Sunday, January 17, 2010
CHAMPS ROUTE 40 WEST- CATONSVILLE
During the 1960’s GTOs, MoPars, Vettes, Mustangs and even a talking VW Van paraded non-stop around Champ’s parking lot on Route 40 West in Catonsville, MD. Behind the wheel of these mostly muscle cars were characters with names like Tommy Torino, Cat Man, Lemonhead, Oil Can, Skins, Ida, Flash and Hands. (There were plenty more people who I forgot to mention and perhaps I will get some help with this.)
Occasionally sleek European models like Austin Healy or Ford Cobra made an appearance but American cars ruled during this era. The generous 55 cent burger rightfully named the Big Champ was ordered from the driver’s seat through a speaker mounted on a tray in each parking space. Night after night the same dedicated waitress with chipped red nail-polish delivered your meal often with a side order of cigarettes. It could be bitter cold and she would still tromp out to the cars and set the food on the metal tray. She kept the change in her tired, saggy apron and she also kept an amazingly good attitude. Recently a friend brought to my attention the Long Champ. As I recall it was on a sub shaped roll layered with warm ham and some sort of special dressing. I think it was around 70 cents. So for those who tired of burgers they could always order a Long Champ instead.