Kurt Russell was fortunate to be born into a car family. His first road trip was coming home from the hospital in his Mom’s 1970 Chevelle which she still has today (it has since been restored). His Dad and Uncles were always working on their cars and he developed a passion for muscle cars and hot rods.
He learned to drive in his Mom’s Chevelle, and he remembers driving with his dad listening to Deep Purple’s Highway Star, that was a required driving tune.
Once he got his license, he drove his Uncle’s Corvette within the month to the Langley Cruise-In which really jump started his love for cars.
He drove a 1975 Malibu more door for a few years. His first car that he bought was a 1972 GMC Sprint that came from Vancouver Island. It had a 350 automatic on the column with a bench seat. It followed the rule of 8 (looks great after 8 from 8 feet away). It is now in the stages of getting body panels replaced.
A few years later and after looking at a lot of A-bodies, the El Camino popped up in an ad in Portland. After exchanging emails, him and his Dad went down to take a look, and the car looked great. It had a 350 crate motor, clean body, buckets and console interior, and it drove really well. A deal was made and the owner drove it up to Bellingham and they paid for his flight home. Since owning it he has changed the turbo 350 transmission to a 2004r overdrive, the cam and intake, and removed the bed liner and painted the bed and the added cowl hood.
Kurt Russell has driven the El Camino and the Chevelle over the past few years down to Hot August Nights in Reno with family and friends, allowing for some great memories and the full experience of a long haul road trip in these classic cars. They are meant to be driven, right! Kurt loves being involved with the club who’s members have a great passion for the hobby.