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October 30, 2014

ARTISTS IN ACTION Local author shares his search for classic cars of the South

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Posted: Saturday, August 16, 2014 11:45 pm

What’s in your garage? Is it an automotive beauty growing old gracefully, or is it a racy sports car just waiting for a competition?

Author and Anniston native Ron Miller knows. His new book “What’s in Your Garage?” shows what Alabama car guys are doing today.

The paperback book includes numerous color photos of street rods, classic cars and project cars sheltered in personal garages or under construction in professional garages, along with original poetry and short stories,

Miller’s search for vintage cars has taken him throughout the South. “I wanted to perpetuate America’s passion with cars and keep hobbyists and professionals busy with the automotive art form,” he said.

“But more importantly, I hope to teach spiritual principles to our younger friends that align with car culture. For example, a hot car’s beauty is second in importance to what’s inside. What’s inside keeps it running well.” To Miller’s thinking, a kind, Christian character — like a car — requires upkeep.

This Southern garage tour is humorous and entertaining while being informative. The book highlights national show winners such as a 1967 Corvette Stingray, a 1955 station wagon, a 1929 Ford truck and a 1937 Ford Phaeton, all of which take readers down memory lane.

Few Chevy Impalas of the 1950s, with their wide tail fins, are found in the top condition pictured in the book, writes Miller. The 1970 Superbird (some of these performed at the Talladega Speedway) could reach speeds of more than 200 mph — so fast that, according to Miller’s footnote, they were banned from racing.

Miller also stresses the importance of adolescents learning the value of families. In “The Secret Project,” a short story based on a true experience, 15-year-old Adam learns to respect his grandfather as he works to restore a 1966 white convertible that belonged to a friend who was killed in Vietnam.

Miller has also written “Out-Spokin,” a book on classic bicycles for children and teens, and three murder mysteries.

“What’s in Your Garage?” is available at Amazon.com, at Sleepytown Press, or by calling Miller at 256-236-3248. The price is $25.

CAST Kidz gearing up

Registration Fun Day for CAST Kidz is Saturday from 2-4 p.m. at CAST Headquarters, 131 W. 11th St. in downtown Anniston. All current participants, parents and newcomers are encouraged to attend and register for the coming season. The annual registration fee is $35, which includes a T-shirt.

Scott Whitney will continue as music director. Officials are currently interviewing for a new children’s director.

There will be three levels of classes:

• Beginners class for ages 4 and up (with no monthly commitment);

• Elementary advanced class for second-through sixth-graders (prior experience not required but highly recommended, especially for younger students);

• High school advanced class for seventh- through 12th-graders (prior experience not required).

The season production is “Seussical, Jr.”

In addition, each semester a performance troupe will be formed from those in the advanced classes. These students will put together about a 15-minute piece to be performed around the community.

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