Last week we ran a picture of a guy in a strange-looking car—long steering column, painted colors we can only imagine since the photo was black and white. We invited readers to identify the person, the place, and the time.
This week was tougher. We got some mixed answers, and we’re pretty sure we’re in the right ball park, but some details remain elusive. Here’s what we got:
It seems this was the Jaycees Parade Car. It’s thought to have been created by the Art and Metal Shop at the Goldendale High School sometime in the mid-1960s, which is when this picture is presumed to have been taken.
The man in the car, by almost unanimous accounts, is Hal Malcom (Kevin Malcom’s father), Art and Music teacher at Goldendale High School. He’s in a Studebaker in front of the Hudson Chevrolet Service Station.
We also hear that later, in the late 1970s, a pole was added to the back end with a saddle attached to it. Hydraulics were added so the pole would “buck” around for any brave soul, Ken Shattuck being one of them, who wanted to ride.