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Featured Member of the Week: gmpenn

1947 600-1So, tell us a little about yourself?

I am recently retired and always loved classic cars. I remember as a kid growing up there was a man in my neighborhood that had a model T, he lived in the apartment above by one of my friends and was always driving around in it. I don’t know if it was that model T or watching Our Gang comedy kids with their car or the Bowery boys and their jalopy but I was hooked on old cars.

How did you first hear about Cool Rides Online?

A friend of my sons posted something on Facebook about cool rides.

What Cool Rides do you currently own?

Currently I own a 1947 Nash 600.

Tell us a little about your Cool Ride? What makes it Special?

My Nash is all original except for the paint and interior. It still has the Flathead L6 all original wiring, but what really drew me to it was the fact that it was a Nash.  When I was a little boy I remember my Father telling me that he had a Nash before WW2 and while he was away at war his family sold his car and didn’t tell him till he got back. My Dad is no longer around and this car may not be the same year as his but it reminds me of him.

What’s next for your Cool Ride?

I plan on rebuilding the entire running gear and maybe even a repaint.  Back in June The Great Race came through our area and the car club I belong to volunteered to help out when they arrived in town for lunch and hand out snacks and water as each car arrived.  I had to get something from my car and was approached by 2 officials and was asked to join The Great Race even my local paper had mistakenly posted a picture of my car as one of the cars from The Great Race.  Next year they will be driving Route 66 something I always wanted to do so who knows it’s a maybe!

What’s the most modification you’ve completed on your Cool Ride?

The most difficult thing was finding shocks and springs.

What’s your favorite memory involving your Cool Ride?

About a year ago (October 2014) my wife and I were heading to a car show and had stopped for gas when I heard a faint voice behind me saying sir can I ask you about your car.  I turned around to see a very well dressed older woman I would say about 80 years old I told her it was a 1947 Nash and she took a deep breath, her hands went to her mouth and she told me her father had one when she was a little girl and that he worked for Nash.  She walked around the car spoke to my wife while I was filling up then came back and asked me for directions because they were lost.  As she was leaving she was throwing two handed kisses at my car and I can only imagine the memories it brought back to her we never made it to the car show because my car broke down but it was something I will never forget.

What is your dream car to own, if money wasn’t an issue?

My dream car, that’s hard because I just love cars but if I had to pick just one it would be a 1969 GTO, my first car.

Do you have any special tips on how to take care of your Cool Rides in and out of storage?

No special tips except to keep it clean, and well maintained.  It will be around for another 50, 60,or even 100 years people are not restoring cars like they used to.

Is there anything else you’d like the Cool Rides Online members to know about you?

I Believe cars were made to be driven so people can appreciate them, not locked up in some private collection or a warehouse where no one can appreciate them.

What do you guys think of Gary’s ’47 Nash? Leave your comments below and join the conversation in our forums.

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