Among a mix of first-time vintage car showmen and seasoned enthusiasts, Jim and Andy Haney sat side by side at Castle Rock’s first cruisin’ …
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Among a mix of first-time vintage car showmen and seasoned
enthusiasts, Jim and Andy Haney sat side by side at Castle Rock’s
first cruisin’ event.
The father, Jim Haney, and son, Andy Haney, team were among four
blocks worth of vehicles on display June 13 in downtown Castle Rock
during the first Castle Rock Cruise In vintage car show. The pair
have a history of working on classic models since 1992.
Jim Haney of Monument was on hand to show off his 1957 Chevrolet
2-door Sedan, which he owns with his wife Judy, while Andy Haney of
Parker had his 1968 Chevelle sitting beside him. The ’57 Chevy has
been in their family for five years.
Originally bought in Colorado, the older Haney traded his son
for the model. The project started out as a car race, but Haney
said it has since become a cruiser. Jim Haney said the Chevy was
the fifth car he’s rebuilt.
For Andy Haney, the ’68 Chevelle is his 20th project.
“He’s younger, so he’s always on eBay selling them or trading
them,” Jim Haney said. “He wheels and deals a lot.”
The Castle Rock Cruise In wasn’t the only time the father and
son have had their vehicles side-by-side. Outside of a handful of
select car shows through the year, the duo has raced the ’57 Chevy
and the ’68 Chevelle in Kansas. Andy Haney’s black terror won, even
though Haney was unsure it was going to make the drive to Kansas in
the first place.
“I drove it to Kansas with 50 miles on it,” Andy Haney said. “I
had my fingers crossed the entire way. I’m not kidding. That was
the dumbest idea ever.”
Andy Haney said he worked on the Chevelle for six months before
getting the tires on pavement. He’s made the vehicle public for
only the past six months. He originally got the car from Nebraska,
and Jim Haney described it as a rust bucket. The vehicle was
without windows or interior.
Andy Haney jokes about his father’s faith in his decision to
restore such a chore.
“Dad said I was crazy,” Andy said laughing with his father
standing next to him. “It was very hurtful words to come from a
father. … It was a father-son project, only because he came over
once to cuss at me while I was working on it.”
The pair’s candor with each other was obviously born from a
partnership that started on a Model 8 project from Pueblo when Andy
Haney was just a child.
“I’ve always been into cars, and I eventually dragged him into
it,” the father said.
Jim Haney said compared to some other car shows, he enjoyed
participating in the first Castle Rock Cruise In because it wasn’t
just about cars. With a live band, kids’ area, vendors and food
nearby, there was other things to do besides look at cars and
motorcycles, Haney said.
The older Haney also said the arena for classic car remodeling
has changed since the Web took over how buyers and sellers
“You don’t hear people saying they found an old car parking on a
farm somewhere in Kansas anymore,” Jim Haney said. “Those days are
gone. The Internet killed that for us.”
Find more photos from the event on page 14A.
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