Some upcoming events

May 17, 2018

I haven’t been putting any upcoming car events here for a while
so thought it time to enter a couple now. Most have heard of
these by now but some have not so here they are.

Saturday, May 19, 2018 will be the Classic Car Cruise-In at
Northpark Mall in Davenport, Iowa. sponsored by the Veterans Car
Club of the Quad Cities, the event will run from 5 pm until the
last car leaves or the cows come home.

The event is held in support of military/veteran programs and
Toys for Tots and all donations will go to these programs. This
event is also in honor of all active military and veterans. If
you wish to learn more call Bruce Cheek at 563-349-4129 or Mike
DeGeeter at 563-370-2635. Rain date is June 2, 2018.

And on Saturday, June 9, 2018, the Quad Cities Cruisers will
host the Open Run XXXVI Car Show at Southpark Mall in Moline,
Illinois. The event runs from 3-8 pm and it’s $15 to enter a
car in the event.

If you want to double check you can call the Club Event Phone
Line at 563-355-0036.

So there are a couple of things to do if you need something to
do on the dates listed. Great events, great people, good food
and music, and acres of cars to gawk at.

Enjoy our Thursday as we’re almost to the weekend. Now I need
more coffee and shower as I finished the lawn.
Comments are always welcome.

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It’s official

May 10, 2018

Our country is has gone crazy. I saw a picture of a couple
standing between a 66 Mustang GT and a new 2018 Audi S5
Sportback below the headline “Internet Revolts After Couple
Trades in Husband’s ‘Dream’ 1966 Ford Mustang for a New Audi S5.”

Things got so bad the dealership that did the trade had to take
down their Facebook page. I’m wondering what happened to the
America I grew up in? If it is his car and he has the title in
hand he should be able to do whatever he wants with HIS car.

Faces were blurred and only the first names of the former
Mustang owner were used in the article and the dealership stated
the guy gave up his dream car for love. It did not say if love
of the new Audi or love for his wife was the driving factor.

The couple must have been happy and dealership thought putting
on their page may bring some enjoyment to others or perhaps get
potential customers into the showroom. But all the negative
feedback is crazy. If the guy wants to trade his car is should
be his concern and not those who don’t like his plan.

Nowhere did I read the salesman pulled a gun or made threats
to make this deal and people are upset. One commenter even
declared that when they get divorced he won’t have the valuable
classic car but an overpriced VW! What optimism. If you want to
learn more just go here.

Last time I checked he could give the car to a complete
stranger or turn it into a planter if he so wished. That said,
the picture above is from the website that I linked to.

Enjoy our Thursday as we won’t see another this week. Now for
coffee and a critter check.
Comments are always welcome.


Some thoughts

January 21, 2018

It’s all over but the crying, or partying. The 2018 edition of
the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction is over. About 1,700
vehicles sold for over $113 million with 37 hours of TV
coverage.

Some highlights from Saturday were when former President George
W. Bush got on stage to help Jay Leno talk up a 2018 Chevrolet
Carbon 65 Corvette that sold for $1.4 million and raised
Barrett-Jackson funds raised for charity to over $100 million.
All proceeds went to a charity to help wounded veterans.

Then Ron Pratte donated a new 2017 Ford GT to the Evernham
Family Racing for a Reason that sold for $2.5 million and then
Pratte gave another $50,000 to the charity. The charity is to
help those with autism.

Craig and Caroline Jackson donated a 1988 35th Anniversary
Corvette to kick off “Driven Hearts” a charity in honor of Dave
Ressler of the extended Barrett-Jackson family. The car was
bought and resold three times for a total of $350,000 for the
charity.

Not all things sold at this auction are cars and in this
category lot #9499 caught our eye. A transportation themed
carousel made in Germany in 1957 by Wilhelm Hennecke brought a
record breaking $557,750. The carousel is fully functioning and
has 27 different cars, bikes, trucks and other transportation
themed vehicles instead of horses.

Now that the auction is over I can go back to not watching much
TV and perhaps even getting some things done. Enjoy our Sunday as
that means a new day is only a dream away.
Comments are always welcome.


Auction thoughts

January 19, 2018

After watching hours of the Scottsdale auction today I came to
the same conclusion as other years. Some people have more money
than sense. Being the start of the weekend most cars brought six
figure prices.

A good example of this is the 2019 Bullit Mustang that went for
$300,000 to a charity picked by Steve McQueens son. The first
car built, a good cause, and every penny went to the charity.

