This 2008 Corvette (left) and 2004 Corvette Z06 belong to Bristol Arnold and his son Chris Arnold of Saltville, Virginia. They can be seen regularly at the Street Fights at Thunder Valley. Chris Arnold says they “enjoy wrenching on these two cars together.”
Our weekly Reader's Ride feature brings in a wide-array of sweet hot rods from around the region. From suped-up trucks to vintage sedans and tractors, the Herald Courier's Reader's Ride is a blast from the past that anyone can become a part of. To submit your ride, fill out our online form here: https://bit.ly/2HsNfYE. Your ride will be featured in a Monday edition of the paper and posted on our website.
READER'S RIDE: 1971 VW Westfalia microbus poptop
READER'S RIDE: 1972 Chevy K-10
READER"S RIDE: 2005 Bentley
READER'S RIDE: 2007 Mini Cooper R52S
READER'S RIDE: ’66 Corvette Stingray
READER'S RIDE: 1955 Chrysler 300 Hemi
READER'S RIDE: 1968 Ford Mustang
READER'S RIDE: 2007 Shelby GT Mustang
READER'S RIDE: 2003 Chevrolet SS Silverado
READER'S RIDE: 1974 Land Rover 88”
READER'S RIDE: 1997 Toyota T100 Limited 4WD
READER'S RIDE: 1999 Chevrolet Silverado XLT
READERS RIDE: 1968 Ford Mustang
Reader’s Ride: 1976 Ford Maverick
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2004 Ford Lariat XL
1949 Minneapolis Moline model Z
1940 Chevy rat rod
1929 Ford Sedan Delivery
1967 Chevy II Nova Wagon
1966 GT Mustang
1953 Ford Customline Flat Head
1969 Mercury Cyclone
1970 VW Beetle
1955 Ford F-100
1957 Chevy Bel-Air Hardtop
1978 Toyota LandCruiser FJ40
1950 Ford cab
1937 Ford pickup
1978 Corvette Pace Car
1948 Diamond T
1966 Pontiac Tempest
1949 Willis Jeepster
READER'S RIDE: 2008 Corvette & 2004 Corvette Z06
READERS RIDE: 2000 series Datsun
Owners Rick and Will Anderson of Abingdon, Virginia, have enjoyed restoring this rare 2000 series Datsun as a father and son project. “One of 4,000 made in 1968, this 135 horsepower, five-speed transmission convertible gets a lot of smiles per gallon,” according to Rick Anderson.
READER'S RIDE: 2000 Corvette
John Hogan of Piney Flats, Tennessee, submitted this photo of his 2000 Corvette.
READER'S RIDE: 2006 Honda Civic Si
Jae Canter is the original owner of this 2006 Honda Civic Si, with 19,000 original miles.
READER'S RIDE: 1965 Chevrolet K-10
Mary Rouse sent in this photo of a 1965 Chevrolet K-10. She says, “This truck belonged to my late husband since 1974. He was the second owner, having purchased it from the original owner who ordered it from a local dealership in 1965. It is a factory 4 x 4, and the suspension has never been altered. Complete off frame restoration done in 2002, turning into a show vehicle, winning a number of trophies over the years. A number of items on the truck were fabricated by my husband, like custom mirror brackets, rear bumper and air cleaner as well as the leather interior and hand-painted flame design on sides.
READERS RIDE: 2014 Harley Davidson Street Glide Special
Phil Bays, of Blountville, Tennessee, submitted this photo of his 2014 Harley Davidson Street Glide Special, bagged out by Bag Dragger in Gray, Tennessee. The ride features a hand-airbrushed Harley emblem, mini apes, 4 ½-inch Vance and Hines thundering pipes, LED headlights and signals, mustang seats, Hog Pro parts, air ride and lots of custom chrome. The bike also has cruise control, ABS brakes, navigation, AM/FM and satellite radio and a USB port. “Best of all it has the beautiful hills of the Mountain Empire with me aboard to ride and enjoy,” Bays said.
