Bringing Betsy Back
Hi. My name is Betsy. I am a stock 1965 Plymouth Barracuda. I earned my factory stripes October 20, 1964 in Hamtramck, Michigan. I was shipped to Hahn Chrysler-Plymouth in Vancouver, Washington, and adopted when I was barely a month old. After seven years of faithful service, Rochester Ronnie stupidly traded me away in 1971; the nerve! He immediately regretted his mistake and spent the next 31 years searching for me. He had no idea I spent two years in Centralia, and the next 29 years in Rainier, Washington. I had given up hope we would ever see each other again when in 2002 I was listed on eBay, Rochester Ronnie found and rescued me and, unbelievably, we were reunited! At that point I was in terrible shape and it took nine months of intensive restoration work before I again looked as spiffy as I did from 1964-1971. Rochester Ronnie is turning his 250 page journal and 1,300+ photographs detailing my restoration into a book (starring me!) entitled Bringing Betsy Back! It’s great to be home again!
Here I am in the fall of 1966 at the ranch where I first resided. I was still wearing my original thin whitewalls and Lewis County "LBF 785" Washington license plates:
This photo was taken in late 1969 just before we left for San Antonio to join the USAF:
I was under several inches of snow when Rochester Ronnie and I reunited in 2002. That's my brother Bart parked next to me; we left Rainier together.
Charley the Classic Car Carrier delivered us to the restoration shop. Ten years worth of grime, moss, and blackberry vines camouflaged much of my water and body damage. Note my trailer hitch; oh, the shame of it all!
Total disassembly took quite awhile; I have a lot of parts!
Removal of original paint left me stark nekkid! Once my heavy metal fabrication repairs were completed, I underwent extensive finishing body work and mechanical repairs:
Just like the original factory paint job, my center section was painted red, the stripes were taped off, and white paint was sprayed over the red:
It was very exciting when the tape was removed revealing my red racing stripes. After all I have been thru, I have definitely earned them!
I was soon beginning to look and feel like my old self again:
Here I am with Rochester Ronnie at the 2006 Greenwood Classic Car & Hot Rod Show in North Seattle. Life is good! (photo courtesy of Olin Darling)
T-9-0 Quarrymen Car Show - Tenino, Washington - August 17, 2014
The T-9-0 Quarrymen's show is well organized and supported, and the venue is terrific, so we try to make this an annual event. Here are some of the great vehicles on display at the 2014 show:
This 1927 Lincoln 7 passenger sedan was restored in 1960-1964 and is still a beauty:
1948 Plymouth convertible:
This 1967 Plymouth Barracuda sports a 225 slant 6:
1930 Model A Ford:
This 2009 Dodge Challenger sports a Hemi and caught our eyes because the owner has turned it into a tribute 'Cuda. Rumors continue that Chrysler may be bringing back the 'Cuda in 2016 or 2017. We certainly hope those rumors turn into reality!
This 1953 Buick Super Riviera was indeed "super:"
1956 International S-100 half ton pickup with an attractive two-tone paint job:
1924 Chevrolet hot rod with an incredible flame job:
Due to a schedule conflict we're going to miss the August 16, 2015 T-9-0 show. If you're in the area, don't miss this one!
Hub City Car Show - Centralia, Washington - August 23, 2014
The annual Hub City show is another event we try to attend annually. The show draws hundreds of cars and thousands of fans. The show could benefit from better organization, but we keep attending because downtown Centralia offers plenty of other diversions such as food and antiques stores. Here are a few (mostly MOPAR) cars from the 2014 edition:
We arrived early and nabbed a nice spot on a side street that we knew would benefit from afternoon shade. Still looking good with our 50th birthday upcoming 10-26-2014!
We were parked next to this 1929 Model A Ford Cabriolet. It is an unrestored survivor that the owners are considering restoring.
The same folks who own the unrestored 1929 Model A also brought a 1923 Chandler that has been in their family and in the Centralia area for 64 years. What a beautiful car!
This 1970 Dodge Super Bee is a four-speed car:
1973 Plymouth Duster sporting a 383 with an automatic transmission:
This 1965 Plymouth Barracuda has been nicely restored, but we were disappointed to see that stripes with incorrect dimensions were added.
Sammy Partlow's beautiful 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 convertible:
We'll close with an image of Nancy's youngest granddaughter, Lexi, posing with Betsy. Lexi is almost two and a real cutie who obviously has excellent taste when choosing cars to pose with for photo ops.
The next Hub City show is August 29, 2015. We hope to be there.
My complete life story will finally be told once Rochester Ronnie wraps up his other major writing projects and gets busy on Bringing Betsy Back. For now, my "auto-biography" continues to be on hold. MOPAR or no car!