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.
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Staying local

August 18, 2017

Today we are going to mention a couple things, happening or
about to happen, on the east coast of Iowa. We mention them
only because one is of interest to us and the other just goes
to prove the insanity is everywhere. So if you bear with us,
we’ll explain.

Tomorrow the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 776 are
hosting a Cruise-In at NorthPark Mall here in Davenport, Iowa.
The proceeds from this event will be used to support military
and veterans programs. Things get started at 5 pm and continue
until somebody turns off the light or the cows come home. It’s
a great event for a good cause and we hope to see you there.

Then we have the circus coming back to our city government. It
is now being said by one Alderman that another Alderman is a
racist and a bigot. The whole incident began when a former mayor
said something to the effect that the Irish were slaves too.

Of course that got those who see racism everywhere full of
righteous indignation and caused our city to pass a proclamation
that our fair city is diversified. Whatever happened to just
shrugging it off and calling the speaker a nut if you don’t
agree. It may not be popular but he has the right to say it.

This brought about the facebook melee between the two Aldermen.
She claims the other shares the views of our former Mayor and a
zoning letter he wrote to residents near a College that wants to
tear down some buildings is racist.

The complaining Alderman went before the local Civil Rights
Commission and stated “if you’re poor and black, you are not
going to understand the letter.” Hell lady, I’m an oldfart
white guy and I can’t understand it. Of course this same
outraged Alderman has a candidate she thinks would be more
compassionate, caring that will run against the one she doesn’t
like.

I don’t believe Alderman Ambrose has much to worry about but
time will tell. We wish him well in the election. An article in
our Quad-Cities Times written by Devan Patel was used as a
reference for some of this portion of this post.

Now I’m craving a burrito and a gallon of coffee so enjoy our
friday. Before we know it monday will come calling again.
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Two upcoming events

August 16, 2017

As summer winds down here on the east coast of Iowa thoughts
turn to the west coast of Illinois. It’s almost time for the
64th Annual O’Reilly World Series of Drag Racing at Cordova
International Raceway. The 1/4 drag strip is once again home
to this event.

The World Series has been held at Cordova almost every year
since it began. And this year the event will be held August
25-27. Admission will be $25 on friday and saturday, $12 Sunday.
We’re told discount tickets are available at O’Reilly Auto Parts.

That same weekend, August 26-27, Farm Days are being held in
the Village of East Davenport. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm
saturday and 10 am to 4 pm sunday. Admission to this even is
free.

11th Street is blocked off for the event between Mound and
Jersey Ridge and the street is filled with older farm tractors.
On the grassy area of lower Lindsey Park there will be a rope
making exhibition, petting zoo, pedal tractors, and a Gator
raffle.

There is also a wagon ride available pulled by a 2-cylinder
Johnny Popper that takes a short trip through the historic
district. If we remember right most businesses will be open for
the event also.

Tough choice. A cruise up the Illinois river road to a drag
strip for some serious bench racing and noise or a quick trip
to the east end to listen to some Johnny Poppers. Since my
buddy I used to go to the World Series with is in a Nursing
Home it looks like we’ll go to the farm show.

Enjoy our wednesday and we will forewarn you that we may do
a rant tomorrow about all the nonsense taking place. Now I need
another cup of coffee and a Snicker’s.
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Oldfart moment

August 9, 2017

Made it over to Dad’s today and had a nice talk. When I asked
him how he was feeling his was reply was he felt his age, and
he’s 92! So we talked about everything from Johnny Popper
tractors, to horses, to family.

I mentioned that the livestock barns were empty when we walked
through and he had an answer. He said it was empty because city
folk wouldn’t walk through because they didn’t have the sense to
walk around the cow patties or the time to complain to the fair
manager when they got some on their shoes.

If you think you’re having a bad day the picture below should
help you to a better mood. At a Concourse De Elegance, the owner
of this 1936 Delaheye drove his car on the viewing stand to get
an award, then it got crushed.

After I returned home I found out Country Classic Cars had a
big fire overnight. The 5-alarm fire broke out just after sunset
and nobody was hurt in the fire. This classic car dealership is
right off Route 66 in Staunton, Illinois. We hope they rebuild.

Oh yeah, the oldfart moment. As Dad and I were talking I heard
a phone ringing but Dad didn’t pick up the phone. So I asked him
if he was going to answer it. He said it wasn’t his phone and it
was then I remembered my cell phone sounded just like a home
phone. By the time I got the phone out of my pocket the caller
hung up.

Enjoy our wednesday and don’t worry about me. I now know what
the ringing noise is now.
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Oops!

July 14, 2017

We failed to mention in our earlier post that today is
Collector Car Appreciation Day and then we got distracted at
the Worlds Largest Truck-stop taking the sights of the Truckers
Jamboree. We realize trucks aren’t cars but they’re just as
easy on the eyes.



That’s a sample of what is on display through tomorrow
afternoon at the Worlds Largest Truck-stop. A crazy event with
something for everyone and a concert later. Now I need a
Snicker’s because I must have walked 5 miles out there.
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Gas and a cruise

June 30, 2017

Last year, AAA hired an independent lab to compare top tier
gasolines with the cheaper blends. Although testing was simulated
and only 4,000 miles, some results were clear.

A minimum gasoline detergent standard was started by the EPA
in 1995 to meet emission goals. For some reason these blends
came out around the same time engine longevity took a giant leap
forward. So higher standards were created to deter long term
issues like clogged fuel injectors and carbon build up in
combustion chambers.

All gas comes with basic additives then the distributor will
blend more into top tier fuels based on brand specification.
Does all this make a difference you ask? According to AAA,
if you don’t use a top tier gas you’ll have 19 times more
carbon deposits than if you did use top tier.

And as some of us know, a clean engine is a happy engine. It
doesn’t work as hard as a dirty one and it lasts longer. Now is
where you ask, which gasolines are top tier and which are not?
Well, we found an app for that. To see the list of all top tier
brands in the U.S. and Canada, go here.

There is also a cruise in downtown Davenport later today (5:30)
hosted by Klemme’s Motorsports. Their showroom is located in
the old Firestone building at the corner of 3rd Street and
Pershing Avenue.

We’re sure there are other benefits to using the right gas as
well as other car related events today. These just caught our
eye so we shared them with you. Enjoy our Friday, it’s the last
one we get this month.
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Tremor

June 26, 2017

On the way back home this past weekend we came across a
pickup truck I’d never heard of before that got my
attention. I knew it was an F-150 Ford, yet it was unlike
any I’d seen. When we got closer the side of the bed
proudly proclaimed it was a Tremor F-150.

I also noticed it had “twin turbo-charged” badging which
almost made the low profile tires make sense. It just looked
fast. Turns out Ford has discontinued this series according to
research I’ve done since we got back.

It does have two turbos on a 3.5 liter ecoboost V6 making 365
horsepower and 420 pound feet of torque. That size would equal
about 213.5 cubic inches. With the torque and a set of 4.10
rear gears it would be a stop light bandit. And you could get
it in 2-wheel-drive or 4-wheel-drive.

Marketed as a truck that would appeal to street truck
enthusiasts looking for V8 power with V6 fuel economy. It does
look like they might bring both the Tremor and the Lightening
as Ford promised 12 new global performance vehicles through
2020.

I looked at the Lightening when it first came out and wasn’t
impressed. Yes it had a V8 and was fast for truck. But it had
as many options as a Cadillac and a stripped down version was
not available. If you want a laugh, go to a dealer and tell
them you want a half-ton pickup with manual transmission but
without air, power steering and power brakes. The look on their
face is something to see.

Enjoy our Monday and have a great one.
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