Baby come home: Couple looks for honeymoon carWhen Lanny and Judy Peterson got married 41 years ago, they already had a baby. It was not the kind that required diapering and feeding every two hours. It was a 1966 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport.
By: Tammy Francois, Lake County News Chronicle
When Lanny and Judy Peterson got married 41 years ago, they already had a baby. It was not the kind that required diapering and feeding every two hours. It was a 1966 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport.
The day they were married May 27, 1972, the car stood outside the church, carefully guarded to prevent anyone from decorating it with the usual post-wedding embellishments.
“I had my dad sit on the car at the church so nobody would do anything to it because the paint job was fresh,” Lanny recalled. The car had been decked out in “Chevy gold” and had a black top with a powerful 396 engine. “It was the first decent car I ever had,” he added.
After the ceremony, the couple took a trip to Wisconsin, where Lanny made a decision that ultimately cost him the car. Despite Judy’s objections, he accepted a challenge to drag race.
“I blew the engine up on our honeymoon. I tried putting another engine in it, but it didn’t work,” he said, so lacking the funds to repair the car, Lanny gave it to his brother, who later sold it to Kyle Reppe. Reppe told the Petersons he’s not sure what happened to the vehicle.
Lanny and Judy came into the Lake County News-Chronicle last Thursday and asked to place an ad. They say they miss their baby and want to get her back. Unfortunately, they don’t know the vehicle identification number or anything about her whereabouts. Lanny said the car has one distinguishing feature: a welded patch on the fender.
Lanny bought the car from a construction company that had outfitted it with a two-way radio. A hole had been drilled in the driver’s-side fender to accommodate an antenna, but when Lanny bought the car, he had a patch welded over the hole. He said he’s hopeful that someone will have the car, look for the patch and want to sell his baby back to him.
“The car was beautiful,” he said, “just not good for drag racing.”
If anyone has any information about the car, call Lanny and Judy Peterson at 218-834-4427 or email them at email@example.com.