Day 2: June 15, 2007
Miss Belvedere
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Raising the Plymouth, Tulsa, OK Raising the Plymouth, Tulsa, OK Raising the Plymouth, Tulsa, OK Raising the Plymouth, Tulsa, OK I started today considerably later than yesterday but did manage to get downtown well in advance of the scheduled noon hoisting of the Plymouth. There was no shortage of people despite occasional rain. I found a spot where the puddles were shallow and only a half-dozen of so rows of spectators separated me from a clear view. I have numerous shots of the backs of peoples's heads and even got a few of the bundled Belvedere as the crane lifted it from the vault and placed it on a flat bed. Like a football or baseball game, the best views were to be had in front of a TV screen but emotion is best experienced on site. This was a fun event.

Shortly after the car was lowered, the crowd thinned rapidly and I was among those who quickly headed out of downtown. I'll be back.

Hank's Hamburgers, Tulsa, OK Hank's Hamburgers, Tulsa, OK The road that passes Hank's Hamburgers was once Route 66 but the route moved several years before Hank showed up in 1949. Among Hank's offerings is a tall sandwich called the "Big Okie". It contains four quarter pound patties. I ordered a single with cheese. Doubles and triples are also available. The food was great and the place stayed busy, but not overrun, all the time I was there. Hank's also makes a chocolate covered peanut butter candy which I almost forgot about and I had to go back inside to buy a couple for later.

Invitational Car Show, Tulsa, OK Invitational Car Show, Tulsa, OK Invitational Car Show, Tulsa, OK Invitational Car Show, Tulsa, OK I returned to downtown a little after 3:00. The invitational car show of 100 cars had just opened and it's a dandy. Great cars everywhere including a 1957 Belvedere just like the one pulled from the ground a few hours earlier.

Oklahoma Route 66 Association Booth, Tulsa, OK Oklahoma Route 66 Association Booth, Tulsa, OK The Oklahoma Route 66 Association partnered with the local Harley dealer to set up a very nice booth. It was well attended and I overheard several discussions of the "now, where does it go?" variety. That's Association members Laurel Kane and Brad Nickson in the second picture.

Revealing the Plymouth, Tulsa, OK Revealing the Plymouth, Tulsa, OK Revealing the Plymouth, Tulsa, OK Revealing the Plymouth, Tulsa, OK Revealing the Plymouth, Tulsa, OK Revealing the Plymouth, Tulsa, OK Seating for the Plymouth's coming out party has evolved over that last few months. The original talk was of $5 & $10 tickets with the $10 ticket including admission to the car show and lower level seating. The car show ended up being free and the $10 ticket ended up being $8.50 plus enough service charges to bring it to $14. That ticket did still include lower level seating. That is general admission seating and people must have started lining up around 4:00 for entry at 5:30. I missed an opportunity to stand in the twentieth or so position for an hour and a half. Instead, I tagged on to the end of the line when it was actually moving pretty good and managed to find a decent, if distant, seat.

There was a fair amount of speechifying and reminiscing before the car was revealed but I found most of it actually entertaining. Four young drummers provided a true live-from-the-floor drum roll for the curtain raising. And it wasn't too long before they were pulling the covers off of what was now being called Miss Belvedere. Even though it was pretty much common knowledge that Boyd Coddington (That's him on the left of picture three with his back to the camera.) and crew had already determined that starting Miss Belvedere's engine was not to be, there was still excitement in seeing the car uncovered. Only the hood had been opened so there was still the suspense of seeing inside the trunk and interior. The years and the water - mostly the water - had taken their toll and things were in pretty bad shape. Cans of Clarence Love's Schlitz seemed to have survived as well as anything although "survived" isn't exactly the right word. But the beer was at least recognizable - three of the cans are on the table in picture 4 - and not much was. A welded shut steel time capsule did better. That's it at the front of the car in the third and fourth pictures. A final cut was made as we all watched and the capsule's contents were then discovered on stage. A US flag, with 48 stars, of course, was one of the first items out.

Guesses of Tulsa's 2007 population were supposed to be in the car with the closest guess winning it. Supposedly, those guesses were recorded on microfilm. Maybe they were. A metal can that might once have contained a roll of film was found but it was rusted through and whatever it held was gone. Fortunately an undamaged paper copy of the guesses was found in the time capsule. They were immediately and ceremoniously turned over to a CPA firm and a winner is to be announced next Friday.

Ollie's Station, Tulsa, OK Ollie's Station, Tulsa, OK Billy Ray's, Tulsa, OK Billy Ray's, Tulsa, OK Billy Ray's, Tulsa, OK Billy Ray's, Tulsa, OK During yesterday's tour, Laurel had driven us by Ollie's Station and we even briefly considered eating there. I decided that's where I would eat tonight but that was not to be. I arrived just as they closed - at 8:30. I turned back toward Tulsa (Ollie's is in West Tulsa, over the river.) and pulled into Billy Ray's BBQ. It seems Ollies being closed was actually a bit of luck since this well equipped Model A was about to leave Billy Ray's just as I pulled in. I didn't learn much about it but believe it's a locally owned car. Before leaving, the A did pause briefly by the GT so we had a chance to see some of the changes Ford has made over the years. Billy Ray's has a rather diverse customer base, it seems.

Normally I might do catfish at a place that listed it in neon but I had some very good catfish last night at Tally's so opted for baby back ribs tonight. Both tasty & messy.

Billy Ray's, Tulsa, OK I had walked in with camera in hand after photographing the Fords. My waitress asked if I had been taking pictures of "the car downtown" and she and another waitress looked through some of my Miss Belvedere photos using the camera's small screen. As I was paying my check, she offered to take my picture in the shoe shine chair. Laurel had given me a couple of recent copies of the Route 66 Pulse which I had been reading through dinner. So here I am, wearing a Route 66 T-shirt and "reading" the Pulse in a restaurant on Old Sixty-Six. Now, where does it go?

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