Thank You For Getting Me This Far!

Get it?  You should.  Like miles on a car.

While I was checking out my site stats on WordPress.com, I found out that I now have  Followers and subscribers.   That is exciting news.   I REALLY wanted to share this with you.  Why?  Because you helped me achieve nearly 16,000 views here.  Not in one year, of course!  But that many views for two years is pretty darn impressive, right?

I’m proud that I’ve worked so hard to get to where I am, and I’m especially thankful that you, my faithful readers, helped me get to where I am.

Thanks for helping me get to where I am!  I always knew that my faithful readers and subscribers were awesome!  You are my superhero readers!

Coverage from the 11th Annual Peggy Sue All-American Cruise!

Every year, the Peggy Sue All-American Cruise and its related events take over sunny Santa Rosa, CA.  Restored cars, hot rods, low riders, raised Jeeps, and antique American cars are all part of the mix.  We have entered our 1950 GMC 100, “Betsy” twice.  It’s always been a lot of fun for me to see all of the classic cars in the parade or the massive parking lot where they are displayed!  This year, one of my good friends joined me in watching the classic American cars cruise around downtown Santa Rosa.  Revving engines?  Check.  Drunk people yelling at drivers to “Step it up, dude!”?  Check.  Squealing tires?  Check?  The smell of burnt brakes?  Check.  Annoyed and overworked event staff?  Right on.  I know that you are getting bored reading my words about what was going on.  I’ll cut to the chase:  It was a LOT of fun, and you should join me next year.  Enjoy the pictures.

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I don’t know what this Chevy Nova had under the hood, but it sounded NASTY!  Many of the cars at the parade were either restored to Concours-levels or were built for the drag strip.  This one was built to rule the streets.   DSCN1921

This 1959 Chevrolet Corvette is a rare “Fuelie.”  Instead of a carburetor, it has a primitive version of fuel injection.  This particular example was restored to a “Level 1.”  Level 1 means that it is virtually perfect.  That it is.

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This 1966 Chevrolet Biscayne is a powerful, efficient, and stylish family sedan from the muscle car era.  It has a 327 cubic-inch V8 engine and a two-speed automatic Powerglide transmission.  It’s lovely.

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I find it nice that the interior of the same Biscayne matches the exterior of the car.  Even the steering wheel has chrome on it!

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Same car.  This is the model designation.  The car is a barn find from somewhere around Redwood City, according to the owner.  He restored it himself, and he did a very good job of it!

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For those of you old enough, you should remember the aero-wars days, when big engines and aerodynamics were all the rage.  The 1971 Plymouth Roadrunners and Superbirds were the car of choice for many famous NASCAR drivers.  Richard Petty left Ford in 1969 to go to Plymouth.   He did so much better in a Plymouth Superbird that Ford built the Torino Talladega as a response.  This particular Roadrunner has the 440 Six Pack (a 440 cubic-inch V8 with THREE two-barrel carburetors!), which was just one step below the mighty 426 Hemi engine.  It is painted in the iconic Lime Green that is popular with automotive restorers.

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This Corvette is one of the nicest Corvettes that I’ve seen in a LONG time!  It is painted Aqua Blue and Snow White, with a matching interior.  It has the 283 cubic-inch V8 and a four-speed manual.  It is a 1956 Corvette.  The only shame?  That it’s far too nice to tour Route 66 in.

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Sorry about the fingertip on the top of the camera view.  The sun was shining and I REALLY wanted to tell you about this truck!  It’s a 1965 Chevy K10 with the optional 327 cubic-inch engine and a three-speed manual.  It is built to tackle any trail, and take anything that you want with it.  It may not be stock, but it looks like it will outrun just about any Jeep from the same era off-road.

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Remember the Chevy Vega?  If you don’t, it’s okay.  The Vega was powered by a 305 cubic-inch V8.  It was relatively powerful and fast, but it was a minor disaster for Chevy.  This Vega is a 1974 model.  It wasn’t the nicest car there, but it was one of the newer cars there.

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The best part about this 1969 Chevrolet C30 is that it is used a lot.  I don’t know how much, but I have seen it at Sonoma Raceway’s Wednesday Night Drags as a tow vehicle.  It’s the perfect tow vehicle.  It’s got a 350 cubic-inch engine that’s all-original.  So is most of the truck.

