The Bucket List

Truck-issue-head-shotBy Colin Date

Remember that movie from back in ’07 with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman? They team up to do a bunch of wild and wonderful stuff they’ve always wanted to do before they die. There’s more to it than that, but that’s the gist of the story. One of the cool “car guy” scenes in that flick involves Jack and Morgan’s characters hot rodding around a track in a couple of muscle cars. It’s great watching those two tackle everything on their bucket lists as their time draws near. You really come away from this movie thinking, “Whatever it is, do it before it’s too late.”

I don’t mean to sound maudlin in this month’s “View” – on the contrary! I want to put a fire under you to actually do the things you’ve always thought about doing. Always fantasized about pulling the financial trigger on that sports car? How about heading out on the Hot Rod Power Tour? Or just to a drag strip? Or even something simpler – like finally getting to one of the huge car shows at Carlisle? (I can’t tell you the number of guys I know – hardcore car guys – who have never been to a Carlisle event.) How about going to see Corvettes being built at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant? Or attending a NASCAR race? The list is endless and it doesn’t all have to involve cars. I’ve got a fair sized collection of signs, paintings, sports collectibles, etc. that are all packed up safe and sound in boxes in a bedroom closet. Super cool stuff, but do I ever see it? No. We live in a three bedroom apartment and I keep thinking “someday we’ll buy that house and I’ll have that man cave to display it all.” And I probably will, but in the meantime, all those fun “toys” of mine stay put. I just need to clean up that third “catch-all” bedroom and make it my man cave. I’ve been telling myself this for the past two years, so I just need to buck up and finally do it.

Have I inspired you? I hope so! Oh, and before we move on here, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject. What did you finally get around to accomplishing? Stories (and photos) are always welcome. colin.date@ecklers.net

OK, onto this February issue you’re holding in your hands. Yes, that’s a ’70 Nova SS we’re leading off with. Haven’t seen one of them in awhile? Neither had we! This is a one-owner car from Washington State. Owner Ed Hesner did all the lens work himself and sent us the story – nice job Ed! Next on the roster is one stunning ’69 Chevelle SS396. Delco Hagen from San Marcos, California brought this beauty to Chevy Classics’ 38th International Convention in Oklahoma last summer. As soon as we laid eyes on it, we knew it had to be in the magazine! OK, how about a Tri-5? Page 14 starts the feature on a 1955 4-door Two-Ten wagon. Remember when wagons weren’t exactly the coolest? This sweet ride will completely debunk the wagon “stigma” (if there ever really was one). Starting on page 18, you’ll find the epitome of a bad-to-the-bone classic Chevy. This beastly ’61 Impala Sport Coupe (dressed in black, of course) is packing a 454 cube Rat motor under the hood, backed by a 4-speed manual tranny. Next up, a high-dollar custom ’70 Chevelle convertible. Wait ’til you take a gander at this one – hurry – it’s heading to the auction block at a Barrett-Jackson event the end of January. This car is an eye-popper if there ever was one, even just glancing at the meticulously applied Torch Red paint! Our centerfold car spot is rightfully owned by a pristine ’57 Bel Air convertible that scored an incredible 998 points and won a Platinum award at last July’s International Convention in Norman, OK. Congrats to owner Carroll Hamer!

Other cool stuff in this issue – a very “Cool, I didn’t know that” tech story on tuning your classic ride for optimal acceleration (on a budget, of course), and a “Future Classics” piece on a….1990 Caprice. Yes, someday, it will fall into that category!

I hope you enjoy this issue of Chevy Classics. Until next time, Colin