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    Posted February 7, 2014 by
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    Classics! Brooklyn strong ..

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     BQueen1 finds it easy to relate to Coney Island's residents like Ricco Rodriguez, 35, whose vintage car collection kept grabbing her attention every time she drove past his home to reach the amusement park area. "My friends and I grew up driving these kinds of cars, so one day I stopped to look and [Ricco] came out to talk to me," she said.

    Ricco's passion for restoring vintage cars began as a kid because he used to spend time in his father's auto body shop. "He was pretty much self-taught," she said. "Then when he was in high school he actually went to work part-time, helping his dad fix and restore cars after school. Now he is partners with his dad at their auto body shop."
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    I met a guy off the Cropsey Ave. exit on the Conduit on my way to Coney Island amusement area. I had to stop to look at his car collection as I like older cars.
    Brooklyn is a very strange place. Some of the young guys are old guys in spirit as was the case with Ricco.
    He loves drag racing and the older classic cars which he restores, and operates a body shop with his father. He says he tries to keep the tradition of classic cars alive.
    I enjoyed talking with him so much. It was so refreshing to hear about his passion. I'm hoping to visit him next week if possible in his body shop.
    He has a tow truck in his body shop that he uses to tow the mermaid float on for the famous annual Coney Island mermaid parade. I am looking forward to seeing this truck, especially in action.
    February 7, 2014.
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