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Whitehurst Diaries: Racing at Beech Bend park

A trip to Beech Bend is a decades old South Central quick outing, an easily justifiable reward for any hard work with drag races for most, but for those who iike it quieter, there was also plenty of restored antique cars and trucks.
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By Sharon Whitehurst

Our neighbor Howard Russell stopped earlier in the week to tell Jim about the drag races and vintage auto show to be held at Beech Bend Park in Bowling Green.


Jim decided that an outing was in order as a reward for him and for grandson Devin after many days of putting up hay. I was invited to go along.

While I'm not keen on races, I do appreciate older cars and pickups which have been lovingly restored.

I have to admit that the snarl and roar of high-performance engines blasting off the starting line induces a particular excitement--as well as temporary deafness!

Beautiful 50s vintage Chevys were on exhibition at Beech. They always my favorites. There's a big dose of nostalgia involved in vintage cars for folks of our advancing age: Jim and I remember when family members or neighbors drove a particular model and we inevitably think of the good ones we've owned over the years that were traded away. Who knew then that they would become vintage treasures!I've added some pictures of some of the cars which caught my eye. - Sharon Whitehurst


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A Trip to Beech Bend Park: Old Prison Bus



2011-06-19 - Beech Bend Park, Bowling Green, KY - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst.
This old bus formerly used to transport convicts didn't offer much in the way of luxury. - Sharon Whitehurst

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Whitehurst Diaries: Howard Russell's restored Ford PU



2011-06-19 - Old Gradyville RD, Gradyville, KY - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst.

Howard Russell's Ford Pickup The photo I took of Howard's truck today at the show isn't of good quality, doesn't do justice to his great pickup. Here is one taken last month in our dooryard in Gradyville, KY. -Sharon Whitehurst

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The Whitehurst Diaries: Restored Falcon



2011-06-19 - Beech Bend Park, Bowling Green, KY - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst.
Brett Russell's restored Ford Falcon, at Beech Bend Park. -Sharon Whitehurst

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The Whitehurst Diaries: Camping in rough at Beech Bend



2011-06-19 - Beech Bend Park, Bowling Green, KY - Photo By Sharon Whitehurst.
I call this camping in the rough! -Sharon Whitehurst

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The Whitehurst Diaries: A drag race



2011-06-19 - Beech Bend - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst.
Sharon Whitehurst was more interested in the restored antique cars and trucks than in the drag racing, but did take a few drag racing photos.

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The Whitehurst Diaries: Prince Albert doorliner



2011-06-19 - Beech Bend Park, Bowling Green, KY - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst.
How about this for unique automotive art? A door liner made of Prince Albert cans! -Sharon Whitehurst

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The Whitehurst Diaries: Jim wanted this one



2011-06-19 - Beech Bend Park, Bowling Green, KY - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst.
Jim and I have been to auto museums and car shows all over the US. This one, at Beech Bend Park, has to be the largest gathering of autos.Jim, above, felt that the snazzy pickup could have come home with him.

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