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CRUISIN': One of the cleanest '55s around
In Mar. 1 issue, Russell County News
By Ron Cowell, Columnist


This week we take a look at one of the cleanest "55s around. Dwayne Esau and his wife Michaela had been going to Classic Car Shows with friends and really having a good time. They were bitten by the Classic Car bug and decided that they were going to get a car of their own to work on and put into shape for the shows. Instead of being a spectator they would now be a participant in the shows.

Dwayne had a twin brother in Colorado that had a "55" that was just setting around and not being worked on. He worked out a deal with his brother and it was off to the mountains of Colorado to pick it up.

At 2:30 in the morning Dwayne arrived back home from Colorado the proud owner of a 1955 Chevy. Hearing him pull in the driveway his wife jumped up and headed out to see the car they were going to be going to the car shows in. Her First response after seeing the "55" setting on the trailer was " Get that thing in the garage before the neighbors wake up and see it". It wasn't quite the car she expected to see.

Shortly after buying the car they found out that work was forcing them to move so the "55" went into storage for a year and a half. When Dwayne got to his new home he built a garage and work shop so the 55 finally came back home and brought back to life. Dwayne spent many, many hours, weeks, months and years working on his car.

Finally after a lot of work and unexpected problems and expense the car was finished. He did every bit of work on the car except the interior and outside paint. Needless to say Michaela is a lot happier with the car now then when Dwayne brought it home.

The weekend after finishing the car they took it to it's first show and took second place in the modified division.

Keep in mind this is not a trailer car. The couple have taken the car to shows all over the country and drive the car to each and every show they attend. The car has traveled to Minneapolis, 3 times to Florida, 3 times to Tulsa, Scottsdale, Vegas, and Virginia. Winning Trophy's all along the way. One of the biggest thrills they had was when they took the car to Detroit, MI. to the show and won the Best of Show in he GM division.

In 2004 the couple moved to Russell Springs and it didn't take long before they ran into other Classic Car People and are now a member of the "OUTSIDERS" Car Club in Russell Springs.

I'm sure this summer you will see Dwayne and Michaela out cruisin' in their "55"

In the coming weeks we will be featuring other cars and owners and also Russell County Car Club News and events. If your club is having an event and you would like us to let people know, drop me an e-mail at djron47@yahoo.com. Until next week, Drive safely.
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