Some of us remember the Charger from the Fast and the Furious.
It was one of the cars built and had a small block chevy with a
single 4 barrel under the non-functioning blower. It brought in
$140,000. That was either for bragging rights or somebody
doesn’t work hard enough for their money.

In todays auction the restored cars kept up with the muscle
cars, resto-rods, and custom builds. That seemed like a good
thing to this humble observer. Tomorrow the gloves will come off
and the prices will escalate. It will be interesting to see a
vehicle hit $1 million.

If you get the Velocity channel you may want to tune in
starting at around 3 pm again tomorrow. Or, coverage goes until
until 3 am tonight also.

Enjoy the rest of our Friday as it’s the last one we get this
week. Now I need some more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.


Wait, what?

November 1, 2017

We survived to see November and I’m still waiting for my White
Privelege card to arrive. We seem to hear the complaint that we
white folks don’t know what’s like to be stopped by the police
for driving while black. I don’t.

That being the case one would assume they don’t know what it’s
like surviving while white. So here is a sample of what we put
up with breathing while white. As an older white male who has
owned several vehicles over the years let’s put dealing with
the DOT while white out there.

Here we take a number and sit until our number is called, and
to be fair, everybody does this. My problem with the DOT begins
when I get to the counter. The lines move fairly quickly until my
turn comes up. I hand a fist full of paperwork over to the
clerk only to be told the seller forget to sign line 14 and did
not put sale price on the correct line so it would have to
initialed by said seller then sale price added on the correct
line and signed on line 14.

So I leave to find the previous owner who makes the correction
and return to the DOT only to be told, by the same clerk, that
since the title is out of state it has to signed in front of a
Notary and get their seal on it. So I hook up with the previous
owner, find a Notary, and get the seal before returning to the
DOT confident that this time I will walk out with a new title
in my name and new license plates.

Oh no. I was informed, by the very same clerk, that now the
title had too many signatures on it and I would have to get
hold of the original owner so he could get a duplicate title
that we could sign, once, in front of a Notary before I could
legally get the car in my name. And that was only one time!

So I would gladly trade that for being pulled over for driving
while black anytime. Enjoy our Wednesday, after all it’s the
middle of the week already. Now I need more coffee and a
candy bar to wind down.
Comments are always welcome.


A tragedy and the car show

August 20, 2017

We’re going to show you some of the cars that were at the VVA
Car Cruise-In but before we do we have to mention something that
happened 107 years ago on this date. Bear with us and we’ll get
to the cars.

The Great Fire of 1910 occurred when hurricane force winds
prodded hundreds of small fires into blazing infernos. When
all was said and done 3 million acres were burnt in Washington,
northern Idaho, and western Montana. Two towns in Idaho and
five in Montana were completely destroyed in the fire before
a cold front brought in a steady rain. There were 87 fatalities,
mostly firefighters.

And now some pictures from the car show. You can click on any
picture to get a better look.

There were many more cars, but this should give you an idea
of the show. And now I hear leftover pizza and a coffee pot
calling my name.
Enjoy our Sunday as that means some of us rejoin the rat race
tomorrow.
Comments are always welcome.


I don’t get it

July 25, 2017

In the corner of my mind where empty boxes gather dust an idea
started and began to grow. As I lay down to have a nap this idea
took over and while the body was tired the brain was on high
alert. It got to the point I had to get up, make more coffee,
and try to reason things out.

The whole fiasco started yesterday after my brother stopped by
to show me his new Harley. When he was gone I cruised the
information highway and paused at a story about a 71 year old
man who died when he rolled his street rod. The short article
planted a seed and the comments heaped on the manure to help
it mature.

Back when I first started cruising the information highway
condolences to the family would out number comments of any
other kind. And there were a few of these, yet what surprised
me is the majority of comments were split between ‘it can be
fixed’ and ‘why wasn’t he wearing a seat belt?’

Has compassion and common courtesy died along with common
sense? This man was probably someones husband, father, grand
father, and brother yet the comments question his desire not
to have seat belts in his 40′ Ford.

The accident happened on a city street on a Sunday morning. I
noticed no comments about the possibility that he had a medical
issue that caused the wreck either.

If this is what our society has become, count me out. In the
first place all the safety equipment in the world won’t help
you if it’s your time to go. I would imagine his relatives
haven’t given much thought to the car. If he didn’t want seat
belts, it was his choice.

I guess this old redneck outlaw just doesn’t get it.

Enjoy our tuesday, it’s the last one we’ll get this month.
Comments are always welcome.