DSCN1930This rare 1971 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am is one speedy car.  It’s all stock, and plenty fast that way.  It’s got the 350 cubic-inch V8 engine found in many GM vehicles from 1969-1999.  The top speed is 130 mph.  This car means business.  The lucky driver had to keep the car in first gear.  he also kept touching the brakes because the car wants to leap forward.  Lucky him.

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I’m going to apologize in advance for the direction of the photo.  This 1951 Dodge cab-over semi has been so heavily customized that the only thing original about it is the cab.  That’s it.  The rest of it is custom-built.  The truck is a heavy-duty car-hauler with three axles.  The engine is a brand-new 6.7-liter Cummins Diesel engine that has two turbos instead of one.  Wow!

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While motorcycles aren’t as common in the parade as cars, there were still a good three or four.  This 1946 Indian Roadmaster has the iconic “shovelhead” engine that many motorcycle enthusiasts favor.  This Indian Roadmaster is banana yellow with the “caramel cream” seat.  I like old motorcycles like this.  Maybe some readers will buy me one…

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The Indian logo is still in the original chrome, almost 65 years later.  The gas tank can hold 10 gallons.  It says that on the chrome gas cap.

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I like the way that Indian made the front wheel cover so stylish.  I was talking to the owner for a minute, and I found out that he drove it all the way down to Santa Rosa from Healdsburg.  That’s not a lot of fun on an old motorcycle, yet Indian motorcycles are built to cruise.  I’m guessing that it was probably a comfortable ride down to Santa Rosa.

DSCN1937This 1932 Ford Roadster is a sick hot rod.  The lady standing by the car is the owner.  The car has a Ford 351 Windsor V8 engine.  It has a Jaguar rear end, and a five-speed manual.  This car means business.  I don’t know what I like more:  The mechanical parts of the car, or the exterior?  That’s a decision that YOU will let me know in the comments section…

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This Ford Bronco looks like it came out of some post-apocalyptic movie.  It’s got aggressive tires, a six-inch lift kit, and a 302 cubic inch V8.  I don’t know the exact year, but it looks like it’s from around 1967-8.  This is one nice Bronco.

DSCN1940This is one of the coolest, most amazing Jeep CJs that I’ve ever seen.  And that’s saying a lot.  This CJ is stock, and is a 1947 model.  Between the drivers seat and the passengers seat, there is a metal rifle/shotgun holder for two high-powered guns.  Not that it would be used for that!

DSCN1942How often do you see a stock 1932 Ford roadster?  Not at all often!  This is a stock 1932 Ford roadster that could sell for upwards of $150,000 in its current condition.  It even has the rumble seat and the original interior!  It’s beautiful!

That’s all, folks!

If you would like to check out the Peggy Sue’s Cruise website, it is http://www.peggysuescruise.com/home/

History Buffs, Classic Cars, Say Hello!

Chickens and eggs, salt and pepper, cars and guys (and gals), these things all go together!  Want to know what brings geeks and car buffs together?  Car websites!  I guess it’s good that I’m the best of both worlds…I’m excited right now because two of the world’s most successful Japanese automakers recently added websites that can help history-loving car buffs truly enjoy their classic cars!  Don’t know who I am talking about?  Think Nissan and Toyota.  These websites are addictive, educational, and fun.  Both websites detail the entire lineup of both automakers.  From Day One.  What is fun on the Toyota website is the “Select a Body style” button, where you can click pickup trucks, and it will show you every single Toyota pickup truck since Toyota started 75 years ago!  On both websites, clicking on a car will bring up a photo gallery, as well as a full list of specs, and the origins of the car’s name.  Those unfamiliar with Toyota’s names outside the American market will be pleasantly surprised.  For example, would you rather have a Lexus RX, or a Toyota Harrier?  I know what I’d choose? If that’s not enough for Toyota fans, you can organize the list into what cars have what engine choices.  You can choose from the bulletproof 22R four-cylinder to the tuner-favorite 2JZ inline-six.  Nissan’s website isn’t as full of cool tricks as Toyota’s, it does have full lists of the evolution of each Nissan model.  Each car has it’s own photo gallery, specs sheet, and a short blurb about the car.

