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Classic Car Corner - Hawaii Calls

  • Written by Tom Berg, Windermere Woodinville

58_rambler2HAWAII CALLS: My sterling report of my trip to Cuba in search of classic cars in December prompted many of my dedicated readers to urge me to check out the cars of Hawaii. Even though my real estate business is quite busy right now I dropped everything and flew off  to “the Big Island” for 10 days to do some research on their classic cars. I figured that since the weather was nice all the time I would be able to see and report on lots of classic cars. The first classic car I saw was parked in Hawaii, a little town on the far north side of the island. It was a classic 1958 rambler wagon in the stunning pink and black two tone with whitewalls and even hubcaps. A real beaut that no one had ever seen the need to do anything to but drive.

It looked like it was still in regular use and today would be called a “survivor.”

At the golf course a real nice mid-30’s Ford pickup with a flatbed drove by and I also saw a stunning, enormous, red 59 Cadillac hardtop with all  the windows down driving by one day.  That was just about it for classic cars on the Big Island.  I’m sure there are some but don’t really know where they were.

I did strike out on cars but I did see and hear a lot of really nice motorcycles. It appears that wearing a helmet must be ILLEGAL in Hawaii since no one wears them. If you’re wearing flimsy shoes, shorts and a T-shirt I guess there’s no need to protect your head either.

In my car quest I also felt it necessary to play quite a bit of golf so I would be in the vicinity of people who have a lot of money. I learned that they rarely even show up to their multi-million-dollar vacation homes so if they have any cool cars they are apparently hidden away in their garages. I have more classic cars at my house than I saw the whole time I was in Hawaii. Car show and car swap meet season is rapidly approaching so I will be looking forward to  reporting about the local car scene until June when I’m off to Scotland to see what I can find there.

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