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Local Events: Hammerstones 16th Annual Car Show

Ninth and Russell Rain and the threat of rain kept this year's attendance lower, but it was still a great show. Without a large, open space, the city closes down 9th Avenue for the show.

The Basics

The obligatory Corvettes were represented by this trio of C5 examples:C5 Corvettes 3 C5 Corvettes[/caption] The other mandatory classic car show staples: Mustang, check: this 1968 Mustang GT notchback has been carefully restored, though the owner didn't like how the side marker lights marred the lines so he removed them. [caption id="attachment_1253" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]1968 Ford Mustang GT 1968 Ford Mustang GT[/caption] Camaro: this clean 2nd generation Camaro is a base 1970 with a 307 V8 and a three-speed automatic. [caption id="attachment_1255" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]1970 Chevrolet Camaro 307 V8 1970 Chevrolet Camaro[/caption] 1955 Chevy, Hammerstones rates two 55 Chevies.  Look closely and you can see the difference between the "Coupe" and "2-Door Hardtop" body styles. [caption id="attachment_1261" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]1955 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-Door Hardtop 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-Door Hardtop[/caption] Burgundy 1955 Chevrolet BelAir...and of course, no classic car show is complete without a '57 Chevy. [caption id="attachment_1262" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]1957 Chevrolet model 210 Coupe 1957 Chevrolet model 210 Coupe[/caption]


A good car show mixes it up with some trucks... This Ford F-1 was the first generation of Ford pickups to be more than a Ford car with a bed. [caption id="attachment_1265" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]1951 Ford F1 Pickup, they wouldn't become F-100 for a few more years. 1st generation not to be built on Ford car chassis. 1951 Ford F1 Pickup[/caption] This Ford F100 was the second generation of Ford F-Series. [caption id="attachment_1266" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]1953 Ford F100 1953 Ford F100[/caption] This truck is a little more modern and a little more personal-use: [caption id="attachment_1276" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]NASCAR Colorado Race Truck, Busch Truck Racing Series-retired NASCAR Colorado Race Truck[/caption]


One of the highlights of the show was this 1965 Pontiac GTO. Most GTOs on the road today were originally Pontiac Tempest or Lemans that are converted, but the VIN number on this one says it's the real deal. It includes a 329 Pontiac V8 with a Holley 4-Barrel carburetor and a 4-speed manual transmission. [caption id="attachment_1268" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]1965 Pontiac GTO with the 4-barrel 389 V8 and 4-speed manual 1965 Pontiac GTO 389 V8 4-speed[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1269" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]1965 Pontiac GTO 389 4-barrel V8 1965 Pontiac GTO 389 4-barrel V8[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1270" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]1965 Pontiac GTO interior 1965 Pontiac GTO interior[/caption] Another great car was this 1981 (not a Studebaker) Avanti II. With a fiberglass body from the original dies and a Chevy 305 V8, this example is one of the many cars the Avanti Motor Corporation kept producing until finally petering out in the 1990's. [caption id="attachment_1272" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]1981 Avanti II with Chevy 305 V8 1981 Avanti II[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1273" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]1981 Avanti rear 1981 Avanti II[/caption] From the new(er) school of crazy fast, this 1987 Buick Regal Grand National rocks a 3.8 turbocharged-intercooled V6. Stock, these motors were rated at 245 horsepower, though it is unlikely that a single unmodified example exists. [caption id="attachment_1278" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]1987 Buick Grand National 1987 Buick Grand National[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1279" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]1987 Buick Grand National Turbo 3.8 V6, 245 horsepower stock 1987 Buick Grand National Turbo 3.8 V6[/caption] This incredibly gorgeous 1939 Chevrolet has modern amenities (power steering, seat belts and air conditioning) while looking completely original on the outside. [caption id="attachment_1280" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]1939 Chevrolet Master Deluxe Sedan 1939 Chevrolet Master Deluxe[/caption] A mixture of old and not quite as old, this 1951 Buick Special enjoys air conditioning and a V8 engine that originally would not been equipped (1951 Buicks had an inline or straight 8). [caption id="attachment_1286" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]1951 Buick Special Front View 1951 Buick Special[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1288" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]1951 Buick Special 1951 Buick Special[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1287" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]1951 Buick Special Rear View 1951 Buick Special[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1285" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]60's V8 engine in 1951 Buick 60's V8 engine in 1951 Buick[/caption] With more visible mods, this 1940 Chevrolet Coupe has wonderful street presence (fuzzy dice included). [caption id="attachment_1282" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]1940 Chevrolet Coupe 1940 Chevrolet Coupe[/caption] This 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme is well preserved. Its original Olds Rocket 350 V8 still under the hood. The Cutlass was one of the most popular cars of the early 70's and boosted Oldsmobile's popularity into the 1980's. [caption id="attachment_1283" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Rocket 350 V8 3-speed Auto 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme[/caption] At the other end of the spectrum, this 1973 Chevrolet Nova Hatchback (a rare body style only made two years on this generation), is heavily customized inside and under the hood. [caption id="attachment_1291" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]1973 Chevrolet Nova Hatchback, Yellow, Mag Wheels 1973 Chevrolet Nova Hatchback[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1292" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]1973 Chevrolet Nova 454 V8 bored out to 470 cubic inches. 1973 Chevrolet Nova 454[/caption] Under the hood this Nova sports a Chevy 454 bored out to 470 cubic inches with a huge Holley double-pumper carb. [caption id="attachment_1293" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]1973 Chevrolet Nova Hatchback Interior with custom stereo, carpeted cargo compartment and four custom bucket seats. 1973 Chevrolet Nova Hatchback[/caption] This Nova kicks it on the inside with a custom stereo, carpeted cargo area and custom bucket seats front and rear. [caption id="attachment_1294" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]1973 Chevrolet Nova Hatchback Dash, boac-on-white gauges, B&M shifter 1973 Chevrolet Nova Hatchback Dash[/caption] The interior of the car is a beautiful mix-up of perfectly restored original and custom work. Note the Black-on-white speedometer, gas gauge  and clock. Cup holders are a nice touch in the custom center console. This 1967 Cadillac DeVille Convertible was a little rough but it oozed style. Its owner is looking for period correct wheels, hopefully wire-wheels, to replace the 80's units on there now. [caption id="attachment_1296" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]1967 Cadillac De Ville sports original 429 V8. 1967 Cadillac De Ville[/caption] The way-back machine was really cooking on high when it scooped up this 1961 Ford Falcon Two-Door Sedan right from the 1960's. Ford's answer to the VW Beetle and the Nash Rambler, it's first compact car offered 8 body styles, including 3-door station wagon, convertible and this two-door sedan. The Falcon's greatest fame came from Lee Iacocca using its bones to create the first Mustang. [caption id="attachment_1297" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]1961 Ford Falcon 1961 Ford Falcon[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1299" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]1961 Ford Falcon Rear view. 144 cid straight six. 1961 Ford Falcon Rear[/caption] The owner did have to rebuild the 144 cid engine after 200,000 miles. [caption id="attachment_1300" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]1961 Ford Falcon 144 CID 6-cylinder 90 horsepower 1961 Ford Falcon 144 CID 6-cylinder[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1301" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]1961 Ford Falcon Interior, 3-speed manual column shifter 1961 Ford Falcon Interior[/caption] Finally, before we go, Hotrods: [caption id="attachment_1302" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]1933 Ford Coupe Hotrod 1933 Ford Coupe[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1303" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]1934 Plymouth Restomod 1934 Plymouth[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1304" align="aligncenter" width="2306"]Ford Hotrod Ford Hotrod[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1305" align="aligncenter" width="1500"]Supercharged Hotrod Supercharged Hotrod[/caption]  


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