car Show on Saturday.

Shiny chrome, custom paint jobs and souped up engines dating from pre-1927 on to pre-1972 competed for prizes and gave passersby a bit of nostalgia.

The draw of the vehicles harkens back to a simpler time, he said.

“Back to the days when there wasn’t so much violence and crime,” he said. “People enjoyed life.”

Further down the rows of colorful cars Jody Sowers of Lumberton revved the engine of his 1931 Alfa Romeo.

Sowers, owner of Jodeez Kustom Kartel Phantasy Interiors, is responsible for the interior work on many of the vehicles in the competition, he said.

He competed work on the custom car in November. The tricked out roadster features a V-8 motor and fiberglass body.

The annual car show will continue 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29 on historic Boston Avenue.

John Woodall, event coordinator, said the group has booked this particular weekend through the year 2014.

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