James Dean Run, 2001, Fairmount Indiana

James Dean Run, 2001, Fairmount Indiana

       Updated 10 October 2001 URL is http://our.tentativetimes.net/01jdfest/merc01a.html

2001 James Dean Run in Fairmount, IN

The word in the Mercury Corral says this baby has got to be the tee-shirt car very soon! I wonder who won it this year. I hear they alternate every other year between a kustom and a restoration Merc. Hmmmmm.

This year the car show awards conflicted with the memorial service on Sunday. All I have for you are these yummy pictures of some rides to die for. Didn’t get to visit with Joe Bailon or anyone else this time. The big news is that there are two sponsors now for this show, and the prizes are substantial. I heard that there was a $150 prize every hour on the hour. Three motors were given away. This is the big time, folks! The Cluster Busters of Indianapolis still do the car show for the great entertainment of all of us fans. And to those who asked, don’t give up on me. The past years pictures should still get on-line this year. Especially if you come do my housework.

Money In Motion indeed. But don’t remind anyone of that, or we won’t see more of these bad boys’ toys. Surely time spent customizing Mercurys is not counted against your life span.

Ginny and Alfred took a break from the war coverage and headed for Indiana. They live too near the Pentagon. We wouldn’t have felt like it was a show without the Mercillac, named Praise the Lowered.

Woo hoo! A vinyl top!

Looks like mint candy. Should we drive it or eat it??

This car was pulled out of a swamp in Coalport, Indiana. Restored by Steve and Diana Bush of Lafayette, Indiana…. read their sign!

Even the carpet is purple inside the Swamp Rat.

Not sure where I took this. It may not have been in the Mercury Corral. Yummy car!


This is the most elegant paint job you would ever want to see.

And as we wave bye-bye to the 2001 show, we feel calm and peaceful in the midst of this war. We know that people like these who work the miracles on old junk cars can do anything needed to make this a better world. It’s time to stop the bullys. Make the whole world safe to cruise. God Bless America.

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