It's another Junction first for me. This Saturday's Fuoco Motor Company downtown car show was one of the better I've attended in some time. Car shows and radio go hand in hand, so it was no surprise that our sister station Classic Hits, KOOL 107.9 was a sponsor. That being the case, I had to get downtown and check it out.

The show had some clever categories; Most Likely To Get  A Speeding Ticket, Big O Rad Rubber Award, and the KOOLest Car. Here are a few of my favorites.  My list comes from a personal connection to each of these classic rides.

Ray Michaels

This classic Ford pickup makes my list because as long as I can remember I've loved the early Fords. One of the first model cars I remember really putting the extra time and effort into was a 54 Ford F-150. I spray painted it royal blue metallic. Hand painted every detail and even used thread, for the engine spark plug wires. I love the round corners and overall look of this truck. It's a true Ameican classic.

Ray Michaels

The Ferrari makes the list for one reason. I'm a RUSH fan and the song "Red Barchetta" is my favorite to crank up while slamming the curves at a high rate of speed. My highest level of thrill came in my 91 Camero Z-28. Hardly, close to the performance of a vintage Italian sports car. The word "Barchetta" is Italian for "small boat". The car industry adopted the word to describe anything with two seats and no roof. To hit the throttle in this Ferrari and go "screaming through the valley", taking the curves while rolling through some of the local landscapes would be a dream come true.

Ray Michaels

The Chevy II is a beauty. Classic in it' simplicity and style. It's not your "traditional" American muscle car. Not a GTO, Mustang, Corvette, or Charger but very cool in its own way. I owned a 64 Chevy Impala. Blue and white two-tone with Crager SS wheels and rock'n Pioneer Super-Tuner but it wasn't a Chevy II. I had always wished it was.

Well, that's some of my favorites from the downtown car show. You may disagree, and that's ok. Car shows are for everyone that loves vintage rides and share their passion for these classic cars. Now, to find someone to lend me theirs for a spin through a local winding canyon road. It must have a CD player so I can crank up "Red Barchetta". Classic Cars rock!