You can get lost in the depths of Toyota’s website from the link below:

http://www.toyota-global.com/company/history_of_toyota/75years/vehicle_lineage/family_tree/index.html

You can get lost in the depths of Nissan’s website from the link below:

http://press.nissan-global.com/COMMON/HERITAGE/database/en_index.html

Do You Remember the Brochure for Your First Car?

Okay, I have a confession.  It’s true!  I have been a bit piggish, keeping this small, amazing website to myself and my family since I first got my email address way back in 2010.  Everybody in the family enjoys it, and certainly remembers the brochures for their first car (that is, once they look at the brochure…).  I am now divulging the great secret!  This website hosts all the brochures of almost every car from the 1950’s through the 1980’s.  How great is that?

If your car memory is spotty, you can look on this AWESOME website and see the original factory brochures for almost every American car!  It’s really quite simple:  just pick the manufacturer, the car, and the year.  But, it’s good to know that the Corvettes are in their own section.  Also, there are tire brochures, transmission brochures, oil brochures, rental company brochures, bus company brochures, boat brochures, spark plug brochures, travel trailer brochures, windshield brochures, piston ring brochures,wheel brochures, car body brochures, and even more!

There is also a blog that the webmaster/author writes.  He lives in Norway, and REALLY likes American cars!  If you have a brochure older than 1990, you can contact him, and it will go onto the website.  If you have a special car brochure that is older than 1990, he will definitely consider it!

Enjoy the website and many hours of interesting reading!  Don’t let your boss see all the time you spend on this website…

Enjoy!  http://www.lov2xlr8.no/broch1.html

Car of Your Dreams or Dream a Little Dream For Me

Building the car of your dreams ain’t that hard. No, I don’t mean the building it from the wheels up!  You can do it from the comfort of your living room or office!  It’s that easy!  Just about every automaker has an online configurator that is, quite possibly, the culprit in work-time computer fun.  These configurators go far beyond the days of old, when you just had to hope that the car you wanted was waiting for you in a car lot.  It’s super easy to send the car of your dreams from an online configurator to a dealer.  The dealer will email you, telling you how much your wallet will shrink to have that car in your driveway.

Try not to get carried away with the nearly ten million possible configurations available!  Otherwise, just another lost day at work or school!

If you are looking for a new MINI Cooper S, here is an example: http://www.miniusa.com/#/build/configurator/mini_clubs-m

But, for me, the best one yet is the Bugatti.com configurator.  Try to avoid endless hours of daydreaming at the computer.  You still like your job, right?  http://www.bugatti.com/en/veyron-16.4/configurator.html

With the Rolls-Royce Ghost, the combinations are so endless, that you could stay on the computer until October, and you still wouldn’t be finished picking out every little detail!  I figured that with a cheap car (the MINI), an ultra-exclusive car (the Veyron), I needed something for the everyday person.  I proudly present the Rolls-Royce Ghost!  http://configure.rolls-roycemotorcars.com/ghost.html#/i12,i13

Of course, this wouldn’t be a good post with out some good ol’ American Muscle.  So, I had to include a 2011 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca!  With a Retail price of $48,778, a lease of $884 a month, this car certainly isn’t cheap!

Most automakers have an online configurator for all their cars.  The downsides are that many automakers don’t let you see changes to the car interior. Chevy and Honda let you see the interior, but not the carpets. If it’s under the hood, go onto Google Images.  You won’t find it on the website.  Also, most sites require you to have a good high-speed internet connection.  And all the latest multimedia connections, such as an email address and/or Facebook or Twitter.  If you configure your dream car for me, and post it with your comment, you might have a surprise!

Remember to Dream a Little Dream Of Me!

Watch Videos of Cars right Before Your Eyes!

Now the title may be confusing, but we can’t watch the movie “Cars” here.  I haven’t figured out how to do that yet (its pretty embarrasing!).  But, I do have a link to a cool website called Car-Videos.com.  It has enjoyable videos of cars, a horsepower and torque definition page, a speed/rpm calculator, and lots of stuff that only God knows about.  This is a great website for the practical car enthusiast.  Here’s the link.  Enjoy.

http://www.car-videos.net/videos/