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Event Coverage Hot Rod Hill Climb - best ever!

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  1. woody45
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    Hats off to Nick's Garage for another outstanding event. This year was better than ever. Attached are a few photos I managed to snap when not absolutely absorbed in everything going on.

    On a personal note: This year's event was especially "eventful" for me as I hooked with an old high school friend that I hadn't seen in 50+ years. My wife and I were checking in for the Reliability Run early Friday and while walking through the parking area I came across an early Ford pickup, all original, with faded lettering on the door.....Mt Vernon Service, HIWAY 40 Golden. I mentioned to my wife that I spent a lot of time at that gas station during high school, it was owned by the Palmer brothers, Don and John, who were both legendary stock car drivers at Lakeside Speedway back in the 50's and 60's. I was friends with one of Don's sons, Charlie. Charlie had the coolest ride ever, a bright orange tall T coupe with a 303 Olds. I drove a 29 A coupe with a 48 Merc. Anyway, we were standing by the old Ford truck and a gentleman is showing a folder full of photos to an interested bystander. I whisper to my wife that I think the gentleman is one of the Palmer boys. So I walk up and peer over the gentleman's shoulder to get a peek at the pictures. All the photos are of the old Mt Vernon service station which, back in the day, was the last gas stop on Hiway 40 before heading into the mountains. I can't contain myself and start interrupting with questions and comments about the old gas station. The poor bystander looses interest and walks away. I know this gentleman must be Charlie Palmer, but he looks way to young....I'm 72 and he was a year younger. So I ask the gentleman if he is one of the Palmer boys and he smiles and says, "Yes I am, I'm Charlie". I tell Charlie that I knew him years ago back in the 60's, but he probably wouldn't remember me. I introduce myself and Charlie breaks out in the biggest grin ever and says "Are you kidding me?, of course I remember you, you drove a 29 model A! No one knows what happened to you". As it turns out, Charlie also provided me with contact info for my best friend in high school who I have been trying to locate for years. What a day, and all because of the HRHC!

    Charlie Palmer is one of the youngest most up-beat 70+year olds you will ever meet. Charlie ran his Tall T in the hill climb, and it is exactly as it was when he was in high school...same paint job, same engine, and no shock absorbers, which was evident as he was bouncing up the hill with his foot buried and his wife Pat at his side. I can't wait to spend more time with Charlie and see his collection of old hot rods.
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  2. Great story! Charlie's T was one of my favorite cars at the event!
     
  3. 6inarow
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    AWESOME thats what its all about. Im happy for you
     
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  4. Great! Thanks for sharing.
     
  5. Jalopy Joker
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    Cool story & pics - Thanks
     
  6. Offset
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    Very interesting story. Funny how things come together sometimes.

    Good for you.
     
  7. woody45
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    Thanks! Wish I had had the foresight to keep my high school hot rod.
     
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  8. woody45
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    Indeed. Appreciate your comment.
     
  9. woody45
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    Seems like the best stories involve best friends and the best of times..... Thanks!
     
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  10. woody45
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    Thanks for reading.....
     
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  11. R A Wrench
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    Charlile can always keep you guessing. Never know what ride he will have at an event. His tall T, the 34 sedan delivery with an Ardun, the 34 roadster. And his brother has the very rare Stephans overhead converted flatty.
     
  12. Great post -glad you re-connected....and so y'all will be back next year ?
     
  13. woody45
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    Absolutely! Can't wait for the hot rod dirt drags in Monte Vista as well.
     
  14. woody45
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    I can't wait to stop by his "museum".
     
  15. Hot Rods and the people of our hobby make for some of the best reunions and travel stories!
     
  16. Stogy
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    Great event and a great bunch of cool rides. Thanks for the story and bringing things to the desktop @woody45
     
  17. woody45
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    So well said. My wife continues to be amazed at the wonderful people, from all walks of life, that we meet in the course of enjoying our shared passion.....hot rods.
     
  18. woody45
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    You're most welcome.
     
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  19. Stogy
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    Woody edit your original post and select more options and select images in post and delete then select full image to each image instead of thumbnail...these pics deserve full image . If you can't no worry...
     
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  20. brady1929
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    Great story and pics.
     
  21. i.rant
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    Enjoyed your story and pics,thanks.
     
  22. ryno
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    great story, and yes nick and crew put on one hell of an event.
     
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  23. woody45
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    Thanks Stogy, I didn't catch the full image option in time when I originally posted. Appreciate your suggestion.
    Woody45
     
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  24. @woody45 Thanks for the compliments! Charlie & Pat our some of our favorite people. Charlie was going to bring the PickUp to the Hot Rod Hill Climb, but when I saw his T the weekend before (out for the first time), I asked why he wasn't bringing that to HRHC. Of course he humbly said, its not really a 1950's hot rod, I built it in the 60's. I said, listen, the event is about old hot rods, and the people that drive and build them. I know the promoter, I'll talk to him. Just bring the T!

    So glad you guys reconnected!
    -nick
     
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  25. gnichols
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    Once again I had to miss it. Next year fer sure, Gary
     
  26. goatboy
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    this looks awesome, I will make this event one day. we go to estes a lot so all I have to do is haul my stude along with and meet up (sounds easy)
     
  27. fatkoop
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    The Palmer boys are some of the neatest guys you could ever meet! True hot rodders, racers, collectors, and all-around fun people! If you missed this event, you missed a great time!
     
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  28. woody45
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    Thanks, Nick. My wife and I noticed many improvements you made over the prior year....you and your team take constructive feed back seriously and it's much appreciated.

    Our goal next year is to enter our 47 Tudor in the hill climb, hopefully the "promoter" will approve it as it does run a dreaded SBC.......
     
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  29. Andy
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    Thanks for sharing!
     

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