old car city georgia

old car city georgia

Old Car City Georgia

I first learned about Old Car City USA from Georgia Traveler, and I was hooked immediately.  My husband and I appreciate photography and old cars, so this was the place for us.  We packed up the boys and headed north to White, Georgia, where 4000 cars dot 34+ acres in the world’s largest classic car junkyard.  If you want to bring your camera, the price can be a little steep, but worth it!  In about an hour we snapped over 500 shots! (Kids under 7 are free, and under 12 are discounted.)
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Old Car City Georgia

Downstairs, past the dressing room for models (There are a lot of professional photo shoots at Old Car City) and the Bonnie and Clyde photo op, we were treated to a rollicking version of the Old Car City USA theme song by its composer, “Fast Eddie” McDaniel. “Me and him grew up side by side, playin’ in my daddy’s junk cars,” said Dean of Eddie, who resembles a gentler version of the Robertsons from Duck Dynasty, and who plays for tips at Old Car City every Saturday. “Eddie, he ain’t made up,” Dean said. “That’s the way he is.” We asked Eddie if the bear next to his piano was real. “Used to be,” said Eddie. “He’s pretty docile now.”
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Old Car City Georgia

That probably won’t happen after you visit Old Car City USA, where nearly everyone goes home with at least one good shot. Opened as a general store during the Great Depression, Old Car City gradually evolved into a very big, very old automobile junkyard. But it wasn’t until 2009 that owner Dean Lewis — who grew up on the property — realized he could turn it into a tourist attraction because a lot of people shared his love of decomposing automotive carcasses.
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Old Car City Georgia

Visitors have given Dean a lot of validation over the years, congratulating him for his unusual idea. We asked him if any particular compliment stood out. “The senior senator from Georgia came up one day,” Dean recalled. “And he said, ‘Dean has took nothin’, and made somethin’.’ That made me feel good.”
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Old Car City Georgia

Lewis is the owner, and one could say, the curator, of Old Car City USA, in White, Ga. — quite possibly the most stunning junkyard you’ll ever see.
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Old Car City Georgia

One of Old Car City’s many slogans is “Photographers’ Paradise,” and word of its heavenly attributes has spread. We saw many visitors with professional photography vests, tripods, reflectors, and cameras — and a lot of typical tourists clicking away with smartphones. Entropy and rust, always favored by keen-eyed photographer-artists, is just a software filter tap away from Instagram glory. When we arrived at opening time, there was already a line of people waiting to get in.
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Old Car City Georgia

Old Car City is annotated with hundreds of Dean’s hand-lettered signs, distracting visitors with bad jokes, sage observations, and nuggets of wisdom. Many hang from the “Tree of Knowledge” toward the back of the property. “Gonzo means far-out journalism,” reads one. “Black pepper repels rats,” says another.
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Old Car City Georgia

Despite the appeal of Eddie and the art, top billing at Old Car City will always go to the cars. Depending on the light dappling through the trees, and the weather, and the time of day, and the time of year, a junker that looked drab on one visit can be enchanting the next time through. This keeps photographers coming back again and again. Dean clears the paths, but otherwise leaves the cars to the mercy of time and nature.
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“No electricity, no paved roads,” Lewis said. “Gas was 19 cents a gallon. Apples one cent each. Later they bought an old junk car or two, sold parts. Made another dollar in Depression time. Several years later I was born. Born in a junkyard!”
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David VChicago, Illinois437Reviewed April 15, 2017 Great if you like rusty old carsIt cost $25 today. If you love old cars, antiques and junk, the 6 miles of trails may be worth the prices. If you don't, skip it unless you like walking in the woods.Thank David V
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Reviewed April 15, 2017 Great if you like rusty old carsIt cost $25 today. If you love old cars, antiques and junk, the 6 miles of trails may be worth the prices. If you don't, skip it unless you like walking in the woods.Thank David V
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Before you leave, be sure to check out the main building.  The owner and his friends are restoring a “Bonnie and Clyde” death car! Upstairs is the doodle gallery, where you can see the Styrofoam cup doodles on the owner on over 1,000 cups. “Cup art” he calls it.
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It cost $25 today. If you love old cars, antiques and junk, the 6 miles of trails may be worth the prices. If you don't, skip it unless you like walking in the woods.

Published on Mar 3, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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