Featured Member of the Week: Gwyn Wright
Please tell us a little bit about yourself…
My husband and I live in Hazel Green, AL (near Huntsville), raising Paso Fino horses and have been married for 20 years. We both share a love for classic cars so it seemed only natural to have a “his” (the Olds) and “hers” (1968 Camaro RS).
How did you first learn about Cool Rides Online?
I found Cool Rides on Facebook. I had the honor of you choosing my Camaro to be a “member of the week” feature. (Thanks again for that!)
What Cool Rides do you currently own?
1968 Camaro RS and 1967 Olds 442
Now tell us a little about your favorite “Cool Ride”; what makes it special?
What makes it special is that they are scarce! They are a true luxury muscle car with a “soft” ride but plenty of horse power and handling ability. I think that perhaps many think of Oldsmobile as a GM luxury brand and perhaps these cars didn’t get the “love” that Chevelles, Mustangs, Camaros and others received . That by no means makes them better or worse, just forgotten, I think.
What’s next for your Cool Ride? Planning additional work for it or maybe a special trip/cruise?
This winter, we are going to work on the suspension. Perhaps an upgrade or at least go through and replace all the bushings. For us, just cruising around a country road on a beautiful day is what it is all about.
What was the most difficult modification you’ve completed on any of your Cool Rides?
The Olds has presented many challenges with difficulty in finding parts being number one. Finding all the parts for the console, the correct headlight bezels, etc. It would seem that they are all “difficult” to some degree because of the scarcity of parts. “Never give up, never give in.” She will get there!
What’s your favorite memory involving your Cool Ride?
There are many from which to choose but two stand out in my mind. The first is my husband’s face when he finally saw the car “in person.” Priceless! AND….his face when he one his division in his first pointed show.
What is your dream car to own if money was not an issue?
To be honest, there are a few! They would be a 1968 Charger, 1969 Roadrunner, 1969 Mustang Mach 1 or a 1957 Chevy Bel Air. Perhaps if money were not an issue, we wouldn’t have to pick and choose. Just bring them all home! We just love cars!
Taking care of collector vehicles is not easy. Do you have any special tips on how to take care of your Cool Rides in and out of storage?
We use nothing but Adam’s products on our cars (daily drivers included). They are always dusted before we cover them with a Covercraft fleece car cover . Even though they are kept in a garage, we ALWAYS use the cover! During the winter months, weather permitting, we always “get them out” for a ride to keep them in shape. We do not let them run in the garage due to moisture build up in the exhaust system which could cause rust. We try to “use” them year round.
Is there anything else you’d like the Cool Rides Online members to know about you?
As with most people who love classic cars, we have our favorites but we love all of them, appreciating the dedication and work that people have put into their cars. No matter where you go, show, Sunday drive, running errands, there is someone who will come up to you and say “My Dad had one of those” or “I drove one of those in High School.” To see those smiles and talk about memories, that is what it is all about.