In July 26 issue, Russell County News By Ron Cowell, Columnist
This week we feature Themie Shepherd, better known as the photographer of the Classic Cars. Themie, who was raised in Russell County has been a member of the Ol Boys Toys Car club for close to two years now.
If you attend any of the Car Shows, Cruise Ins or Block Parties you will see Themie with his camera taking pictures of all the cars and events. It's not unusual for him to take over 200 pictures at one show.
His love for the old cars started way back when he was a boy. His father had a love for old cars and it rubbed off on him. He now drives a 1979 Dodge Aspen. He said there are very few of these cars left. Most of them have been cloned into RT's.
He likes to drive something that is different and really would like to have another old van. In years past he had a 1961 Ford Econoline which was different because it was a pick up truck and not the van Ford put out. He also owned several VW bus's. One day he would like to get a hold of another old van to play with.
Themie sees old cars as a form of art. Each old car that he takes pictures of are a creation of someone's dream.
Each person has his own idea of what he wants his car to be. Some want a show car worth a lot of money, some want an old car to fix up to drive and have fun with and remember all the good times gone by.
Others just have them for an investment. Then there are those like Themie who like the older cars because they are easy to work on and don't take computers and special tools just to find out what is wrong with it. Just something to drive and hear people say.. " Hey My Dad had a car just like that."
He told me the love of taking pictures started long before he got into the car clubs. He has sold several photos of Butterflies, flowers and just about everything you can think of. If you see him out and about, check out his shirt pocket. He always has his camera with him. He told me you never know what you might see and want to get a picture of. You'll see him at all the Car Shows locally taking pictures. Themie takes pictures of every ones cars, not just his club members. You can usually find his pictures on the web site olboystoys.com If you see a picture of your car on the site all you have to do is save it to your computer and it cost you nothing.
Another hat Themie wears is he is the creator and does all the work on The Ol Boys Toys web site. Between his photos and the web site he is kept pretty busy.
He said he is proud to be with Ol Boys Toys Club. They do a lot in the community to help others also. One project he is really proud of is coming up October 18th.
The Russell County Hospital is having their annual Health Fair with all proceeds going to the relay for life. Themie has talked to Sandi Phillips from Russell County Hospital.
They are not only having the Relay for Life benefit but also, The Ol Boys Toys along with the hospital is having a Car Show that same day at the hospital to help with medical bills of the Maddox McFarland family.
All money brought in from the Car Show part of the day will go to the family of Maddox McFarland. Maddox is less than one year old and has had health problems since he was born.
He has spent more of his life in the hospital than he has at home. Mounting medical bills have really hurt the family so Themie, the Ol Boys Toys and the Russell County Hospital are donating all proceeds from the Car Show to the Maddox family.
To register your car for the show will cost $10.00 this year. This is a show you will not want to miss. We will have more on the event as it gets closer but for now mark that date on your Calendar. You won't want to miss this one.
Here are a few events coming up in the area you might want to mark on your calendar.
Wal Mart Block Party Somerset — July 25th Summer Nights Cruise Somerset — July 26th Sonic Block Party Russell Springs — Aug. 1st. The Outsiders Cruise In Lake & Shake — Aug. 7th Green River Kruzers Columbia — Aug. 9th Ol Boys Toys Russell Springs K Mart — Sept 16th
If your Car Club is having an event you would like us to tell everyone about drop me a line with all the information at firstname.lastname@example.org. All information on events needs to be turned in at least two weeks before the event.
Also with summer here you may want to have one of the Clubs in the County bring their cars for display at your club or church or function. Once again drop me a line and I will get you in touch with the Clubs in the area. The clubs of Russell County are more than happy to show off their cars. Till next time... Keep Cruisin.
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