The Way We Were: Chuck Lynch, aka That Car Guy
Well Anthony, you asked for it, you got it. First off, here's a picture of me in 1972 standing beside my first street legal motor vehicle, a 1972 Harley-Davidson 125cc Rapido. That's me, second from left, under the arrow. The late Mr. Bill Abernathy, who sponsored the event, is to the left; David and Kevin are to the right. Dave owned a 1966 GMC Value Van about three years after this picture was taken:
The bike is a 1973 Harley-Davidson SS-350, the same year and model used in Live And Let Die. I keep meaning to write a post on it; hopefully that will happen soon.
Now, I feel very lucky to have this next image. This is not just me and my first car, this is me on the first day that I got my first car:
This was in late July, 1973, but the exact date escapes me. And yes, it's a 1972 Chevrolet Vega Hatchback (Just less than a year old, and was actually still in warranty) with a raised white letter tire. The Vega is a great car that has not gone unnoticed here at the world famous Car Lust international home office and vending machine storage area.
This next one shows a 21-year-old me (Egad!), proudly perched on/beside a nearly new 1978 Chevette, which has been seen here at Car Lust before. And this photograph would have been used in that post, had it made itself available nearly 4 years ago:
It may have been more than a passing coincidence that this picture resurfaced at about the same time Anthony came up with the brilliant idea for this theme week. Stuck in a pile of other old prints and stuffed in a drawer for decades, the image has just recently re-met the light of day for whatever reason(s).
At the rear of the car is my puppy Snoopy, who was with us for 17 years. I'd say he was about 8 when that photo was taken. He was a great companion, and made it to HBO before any of the rest of us did (Snoopy appears at 0:45).
As far as the riding apparel, the idea is to dress for the fall, not the ride. Even better, the idea of being seen by other motorists to avoid a crash is a good idea. In these days of distracted drivers, I wouldn't dream of leaving the yard without a helmet and some gear on, because even if you're just going a short distance, it just takes one spill to ruin your day.
So that's a quick snapshot (pun intended) of some of my automotive days of yore. And we hope to see some of your pictures soon as well.
--That Car Guy (Chuck)