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Happy Birthday, Baby

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Like many couples in the Roamin Angels Car Club, Terry and Kathy Edwards are both “car people.” Although they have a beautifully fixed-up ’56 Chevy that they enjoy taking on cruises, Kathy had long loved convertibles and wanted to get one someday. When they celebrated Kathy’s birthday at Hot August Nights in 2006 and cruised around with a couple of other Roamin Angels in a ’56 Ford convertible, her desire grew stronger. But Kathy resisted. Then, while she was selling engine raffle tickets for the club’s scholarship program, Terry went to watch the auction in air-conditioned comfort, when he saw a ’68 Pontiac LeMans convertible for sale. It was freshly-painted black with a rebuilt 400 CID engine and a GTO TH400 auto trans with Hurst His/Hers shifter. Although he had no time to really check it out mechanically, it looked and sounded good. A perfect birthday gift for Kathy. As Terry says, “Next thing I knew, I bought it.” Auctions are like that. When he brought Kathy to see it, it was love at first sight. Since the mechanics had not been evaluated, she only was able to put the top down and drive it out to the parking lot for loading on fellow Roamin Angel Barry Giannoni’s trailer on its way to his shop. She was fortunate they did because Barry later found the brakes were so bad that if Kathy had driven over Donner Pass, she might have ended her maiden cruise against a tree in Truckee. After a brake repair job, the car has performed well, taking them to cruises and car shows in NoCal without a hitch. Although it is her car, Terry says that he gets to drive it once in a while. If he asks nicely. And begs and grovels a little. After all, it was her birthday present.

For more information about the Roamin Angels Car Club, go to http://www.roaminangels.com, call 432-8449 or write to Roamin Angels, PO Box 1616, Grass Valley, CA 95945

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