New Mexico is Breathtaking!

We have arrived and it’s so beautiful here.

It’s much prettier than we expected it to be. The view from Santa Rosa state park is amazing, but the Power Dam Falls is the place to go to listen to the water. Check it out…

Lynn Dale

We also toured the Route 66 Auto Museum in Santa Rosa, NM.

One, two, three, four o’clock rock (by legendary rock and roller Bill Haley circa 1960), was playing on a original Rock-Ola juke box as the wife and I strolled into the Route 66 Auto Museum.

I was born in the mid-fifties and I happen to be a car guy (of sorts), so this place was a sight to see for me. For a nominal entry fee you can see the owner’s classic car collection that got way outta hand. It’s mostly classic American made iron with a few of the more popular European models of the time thrown in for contrast.

Most are hot rods, but a few are just classic American models lovingly restored to original condition. I saw a jet black 1972 Pontiac Grand Prix that looked like it should be sitting on a show room floor. I have a particularly fond memory of this long nosed gas guzzling behemoth because when my parents got tired of the one they bought in 1972, they passed it down to a awkward teenager who had recently gotten his drivers license to use on the weekends. With a 400 cubic inch V-8 – 6.6L engine and three speed automatic, I thought I was hot stuff on the cruise route.

They also have a classic Ford woody wagon just like on the Beach Boys album covers that had a firm selling price of 80,000.00 USD posted on the windshield along with a large sign written in both English and Spanish, saying DO NOT TOUCH! It was in top showroom condition, just waiting for someone to drive it home.

Perhaps my favorite in the whole collection is this 1956 Chevy 3100 pick-up truck with 4-WD, which has been beautifully restored.

Since I wasn’t allowed to raise the hood, I can’t say that this classic was all original. More than likely it was a 56 body set atop a more modern truck frame. I’d guess it would have a 350 motor with a late model transmission and drivetrain. Alas it to has the DO NOT TOUCH sign too. There was no for sale sign on this truck though, but with this high level of restoration I’d assume that it would cost as much as a fully loaded new one these days.

There are too many classics in this museum to talk about in this article, but I really felt like I got my money’s worth here. It’s just a little slice of heaven located in a small town that you won’t regret stopping to see. Till next time keep strolling with your baby listening to the golden oldies, and keep your hot-rod running strong on Friday nights. Peace out!

Junior’s Boy

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