North Carolina People, Places, and Things-May 3
I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.
In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special.
Living in a relatively small town most of my professional life has caused me to meet some wonderful and interesting people. Two of those people are Dick and Lenore Taylor.
Photo on left is Dick.
Photo on right Lenore Taylor, Neil Pitt of Passport Transport, Dick Taylor and Marshall Miller, Kansas City concours founder and chairman.
Dick and Lenore collect a lot of interesting things including vintage cars. On Saturday as a I attended the Concours D’Elgance in Pinehurst, NC I got a better idea for the Taylors passion for vintage cars.
Dick is a Lumberton businessman and avid car collector he and Lenore own 32 restored cars – down from about 50 he had previously owned. Another one of my friends Rich Cosentino purchased a 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang from Dick. Rich now lives in South Carolina.
In 2013 at Concours D’ Elgance their rare 1936 Stout Scarab won the Robert H. Dedman Award and second in class for pre-war cars. It is one of only nine made and five are still in existence today according to what Dick has told me.
Some people have said the Stout Scarab was a mini-van 5o years before its time. The long cab compartment is the first car without running boards. It also features a wicker headliner, a table, moveable seats and a rear motor. The car’s designer, William Bushnell Stout, also designed a airplane for Henry Ford – the Ford Trimotor.
Dick told me that the Stout Scarab sold for $5,000 when Fords sold for $500. That $5,000 price tab during the depression may have been the reason on the scarcity of the Scarab.
Dick and Lenore do more than just collect cars they have been big supporters of UNC Pembroke over the past twenty years and the track at the university is named in their honor. I also know that the Taylors are very active in their church in Lumberton, NC
The track is depicted below.