(Words and photos by Doug Gregory) – This gallery has a lot of interesting stuff in it, but there is one ride in particular I want to focus on. That’s the ’38 Ford Coupe of Jimmy, Sue, and Jacque Jones. Jimmy and my dad became friends after meeting where they both worked, Blackwell Public schools. My dad was the audio-visual/electrical/you-name-it technician and Jimmy was the middle school principal. He was heavily into a RC aircraft when I was younger and we’d go over and see his planes and sometimes watch them fly. He started restifying a ’56 Chevy at some point and that car turned out sweet after many years of effort. Then he bought this ’38 and set out to make it his own. The paint job it received looked as if the thing had been dipped in the bucket. So smooth. How cool is it to have a school administrator out there not only driving, but wrenching on the thing too. He’s a great guy and such a treasure from my past. I hear he still kicks around with hot rods over in Tulsa. Maybe he’s even caught up with Drag Week a time or two. Maybe next time we’re out that way we can look him up and hear some stories about the ‘old days’. 1980s is ‘old days’…? Well…maybe so.
One thing you won’t see in these articles is any of my personal rides in a prominent pose. If you look carefully behind Gordon Goodger’s ’40 Chevy you will see a blue Chevy Monza. That’s my ’76 V8 2+2 with a 350/350-turbo combo and 13” Cragars wrapped in BFG TAs. You can just catch a bit of my orange ’65 ElCamino next to Gordon Land’s white ’67 in the Wal-Mart parking lot in another gallery and also behind Bobby Jordan’s ’34 Ford Pickup at Sonic in the same article. My stuff back then wasn’t all that ‘picture-worthy’, but I drove the snot out of them and had a lot of fun. Miss them both. The Camino had a small-block with a M20 and Hurst competition-plus shifter. I was very hard on that thing.
Enjoy these photos of how it was ‘way’ back then.