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When I was at our local car event last weekend, my Panel (and having gone) ended up earning my family and I:

1. free breakfast
2. free burgers and dogs
3. free ice cream
4. free drinks
5. a boatload of flyers for other shows

We're a family of 6, so, I would have to imagine my truck earned me a hundred bucks in food and related on Saturday alone.

What has your ride done in return for you? :D
 

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When I had first bought the car and before I blew it apart, I took it for a little drive in CO before I got it registered. I was pulling in for gas when a cop turned around and pulled in behind me. I was sweating bullets, but he was much more interested in the car than the fact that it had MD plates that expired in 1972.
That, poverty, several stitches and marital strife are all I can think of.
 

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No photos as none were allowed inside. In 2005 I had my 55 at the BowTie National show. Pat Chappel convinced me to bring my car to Detroit for
the 50th show. I was moving my wife and house hold the same month and didn't think it could happen. It did. While I was there Pat introduced me
to a young lady and her daughter. They invited me to go with them to see a display of the art work of her grand father.....Bob Cadaret. One of the
designers of these cars we love. I thought they were joking around, they were serious. So I went. We drove over to the original design studio and
went inside. It was like Fort Knox with the security. We all had to empty our pockets and leave everything behind. We were escorted upstairs into
an area that held over 50 of Bob's paintings all done in watercolor. Just incredible! He was an artist that had many talents and automotive design
was just one of them. These were all on display to show the younger designers some of the history of previous GM designers.

Left to right: Dick Chappel, Patricia (Pat) Chapppel and myself inside the GM Heritage Museum. Pat is the author of the book The Hot Ones

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Left to Right: Dick, Pat and Michel Cadaret and her daughter

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Years before I purchased this print signed by Bob Caderet. It is mounted and framed and hangs in my shop
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Have to ponder, cant really say I have gotten any perks, its usually cost me to either enter a car show or park inside the car show area, although I have met some really nice folks
 

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When I was at our local car event last weekend, my Panel (and having gone) ended up earning my family and I:

1. free breakfast
2. free burgers and dogs
3. free ice cream
4. free drinks
5. a boatload of flyers for other shows

We're a family of 6, so, I would have to imagine my truck earned me a hundred bucks in food and related on Saturday alone.

What has your ride done in return for you? :D
My ride has given me the best 33 years of joy pure happiness my dash autographed by Jay Leno Carrol Shelby Shirley Muldowney. Tom off of misfit garage. Bowzer off of Sha-na-na. Vic Nancy Cammee eldebrock. Jerry Daisy editor hot rod magazine editor. Gothem Garage. David Ed Roth rat fink. Darrel Starbird just to name a few. Dennis Binger Aztec New Mexico greatest machinist that ever lived.
 

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Perks I consider are the great people that I've met through taking the cars to various events. I can't put a price tag on the friendships, and great relationships that come from sharing our love for classic cars.
I did get to meet Ed Iskenderian, and have him sign the dash on my Austin gasser. He seemed to really enjoy it, especially the "Isky Cams" lettered on the hood.
 

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Skinned knuckles, many scars and bruises/contusions/sore muscles, trips to Acute Care/ER, savings account balance that looks like a heartbeat of a meth addict, inevitable lung issues, gray hair, grumpy wife, and sleepless nights.

I wouldn’t trade any of that for what I’ve gained though. A gaggle of car buddies, a sense of accomplishment, and a cool (soon) car.
 

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Thanks to Mikey for posting the photos of himself with Dick and Pat Chappell!

I've used Pat's book 'the Hot One' as my go-to Trifive reference for many years - since 1979! My copy has Pat's signature and dedication inside also!

I also have Bob Cadaret's painting (a numbered and signed copy of the first printing) of 'The Classic Nomads' hanging in my office since 1986, and got to meet Bob when he was invited to the 1986 'joint convention' of the National Nomad Club and the NCRS in Reno. Both organizations held their conventions in Reno (separate hotels) the same week, and we had a few joint activities, including a keynote address by Bob Cadaret. I bought his print and had it mounted and framed! I enjoyed his stories about working in the Chevrolet Design Studio under Claire McKitchan and under the 'watchful eye' and firm hand of Harley Earl. Bob told us what parts of the Trifives and Nomads that he personally designed. He praised Claire McKitchan and talked of how everyone in the studio feared (but anticipated) the weekly visits from Earl! :)

Another 'perk' I've gotten from my 50 yrs or so of following, studying, collecting, restoring and working on Nomads and Chevys is that I don't pay annual taxes on any of my 12 Chevys since they are all over 30 yrs old! :)
 
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As others have said, it's a bit of a money drain. Also as I drive around, lots of folks I don’t know, waving and blowing they're horn at me all the time. While appreciate that, it's also a little annoying. o_O
 

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Had one car that got me paranoid whilst cruising on the hwy, this car was tailing me, behind in front then came round the left and right side, as they got close I noticed that they were filming my car from all angles, gave me a thumbs up and kept going, had me thinking, as it looked like a car jacking was about to go down :eek:
 

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Had one car that got me paranoid whilst cruising on the hwy, this car was tailing me, behind in front then came round the left and right side, as they got close I noticed that they were filming my car from all angles, gave me a thumbs up and kept going, had me thinking, as it looked like a car jacking was about to go down :eek:
People have no clue how scary that is for the driver of the classic. Everyone's a director today 😔
 
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