Old Car City USA, White, GA

In late June 2007, I stopped by an old junkyard called Old Car City USA just off US-411 in White, GA. I asked owner Dean Lewis if I could make some photos there. He said okay, just be careful. It was overgrown, and there were no trails as such, as it was a working junk yard for older cars. While there, I made this detail photo of a 1948 Hudson:

1948 Hudson at Old Car City USA. (Nikkor 28-70mm on Nikon D1x.)

1948 Hudson at Old Car City USA. (Nikkor 28-70mm on Nikon D1x.)

The next day, I returned with a friend. Dean again welcomed us in to shoot, with no charge either day. A couple years later, I stopped by again to ask about bringing some photographers from a camera club for an outing. Dean again said okay, and it would be $10 each. He also told me he was converting Old Car City USA from a working junkyard to an old car junkyard museum, and would be charging admission. What a great idea to preserve a unique place.

In November 2017, I went back with a couple friends from out of town. It’s now $25 for photographers, and is a bargain. Dean has completely transformed Old Car City USA from overgrown junkyard to photographer’s paradise with about seven miles of trails through nearly 4,000 cars! Many of you will have heard of Old Car City USA, as it has been featured in many websites, news articles, and television shows. Countless photographers have also held workshops there. It’s a truly wonderful place. Here’s a link to Old Car City USA: http://oldcarcityusa.com/

Trabant & Others. Old Car City USA, White, GA. (ZEISS Milvus 25mm f/1.4 on Nikon D850.)

Trabant & Others. Old Car City USA, White, GA. (ZEISS Milvus 25mm f/1.4 on Nikon D850.)

Buick LaSabre in Old Car City USA. (ZEISS Milvus 50mm f/2 macro on Nikon D850.)

Buick LaSabre in Old Car City USA. (ZEISS Milvus 50mm f/2 macro on Nikon D850.)

My friends and I stayed most of the day, and shooting there only made me want to go back. I intend to return often for the amazing photographic potentials and the riveting history there. There is also a gallery of Dean’s unique art, along with other collections all around. I’ve included several images from there in my new Trains, Planes, & Automobiles gallery. http://tomvadnais.com/?page_id=352

After you pay the fee at the entrance, this gate allows passage into the yard. Note the red button you must push to enter. It’s actually just a painted round wood piece nailed onto the sign. My kind of humor.

Old Car City USA Entrance. Note Push Button to Enter. (ZEISS Milvus 25mm f/1.4 on Nikon D850.)

Old Car City USA Entrance. Note Push Button to Enter. (ZEISS Milvus 25mm f/1.4 on Nikon D850.)

I’ve always had a fondness for both intentionally and unintentionally funny signs. Old Car City USA is a gold mine for signs. I can’t recommend Old Car City highly enough. You’ll never find another place like it. Give yourself plenty of time, and make sure you talk with Dean. He’s a great guy with the best stories.
Old Car City USA Signs. (ZEISS Milvus 25mm f/1.4 on Nikon D850.)

Old Car City USA Signs. (ZEISS Milvus 25mm f/1.4 on Nikon D850.)

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