Someone asked me the other day why I’ve never mentioned Carhenge on this website.  For the record, I love Carhenge, that ultimate example of repurposing located in Nebraska’s Sandhills, but I try to avoid re-hashed information and, let’s face it, Carhenge has been written about extensively.

In case there is someone not familiar with this particular tourist attraction, Carhenge is a built-to-scale replication of England’s Stonehenge using cars in place of stones, and it is absolute genius.  The artist behind the creation is a man named Jim Reinders, and he actually spent time in England studying Stonehenge.  According to the Carhenge website, Reinders and some family members created the sculpture in 1987 as a memorial to Reinders’s father.  Reinders said it was built with “blood, sweat and beers,” as many of the best things are.

The “heel stone” is represented by a ’62 Cadillac, but there is a wide variety of automobiles used throughout the installation, everything from a Gremlin, to a Willys Jeep Truck to a 1960 Plymouth with enormous tailfins:


The site is popular with tourists, as it should be, and has high ratings on Trip Advisor.  It also received a Traveler’s Choice award for 2020 from that online travel company.  Here is the funny part though, many people hated it when it was first built and were hellbent on destroying it.

Even though the sculpture was located two miles outside of town on private property, the members of the local Planning Commission got their panties in a twist because the land was (gasp) zoned for agricultural use and, obviously, those arbiters of all that is good and tasteful just didn’t appreciate the pile of old automobiles marring the landscape.   In August of 1987, Reinders even received a letter from a Nebraska Assistant Attorney General informing him that his creation was considered a junkyard under state statutes, that it was not in an area zoned for junkyards, and that he had until the following Saturday to tear it down. Nebraska is a large state, and I do not know why some squishy bureaucrat located 367 miles away in the state capital inserted himself into the situation.

Luckily, this unique and quirky attraction found a degree of local support.  A group call “Friends of Carhenge” was founded, concessions were made to soothe the fragile egos of the government officials, and Carhenge is now an award winner and a triumph for the little guy.  I read an article from the following year, 1988, in which Reinders found one more hilarious way to tweak the bureaucrats.  He told the reporter that he was planning a trip to China and was considering constructing a “Great Wall” out of cars in Nebraska for his next project.  Fantastic.

A Bumper Crop

We took a little foray (farther) into the country the other day, our destination being an old farmstead owned by an avid Mopar collector.  The man had carried a torch for Dodge, Plymouth, Chrysler and Desoto for many years, and the hills were covered with the consequences of that partiality:

1953 Plymouth Suburban


1957 Plymouth Belvedere
1966 Plymouth Sport Fury
1971 Plymouth Duster

We came home with some fun stuff, including a pile of nice bumper guards.

The ones we have polished up so far include some nice examples from the thirties and forties.





1931 Buick Burgundy Beauty

This 1931 Buick four-door sedan is a beauty in burgundy:

Prior to 1931, Buick had been powered by six-cylinder engines.  That all changed in 1931 when every Buick model was powered by a valve-in-head straight eight. There were four series, with the top-of-the-line being the series 90 that developed 104 horsepower and delivered a speed of around 85 mph.  Other advancements touted in ’31 were the syncro-mesh transmission which made it “virtually impossible for even a novice driver to clash gears,”, an engine oil temperature regulator that functioned similarly to a radiator and held the oil heat to an effective lubricating temperature,  and a carburetor air intake silencer to eliminate “power roar”.  What an absolute doll this one is: