(08/14/13) - If you plan to go to the Rolling Cruise Wednesday, be on the like out for a unique vehicle.
It's not unusual for a parent to pass on a love of cars, or cars themselves, on to their kids.
But the vehicle Chris Curnow got from his dad is far outside the box.
Curnow just bought a new truck that used to belong to his dad, who passed away in January.
"He would fix up vehicles for years, and this was his last one. It's pretty unique," he said.
He has it parked outside his home, and yes, it is unique.
"This is a 54 Chevy, 5-window pickup truck. The Pirate Truck we call it. The kids love it," he said.
Curnow's dad all the paintwork. Even built a life-size pirate to go with it. But Curnow isn't really a car guy, and wasn't so sure he could do it justice.
"I hesitated on buying it because I knew it would take some talent to keep it running, but I'm going to work on it. I couldn't let it go," he said.
Actually, Curnow's dad didn't used to be a car guy either.
"That's kind of the strange thing. I don't even remember him changing the oil on our car. It wasn't until he got older and retired that he started purchasing cars," he said.
It's taken a little getting used to.
"It takes a little bit. The seats up close, the steering wheel's big. It's not the most comfortable thing to drive, but it's fun," he said.
So, what's up with the pirate theme?
"I have no idea," Curnow said. "He just started doing it. He thinks of things as he got older, he did some unique things like this. I don't know. It just came out of his head. I probably wouldn't have done this, but he enjoyed his cars, so we kind of let it go as it was."
Chris will be a the car show downtown on Saturday, so stop on by and say hello to him.
By the way, he says he may someday want to repaint the truck - but at least for the next few years he's going to keep it as it.
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