Pictures from the Carvell Clam Bake 2015
Carl Carvell, Treasurer / Membership
I have always had a special interest in cars. My first memories were from before the war and my father had a 1938 Dodge 4 door sedan and every Summer we would drive up to Moose Head Lake, Maine, from New Jersey, for our vacation. That was quite a trip for our family of five and all our “stuff” on 2 lane roads through every town with stop lights and no more than 50 MPH on the best roads. As the war came closer he bought a 1941 Dodge and when gasoline became rationed we shortened our Summer vacation driving to the Jersey shore.
Fast forward through growing up, schooling, etc. my first car was a 1957 Dodge Custom Royal red and white convertible, With its two big fins for rear fenders, dual aft sweeping antennas next to each fin and with an empty beer can on the top of each antenna, it did attract attention. As a bachelor it didn’t take me long to find my way to California. I became friendly with a guy with a 1961 BT7 tricarb, old English white, and I fell in love with it. I soon purchased a 1962 BJ7, white, and was he jealous of my roll up windows, fold down top and carburetors that stayed in tune. We drove the cars a lot up and down the coast, from Mexico to Oregon. We went to any auto cross / gymkhana we could find and in the winter most weekends skiing in the Donner Pass / Lake Tahoe area. I even put tire chains on for driving up mountain roads when required by the State in snow storms. Yes, a ski rack on the back.
Leaving California in my Healey with a folding cot and sleeping bag, I spent 6 weeks driving cross country via the Northern route. I drove up the West coast to Canada, across the mountains to Lake Louise & Banff, down South to Salt Lake City, crossing the continental divide whenever I could (11 time), then across to Minneapolis where the Healey died while in the city park on a Sunday afternoon. That was a real challenge of where to find a new distributer cap and rotor.
While I was in graduate school in New Jersey I met Amy, and as I hear it she figured this guy with an Austin Healey and California license plates was worth pursuing. We were married in 1965, raised three children, I had a wonderful career at Pratt and Whitney and all this included several Ford Country Squire station wagons and small 2 door commuter cars for me. I retired in 1999 and decided to start all over again. I purchased a 2000 red BMW Z-3 which reminded me of my old 1962 A-H 3000 with a touch of the A-C Cobras of the 1960’s era. In 2008 I found a 1967 white BJ8 that was a one owner car, very original, (but not without faults) and here I am today.