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THIS IS ONE VICIOUS VETTE!

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Like many of you… when I was a kid, I didn’t have the computers and tablets that dominate the lives of young people today. In fact, computer based games were just getting their start so when I wanted to entertain myself, I grabbed the neighbor kids and we did things like ride our bikes, or put together a pickup baseball game… or when the weather was not-so-great, combine all of our Hot Wheels tracks and have epic races in someones basement. We would spend hours running our best cars, making “Evel” type jumps and staging intentional crashes. It was quite fun… and is probably what started my passion for vehicles. (Along with my car-passionate father).

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I still have probably 30 to 40 of the very cars that I played with back then… including the one pictured here. This “Vicious Vette” was part of the Johnny Lightning collection, made by a company called Topper in the mid 1960s. They were competing with Hot Wheels at the time and outrageous customs were all the rage.

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I had both Johnny Lightning and Hot Wheels cars and I’m glad I kept both collections… if for no other reason than to pull them out every 10 years or so and experience the fond memories of a little kid having the time of his life with some pretty cool cars!

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MY KIND OF FEBRUARY DAY

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I’m not a fan of cold weather so when you get hit with 62 degrees and sunshine on February 7, you gotta take advantage of it. The Sporty was looking pretty sweet basking in the sunshine yesterday and also ran like a champ! Come on Spring… please hurry!

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AN AWESOME 1977 BMW R100/7

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I spotted this way-cool 1977 BMW R100/7 at a local show this weekend. The bike was modded into a cafe’ style by a chap named Bob Long in Sevierville, Tennessee. Here’s what he did:

  • Completely disassembled the frame and cleared all unnecessary mounting lugs
  • Painted frame and components with PPG PR4 Red.
  • Painted side covers, tank and rear fairing in PPG WA600R Black and PPG GAN Silver
  • Rebuilt forks and stiffened with 8mm bushings.
  • Replaced rear shocks with Hagon SA adjustable coil-overs.
  • Added Burley Cafe’ rear tail section and custom seat cover.
  • Added Cat Eye tail light and BR sport mini turn signals (front and back).
  • Added European spec “low bars.”
  • Added “Pea-Shooters” slip on mufflers and header wrap.
  • Deleted rear fender and shortened front fender.

I think the results are fantastic… I love this bike!

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2015 TENNESSEE MOTORAMA

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I made my way to the Tennessee Motorama today in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. It was a great show to kick off the new year. Here are a few of my favorites.

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CRAZY EIGHTS!

I’ve been told that the original 8-track player in my ‘vette is worth a lot of money. I have no interest in upgrading (I will be keeping the original) so it was only logical for me to try and find some 8-track tapes to play in it. Well, last weekend I scored these. All I can say is… the ‘vette will be rockin’ now!

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A SERIES OF SHOW POSTERS

I just completed a series of show posters for my buds over at Both Barrels Promotions. I love working with these guys because it gets me out of the typical “corporate” designer mode and into an “anything goes” kind of mode. I had a blast with these. And BTW… if you are in the area, check out the shows. Both Barrels areĀ  seriously the best promoters in the region.

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AN EARLY BIRTHDAY PRESENT FOR MYSELF – OPTIMA DIGITAL 400

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It’s definitely winter time here in Middle Tennessee! A far cry from what some other parts of the country are facing, but we are looking at lows in the 20s for the next week and the possibility of snow on Monday. That’s pretty drastic for mid November around here.

I’ve always kept my motorcycles and classic vehicles on battery tenders throughout the year but since I haven’t had the Vette all that long, so far it’s been “tenderless”… if that’s a word! And since it is juiced by an Optima REDTOP battery, it’s always been in the back of my mind that I’d love to have an Optima Digital 400 to maintain it. Well, today I dropped by Tennessee Speed Sport and gave myself an early birthday present.

This thing is way cool. It first analyzes your battery to see where it’s at and checks for proper connection. Then, if necessary, it will do a soft-ramp charge if the battery is deeply discharged. If not it automatically goes into bulk mode or conditioning mode as needed, followed by a float mode. It even has a recondition mode that kicks in every 30 days… though I do not plan to keep my car parked anywhere near that long.

To top it off (no pun intended), it has an easy to use push button menu and a cool “fuel gauge” that let’s you know the charging status at a glance. All this adds up to a pretty high-tech and intelligent tender. Happy birthday to me!

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