By: Don White, CV&T Columnist
I like cars, especially the ones that graced the roads prior to about 1970.
There was a time when I could tell you the make and model of most vehicles just by hearing them run.
Having three older brothers, all with sharp cars at one time or another, no doubt fueled my interest.
My first car was a 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 hardtop, acquired in 1966.
There may have been faster and more attractive cars on the road, but I can flat out guarantee you there were none any cleaner than my green and white beauty.
Recently, while interviewing George and Becky Oliver over in Ravenna, Becky sent
me out on an interesting mission involving cars.
A life-long resident of Estill County, she said she has always been curious about a vehicle “up in a tree” near where White Oak Road intersects with Winchester Road.
I went out to take a look, but found nothing as I drove along the narrow, two-lane roadway.
Last week, I returned to the area, but still didn’t find anything, so I sought some help from residents of the area.
Everyone was extra cooperative, and I got an opportunity to make some new friends.
Mary Carroll, owner/operator of Countryside Market, assured me the car was still where it had always been, but probably difficult to see with the trees all leafed out.
She said she had been told the car was put in place by the late Ed Hardy and that his two sons, Mickey and Melvin of Midway and Lexington, might be able to fill in some details.
She said to see the car, which I thought she said was between her store and White Oak Road, I would probably have to walk along the roadway.
My search came up empty, but a nice lady having a yard sale on White Oak said I’d find the vehicle just south of the intersection.
When a walk along that portion still didn’t turn up anything, Ricky Barrett came to my rescue from his front porch.
At long last I found myself looking at what’s left of a vehicle that some say has been in place for at least 50 years.
Leaning up against a large tree, its front end resting on what appears to be a couple of very old advertising signs, is a 1940s vintage vehicle.
“A man who came to a yard sale here the other day said it is a 1947 Packard, or he might have said a ’47 Studebaker,” says Barrett.
Pointing out that he likes Dodges and Plymouths, Barrett, 45, says “it looks like a Plymouth to me.”
He says his dad, the late Charlie Green Barrett, told him the car had been there when he was a little boy.
I have no idea as to the make and model of the car, or how it came to be there. But I do know this, after all my time and trouble, Becky Oliver owes me a free bologna sandwich next time I drop by Ravenna Food Mart.