David Murphy

ORANGEVILLE
AUTO PROFESSIONAL, CAR RESTORER, COMMUNITY BUILDER

 

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He’s in his 20’s, but his soul was born when big, shiny cars cruised up and down Main Street. David is trying to keep a treasured part of community culture alive not just with his classic car nights, but with the oral histories and personal stories that come out of them.

 

These car events, they’re huge in smaller towns.

It goes back to the 50’s and 60’s: You turn 16, you get freedom, you get your car, you go out with your friends and just fool around with the cars. And the farming communities have a lot of older guys who bought the car years ago and held onto it all these years. Plus in the city you don’t have a place to store it, or to drive it and enjoy it.

 

There’s 40-year-old gems in those barns out there?

Oh yes. They would bring them out only on a Sunday or on cruise nights.

 

But an Orangeville summer car night, it’s like time has stopped.

Every Wednesday night people come down for an ice cream, they walk through, there’s classic music playing… it’s a like a time warp. Kids grow up here and say,“One day I’m going to have a car in that show.”

What’s the magic?

It’s peoples stories. You hear, “This is the car I got married in, this is the car I had my first date in, this is the car I crashed in high school”. There could be 100,000 1967 Chevy Impala’s made, yet not one of those is going to be the same. It’s all who’s owned it, whatever happened in it.

It’s a different feeling when you’re driving through beautiful country in one of these cars, isn’t it?

You take Forks of the Credit Road, you get your river drive, your winding road, you get to test out the handling, you just have the nice backdrop, especially during fall…  daily woes, bills, you forget about things that in hindsight don’t really matter so much.