True Classics

Driving up I-4 to the Speedway for yesterday's races, I passed, or was passed, by a slew of classic cars - not to mention muscle cars and monster trucks.





Race fans check out the engine on a '55 Chevy Nomad, parked next to an award-winning '57 Nomad. (Mike Snyder - washingtonpost.com)

I was lucky enough to park in the infield right next to a pair of cherry, fully restored 50s-era Chevy Nomads. Their owners had driven them all the way from the Oklahoma City area to a classic car show in Kissimmee, then up to Daytona to catch the race action.

Larry Myers's blue '57 Chevy Nomad (a rare model station wagon) took first place in its category in Kissimmee. Larry, a retired CEO from Edmond, Okla., drove to Florida with his wife, Annette. He's been restoring cars as a hobby for years and is proud to show his labor of love. He does all of the work himself, and dropped a Corvette engine into this baby.

Larry says he's been offered $120,000 for the car, but isn't interested in selling after all the hard work he's put into it.

True Osborne, of Oklahoma City, is driving an even rarer Nomad - fewer than 10,000 rolled off the line in 1955. True loves showing off his car, too. "We drove all the way from Oklahoma. We don't trail. No trailers!" he said emphatically. "If you put it on a trailer, no one can see it."

That's such a point of pride for the Osbornes, that his wife Sherry has made a sign for the window: "If you see this car on a trailer, call 911. It's been stolen!"

Now that's True love for the American automobile.

By Mike Snyder |  February 13, 2006; 8:48 AM ET  | Category:  Fans
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Classic car and Nascar action by Mike Snyder...does it get any better than that? I'm having a hard time believing that it does. I wonder if he'd admit to being a Tony Stuart fan...

Posted by: Marianne | February 14, 2006 02:41 AM

we are gald to see ours freinds on email
we are in to clasics car to we have a 1956 4door wagon chevy .we drive daily 70 miles, i work with Larry on classic car good hobby thank you put on . curtis welch

Posted by: Curtis Welch | February 18, 2006 09:34 PM

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