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MAY-1966 Don Boyd

1966 - the cars that we used and abused all over South Florida

West of W. 12th Avenue and 54th Street, Hialeah, Florida view map

It is amazing to me that we all survived the numerous dangerous escapades in these cars without injuries or death while growing up in the mid-60's.

Depicted are the Sullivan family's 1965 gold Buick Skylark, my red 1957 Volvo 344, the Sullivan's 1962 Buick LeSabre with a huge block 401ci V8 with a 2-barrel, Terry Bocskey's Ford Fairlane GT 390 and Lanny Paulk's 1963 Chevrolet Impala SS (Super Sport) with a 327ci 4 barrel with Powerglide transmission. Thanks to Terry Bocskey for identifying the car types.

The Skylark was no racer but the backseat was marvelous and the A/C was cold whenever I double-dated with Jack Sullivan and his lady at the time.

The LeSabre was also excellent in the back seat and I can't believe that the Sullivans' dad let them drive such a powerhouse. Fortunately I wasn't with them the one night they took it out to see what the top end was and they were doing 130mph northbound on the Palmetto Expressway, which at the time had grade-level crossings at W. 49th Street, W. 60th Street, W. 68th Street, W. 84th Street and Miami Lake Drive. A FHP trooper was sitting in the dark at W. 60th Street and clocked them and gave chase. He didn't catch them until they had gone around the Big Bend on the north side of Miami Lakes. They were taken to the Dade County Sheriff's Carol City sub-station until their dad bailed them out. The Buick also saw its share of racing at the "midnights" out on Krome Avenue a mile or two south of US 27.

Terry Bocskey's Fairlane GT-390 was incredibly fast and he raced it a lot out at the "midnights" on Krome Avenue too. I remember he would pack four or five us in the back seat to give him more weight on the rear end so he wouldn't peel out so much and lose time in a drag race. The strangest drag race I remember while in Terry's car was late one night on Washington Avenue on South Beach when we were sitting at a red light and two older guys pulled up in a Shelby Mustang GT-350 that they had rented from Hertz at the airport. We talked to them for a couple of minutes about the rental conditions and prices and then when the light changed again both cars peeled out for a full city block leaving the street full of tire smoke. As I recall we were even with them before both drivers let off the gas and hit the brakes to avoid running a red light several blocks down.

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Terry Bocskey 09-Oct-2009 01:33
Yes but 79th Street and Biscayne Blvd doesn't count on picking up chicks in the Red Turd. But now maybe you did pick up a few "Hens" but you even had to pay them to lay. Ha Ha --get the yoke--
Don Boyd09-Oct-2009 01:15
Thank you Senor Bocskey for identifying the cars, engines, etc. We won't tell anyone that the Red Volvo picked up far more chicks than that Fairlane of yours. : )

Guest 08-Oct-2009 23:18
oops, just saw this one! The gold Skylark is a 1965. The blue Buick LeSabre is a 1962. It was a 401 with a 2 barrell carb. But boy did it burn rubber. Correct on the Fairlane. Lanny's 1963 Chevrolet Impala SS (Super Sport) was a 4 barrel, with Powerglide trans. But did have that factory A/C. As for the red car. I don't really know. My guess is a Red Turb on a rollerskate with no wheels .