Fields of Fords and more!
Hot Rod Magazine, October 2012 Issue
I flew out to North Carolina to visit some friends that had moved out there the previous summer. I flew in on a Friday night and by Saturday, we were on our way to a mysterious yard in the hills. That supposedly was full of Fords that my friend had seen while house hunting the year before.
Well it wasn't hard to find, my friend had documented the location. The funny thing was, when we arrived at the location, my friend drove past the place and parked around the corner. He thought that we would just snap some pictures from the road and continue on with our day... I had much different plans.
I informed him to turn around and pull in the driveway, all the owner could do is shoot us. So we turned around and pulled in. The owner of the yard came walking up (without a gun) and we informed him who we were and what we wanted to do. He was more then happy to let us wander the yard and snap pictures and talk cars. When you first walked in, you could see some sheds full of Fords, you couldn't tell what kind though.
Then once you got away from the shed, you could really look around and see how deep the yard goes.
Viewing the yard, I would say a good 80% of it was all Fords. With a Chrysler, some Plymouth's, DeSotos and Pontiacs thrown in to shake things up.
There was some cars from later eras there as well. Including a very beautiful 1961 Ford Galaxy Convertible.
Can we say Hemi?
Of course there was more Fords.
And a Mercury.
Way back in the yard there was stuff even hiding among the trees. And for some, the trees grew through the cars. And then sometimes you saw the craziest things.
A lone VW Bus.
A roots style blower if I have ever seen one!
He also had a thing for Pontiac Firebird fenders....
Then we made our way to the front of the yard, with the owner showing us the first car he ever owned, tucked safely behind the main barn.
The first car.
We thanked him for showing us around, it had started to rain harder. He told us quickly how he had to start selling some of the cars because the county was wanting him to clean the place up.
I told him we would spread the word, but he preferred that I only tell people local. So if you are in North Carolina let me know!
That might have been the end of that adventure, but the weekend still had a lot more to share. Which I will finish up with next week!
You can see all the pictures though below.
Fields of Fords and More PICTURES
The Automotive Archaeologist