During the recent Hot Rod & Restoration Show in Indianapolis, I got an opportunity to chat with Earnie Silver the CEO of Egge Machine Co. (www.Egge.com) 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.
Gunner’s Garage with John Gunnell
"Gunner" is one of of the most prolific authors and most visible characters in the old car hobby. He has written dozens of books about old cars for Krause Publications and is the former editor and publisher of Old Cars Weekly. His collecting pursuits range from old Pontiacs, to MGs, to retired police cruisers, to Indian motorcycles. He remains a frequent contributor to Old Cars Weekly and owns and operates Gunner’s Great Garage, a classic car restoration and gift shop in Manawa, Wis.
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