This Car Matters

May 14, 2013

For its THIS CAR MATTERS movement, the Historic Vehicle Association is asking people to share their stories about special vehicles — ones that helped to shape their lives and communities, and our history and heritage. Check out the videos below, and if you haven’t yet shared your story, head on over to the THIS CAR MATTERS page on our website to find out how you can participate.





Vintage Style Speedster—Chad Nelson

1930 Model A Speedster

Chad Nelson rescued and restored this Model A Speedster when he was sixteen years old. For the 2012 running of the Great Race, Nelson helped a group of high school students rebuild this tried-and-true vehicle and they took to the roads together.

Dream Car—Holly Smith

1953 Cadillac Le Mans

Holly Smith’s unrestored Cadillac Le Mans is the only survivor of three fiberglass “dream cars” created for the 1953 GM Motorama, inspired by Cadillac’s success at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1950.

Historic Patrol Car—Captain Keith Gaston

1940 Ford Deluxe Patrol Car

Captain Keith Gaston gets a great response from people when they see this historic patrol car, which was one of the first of its kind and helped Florida police to catch moonshine vehicles in the 1940s.


  1. Brian Adams Reno, NV

    The good captain must have gone to college, he pronounced it "siren" rather than "sy-reen". Beautiful car, love the unusual (and protected by law) color scheme!

  2. Carl Moore Belton, TX

    Great piece of history, great color scheme

  3. Thomas S. Brunetti Colorado

    Beautiful car retired New York City Highway Patrol Officer. Moving to Naples Florida on th 25th of May, Love to see the vehicle in person when I get finished moving. Been into the antique car hobby for a long time. Mr. Thomas S. Brunetti

  4. Larry Dohrer Elk Grove Village, Illinois

    Holly, I have a question about the 1953 Cadillac LeMans. Was this the car that appeared in the movie "The Buddy Holly Story" ? Gary Busse played Buddy and he is in car dealers show room sitting in the car with his two band members (the Crickets). they are discussing if they should buy it in New York and drive back to Texas or buy it in Texas. I always thought the car was great and I have owned several collector cars myself. Also, even though Buddy's last name was spelled "Holley" it was mistakenly spelled Holly on a contract and he used that as his professional name like your first name.

  5. Ken Tennis Hudson, Fl

    And the Florida Highway Patrol still uses those 2 colors today!