I missed the 2016 Beatersville Car & Bike Show this year in its new location of the Tim Faulkner Gallery on Portland Avenue in Louisville,Kentucky.
Ending the last year of many for the Beatersville Show at the Historic Phoenix Hill Tavern on Baxter Avenue in Louisville,Ky.I have really enjoyed this venue and will miss attending Phoenix Hill not only for this event,but from here on out they are tearing it down in favor of new shopping areas…..progress?
Our Shelby’s Hot Rod Roundup Pick at the last Phoenix Hill Tavern Beatersville Car & Bike Show is this Bitchin’ 1949 Mercury owned by Steve Satterly.
Steve “like most of us” has been into Hot Rodding since he was very young,Steve told me “that he would stand in his Dad’s lap and drive the red 1969 Super Bee he owned”.
That’s one of my first memories of driving with my Dad and I am sure all reading this story would agree.
Anytime his Dad would work on any of their cars he was the “Go For” guy,always being very curious….what’s that for,and what does this do? When Steve was 19 he bought a 77 Vette,which he still has to this day,hie new it wasn’t a Hot Rod,but still a Kool car…I agree Steve.He still remembers the day well…”I got the car my Dad went with me and talked the owner down on his price,truth be told my Dad was more excited about it than me” (that was a really good memory). I am so happy for Steve that he has those great memories of his Dad,because shortly after he bought his new project car a 1949 Mercury for him and his Dad to start work on a month later,his Dad was diagnosed with lung cancer and unfortunately passed away a year later and never got to see the car done.Steve I can assure you that your Dad’s in Heaven and knows very well the young man you are becoming and how the Mercury turned out.
Steve’s Mercury was in gray primer already chopped and shaved when he purchased the car in 2002.With the help from good friends and Larry Renfro painting the car along with Shane Lile owner of Sewn Tight Interiors doing the stitches his “Merc” came out just like him and his Dad Buddy Satterly talked about.It took Steve 13 years to complete the car (greatly inspired by his Dad) and is real proud of how it turned out.
Steve this is a great tribute and legacy to your Dad and I know he is proud also.Life is short…I know ya hear this all of the time,but in a moment in a second those we love and should have loved are gone,don’t wait to make the most of their time and your time on this earth.R.I.P Buddy Satterly and Gods Speed to you.God Bless each one of you reading this story also!
Dont forget next years Beatersville Car & Bike Show May 28th,2017 at the new location:Tim Faulkner Gallery on Portland Avenue in Louisville,Ky.