Roadster love in Florence, Oregon

  • Florences, everywhere.

Earlier this month, when we were camped near Florence, Oregon, we stumbled onto the 10th Annual Invitational Rods ‘N Rhodies Car Show, a kaleidoscope of brightly painted, souped-up vintage roadsters.

We wandered up and down Bay Street peeking in the windows and under the hoods, marveling at the beautifully restored 1960 Cadillac Coupe DeVille, called the Copper Caddy, which was featured on Bitchin’ Rides, Season 2.

There were woodies, Thunderbirds, Bel Airs, Mercurys and more, all buffed to a sparkling shine.

We met Gordon Orloff, the owner of a 1934 Ford Panel Truck originally owned by the Wasco County Coroner’s Office. Orloff had painstakingly restored the truck from the wheels up. He believes these historic cars should be driven and has taken it from coast to coast.

A couple of times, it broke down, once right in front of the White House. Once, Orloff got it to a garage, but the owner took one look at it and said, “I can’ let my guys touch that.” Instead, he told Orloff to take the last bay, use any tools he needed and even let him borrow the garage owner’s car to go get parts. That’s how much people love these vehicles.

I’m sharing the love with some pictures. Enjoy.

4 Comments

  1. Reply
    Keven September 16, 2017

    Gorgeous!

    • Reply
      Judy Nichols September 19, 2017

      A feast for the eyes. And the ears, when a couple of them fired up their engines!

  2. Reply
    dstabler September 24, 2017

    Great photos.

    • Reply
      Judy Nichols October 3, 2017

      Thanks, David

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