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Bad boy times two

By Staff | Jun 4, 2010

Brent Baddeley is the proud owner of both a Vette and a Charger. You can see both at the Black Knights cruise-in Saturday. EDN photos by Michael Tidemann

If you want to see some sweet cars, just come to downtown Estherville Saturday night.

The Black Knights Car Club, in conjunction with the 14th annual Emmet County Relay for Life, will hold a cruise-in starting at 4 p.m. Among the cars on display, you’ll see a couple great ones owned by Brent Baddeley of Gruver.

Baddeley will bring his 1978 Corvette Indianapolis 500 pace car model that he bought locally in Armstrong three years ago. The Vette has a 350 C.I. engine with 410 horse. The extra ponies come from a top end job he did last winter with the assistance of Aaron Hansen. The Vette did quite well at the Black Knights’ drags at the Estherville Airport last September, turning out a speed of 81 miles an hour on the eighth-mile course.

The Vette was one of 6,200 made – one for every dealer in the U.S. at the time. “I’ve always wanted one of those,” Baddeley admitted.

The cherry 1972 Charger is all original except for tires and battery. It has the original color, but with a little metal flake in the paint.

The Charger has a 340 with a four-speed. Baddeley picked it up at Rides and Rods in Annandale, Minn.

The Charger’s attraction for Baddeley is that it’s the same year he graduated from high school. Baddeley said he’s always had a special fondness for Mopar muscle cars. “I’ve always liked them,” he said.

There were only 272 of the ’72 Chargers made that had the bench seat with four-speed on the floor.

So don’t miss out on the great cars at the Black Knights cruise-in starting 4 p.m. this Saturday.