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IS THAT THING FOR SALE?

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After an extended Sunday evening drive in the Vette… I noticed a black Cadillac SUV with blacked out windows following me the last mile or so. I wasn’t sure if it was secret service or not, but things got a little more weird when I turned into my sub division and the SUV quickly turned in behind me. About a block in, I pulled over to the side of the road to see what would happen… and sure enough, the SUV stops right next to me. As the passenger window slowly lowered, I heard a voice asking… “Is that thing for sale?” It seems the young lad was so taken by it’s beauty that buying the car crossed his mind. He began asking a lot of questions. Wanted to know what year it was, etc.,  and was surprised the car was an automatic because it “sounded like a 4-speed from the last light.” (I often shift my TH400 manually.)

In the end… I’m sure he wasn’t all that serious about buying it, but I felt good that the old C3 turned a head and maybe inspired a soon-to-be Corvette enthusiast. Is the car for sale? No way… I’ll just be backing it into the garage, wiping it down, covering it up, and keeping it for another 20 or 30 years!

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SOMETHING WAS REALLY BUGGIN’ ME TODAY!

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Until a few months ago, I was unaware there was a Volkswagen club located close to me here in Middle Tennessee. I should have known, I suppose, but since I’m not really in the VW circles, I just wasn’t aware. The Wolfsburg Alliance of Middle Tennessee states that their mission is…”To bring the Volkswagen community together in our area.” And they certainly did that today with a fine show. It was well organized and a lot of fun. Here’s a few pics I took and if you’d like to see more, visit my Photobucket gallery here.

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METROPOLITAN

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When I spotted this car at the local cruise-in this week, I wasn’t quite sure what it was. But, the “M” logos on the hubcaps quickly “jogged” my memory and I realized I was looking at a Metropolitan. I remember my dad talking about these early “compact” cars and had read a little about them at some point, but I don’t remember ever having seen one in person.

This example had been expertly restored so, of course, I started taking several pictures with my trusty Canon. And the more I looked, the more impressed I became. Literally every inch of this car was like new and in pristine condition.

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My interest was definitely peaked, so I did a little research when I got back to a computer. Here’s what I discovered:

The Metropolitan was offered from 1954 through 1961. This example would have to be somewhere between 1959 and 1961 given it’s external trunk lid, which was not available prior to 1959. The car was initially conceived by Nash Motors who commissioned an innovative designer named George Mason to create a basic transportation vehicle that would be easy on the pocket book both at the dealer and the gas pump.

Today the Metropolitan has become a sought after collectors item. You can find out a lot more about these cars and the growing passion for them by visiting the Metropolitan Owners Club of North America on-line at www.mocna.com.

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THE SUN IS SETTING ON THE CRUISE-IN SEASON

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I hate to admit it but the sun is setting on the cruise-in season here in Middle Tennessee. I took this photo tonight at the local hotrod gathering and it was a blatant reminder that the times, they are a changin’. Yep… it’s getting colder and the days are getting shorter. I’m going to miss you summer… you’ve been a good one!

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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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