Jul 22, 2015
Gary P. Garry
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Luxury Trucks and Rusting Gold


As an intrepid automotive researcher in the electronic age, I regularly make the rounds trying to stay up-to-date on all the motorhead news that’s fit to print. Some of these forays are more fruitful than others, but today I came across two different nuggets that are worth sharing.

First, I want to say a few words about pickup trucks in general. Traditionally, when you think about pickup trucks, you envision a utilitarian vehicle. A pickup truck is a heavy-duty automotive tool that enables people who have work to do to get ‘er done. And, of course, during playtime, pickup trucks can haul your big boy toys, and this is an added benefit.

In my day, real pickup drivers were not concerned about luxury. However, times have changed, and the American automakers are targeting pickup truck buyers who are looking for modern bells and whistles. The 2016 Ford F-16 is a case in point.

At the present time the company is circulating information about the vehicle, and it may be more suitable for Rodeo Drive than it is for the rodeo guy. I mean, this vehicle will massage your back when you get behind the wheel, and it’s got all the koala comforts, including a genuine eucalyptus dashboard. The truck is powered by a 365 horsepower V6, and the transmission is a six-speed automatic.

If you have $60,000 to spend on a pickup truck that you wouldn’t want to get dirty, this may be the one for you.

Classic Cars Grow on Trees in Georgia
Now, on to the rusty gold section of our program. I have mentioned the television show American Pickers in my articles from time to time, and they have certainly visited their share of rusty classic car collections.

However, they may have missed the most extensive collection in the country. A Georgia guy named Walter Dean Lewis has accumulated more than 4000 specimens that are scattered over 30 plus acres of his property.

Lewis used to sell auto parts, but now he calls his collection a museum and he charges people who want to see it, including photographers. In fact, he says that most of the visitors are there to take pictures, and he charges them $25 for the privilege (though to simply look, it’s only $15).

Some of the cars have been skewered by trees over the years, so you have a unique form of eco-folk art that you probably won’t see anywhere else. If you’re ever down in White, Georgia, take in the spectacle, and say hi to Fast Eddie, the piano player who often shows up to add to the entertainment.


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