First Car — Date Night

As we were growing up and girls became as important as our cars we drove, it became apparent that we needed to drive something cool to impress the ladies. My dad used to tell me to make sure I kept the car clean (his at time) so my girl friend wouldn’t get dirty or her parents wouldn’t think I didn’t keep a car clean. I never forgot that and still strive to keep all my cars clean. I’m having a hard time keeping the underneath clean at my age but I borrow a rack once a month and do my best. Date night cars varied for me during high school and college. I first drove a custom 53 Chevrolet hardtop and later a 59 Corvette. Both were customized to my taste. I worked on those cars daily and kept them spotless, which in IL during the winter months was difficult. I worked at a gas station so I could put it on the rack in the winter months.

My wife, who I met in college, loved my Corvette and helped me keep it clean. She still helps me with my cars and we still have Date Night on Friday nights. Friday nights were considered Date nights even though we often went out on Saturday nights also. Funny how your early years of dating that special lady still sticks in your mind as does the car you drove and cared for. Girls changed often, but the car stayed with me for all the years of dating. The Chevrolet was my first car and I kept it through college as I did the Corvette. I often wish I would have had the funds to keep them forever, as some people do, but that wasn’t in the cards. I always had to sell what I had to obtain a new ride except for the Corvette.

Yes, our first car and first date are all wonderful memories that we keep stored away for looking back once in a while. Many search for their original car and purchase it back which is a good feeling. I often have tried to locate my Chevrolet and Corvette and did find my Corvette right here in CA. It was not for sale or I would have been tempted. Have you ever thought about your first car and love? We should all have such wonderful memories to reflect on!

Have a good weekend and enjoy St.Patrick’s Day with some green adult beverages.

Stay Tooned!




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How it all started at age 3. Her name was Sheri. The dog was my best friend.

My high school ride and Friday Night Date car.

In front of my high school girl friend’s house in Decatur. She was my dream. I had the hardtop and added American Magnesium 5-spokes later on in College.

Note the 5-spokes on my Corvette. We had three in our SAE house.

We still have Corvette parties for the single axle club.

I have owned many 3-windows but this one was a restored car until I changed a few things like the motor.

My high and dry race 5 window. No Dates in this one!

My first sedan delivery but not my last.

Date Night with my children. They loved to go to the ice cream store.


My Lobeck clone.

Bill Metz quick change and my chassis.




My Boyd era Date Night special.

Dan Fink grille and Boyd’s famous suspension which rode like a dream.

Date night in a Woodie was my favorite ride.

My kids loved this to go to the beach when we lived in Laguna.

My favorite topless car was the 40 convert with a flathead.

This was my 32 garage and CSR sedan delivery by Paul Beck.

My first retirement project for Date Night. Jane loves these cars.

This was Jane’s favorite so far.

Pepe has quite a California history and I love her.

My current Date Night ride that Jane loves. Thanks Walt!

This 33 Phaeton has long been my dream car. It is a local car and in mint shape.

If I were rich, I would have Roy duplicate this one. My last Date Night Dream.