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I FOUND THE HOLY GRAIL!

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Last week I posted some photos from the local Corvette club show. There were a lot of great cars there, but one in particular stood out to me. Look at this gorgeous 63 coupe! There is nothing I don’t like about this car. Small block, 4-speed, side pipes, spilt-window, gorgeous red… and I absolutely LOVE rally wheels on a C2. They just look “right” to me. The only odd thing about this car is that it has Fuel Injected badges… but isn’t. Numbers matching would be icing on the cake too… but honestly, who cares when the car looks like this. Absolutely stunning. This is my holy grail!

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CRUISE-IN SEASON IS COMING TO AN END

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I hate to admit it but… cruise-in season is coming to an end. With just a few more weeks before all the local ones shut down for the winter, I’m trying to get a few more in. I attended one south of Nashville tonight and although the sky was VERY overcast and turnout was pretty low, I had a good time, met a few new people, and saw a lot of cool Vette’s. Here are some pics.

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5 REASONS WHY I MIGHT NOT EVER OWN A TOURING BIKE AGAIN

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Those of you that have followed this BLOG for a while know that I used to own large touring bikes. In fact, there was a time when I loved nothing more than to hop on the Electra Glide and head to Chattanooga, Fall Creek Falls or other destinations that were 1, 2 or even 3 hours from my home. It was nothing for me to get up on Saturday mornings, head out by 7am and not return until 4 or 5pm.

Well, things have changed in the past couple of years. The big bike(s) are gone and the three that remain are all under 900cc. My main bike is the chopped up Sporty that you see here… that is obviously not built for comfort on the long haul! I guess we change as we get older, and my riding habits and desires certainly have. I’m much more interested in a 30 minute ride through the local countryside these days than I am a marathon, throttle cocked, butt buster run to Kentucky for a hamburger. No, I’m perfectly content with my little “bar-hopper” and shorter rides… and here are 5 reasons why I may never own a touring bike again… in no particular order:

1 – Smaller bikes are SO much easier to get in and out of the garage.

2 – I find Sporty choppers are much cooler than a big fat touring bike.

3 – I’ve already spent way too much of my life dodging thunderstorms, 100 miles away from home.

4 – My butt thanks me.

5 – People who buy Ultras, Boss Hoss’s, etc… because they want the biggest bike they can get (yes, I’ve been told this) annoy the hell out of me. In fact, the entire sheeple-like attitude of the current motorcycle culture, where everyone looks the same and acts the same, is contrary to why I started riding motorcycles in the first place. I’m pretty much over it.

Who knows… one day I may own another touring bike (never say never) but for now, I’m more than content to be where I am, riding what I’m riding.

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2014 TOUCH OF GOLD SHOW

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I spent a good portion of the day at the Touch of Gold car show in Franklin, TN. today. The show is put on by the Nashville Corvette Club… so it is Corvette heavy… but there were other cars there as well. Here’s a few of my fav’s for you. I took a ton more photos that I will be sharing soon. The car at the top was my pick for the day. A beautiful 63 that has undergone a complete frame-off restoration. I will be dedicating an entire post to this car soon.

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FIRST GENERATION BEL AIR

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About a year ago, a good friend of mine acquired a 1953 Chevy Bel Air in a trade deal that involved a few vehicles. He flips cars for a living, so it wasn’t around for long, but that car made a major impact on me. Up until that point, I had not paid a whole lot of attention to the early ’50s Chevrolet’s, but something about that car really grabbed my attention. I love the smaller body (compared to the more popular late 50’s models), and the subtle, yet somehow pronounced, fender bubbles add to the appeal for me. Throw in an art deco dashboard and it adds up to one bad little car in my book.

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I’ve done a little research since then and this is what I have discovered. The body style I’m referring to was produced from 1950 to 1954. First year production numbers only reached a dismal 76,662 (despite a low $1700 selling price) as American auto buyers were still cautiously evaluating the new-look Chevy. By 1954, that number had jumped to over 450,000 across the model lineup. 1954 engine options included a 92hp 216.5ci or 105hp 235.5ci with a 4-barrel.

The 2 photos you see in this post were taken this weekend at a local cruise-in. Two beautiful specimens for sure! I’ll continue to be an admirer and  student of the first generation Bel Air… and who knows, one day there may be one parked in my garage!

*sources include www.myclassicgarage.com, www.50classicchevy.com, and others.

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SINK HOLE!!!

By now, I’m sure everybody knows that back in February a massive sink hole opened up right under the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Eight rare Corvette’s were sucked right into the earth. I went up about a month ago to see the damage for myself… and although pix cannot capture the massiveness of the hole… maybe these will at least give you an idea of what happened and the results. I’m also including security camera footage of the incident in case you’ve not seen it.

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A BUSY SUMMER

Wow! I just realized that I haven’t made a post here in a few months. I’ve been pretty busy this summer with work… often working 8 to 5, then starting up after dinner and working more until 10 or so. I have made time for riding and driving though. Here’s a few pix from some of the cruise-ins and shows I’ve attended.

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One of the coolest trucks I’ve seen in a while was at a local truck show a couple of months ago. It’s on a NASCAR frame with a NASCAR motor. Pretty dang bad!

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I made it up to Champagne, IL. for the Bloomington Gold Corvette show this summer. Some incredible cars there but maybe none as cool as this 64 model. This is an unrestored, survivor car with less than 4500 actual miles on it. Just like it came off the showroom floor!

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Otis on display at the local truck show.

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Another cool one from Bloomington Gold. This car was just in attendee parking.

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Gotta love the BIG BLOCK mid-year Vette’s!

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Love, love, love this car!!!!

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