Renaldo Wynn on His Car Collection
When Renaldo Wynn arrived at the Auto Show yesterday in his Air Jordan warmup suit, he immediately began doing an interview with Kelli Johnson. One of her first questions concerned how many cars he had. He didn't seem to know, exactly. When I asked him about this a few moments later, he said he has "about nine cars," but that he usually doesn't count his classics, "because classics, it's like an infinite display; I mean they never lose value, it's something that you always have and appreciate."
(The Metro section wrote a long Wynn story earlier this year that dealt much with his classic car obsession. And he also had Jordan gear on in that story. Guess it's that Chicago thing.)
Anyhow, Wynn said last night that his favorite classics are his '57 Bel Air convertible and his '58 Impala, that he buys all the parts himself (often on eBay), that he likes seeing through a project from beginning to end, and that, while his every-day car is an Escalade, he can't get over the feeling of driving vintage.
"I like the door slamming, the real metal jarring of the door," he said. "I like the engine. I like just being behind a classic car. It's just real American, man....Most of the guys that I know with the cars are like older guys, they're like 60, 70 year-old guys, but you find once you get into that little circle you start to cross path with all these guys. And at first they want to kind of check and see if you're really just in it as a fad or something, but after a while they're like, 'Man, this guy is still around, he's still into this stuff.' So it's been like 10 years for me, and I don't see it getting away. My wife said I had to slow down a little bit, man."
His goal is, within the next several years, to restore a car for auctioning at the Barrett-Jackson show, which he called "the Super Bowl of car shows," just to see how much value he can create. After his autograph session last night, he said he planned to cover every inch of the display floor. He said he probably would have done the autograph session for free, just to get in the door.
"But keep that on the low," he said.
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