Over on Hot Rod: Georgia Man Gives Classics a Peaceful Final Resting Place
Story Features 252 Beautifully Tragic Photos of Vintage Automobiles Being Reclaimed by the Earth
There are two or three basic schools of thought when it comes to classic-car ownership: restore it, modify it, or preserve it. Sometimes, though, you’ll find people like Dean Lewis, who finds beauty in letting his classics decay peacefully in his 34-acre scrapyard.
The property, called Old Car City USA, is teeming with literally dozens of classics parked next to each other like brothers in arms. 1961 Cadillacs share space with 1958 Ford F-100s, Austin America sedans, and crash-damaged Dodge Challengers. Moss and lichen coat European compacts and American workhorses indiscriminately.
As the talented Elana Scherr points out in her article in our sister publication Hot Rod, there are those who think that Mr. Lewis owes something to the automotive world and that he should allow investors and interested parties to purchase and restore his cars, but this writer disagrees. Firstly, many of these cars were unrestorable even before Mr. Lewis acquired them, having been ravaged by rust, crash damage, and bent frames. But even if they were candidates for repair and preservation, there’s something beautiful about allowing them to slip away.
I’m not too proud to admit that browsing the gallery of 252 photos brought a tear to my eye. Yes, I would love to someday own and restore a vintage Ford or Dodge pickup, and it makes me a little sad to see classics like those sinking into the White, Georgia soil. But I’d bet the cars and trucks found at Old Car City USA lived through some hard times. Without getting too sentimental, I think that they deserve the quiet, peaceful shade they find behind Mr. Lewis’ house. We should all be so fortunate to go out that way.
For a much better look at Mr. Lewis’ Old Car City, USA, click over to Hot Rod and check out Ms. Scherr’s story and beautiful photos.
Source: Hot Rod