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Sunday, September 29, 2013

DAY 14 PARTS 1 -2-3-4 - HASTINGS NEBRASKA

I decided to cool the driving a bit and stay in Hastings for 2 days as my base, leaving me a quick 2 1/2 drive on Day 15 to the Chevy Auction. My first stop was Harold Warp's Pioneer Village less than a half hour drive. I actually passed it the day before, but my plan worked to do minimal driving, explore Hastings, and get a tire rotation for $14 at Goodyear! I also figured staying in one place to do the radio call in to Motormouth radio from a nice shade tree covered bench and that worked perfect! Once again this will need another blog and Flickr page, but to sum it up this man created a village that represented americana and industrial advances. There are 325 cars, planes, boats, appliances, farm tractors, trucks, etc............ I will tell the complete story as I catch up remember these are from the road updates. The cars for the most part are all original and might have been 10 years old when inserted here and I mean inserted as many are upstairs and there are no doors!! I am guessing the building was built around them! Too bad the Lambrecht auction cars were not entombed!!
On the way back into Hastings I spot a custom motorcycle shop- Fast Fred's and I pop in and am greeted by 3 very cool Bulldogs, why I did not take photos? I was too busy saying hello, they opened a gate and came out from the shop then went back after saying hello! He starts telling me about some other places in the area and of another auction from Vanderbrink this past summer at an old Navy munitions facility where 100's of old car were stock piled.
Fred tells me to go by the racetrack, like I can find it, 1st attempt failed so I head to the Hastings History museum for a car collection. I again divert because after 5000 miles I finally pinpointed a noise to the new tires I put on, a stop in Forest City NC Honda with a free lift inspection showed no other problems, big thanks to the crew there for a late Saturday assist for a piece of mind! So I locate a Goodyear tire store and for $14 get 20 min tire rotation, it was a tire noise better on the back for now. I wander out to look around and realize many of the buildings are old car dealerships,but no idea what? I spot a 69 Roadrunner inside one with a few other cars, but no one around! I notice a street rod on the corner and the owner (I will find his card) takes me around to show his projects!
With the tire rotation done and few hours left until the Hastings Museum closes I take another attempt at finding the track and bingo!!
Terry Klatt operates a motorsports business and is involved in the race track, he also houses his collection or at least 2/3 of it!! His office manager took me for a tour as he was not there and I thank her!
What is usually seen in a museum, but they had a car collection and rare one!

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