Road Report: Larry’s Hotrod Chevy

Larry Peters’ ’54 Chevy

Living the dream

Meet my new friend Larry Peters from O’Neill, Nebraska. That ’54 Chevy was his very first car and he still drives it! We were walking down the block from our hotel (which rates a post all its own) when I saw the car across the street from a bar with a bunch of Harleys parked in front. Naturally I had to take a picture. While I was doing so, Larry and his wife came out and caught me, so we introduced ourselves. Man oh man.

The first thing he did was open the hood. Damn, do I like that. These days it’s hard to find someone who even knows where the latch is, much less appreciates what’s underneath. Besides, engines live inside plastic covers these days. But what Larry showed me wasn’t plastic. Have a look:

Chevy V-8

For anyone who doesn’t know, that’s a small-block Chevy V-8 with a four-barrel carburetor and headers at the very least. And no, ’54 Chevys didn’t come with those. [Ahem.] I knew exactly what I was looking at. Larry is a 65-year-old guy with a nose like W.C. Fields’ and a Harley-Davidson T-shirt but he might as well be some kind of angel sent to flesh me out. That motor is exactly what I always dreamed of in my early teenage hell years back in Abilene. Not so hopped up you can’t drive it on the street, but plenty hot enough to make that rust heap twist and scoot.

I used to buy Hot Rod magazine and read it cover to cover every time. I didn’t know what all the articles were about but studied them regardless, hoping I’d eventually grasp the mechanics. Believe it or not, that actually worked, although I never had the wherewithal or gumption to get down and greasy. Larry still does, tucked away in darkest north Nebraska. What’s more, he and his wife belong to some kind of club that drives 600 miles every summer, going through all the little towns and never leaving the state. In a beater hot-rod ’54. With dual exhausts and a fine, fine rumble.

Larry, do you have any idea how glad this stranger is he met you?

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John Hamilton Farr lives in Taos, New Mexico, U.S.A. with his classical pianist wife. “Possibly the only place I can get away with this,” he says. As New York Times best-selling author James C. Moore (Bush’s Brain) put it in a review of John’s first book, Buffalo Lights is the work of a man attuned to the world who sees it differently than you and I and writes about it with a language and a vision of life that is impossible to ignore.” John is the author of BUFFALO LIGHTS, TAOS SOUL, ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE, and THE HELEN CHRONICLES. He has been publishing online since 1996 (Zoo Zone, Farr Site, MacFaust, GRACK!, FarrFeed) and blogs regularly here at JHFARR.COM. See also → John’s Twitter profile, Amazon Author Page, video channel at YouTube, and website photos at SmugMug. To email John, please see CONTACT INFO on About page.  

  • Fw May 24, 2013, 3:46 PM

    Love It..!! Thanks John…
    Cheers,
    Fw

    • JHF May 29, 2013, 11:28 PM

      I hope he sees this. I gave him my card.

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