A Family Car

<p>Dan and Sharon Felton</p>

Dan and Sharon Felton

Two Richland brothers surprise their parents with a classic car restoration for their retirement party - a car that belonged to their great grandfather.

Today, the family will be driving it for the very first time in the Cool Desert Nights classic car show.

The father, Dan Felton, was just 12 years old when he first laid eyes on his grandfather's 1964 Mercury Monterey Breezeway.

He says it was love at first sight.

"It was a great privelege to get to ride in grandpa's car," said Felton.

Today, 50 years later, he owns the car. But there are some interesting twists to this family story.

When grandfather Frank Felton died back in the eighties, the Mercury was passed down from one family member to another, and eventually was sold to an unknown buyer in 2009.

Three years later Dan and his wife Sharon discovered the buyers were actually their sons, 24-year-old Andy and 23-year-old Matt.

They secretly bought and restored the car to its former glory and presented it to their parents at a retirement party last fall.

"The boys did this all on their own, with their own money and their own resources and the help of friends and everything else," said Dan with a shake of the head and tears in his eyes.

"They specifically said they wanted us to have somethng to drive in Cool Desert Nights because they know how much we've always enjoyed the event. Every year we go out there and we've always said gee I wish we had a car to drive," said Sharon.

The Feltons will be driving the Mercury tonight at the Cool Desert Nights Parade and say they couldn't be prouder.

Cool Desert Nights is the largest car and motorcycle event in the Tri-cities. It runs tonight through Sunday at the Richland Uptown Shopping Center.