READER'S RIDE: 1973 American Motors Javelin/AMX
Mike Stoessel of Abingdon, Virginia, owns this 1973 American Motors Javelin/AMX. He says, “It is unrestored, original, finished in daisy yellow with black vinyl top and interior. It features many factory options, including tilt-wheel, AM/FM, A/C, etc. This was the model that American Motors campaigned in 1971 and 1972 to capture the SCCA Trans Am Racing Championship both years. The car is unmodified, 100 percent showroom stock with 54,000 miles.”
READER'S RIDES: 2017 F-150 XLT truck & 2013 Shelby Mustang GT 500
Scott Perkins submitted these photos of his rides. Above is his 2017 F-150 XLT truck. It has a 6-inch lift kit with 22-inch wheels. “It rides nice for a lifted truck. It keeps us young at age 63 climbing in and out of it. We love it and think it is one sharp big black truck,” he said. Below is his 2013 Shelby Mustang GT 500. “The 2013 Shelby cars were special for many reasons. That was the year that Carroll Shelby passed away and he had designed this car to have more horsepower than any of the American muscle cars built that year with 662hp from the factory. The car has a 5.8L supercharged motor, which makes all that power,” Perkins said.
READER'S RIDE: 1968 Mustang GT
Kendra Nickles of Abingdon, Virginia, submitted this photo of her my 1968 Mustang GT. It is a factory GT car, originally equipped with a 302, 4 speed. This is a one year only rare factory color (sunlit gold). She has owned the car for six years. It went through a complete rotisserie restoration.
Readers Ride: 1969 Mach 1 Mustang
Dennis Burress of Abingdon, Virginia, owns this 1969 Mach 1 Mustang, equipped with a factory 428 CJ engine and a 4 speed. He has owned the car for 10 years. The car went through a complete rotisserie restoration.
READERS RIDE: 1967 Pontiac Firebird
J.H. McCoy of Abingdon, Virginia, owns this garage-kept, 1967 aquamarine Pontiac Firebird, still driven on the streets of Abingdon by the original owner.
READER'S RIDE: 1970 Nova
D.T. Jeter of Bristol, Tennessee, sent in this photo of his 1970 Nova, completely stock, with 20,178 actual miles.
Reader's Ride: 1955 Chevrolet 210
“I bought this 1955 Chevrolet 2-door sedan in 2010 and performed a complete restoration on the body.” — Hunter Locke, Kingsport, Tennessee
This is my black and gray 1931 Model A Ford. It’s two years older than me and in much better shape.
-Kenny Morrell, Bristol, Tennessee
Readers Ride: Family of Corvettes
Kay Stone’s 1963 corvette, Chuck Stone’s 1966 corvette and grandson, Henry’s 1957 corvette are lined up at a local car show. The family resides in Lebanon, Virginia.
Reader's Ride: 1936 Chevy Short Cab
This is a 1936 Chevy short cab owned by Ken and Trudy Woods of Bristol Tennessee.
Reader's Ride: 1956 Crown Victoria
This 1956 Crown Victoria was purchased in 1989 in Grundy, Virginia, by Mack Keen of Bristol, Virginia. He hauled it to Michigan to finish putting it together. It has a 292 motor with 3 on tree. We take it to many car shows and cruise-ins throughout the Tri-Cities, as long as the weather is good.
Reader's Ride: 1955 Ford F-100
This is an original 1955 Ford F-100 with a 272 engine and 3-speed transmission belonging to Bob Osborne from Damascus, Virginia.
Reader's Ride: 1978 Chevrolet Cheyenne
This truck has an automatic 350 v8 engine with 4-wheel drive. It has only been owned by the Robinson family.
Reader's Ride: 1966 Ford Mustang
This 1966 Ford Mustang has a 289 V8 engine and a 4-barell, 4-speed transmission. It has never been restored and is still owned by the original owner. It has been featured on NBC nightly news.
