Classics Gallery: A Blue Ridge Junkyard Formerly Lost in a Flood

23:42  05 march  2018
23:42  05 march  2018 Source:   HOT ROD

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Our love of junkyards borders on obsessive, but we rarely ask ourselves why. When you really think about it, junkyards are a combination of history, unforeseen potential, and reminiscing that only a gearhead can understand. True enthusiasts imagine that underneath a pile of rusted parts lies a beautiful driver. To non-enthusiasts this mess is rotting scrap, but to us, it's a future hot rod, daily driver, race car or low rider.

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On a muggy summer day in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, a mountain town on the Blue Ridge Parkway, we came across a for-sale sign for an old car at the local market. The muscle car was sold by the time we called, but the seller informed us of a rumored local field of cars. After several introductions, friends-of-friends and cousin-in-laws, we met a man who claimed to have a large collection of cars.

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Driving instructions and a name was all we had to go on, and those instructions included turning by a big tree, and up a long, narrow dirt driveway. The road disappeared from sight as it dipped into a line of thick brush and trees. Down into a shallow spring and back up onto the adjacent bank, the tree line opened up, and the sun beat down on a overgrown field. Sprinkled throughout, inline with the tops of the brush, were dark brown roofs. It was hard to make out from the edge, but we parked and began to explore.

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The field lays on the edge of a low riverbank. This junkyard had once been flooded, and many of the cars were destroyed or washed away. Those that remained were left untouched for decades.

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Against the closest tree line was the short foundation of a former garage. It was rumored to have been a place for illegal activities and had exploded many years prior. Unfortunately, it was also home to the best cars of the junkyard.

What remains are moments in frozen in time. We can see stories laid out by the piles of parts, which had last been touched a generation before. Not much of the yard is repairable, and it causes you to wonder if it does more good to sit and admire rather than attempting a resurrection.

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