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‘We’ll fully admit it’s a bit silly’, but giant shopping cart amongst 3,000 street rods in York

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) — For all the serious street rods in town—those street-legal hot rods or 30-plus-year-old cars with bloated engines—a not-so-serious street rod was getting more than its share. of attention on the opening day of the annual street rod show here.

You look twice, because it can’t really be what it looks like. But he is.

“It’s a giant street-legal hot rod caddy,” confirms Carl Vansant, the vehicle’s creator. For the avoidance of doubt, he added, “We’ll fully admit it’s a bit silly, but that’s the charm of this one. You can move around in a shopping cart.

And Vansant means street legal. It’s registered as a convertible, which — well, yeah.

“It’s inspected every fall,” he said. “We have trade assurance.”

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Most of the other 3,000 road vehicles at the 48th annual Street Rod Nationals East Championship – at the York Exhibition Center until Sunday – look more like the 1967 Chevelle Malibu owned by Greg Leib of Dover, or the Ford Tudor sedan of 1932 by Nathan Buck.

If street caning seems like a rather specific hobby, just look at how people even specialize in this world.

Leib, for example, bought and restored dozens of ’66 and ’67 Chevelles.

Buck, meanwhile, spent 10 years looking for this 1932 Ford before he found it. Not a ’31. Not a ’33. Why?

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“The ’32 was a year-old body style,” Buck explained. “Then in 1933 they changed it, and they’re all collectible. But the ’32 has a distinct look.

In other words?

“He has a special revelation, that the frame becomes part of the outer body,” Buck explained. “So it’s kind of an interesting model year.”

Buck has been coming to the show for 28 of his 48 years.

This year’s show continues through Sunday. Tickets are only available for purchase at the fairgrounds. Admission is $19 for adults, $12 for children 6-12, and free for children 5 and under. There are also discounts for seniors and military personnel, and there’s a $40 family ticket for two adults and three children 12 and under.

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