Reader's Ride: 1972 Plymouth Cuda
This is my purple, 1972 big block Plymouth Cuda. The car was completely restored last year.
Reader's Ride: 1981 Z-28 Camaro
This is a 1981 Z-28 Camaro. It has t-tops, a 350 automatic motor, and tinted windows. It is owned by Joan McGraw. Abingdon, Virginia.
Reader's Ride: C10 Chevy
We bought this C10 Chevy 350 3-speed on the tree truck in 1985. It was driven to work for several years daily. My husband restored it, and now it is only driven to car shows and pleasure trips around town.
Reader's Ride: 1953 Cadillac
"I have owned this car since 1973. I bought it in Owasso, Michigan, out of an airport hanger a lot of the chrome and stainless is original. Me and my son Marty Keen has restored it from the frame up keeping what we could."
Reader's Ride: 1965 GTO
This is one of my favorite GTOs. I am a GTO enthusiast. This is a 1965 GTO with original motor, 389, 30 over, with air conditioning, power steering, new paint and new bumpers. It is owned by K. B. McGraw from Abingdon, Virginia.
Reader's Ride: 1965 Harley
Wayne Dingus of St. Paul, Virginia, has owned this 1965 Harley for 38 years. He is the third owner. The 1965 model was the last panhead engine, first year for electric start, 12 volt system, kick and electric start, they came with 5 gallon tanks and large saddle bags. This bike has 29,355 miles on it.
Reader's Ride: 1970 VW Beetle
“My name is Ronnie Walls. I purchased this solid 1970 bug in 1991 for $100. After a paint job, some minor engine work and interior work, this bug became my daughter’s first car. My grandson,Tyler is filling the gas tank with thirty cent a gallon gas (I wish).”
Reader's Ride: 1963 Corvette
This is Chuck Stone’s 1963 Corvette split window with matching numbers; this car went through a frame-off, 5-year restoration. Also, here is Henry Stone Collins’ 1957 Corvette stroller, strolling all the way from Lebanon, Virginia.
Readers Ride: 1950 Chevrolet Hearse
This is Jim Singleton and his 1950 Chevrolet Hearse from Cedar Bluff, Virginia. It has around 6,000 miles and is all original.
Reader's Ride: 1968 Chevrolet Corvette
Owned by Darlene Doyle of Chilhowie, Virginia, and was purchased 7 years ago from Ken’s Classic Cars.
Occasionally cruises around Smyth County and can be seen at car shows.
Reader's Ride: 1955 Chevy Bel-Air
This car was originally owned by my dad. I completed the restoration along with a friend in 2013.
Reader's Ride: 1959 Custom Dodge
Dodge built 984 convertibles in 1959. Only a very few were Custom Royal or top of the line cars and even fewer had the Super D 500 (383 CID Engines with 2 four barrel carb). This option was an additional $540.45. Today only a handful of these cars are left, maybe 15 worldwide.
I am proud to have one headlining my collection of 8, 1959 Dodges that I have collected.
Reader's Ride: 1969 Corvette
This Corvette was bought new on March 25, 1969 — at Bill Gatton – after returning from Vietnam. It went through a complete restoration in 2012.
Reader's Ride: 1957 Bricklin SV1
Make/model: 1975 Bricklin SV1
Country of origin: New Brunswick, Canada
Power: 351CI Ford Windsor V8
Transmission: Ford FMX automatic
Actual mileage: 7,430 miles
Notes: Approximately 2,800 Bricklins were built in 1974 and 1975
Owner: Glenn Altizer, Bristol, Virginia
Reader's Ride: 1984 Detomaso Pantera GT-5
Make/model: 1984 Detomaso Pantera GT-5
Country of origin: Modena, Italy
Power: Australian built 351 Ford Cleveland Mid-engine V8
Transmission: German built ZF, 5 speed
Actual mileage: 6,871 miles
Notes: 1 of 36 Panteras built in 1984
Owner: Glenn Altizer, Bristol,Virginia
Reader's Ride: 1955 Chevy Bel-Air
Paul Wilson bought this car from a junk yard in 1993 and it now has an off frame total restoration.
