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Vintage Keepsakes - Back in the Day

Doug Marion Jul 11, 2014
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We can’t think of any Chevy enthusiasts who do not have any treasured, vintage keepsakes. Any and all old-time Chevy parts, people and event photos, Chevy ads, decals—most anything from back in the day qualifies. Virtually every home and shop I’ve gone to over the last 50-plus years had all kinds of neat stuff on the walls and on display. It’s Often cheap to buy and neat to see, that’s for sure, including plenty of goodies I’ve never seen before.

Back in 1987, the NHRA’s legendary Darwin Doll was managing Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma, California. Originally from Pennsyl-vania, he asked me if I’d like to see his mint, low-mileage, ’78 Indy Pace Car Corvette. It was previously owned by Chevy racer, driver, record-holder, and champion Dave Strickler of York, Pennsylvania. I snapped photos and published a feature story in Super Chevy. One photo I’ve always cherished was the one I took of Dave’s Corvette key fob.

Dale Earnhardt Sr Signature 2/3

Some 15 years ago, I was in Oklahoma doing multi-feature stories, thanks to top Chevy man Tom Parsons. His red, 406ci, Rochester fuel-injected Corvette had a huge autograph on the underside of the hood. Dale Earnhardt Sr. was visiting a Chevy dealership there, and select people were invited to have him autograph one item of choice. Tom brought his ’56 Vette and asked Dale to sign his hood with a huge Sharpie Tom had. That’s the coolest keepsake I’ve ever seen. Dale gladly signed. He loved Tom’s stellar ’56, too.

In 1960, at 16, I joined the NHRA to receive its weekly tabloid, National Dragster. For $2.50 extra, I could buy a 4x9-inch official NHRA cloth patch. It adorned a black cloth jacket I had and wore while motorcycling for the next three years. The patch then went into a scrapbook and never saw the light of day more than a few times until recently. I wonder if the NHRA has one? What vintage keepsakes are on your walls?

Nhra National Hot Rod Foundation Patch 3/3



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