My brother Mark fell in love with cars when he was a teenager...
Thirty-two years ago, he made his dreams come true, opening up Campbell's Classics on Highway 183 in North Austin. He specialized in British sportscar sales and repair. I remember a shop full of Triumphs and MGs. I was into muscle cars back then, but he'd let me take one home anytime I liked. I learned to downshift and hug corners, and quickly figured out their appeal.
Then, construction made 183 a mess and he moved his business to I35 in Round Rock. A steady stream of gawkers hampered his ability to get work done, so Mark happily sold that location for a tidy profit and moved again. In Taylor, he found a large open building that had once housed the Boot Scoot bar. It became the new home for Classic Street in 2007, and he's been there ever since.
Elvis used to perform at the Boot Scoot when he was stationed at Fort Hood back in '58. Mark claims that when he's working late at night, the wind can sound like Elvis crooning a love song. Maybe not so far fetched. I've heard Elvis loved cars as much as my brother does.
Classic Street focuses on the '50s and '60s muscle cars and trucks, as well as every kind of classic. A one-of-its-kind, right-hand-drive prototype Triumph TR250 still sits next to his office. If he can stop restoring cars long enough, he may get it to England one day where it will command top dollar.
The problem is he stays busy seven days a week, buying, selling, and restoring classic cars. It's a labor of love though. Everyone who works there suffers from OCD (Old Car Disease), the same as my brother does.
It just looks like a field full of old vehicles to me, but his fellow enthusiasts show up and claim it's a gold yard.
Mark Campbell's cell is 512-255-4556. He's happy to talk with fellow car nuts about his passion anytime, or you can check out www.classicstreet.com to see his collection of cars, trucks, and services.