In Aug. 2 issue, Russell County News By Ron Cowell, Columnist
This week we take a look at a true car lover and a master at his craft.
Mr. Benny Antle of Russell Springs is a long time member of the Lake Cumberland Antique Car Club and is very proud of his vehicles and the hard work he puts in to them.
He does all the work on them himself and all his efforts show the true craftsman that he is.
Benny and his wife Maxine are the proud owners of a 1949 Buick Roadmaster that has only 58,000 original miles on it.
He also has a 1956 Olds Rocket 88 and a 1978 Corvette along with several other cars. Benny has done all the work on these cars himself.
After seeing them I can tell you they are beautiful and all original. But the car he is most proud of is his 1930, Model A Ford Two Door Sedan.
This model A is beyond perfect and in better shape then when it came off the show room floor.
It is a pure labor of love and dedication and took Benny 10 years to accomplish.
This 1930 Model A was purchased new in 1930 by Mr. Bryan Blankenship. It was then sold a few years later to Mr. Bob Smith. Both owners lived in the Creelsboro area.
The current owner of the car, Benny Antle bought the car 25 years ago. It took him 10 years and a lot of work to restore the vehicle to the condition it is in now.
It’s been told that everything on the car had to be just perfect. That’s the only way Benny would have it.
He used to carry nuts and bolts around in his pocket and when he was setting around not doing much of anything he would pull these out of his pocket and polish and clean them up. Every part had to be spotless. Every bolt on the car had to be original.
If it was a chrome nut or bolt his had to be restored in it’s original condition.
He sent away for parts to make sure everything was truly original. It went through a complete frame off restoration. Everything had to be “as manufactured” restoration. That also includes the original 1930 Ford paint with the authentic maroon and black color formulas.
The restoration also includes the deep tan mohair interior, running boards, luggage rack, rear luggage rack with the leather rear travel trunk. It also includes the two spare tires and the two rear view mirrors.
You might ask yourself what a car like this was worth when it was purchased new.
Well it came with Ford’s routine maintenance and emergency repair package and all the extra’s listed for a price of $475.00.
Benny’s car is all original, right down to the 200 CID, 45 horsepower, 4 cylinder engine in it. It has a sliding gear 3 speed coupled to a floating rear axle.
It also has mechanical brakes and will stop the car although even when new, heavy pressure on the brake pedal was recommended.
Benny is very proud that his car was invited to attend the Keenland Concours Delegance car show in Lexington.
The only way you can show your car in this show is by invitation. That in itself tells you the shape this car is in and it showed that the day of the show. Benny took first place in the 1925 to 1942 category.
For Benny to take a car that he dreamed about having as a youngster and restoring it to pristine condition is a dream come true in itself.
He has something to be proud of.
It’s not often you can look at a car and say it’s just perfect but when you see Benny’s 1930 Ford Model A you can honestly say to yourself, “ It don’t get any better than this”.
It’s men like Benny Antle and the dedication and love he has for these cars to restore them to better than original shape, that brings back memories to those who were around then.
Also to show and teach the younger generation about a time that has passed but was ohh so good.
Right now Benny has some medical problems and we hope to see him back in the garage working on the cars again real soon. Keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
If your Car Club is having an event and you would like us to tell everyone about it send all information to email@example.com
All information on upcoming events needs to be in at least two weeks before the event. If your Club or church or group is having an event and you would like to display some classic cars at that event let me know at least two weeks before the event. I will put you in contact with one of the clubs that will gladly bring their cars out for display. Until next time, Keep Cruisin.
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