Bob Gray had distain for all things shiny and slick. Bob liked black jeans, drab t-shirts, and black Converse shoes. His ride was a steel body deuce coop painted primer gray, just like his last name. It might have looked like plain Jane on the outside, but this night prowler had an Edelbrock 45000 Crape Engine with duel carbs that could put out 372 ft./lbs. of torque. That roughly translates into having a size 16 boot kicking your ass at eighty miles an hour.

It was just another hot summer night in Joplin Missouri with Bob cruising Rangeline Road when this pencil head from Webb City named Dick Smalley pulls alongside of the Deuce Coupe at the stoplight on 4th Street. “Dick” is driving a new 67 Corvette that his rich Daddy bought him for his birthday, and he was intent on teaching the old steel dog a couple of new tricks. Bob brushed him off like a pesky mosquito at first, but when the talk turned ugly Bob figured little Dickey needed some schooling. When that light turned green tires started smoking and you could hear the roar of the unleashed duet all the way over at the Dog and Suds on Highway 10.

The Corvette had him by a car length at a hundred yard in, but then the rear end of that plastic Barbie toy started to loose traction and swerve. It was just about then that Bob pulled back on that Hurst shifter and didn’t ease back for about three green lights. Needless to say, the Vette pulled off down a side street and headed home with its tail between its legs.

It’s quiet now as the little coupe watches the sun come up and rests in the yard behind the DX gas station where Bob works. The tires are still warm and you can hear more crackling and popping than a bowl of Rice Crispies coming from under the hood as that mighty Edelbrock cools down. Just the start of another quiet day for Basic Bob.

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The name’s Flyrod. American car culture is my thing. If it rolls, roars, or rumbles I’m into it. Statistics and facts aren’t my gig. My mission is to track down and capture the infamous rides that make up pop culture, and to tell their stories.

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  • AuntDot
    AuntDotalmost 3 years ago

    OMG, the tones are beautiful in this! And the story is great, as usual. Are you a member of the “Story Through Image” group? If not, you should be.

  • Thanks Dot, I am a member of that group and it is a good platform.

    – flyrod

  • peaky40
    peaky40almost 3 years ago

    Stunning work flyrod

  • Thanks peaky

    – flyrod

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithalmost 3 years ago

    Awesome read,…oh,..yes,…great art work too,…

  • Thank a lot John

    – flyrod

  • barkeypf
    barkeypfalmost 3 years ago

    So enjoyed the story. I can almost smell the engine cooling down as it expands and contracts.
    Post work as usual, EXCELLENT.

  • Thanks Paul, I can kind of imagine you driving that car.

    – flyrod

  • Jan Siemucha
    Jan Siemuchaalmost 3 years ago

    Just plain Awesome Street Rod !
    I can almost hear those tires still burning & smell the smoke !
    Grew up loving old cars, still do. I once cruised down our main road, drag racing.
    Yes, me. I won too.
    Now that I think about it, I would still be in jail if the cops had caught us.

  • Jan, thank you. Every full life has at least one story about breaking the law in a car.

    – flyrod

  • franceshelen
    franceshelenalmost 3 years ago

    Wow! What a great story! And I love this car and your treatment! Instant favorite! Thank you for sharing!!!!!!!!

  • Thanks franceshelen, I’ll see you at the stop light.

    – flyrod

  • Stuart Row
    Stuart Rowalmost 3 years ago

    Love the image and the story.

  • Thanks Stuart.

    – flyrod

  • Linda Jackson
    Linda Jacksonalmost 3 years ago

    Gotta remind you of “Dick Tracy!” love the shot and the story! take care, Linda

  • I like the story line of Dick Tracy and the imagery of film noir. Thanks

    – flyrod

  • Husky
    Huskyalmost 3 years ago

    Wicked work!

  • Thanks Husky

    – flyrod

  • Dean Messenger
    Dean Messengeralmost 3 years ago


  • Thanks Dean

    – flyrod

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