Gunners Garage


During the recent Hot Rod & Restoration Show in Indianapolis, I got an opportunity to chat with Earnie Silver the CEO of Egge Machine Co. ( and it reminded me of my first trip to the Hershey swap meet in 1972. Back then I had a very tiny budget for the old-car stuff. In fact, it was virtually non-existent. I had paid all of $175 for a 1953 Pontiac and I drove in to Hershey and even slept in it one night. The other nights I slept on the floor of a friend’s hotel room. Now, think of that! My car cost less than what I pay for a room at some events today! You can just imagine how little money I had back then to spend on parts and things. (hint-it was very close to zero). At Hershey, I was able to pick up a few free parts catalogs. One of them was the Egge Catalog and because I had so little money, that catalog became an important “treasure” to me. I read over and over about the parts available for my straight eight engine and just the thought that I could get the parts I needed to keep that car working kept my interest in the old car hobby going. Over the last 40 years, I have come a ways from sleeping in my car at Hershey, but I never forgot how much that free catalog meant to me way back then.