It’s not uncommon for a father and son to be brought together by a car. Often times, it’s the father teaching his son how to work on the car and sharing it with him that creates a special bond. The Escalante family, recently featured in a YouTube short by Petrolicious, is a perfect example of this.
After attending the 1969 Detroit Motor Show, Juan Escalante’s father was inspired to buy a 1970 Dodge HEMI Challenger and bring it back to the family’s home in Venezuela. There the Escalante’s drove and enjoyed it until a lack of parts relegated it to a state of disrepair.
In 1996, Juan convinced his father to let him ship the car to America and have it restored. Unfortunately, his father passed away before the car could be completed. There was a silver lining to the bad news, however, as Juan’s father’s passing inspired him to ensure the car was completed and then thoroughly enjoyed by generations to come.
Escalante says the car is “a way of connecting those who have come before us to those who will be coming in the future.” The family will never sell the car, because like so many other cars that helped create a bond between a father and son, its sentimental value far outweighs its monetary value (which is significant).