The eighth annual Boulevard Rod Run & Doo Wop will draw plenty of car enthusiasts to the Kanawha Boulevard this weekend. But no one is more excited to show off their hot rod than Larry Nicholson of Marietta, Ohio.
Nicholson brought his 1968 Dodge Charger R/T. Unlike many vintage car owners at Charleston's auto show, Nicholson is the original owner of his '68 Dodge. In fact, he still has the original receipt.
In March 1968, Nicholson purchased the vehicle for $4,075.45. Although that is considered cheap today, he says it was a pretty penny in 1968.
"Many people look at this price and are shocked but I tell people that like everything else, prices have risen due to inflation," Nicholson said.
Nicholson ordered the car three months after getting married. He still has the original order form and documentation of the car's first oil change. He changed the oil when the car's odometer hit 2,900 miles.
"Back then, more people would order their cars," Nicholson said. "Today, most people just pick a car out of the car lot and drive home with it."
It has an automatic transmission, a 440-cubic-inch V-8 engine and is stocked from the factory. About 17,000 '68 Dodge Chargers were manufactured.
Nicholson said the car could travel at 150 mph. Although Dodge Chargers in "The Dukes of Hazzard," have achieved that top speed, Nicholson has not attempted to go that fast nor does he plan to, especially considering the car's age.
Nicholson has showed his car in many auto shows across the country, including the Goodguys car shows in Columbus, Ohio, and Charlotte, N.C. He's been to many shows but considers Charleston's his favorite.
"This is a very well-ran show," he said. "I got to hand it to the volunteers who have done an incredible job organizing the event. I enjoy how people will just walk up to me and start sharing their stories about these old cars. There's a lot of history here and it's nice that others share an interest in cars as well."
James Sefton, 85, of Pocatalico, has been a car enthusiast for years and recalls taking his first ride in a Ford Model T with his grandfather. Sefton bought a 1947 Dodge when he was 18. In 1953, Sefton bought a Buick and claims it was the best car he has ever owned.
Sefton enjoys coming to the car show each year.