Jose Vega showed us an old photo of a very small boy standing next to a 1952 Chevy. We recognized the Chevy, because Jose brought it to the show. He said the car was his dad's, and he was the small boy in the photo. Papa Vega bought the car (brand new) in Puerto Rico, and brought it to the mainland when he came here to live. Jose came along a bit later, but grew to love the car, and has a great deal of pride for having kept it in the family.
Everything except the paint, air in the tires, gas in the tank, and the battery is original. The odometer shows about 71,000 miles, which, according to Jose, is all it has! It does get driven, just not a lot, but it has that cool old "six cylinder" sound. Of course, we couldn't pass up the chance to award Jose Vega's "family" car an Editor's Choice Car Show Top 10 Award.
Another thing that drew our attention to Vega's '52 was the '61 Impala parked right behind it. This car was all original, although not in the hands of its original owner. We found it ironic that two cars of this ilk were parked next to each other. For more on the "all original" Impala, see our full coverage in the pages of Super Chevy magazine.
Here in Gainesville, the drag racers were "hot." We watched sizzling and "scary" performances that kept the crowd on the edge of its seats. We're also running additional coverage of the drag racing action in an upcoming issue of the magazine. In case you've never been here, North Central Florida is a great place to visit. Aside from Gainesville Raceway, you'll find plenty of cool antique shops, the University of Florida campus, and interesting historical sites nearby.