Last week the lovely and talented Sheila (my VP of Sales at MCC) was on her way to work when she spotted a gorgeous classic car at the McDonalds near our offices. She couldn’t resist checking it out so she hit the brakes and careened into the parking lot. She jumped out to snap a pic with her phone and learned that the car was in the process of changing owners.

Being a gregarious individual, she introduced herself and learned that it was actually a replica of a ’34 Mercedes 500K. The car was originally owned by someone here in Evansville, but it was headed to France.

A Frenchman currently living in Chicago was the liaison for a friend of his that had flown over from France to purchase the car. They drove down from Chicago to do the deal, and then were going to drive it back to Chicago and prepare it for shipping to New York and then on to France.

Jean-Baptiste, the chap from Chicago, was familiar with the show so Sheila invited them over to the office so I could see the car. When they showed up we decided to break out the video camera and shoot some footage.

It really was pretty cool and beautifully done; timeless styling but powered by a 350 Chevy and with all the modern creature comforts like air conditioning and a killer stereo. I can only imagine how much fun it would be to drive it back to Chitown. At about $5 Mil for a real one, you probably wouldn’t be doing that. Plus, replica or not, I bet this baby garners reactions like Sheila’s where ever it goes.

The gentleman that actually bought the car didn’t speak English, but thru Jean-Bapitste I learned that there are some really good car shows in France and we agreed to put a plan together to try to shoot something over there next year.

And to think, all this because of a chance meeting at McDonalds. Hey, I’m lovin’ it!

Host, My Classic Car on SPEED
President & CEO, MadStache, Inc.

March 19, 2012
CATEGORY: General,Video
  1. economy says:

    Man, the noise from those straight pipes must have been deafening. What a He-Man craft!

  2. Hi Dennis; is there any truth to the rumor that you are attending a major car show in my home town of Red Deer Alberta Canada in August 2012?

  3. Dennis Gage says:

    Jim, That rumor is indeed true. We’ll be shooting Rockin’ Red Deer, as well as another feature, while we’re up there in August. I’m lookin’ forward to it!

    • Very pleased to hear that Dennis, Red Deer is one of the hottest car towns on the planet. My twin brother Jerry and I would really like to interview you while you’re in Red Deer for our collector car e-zine . Incidentally,Friday night in Rockin’ Red Deer will blow you away in our downtown area, you’ll think that you stepped right into the ‘American Graffiti’ movie shoot-very cool part of the weekend.

    • Delila Cheyney says:

      You know, power steering was not widely available and I can assure you that it took strength to operate those heavy old Buicks. Great riding cars though, I know. I find it difficult to imagine an extremely elderly woman parking that car. Oh well, what do I know?

    • Brad Wright says:

      Hi Dennis, Just wondering when the footage from the Red Deer show will make it to TV. My dad enjoyed talking to you @ the show and I want to make sure we PVR that episode.

  4. jeff says:

    dennis we throw an awesome rockabillyshow every year…how do we get you to attend..check out the website november 24th 2012 riverside ca.

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