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A Car Nut’s Favorite

By Wayne Looney

Please tell us a little bit about yourself:
I’m 38 years-old and have been a car nut since I was a child. I have ridden in a model T truck and a Fairlane my uncle had, our neighbors had Edsels, and my grandfathers and great grandfather were all car guys.

How did you first learn about Cool Rides Online?
I first learned of the Cool Rides Online website from a friend who shared with me!


What Cool Rides do you currently own?
I currently own a 1955 Buick century Rivera hardtop, a 1964 Mercury marauder fastback, and my 1966 Mustang coupe. I have owned the last two since high school.

Now tell us a little about your favorite Cool Ride; what makes it special?
I love the ‘55 Buick for the ride and the thumbs up when on the road—it’s a great day trip car. The ‘64 Mercury is a great head-turner too –it’s got that ‘eat-you-alive’, sinister grille.

What’s next for your Cool Ride?
The ‘55 Buick just needs a modern radio tucked away inside and out of sight. One day soon. No plans other that maintenance on the Merc’ or Mustang.

What’s your favorite memory involving your Cool Ride?
The trips we have taken from Roanoke, Virginia: to Mount Airy N.C. (mayberry) trips up the blue ridge parkway and through the Shenandoah Valley.

What was the most difficult modification you’ve completed on any of your Cool Rides?
I haven’t really modified anything. Harley Earle got it right the first time.

What is your dream car to own if money was not an issue?
My dream car would probably be a late 1920s open touring Packard or a 1955 Cadillac—any model.

Taking care of collector vehicles is not easy.  Do you have any special tips on how to take care of your Cool Rides in and out of storage?
I keep battery maintenance up and keep them dry, clean, and run them as much as possible. I use proper fuel storage for off months as well. Try STA-BIL 360 Performance to keep your fuel fresh for up to 12 months!

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