Reader's Ride: ELF
"This may not be a hot rod, but my new ride is called the ELF. Riding the ELF (which stands for electric, light and FUN) is a great, healthy way to get around in my community while turning a LOT of heads.
The ELF is a solar and pedal hybrid vehicle powered by me and the sun. It is a bike with a battery assist that you can use when needed. The design allows the owner to ride in all kinds of weather.
I love my new ride because it’s good for the environment and good for me!! As promoted on the company’s website the ELF is:
“The most efficient vehicle on the planet”, it is a revolution in transportation and gets the equivalent of 1800 MPG."
Reader's Ride: 1932 Chevrolet Coupe
"This car has been fully restored. It has a 350 V-8 engine with automatic transmission. My wife and I enjoy taking it to car shows. The car resides in Abingdon, Virginia."
Reader's Ride: 1957 Chevy
"That’s my dad, Nat Whitlock, along with the 1957 Chevy he restored. This was at the Hot August nights car show in downtown Bristol last summer. Dad is a lifelong Bristol resident and has several antique cars. The 1957 Chevy is his favorite."
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Reader's Ride: 1963 Oldsmobile Jet Fire
I special ordered this new from the factory. It’s a turbo-charged, alcohol injected 4-speed transmission with posi traction. Has no power equipment. I bought it new from the factory and it was a daily driver for many years. It has been to several car shows and drive in type shows too.
Reader's Ride: 1969 Mercury Cyclone
My father, W. C. Clark, bought this car in 1969 and has owned it for 48 years. My mother and father even dated in this car. Dad shows the Cyclone in car shows around the area.
Reader's Ride: 1978 Toyota LandCruiser
This is my custom-camoflage 1978 Toyota LandCruiser FJ40. I’ve owned this vehicle for 37 years after buying it in 1980. It is a four-wheel drive making it a great vehicle for the snow.
‘This is my Bel Air Hardtop called ‘Betsy’. She is my pride and joy. I was born in 1957 and I bought her on my 57th birthday.’
Reader's Ride: 1978 Corvette Pace Car
This car was bought in 1982 from the original owner. It is all original with only 3,900 miles and is often driven during parades and special events.
Reader's Ride: 1937 Ford pickup
Owned since 1963, this pickup has a 350 fuel-injected motor, 350 transmission, Nova rear end and frame off rebuild. It’s used for cruise-ins and car shows.
— Bruce Cummings | Blountville, Tenn.
Reader's Ride: 1950 Ford cab over engine F5
It has the original 85 HP 6-cylinder motor and 4-speed granny gear transmission; lowered with 16-inch wheels, custom bed, it’s used for cruise-ins and car shows.
Reader's Ride: 1948 Diamond T
I bought this truck in Bristol in the mid 1980s for $300, and did a restoration from the frame up. It has a Hercules flat head motor, 4-speed transmission, crank out windows and vacuum windshield wipers.
Reader's Ride 1955 Ford F-100
James Wimmer purchased this truck in 1984 and restored it back to original condition, down to the hubcaps and the paint of candy apple red.
Reader's Ride: 1966 Chevy II Super Sport Nova
Owned by Butch Kestner of Saltville, Virginia for 26 years, this ride is often seen cruising around Smyth County, in parades, and occasionally makes an appearance at the street fights at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Reader's Ride: Gary Taylor
This is my 1956 Chevy Bel-Air 2 door hardtop, I found this car in a shed in Glade Spring in August of 2000. I purchased the car and I completely restored it from the ground up. I put in modern equipment like a 350 engine, 3-speed automatic disc brakes, air conditioning and power steering with a tilt steering wheel.
