Slick Patterson's 1951 roadster was the first known custom-built car ever made in Virginia. But what happened to it?
Now online: My Virginia Living Magazine feature story on Virginia's first "hot rod" and how it was rediscovered and recently restored to full, beautiful Caribbean Coral-painted glory by folklorist Roddy Moore (from the Blue Ridge Institute at Ferrum College) and a team of gear-jamming experts.
Take the article for a spin by traveling right here.
And for more on Moore and the Blue Ridge Institute (which is the state center for Blue Ridge folklore) go right here.
It should be noted -- for full disclosure -- that I have worked with Moore and the fine BRI staff on past projects, including VIrginia Rocks!, a CD box set and traveling museum that examined early rock 'n' roll and rockabilly music in Virginia.
(Also, don't forget to pick up the July-August print edition of Virginia Living -- on newsstands now -- so you can also read my separate feature on Surrey's historic Bacon's Castle.)
Photo above by the mighty Sam Dean! Photo below courtesy of the Patterson family!