As the wedding planner, it was Tara Hurlin’s ingenious idea to restore a hot rod for their 1950s-themed wedding. She thought: Eight months would be plenty of time to find and complete a car restoration with her fiancé Jake before the big day. It would be an experience of a lifetime.
Full-size 1960s Chevrolets make excellent hot rod platforms. They’re readily available, restoration and high performance parts resources are vast, and there’s ample room for family and friends. Most of all, they look great when built like this example ’62 Bel Air Sport Coupe.
This year is on pace to become the hottest summer on record. So now is the time to make sure your car or truck is in top-notch shape to handle what the season dishes out. Here are a few suggestions for making sure your ride doesn’t leave you stranded, and looks its best.
Imagine you’re driving down Interstate 5, about 20 minutes south of downtown Portland, Ore. As you approach the suburb of Wilsonville, you catch a glimpse of a former car dealership, which has four classic NASCAR racecars mounted to the wall. You may be a car nut, but you’re not crazy. It’s real.
Nothing matches the visceral experience of being surrounded by sunshine and the wind in one’s hair while driving a convertible along a winding two-lane road. But what happens if you have a Porsche 911 mindset, but not the budget to match? One of the five open-air cars on our list could be the answer.