The photo was taken at the Route 66 Auto Museum in Santa Rosa, New Mexico. It is, indeed, a fine example of a 1957 Chevy!
When I was a child, my father bought a used 1957 Chevy just like this one, except that it was a bronze/brown color. Daddy was a young man in his early 30’s and looking back now, I realize that he had a mischevious sense of humor as he drove his own fine ’57 about town.
Daddy especially loved it when a teenager in another “souped up” car would pull up next to us at the traffic light. Daddy would rev the engine, holding his brakes, causing the car to lurch forward roughly. He would then turn, raise his eyebrows and give the teenager a look that silently said, “Want to drag?” The teen would rev up his own engine in an affirmative reply. The two would make road music with their dueling engines as they waited for that green light.
As soon as the traffic light changed the eager teen would peal away, tires screaming and leaving black marks on the pavement. My Daddy would then very gently press down on the accelerator and leave the intersection at a sedate pace. His laughter rang through the Chevy as he would wonder aloud what the poor kid must have thought when he realized he was drag racing alone.
Afterwards Daddy would always turn and peer over the back seat and say “You can get up now” for I would always slide down and hide with embarrassment at Daddy’s fun with that car.
So many years have gone by now and Daddy is gone. Yet each time I see a 1957 Chevy, the memories come flooding back. Now I recall all of Daddy’s antics with fondness and a smile, realizing that my father’s sense of fun was distinctly his own brand of humor. Both he and his ’57 Chevy were, indeed, very FINE!
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