This photo was taken January or February of 1947
in Talladega, Alabama.
The photographer was his father.
The shiny new pedal car is a Chrysler,
indicated on the rear insignia and by the hood ornament.
At the time he was an only child,
with a younger sister in his near future.
He would grow up to become a genuine Car Guy
and be happy behind the wheel of...
a Jeep (learned to drive in this one)
Hudson, Ford, Chevrolet Corvair (family cars)
Porsche, Huey (1200 horsepower), Volvo, Citroen SM, and
BMW Mini Cooper S (his personal choices).
No, not Ricky Bobby, of Talledega Nights fame...
(Hint: He did beget another car enthusiast.)
Yes, you guessed it!
The Colonel, age two, as lovable as ever
...with places yet to go!