The best story at the car show was this guy who was driving a 72 Nova. He was in his 60s, had long grey hair and a beard to match. I complimented him on his car (my wife is a big Nova fan).
He said to me, "I painted this car 41 years ago, but I got into a car accident back then and sustained some brain damage, and don't remember painting it."
He painted it for a friend whom owned the car at the time (1976), and then the guy parked it for 36 years. Then he was ready to sell it and this guy bought it. His friend told him he painted it. Of course he didn't remember painting it. One thing on the car sparked a memory. He was drilling a hole (something to do with the bodywork?) near the door latch and slipped with the drill and it gouged the fresh paint. He remembers covering it up with some black undercoating because the guy he painted it for was on his way over to pick the car up. Sure enough the scratch is still there LOL. The car also had the Mickey Thompson tires from 1976 still on it. The guy told me he really can't remember 1976 or 1977 as a whole.
One thing is for sure, he is a master body man. He showed me pics of a 68 Roadrunner he put together from 3 different cars. The welding and fabrication he did was amazing. He had cut the entire top off one of the cars to weld it onto another. It was just crazy the sheetmetal work he did. He had a whole picture album which he shared with me, and I was happy to look on and listen. He even made his own gas tank. One of the donor cars was a former California "Dragnet-type" of Plymouth Satellite that had 2 gas tanks; in case they were in a long high speed chase chances were the bad guy would run out of gas first.
Anyway, he showed me another pic of a different Nova he crashed up in the 70s. He said he fell asleep and drove off a bridge at 55mph and went straight down into a ditch. The shotgun (yes shotgun) he had in the front seat jammed into his chest and ripped part of his nipple off. When he woke up he said he thought the shotgun had gone through his chest and when he pulled it away from his body he was relieved it hadn't LOL. He said he had 2 huge speakers in the back seat which flew into the front seat upon impact, and that the dozen eggs he had bought at the store (right before the accident) also flew into the front seat, the carton landed on top of one of those speakers, and not a single egg broke. What a weird story!
He also had pics of another Roadrunner he totaled, and of a motorcycle he and his wife were riding when they got rearended and somehow didn't die.
I enjoyed his company and stories but I think I would've enjoyed them even more had I one or two Rum and Cokes in my system.
Don't ask me how I forgot to snap a pic of him and his Nova. Sometimes I get so caught up in the moment I just forget about everything else.