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Ragtop Picture Cars

Today we did some of our favorite things; get in an old car, drive, eat a great meal in an old “mom and pop” restaurant and tour a car related collection. We also got to tour a small town, visit antique shops, eat ice cream and visit a home made candy store. What could be a better day than that? Our local AACA group took one of its regular road trips to Ragtop Picture Cars outside of Lebanon, TN. Owner David Tinsley provides cars to the stars. Although most of his cars get used in the growing film industry in Nashville he also ships some of his rare¬†cars all over the Country for use by studios. You will see some of his cars in the TV show Nashville as well as a lot of music videos, commercials and movies.

Here is David and his wife.

David opened his storage area up for us to look things over and it was a blast. On some of the more well known cars he actually included a sticker on the window as to what movies etc. we may have seen the vehicle in. This is not a collection of Condition #1 Concours cars these are cars you will see in the big screen. They look like they did in the day and the way we remember them on the street with their imperfections, dirt and other badges of everyday use.

 

Some of the movie cars are stored inside a large building,

There were some cars in terrific condition that would do well at most shows and those are treated with a little better care when on set. He did have a Honda that he just “rolled” while doing a commercial with Earnhardt Junior this past week.

 

Even some old Police Cars were spread around.

Everyone also had the opportunity to have themselves and their cars photographed in front of a vintage gas station on his property. Although it looks old and has been used for some photo shoots it was a recent build and does double duty as his office. There also walls of signed photos of the many music, TV and movie stars he has worked with over the years.

Here are a few of the photos from our visit.

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Richard

I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.

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