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A Ride Down Main Street, Downtown Hopkins, MN, In A 1987 Buick Grand National.
This video is best watched in FULL SCREEN Mode! Made back in July 2002, I filmed a round trip through downtown Hopkins, MN, riding shot-gun in my classic 1987 Buick Grand National, while reminiscing about all the fun I had hanging out there 25 years earlier. My beautiful Bride-To-Be was driving, so the full potential of the car's engine isn't realized. What makes this video special is the downtown Hopkins landscape. Although the street had been straightened out, the lighting toned down, and the old 1-2-3 Movie Theater torn down, most of the original shops and buildings were still in tact. Today at least 1/3 of them are completely gone, including Burger King, and about 1/2 of what's left are closed up vacant. The Buick Grand National has also been sold. I had forgotten I shot this footage, but I'm glad I had documented what downtown Hopkins once looked like. I also followed about the same path as I did 25 years earlier when I shot the old 8mm film you can find in my Uploads. Those of you who are wondering what I'm talking about, check out my other video upload here:

Buick Grand National - Learning to drag race my car... 1995
My first time racing my car at a track. I quickly found that it's nothing like racing on the street - which I thought I was pretty good at. Embarrassing reaction time but eventually got the hang of it with a best time of 11.06 thanks to tuning by friends Manny Ecker, Dave England, Terry Houston and Red Armstrong.