Muscle Car Review - - Letters -

Thank you for your ar­ti­cle “Found” on the lost Trans Am con­vert­ible [Aug. 2018]. It brought back a lot of mem­o­ries for me. You see, I was the orig­i­nal owner of that car. In Fe­bru­ary 1970 I paid $5,700 to South Park Mo­tors in Ed­mon­ton, Al­berta, Canada, and drove the car straight off the show­room floor into a snow­storm. The car han­dled like a dream, even on ice and snow.

Some of my favourite mem­o­ries are: fly­ing kites out the back, with the top down, with my nieces and neph­ews on the gravel road past my par­ent’s farm; tak­ing road trips through the moun­tains of Bri­tish Columbia (this car was made for sharp cor­ners and steep hills); driv­ing 70 miles on gravel roads from our camp job into Yel­lowknife, North West Ter­ri­to­ries, in mi­nus-50 de­grees Fahren­heit. Now that is what you call a “cool ride,” es­pe­cially in a con­vert­ible.

In Novem­ber 1971, I traded the car back in to South Park Mo­tors for a half-ton truck and a snow­mo­bile. One of the big­gest mis­takes of my life.

In mid-Oc­to­ber, my wife and I are go­ing to Michi­gan to see “my car” in the Gil­more Car Mu­seum. It will be awe­some to see it again.

I would like to thank Rick Ma­honey for find­ing and fund­ing the restora­tion of this car. Also, thanks to Scott Tie­mann and his crew for an in­cred­i­ble re­build.

Dan McLaren

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