Reader's Ride: 1972 LT-1 Corvette
This car has 47,000 original miles with matching numbers. The 1972 Corvette was the last year featuring the LT-1 option(hi-performance small block 350) , steel bumpers and removable rear window. It is owned by Doug and Mary Lawson of Cedar Bluff, Virginia who are the second owners.
Reader's Ride: 1969 Chevy Bel-Air
I bought this car from my high school principal, who inherited it new from his dad. The car still only has 66,000 miles on it. I had it painted candy red, upgraded the brakes and added S.S. dual exhaust to the 327 engine along with 17x8 chrome torque and thrust wheels. I love driving the car, and I have recently started taking it to shows.
Reader's Ride: 1955 Ford F-100
Reader's Ride: 1966 Pontiac Tempest
This is a 1966 Pontiac Tempest with a custom 326 4-speed engine that has been completely restored by my husband. It took months of hard work to bring this beautiful car back to life and on the road again. The black exterior with the beautiful red leather interior makes this car breathtaking.
Readers Ride: 1949 Willis Jeepster
This is a 1949 Willis Jeepster. These cars were only made for three years (from 1948-1950). Kenneth Boyd has been the proud owner since 1964. Everything is still original including the 1949 state inspection sticker and license plates.
Reader's Ride: 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air
Harold L. Crook of Marion, Virginia, bought this 1957 Chevrolet Bel air in 2013. He is the fourth owner of this beautiful car. It has a 2013 corvette motor with 78,000 original miles on it. Harold takes her to Food City Race Night in Knoxville and Bristol every year.
Reader's Ride: 1956 Bel-Air
“I was born in 1956 and always wanted a 1956 Bel Air. I bought this one about 20 years ago and did a frame off restoration that took me 10 years to complete.”
Reader's Ride: 1971 Dodge Challenger RT
Here are a couple of pictures of my 1971 Dodge Challenger RT. It is a complete frame off restoration and features a 440 six-pack engine, automatic transmission and is painted in its original color of Hemi Orange. It was sold new in Virginia and I’m lucky enough to have the original inspection sticker, bill of sale, invoice, owner’s manual and original window sticker. It’s a great example of what 70s muscle cars were all about. Looks good and drives fast!!
Reader's Ride: 1923 'The Bucket' Hot Rod
Built with a 350 SC engine with auto transmission and fiber glass body and painted viper red with white interior, it’s always a fun drive.
Reader's Ride: 1935 Chevy
This is my 1935 Chevrolet restored with the original, engine is 194 cubic six cylinder with 3 speed transmission. I cruise most Friday nights and attend car shows around town.
Bluff City, Tenn.
Reader's Ride: 1955 Chevy 2-Door
"This car was built from the ground up by my husband for me. This is the year I was born which makes the car more special. It is a ’55 Chevy 2-Door with gray and black tweed interior. Automatic on the column with 350 small-block engine, 700 R transmission, 4-wheel disk brakes, rack and pinion."
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Reader's Ride: 1965 Corvette
Wayne Dingus of St. Paul, Virginia, is the proud owner of this 1965 Corvette. Dingus is a member of the Tri Cities Corvette Club and has owned this vehicle for about 14 years. The Corvette has an original motor, 327/350 hp, 132,00 miles and 4 speeds, in addition to new suspension, brakes and tires. This ride is just out of repair after an incident with a deer; Kevin Farmer at Farmers Auto in Abingdon, Virginia, replaced the front clip and paint. Email the Herald Courier today with a photo and information on your ride at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Reader's Rides: 1967 Chevelle Malibu
"This is my '67 Chevelle Malibu, a.k.a. 'Big Red.' We've had her since 2002. She is a replacement for my '66 Chevelle my husband sold in 1979. She needs a little T.L.C., but she's still a looker."
-- Linda Moore Stanley, Coeburn, Va.