Initially crestfallen that he missed the opportunity to buy back his old truck, "I'm very happy with what they did," he admits. "They did a wonderful job restoring it, a fantastic job. It's perfect; it's exactly as it was in every way."

Indeed, he's right; half a century after Gene first took it to the Roadster Show, the truck's the same. In fact, if there's any difference, it's that we know the village who got it there.