On Saturday, my buddy Jeremy and I went to the Alvin Car Show in Alvin, TX. There were hundreds of great cars there on display, but the one that really caught my eye was a 1953 Mercury Monterey. This car looked like it had just left the dealership a couple of days ago, it was beautiful. The owner and his wife were very nice and answered all of my questions about their car. From the inside to the outside, this car was immaculate. I have never even seen of a 1953 Mercury Monterey, so to see this quality of a specimen was a real treat. Every detail right down to the pinstriping was period correct. The owner calls his car “Maybellene.”
The owner told me that the man who did the pinstriping in now deceased, but he had done pinstriping back in the 50s and his style was consistent with the way he did it back then. In the trunk, they had 3 cans labeled Oil, Gas and Water and they had been painted with the 1953 Ford Motor Company 50th Anniversary logo. According to the owner, he has owned the car for over 15 years, but this was his first car show. I found it truly amazing that this car has not been shown off before, a car like this needs to be in a museum. Of course, the owner explained that he and his wife like to cruise in it occasionally.
I was taken by the 1953 Mercury Monterey, that I only briefly looked at the other cars. There were a few cool ones, like the Smoothie that was there, but unfortunately, I did not write down what the car started out life as being. This “Smoothie” had been reengineered to lose the horns and bring out the curves of the car, making it more of a custom cruiser than anything else. I was definitely fun to look at, but it was hard to shake the thoughts of Maybellene.
Later in the morning at the Alvin Car Show, there were some skaters and bicyclists that were cruising up and down the skate park in the park, so I went to check out that action. This one cyclist specialized in “Flatland Freestyle” riding; in other words, he needs no ramps or frills, he just does tricks on his bike on flat land. It was amazing to watch this guy turn his bike upside down and still be riding it around. There were some kids riding skateboards having a good time with the halfpipe there. I was able to get a couple of shots of them as they were grinding rails near me.
A little later, another cyclist arrived and apparently he was not a Flatland rider, he was all about catching air and flying with his bike. I caught some shots of him before we had to leave.