Classic cars convene for cruise

TUPELO – Even if you don’t own a classic car, you’re still welcome at the 2009 Tupelo Blue Suede Cruise.
Terry Carr, 68, of Tupelo and his German shepherd, Moe, toured the BancorpSouth Arena parking lot on Friday, looking at some cars and remembering others.
“When I was in high school, I had one just like that,” Carr said, pointing to a 1946 Ford in town for the weekend car event. “Mine was red. I bought it in a cotton field for $50. When I brought it home, I thought my parents were going to get divorced over it.”
Carr doesn’t have a classic car now, so he’s not eligible to park in the arena’s west parking lot, but he was free to walk down memory lane.
“I used to have some cars, but through the years, you sell them,” he said. “Right now, I wish I had them back.”
If he was willing to plop down $19,500, Carr could’ve bought a 1967 Camaro during the cruise. For $8,500, he could’ve gotten a 1961 Ford F-100 pickup.
Mike Burnett, 34, of Ardmore, Ala., said his 1979 Trans Am was available for the right price, but he’s got a lot of sweat equity in it.
“Everything is new, except the registration,” Burnett said. “It was a six-year restoration. I did everything myself. The only thing I didn’t do was put the exhaust on.”
Mike Shankle, a 54-year-old Tupelo resident, is in the middle of a 15-year renovation of his 1965 Chevelle.
“You know how it is,” he said. “When you’ve got the money, you don’t have the time. When you’ve got the time, you don’t have the money.”
For those with both money and time, Jeremy Green, 41, of Franklin, Ky., has the parts. This is Green’s first year to sell parts at the Tupelo Blue Suede Cruise, but old cars are nothing new.
“I travel about 40 weeks out of the year,” he said. “I was in Richmond, Va., last week. I go to Delaware, Iowa, Wisconsin, down to Daytona. All over.”
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