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I’M TRYING TO KEEP THE SPORTY STA-BIL

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On Saturday I got the Sporty out and rode it for the first time in about 6 weeks. I’ve been so busy this year that combined with the short days, I just have not had time to do something I love… ride!

The good news is that the days are starting to get longer, but we still have a good 6 to 8 weeks of winter weather here in the mid-south, so back in the corner of the garage the bike goes with a little more STA-BIL added to the topped off tank to keep the gum, varnish and corrosion out.

I’ve not had to use a fuel stabilizer in the past because I’ve always ridden through the winter. But since nasty things can happen to your fuel in as little as 30 days, this year I am definitely using it. I know… it’s a sad state of affairs, right? I cannot wait for Spring!

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37 YEARS APART… AND STILL COOL

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After dealing with arctic blasts that have recently brought several days of single digit temperatures to Nashvegas, we actually had a nice day today. The sun was shining… and 58 degrees seemed more like 75 in the middle of this mess I call the “Dark Months.” I took advantage of the positive weather turn and got the ‘vette out for a nice leisurely drive.

The L-82 was humming perfectly, and for a few minutes, I forgot about the head cold I’m fighting (due to the ridiculous temperature fluctuations, I’m sure) and the fact that more frosty weather is forecast for this week. Good times for sure, but they were about to get better.

After about 30 minutes of pure driving joy, I reluctantly pointed that dark blue fiberglass nose back towards the house… and just as a I drove past one of our local hotels, I noticed a tractor-trailer out of the corner of my eye that was carrying eleven brand new 2014 Corvette Stingrays. Apparently the transport driver had stopped by our little town on his way from Bowling Green to parts south to deliver these beauties to their new owners.

I was sure glad he did… and quickly wheeled into the parking lot to grab a few pics of the ’77 along side these ’14s.  37 years apart… and still cool! America’s Sports Car is still making the hearts of drivers beat a little faster, and even shrouded in protective covers, they are about as sweet as it gets.

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In case you are wondering what this thing looks like underneath the shroud… here’s a pic courtesy of chevrolet.com… along with a few side-by-side specs for you to check out. I’d say things have improved nicely over the years… but my heart (and wallet) still belongs to the pre-83 models.

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DUCATI RED

I’ve been doing some contract work for the local Ducati Dealership here in my hometown. That’s a good thing, but it’s probably a bad thing for me to be around these gorgeous bikes. Wow! There is something about that Ducati Red that calls to my emotions. I took a few pics today.

The first bike is the 1199 Panigale R. It’s pretty much a “near” race-ready rocket, that is still somehow street legal. BAD… does not even begin to describe this two-wheeled piece of art.

But the bike that really grabs my attention (and is more reasonable to the average mans wallet) is the Ducati Monster at the bottom of this post. Such a great bike!

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HOW TO BEAT THE WINTER BLUES

We’re about to face the coldest temperatures we’ve seen in a decade here in Middle Tennessee… that is, if the local forecasters are correct. I hate winter! But… if we are forced to endure it, I’m at least happy that the folks at Both Barrels Promotions are doing their part to help us beat the winter blues. I spent the day at the Tennessee Motorama today. I was actually photographing the event for Grease Monkey Magazine (read the latest issue here) and saw some killer cars and bikes. Here’s a sneak peek for you.

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PART OF THE FUN OF OWNING A CLASSIC CAR

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Part of the fun of owning a classic car is getting to know it intimately, via the seemingly never-ending projects that come with it. The 77 Vette has brought with it a few such projects. So far, I’ve replaced the rear brake calipers, installed a new starter, replaced a leaking power steering control valve, and cleaned up the front and rear bumperettes.

The mechanical issues were pretty straight-forward and boring, but the bumperette refurbishing was a bit unique, so I thought I would document it. The first photo shows how bad the road rash was. Light sanding followed by a couple coats of Dupli-Color Bumper Coating did the trick. In fact, it worked great! While I was at it, I used the same Dupli-Color product to spiff up the front grills and front lower fairing. Both look like they are brand new now.

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I WISH YOU AND YOURS A GREAT AND FUN 2014

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As 2013 comes to an end… I’m reminded, once again, that life goes by really fast. All of us need to make sure we make the most of each day, and enjoy the little things. That’s one thing I love about car and motorcycle shows. No matter what kind of issues you may be facing in your life, wandering a show for a few hours can make them seem miles away. It’s a ‘happy’ time that I look forward to… as often as I can! Here are a few pictures I shot this year at various events, that have a consistent theme of FUN! I hope you enjoy them… and more importantly I wish you and yours a great and FUN 2014. See you at the shows!

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This is one of my favorite images from 2013. Mom, Dad and Son all enjoying a car show.

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The good folks at Confederate Customs were out and about this year.

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Caught some great bands at shows in 2013… including Mollie Sue and the Mean Men.

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Love to see couples enjoying shows together. Too fun!

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Those that know me… know I am a bit of a health nut and wouldn’t eat here. But I still like the pic!

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Old school craftsmanship!

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Another great family photo. Keepin’ the passion for old cars alive.

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Love, love, love this shot. Not sure who she is but what a contagious and beautiful smile!

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Mom and daughter enjoying the show on a bright and sunny day.

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A unique father/son project? How ’bout a gas-powered grocery cart!

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A retro-lovely lady at this years Redneck Rumble.

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Yep… that’s a trike with a crane. Perfect for haulin’ your buddy around!

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SOAK EVERY DETAIL IN AND INHALE THE CULTURE…

I’ve been photographing car shows and swap meets professionally for several years now. A lot of my images are published, but there are many that I love… that will NEVER see the light of day. (Or  the ink on a page!) You get to a point, after you’ve photographed so many of these events, that your eye starts to wander to the minor details. Many times, these images tell the true story of what an event was really like. Here are just a few that speak to me… maybe they will you too. If nothing else, I hope they encourage you to take your time and look around at your next car show. Soak every detail in and inhale the culture!

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