Archive for September, 2008

Gun Shot Car

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

Whether it’s a bullet ridden pick-up truck or another kind of American Classic I often find something of interest parked in downtown Boonville.

I checked the other side of the pick-up wondering if it had perhaps been caught in a cross-fire, but that side was clean.

There is a story here somewhere, I’m pretty sure. Possibly it’s just a joke, but they are real holes, not the stick-on kind you sometimes see.

The Corvette I’ve only seen that once but I remember thinking that it was local. Don’t know if it was or not.

When I was in high school here my cousin Avon ordered a 1965 Red Stingray Corvette with black interior. He bought it in Cloverdale and gave them a $100 dollar deposit.

Avon was the only kid I ever knew that had owned seventeen cars before he was sixteen years old. All were old junkers that he drove around the ranch property. When he got tired of them we would take them to the top of the property and release the brakes. The cars would race down the hill until they hit a huge black berry patch which engulfed the car.

What happened after that I don’t remember but I don’t think they are still in that black berry patch. I wish they were because looking back, he owned what would today be interesting old cars from the 20’s and 30’s.

The Stingray was never purchased. Avon found out his auto insurance would go to at least $1,000 a year and that was a deal breaker on a $3500 Corvette.

My friend Jimmy Brink convinced his father to go down to Cloverdale and take the Stingray on a test drive. This was some test drive, Jimmy and his dad drove it back to Boonville and actually brought it down to our property so he could show it off.

Jimmy didn’t buy it either. I always liked the looks of that car and I saw one the other day at a car festival. It could have been the same car.

By the time I was buying expensive cars, I bought an Italian sports car. Very fast car. I brought it up to Boonville and got a speeding ticket just north of Healdsburg. Now that was a fast car.

bill