2017 NC International Auto Expo – Classics Display
The Classics Display at the 2017 North Carolina International Auto Expo
The 2017 NC International Auto Expo had a great turnout this year. The 70-degree weather in February brought lots of people to the show. This was the first year I have participated, and it was the first car show I have ever displayed the 1987 Jeep Grand Wagoneer in, and it was a blast.
Here are the photos I took of various vehicles from the “Classics Display”. I hope you enjoy these pictures and much as I enjoyed taking them.
Since this is a blog about Jeeps, I will start with the two Jeep’s on display and then share the other photos I took:
Let’s take a look…
Jeep Grand Wagoneer
When you hear the words “Willys Jeep,” a particular image probably comes to mind. This next Willys Jeep might not be the one that came to the top of your mind at first, but it’s cool!
Take a look…
My friend, Jamie Marsigli, has been working on his Ford Thunderbird during the time I have been working on the Jeep Grand Wagoneer. It has been great seeing all of the progress he has made as part of his restoration.
This car was found in the original owner’s garage in Pittsboro, NC, and it was purchased new in Durham, NC. The current owner, Lee Caplan, is the 2nd owner. It was quite stunning. There was a big crowd around it, so I didn’t get to finish photographing it. I had hoped to get a few more pictures on the final day, but there were just too many people enjoying this classic.
What’s truly amazing is this car has just over 700 original miles!
Do you want to hear a crazy story? This one is wild!
Apparently, this Mustang was originally owned by a moonshiner down in Plymouth, NC. The moonshiner was set to go to jail for 20 years, and he knew his wife would likely divorce him. As a result, he gave the car to his brother to hide for him. This way, when he finally got out of jail, he would have something to sell to give him some money to get back on his feet!
This Camaro has one mean growl when fired up! The owner, Marshall Wheeler, is a friend and also the coordinator of the Classics Display. I’d like to say a special thank you to him for inviting me to this year’s show. It is the 9th consecutive year of putting on the classics display, and if he has me back again, I plan to be there. It was a great event!
Thank you, Marshall, for all of your hard work and coordination!
I cannot tell the story behind every vehicle here, but I learned a lot about the various automobiles and their owners. I would like to highlight one additional owner, particularly as it is Jeep related.
As you know, us Jeep owners like to help each other out and talk about our rides. Through one of the Full-Sized-Jeep Facebook groups, I mentioned that I would be putting the Grand Wagoneer on display this year.
That’s when Bill Kistner a fellow Jeep Grand Wagoneer owner commented that his father was attending the show with his ’59 Impala and ’56 BelAir convertible. They were absolutely beautiful!
I got a few shots of the Impala, but with the crowds and all of the activity, I never got back to take shots of the BelAir.
Here are the photos I was able to capture:
From here on out, I am going to load a bunch of the other pictures I took. There were so many cool cars and so many great stories.
I guess you will just have to attend next year’s show to hear more of these stories for yourself. If you make the event, I am confident it will enjoy it as much as I did this year.
Enjoy the rest of the pictures:
Two more Jeep Photos
Since this is a blog about Jeeps, and because it is my Jeep, I thought it only fitting to end this blog post with two more photos of the Jeep. Thanks to Lee for pointing out that the lighting was great for taking photos of the Jeep. When I came on Saturday, I remembered to bring the camera.
That’s A Wrap
That’s all I have from this year’s show. As I loaded the photos I realized that I never got photos of some really great vehicles. I guess there is always next year!