The 40 year old tradition of having a homecoming for the fourth of July is going on right now, but many people arrived early this afternoon for something else....old antique cars. For the third year in a row, the cars met at a local car shop and then started a parade that kicked off homecoming. And these car owners take great pride in their work.
Owners dusted off their cars today and reminded people what an original Chevy or Ford looked like. And like owner Sam Cubbage, his 1967 ss-427 is his prized possession.
"Because I knew they were rare and I had one when I was in the marine core and of course, that one was a total wreck," says Cubbage. "And I knew this one was in existence so I was able to buy it, and it was ragged down, ready for the graveyard."
General Motors says it made a little more than 700 models of this car. Cubbage knew he had to have one, but his wife begged to differ.
"My wife told me that when I dragged it home she wouldn't ride in it with me, now I won't let her ride in it anywhere.
Cubbage bought the car from a man in McGaheysville in 1981 for 600 dollars. Now after putting $41,000 into the car, it is worth anywhere from $70,000 to $100,000.
"A guy in Wisconsin told me that there might be twenty of these cars that's left and he said if you've got one, you better keep it covered and protect it.
But don't try to contact Cubbage to buy his car, he says several people have bid for the car, but Cubbage is giving it to his son. He wants to see the car passed down through his family.