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Rides: Marvin Gentry's 1976 Dodge Charger

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By Ed Waggener

Sometimes, actually most of the time, visits to Downtown Columbia on "regular" days finds a previously unannounced vignette, a short skit, a mini-show or a brief encounter with someone you know from the recent or distant paste which, in itself, makes the whole trip worth the effort.

A pleasant after breakfast entertainment on a recent Sunday morning was a visit with one of Adair County's great entrepreneurs, Marvin Gentry the auto parts rebuilder and now, the owner of M.G. Transportation, a trucking company operating from Ella, with routes from Florida to Pennsylvania to Arizona.



\ He was driving his 1976 Dodge Charger, a vehicle he bought some 12 years ago in Tennessee. He had time to tell just a bit of its story, covered mostly in the accompanying photo album.

The nutshell history was that he had been able to buy a car a doting father had given to his son for the son's transportation while attending a Tennessee college. The son had driven it less than 50,000 miles before it was no longer his primary ride. Mr. Gentry bought in 2001, took his time restoring it, and now has a vehicle he thoroughly enjoys driving, and which draws attention everywhere he takes it.

On a Sunday morning, that story was a pleasant part of the perpetual performances of the passing parade which makes Downtown Columbia such a pleasant place in which to play a part. - EW


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Marvin Gentry & his 1976 Charger



2013-07-14 - Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener. Marvin Gentry created interest with his one-man car show on a recent visit to downtown Columbia for a Sunday morning breakfast. The owner of M.G. Transportation, Ella, Adair County, arrived in a restored 1976 Dodge Charger.
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2013-07-14 - Downtown Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener. Marvin Gentry's 1976 Charger had only 49,366, miles on it.
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Marvin Gentry & his 1976 Dodge Charger



2013-07-14 - Downtown Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener. A bit of provenance: Marvin Gentry liked this touch - the charger came with the original dealer provide key tag. It just adds to the feel of driving a pristine 37 year old muscle car.
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Marvin Gentry & his 1976 Dodge Charger



2013-07-14 - Downtown Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener. With under 50,000 miles on the odometer, Marvin Gentry's Dodge Charged needed only a little detailing to make it have the feel of new car.
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Marvin Gentry & his 1976 Dodge Charger



2013-07-14 - Downtown Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener. Marvin Gentry's 1976 Dodge Charger was first purchased as gift from a father to his Tennessee college bound son. Gentry purchased the car in around 2001. He doesn't drive it often but does take a few short trips around this area. This one about 22 miles round trip from Ella.
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Marvin Gentry & his 1976 Charger - Side View



2013-07-14 - Downtown Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener. A side view of Mr. Gentry and his 1976 Dodge Charger as he prepares to make the return ride up The Ridge to his home base, Ella, KY.
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