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.
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.
Issue #13 of Grease Monkey Magazine is in the stores now. Be sure to grab a copy and check out my photos of the DoMaCo Norton, as well as re-cap photos of the 2013 Spring Thaw bike and Rat Show. You can view the entire magazine here.
I made my way to Nashville, Tennessee today to check out the Hunters Custom Car Show. Saw some cool stuff and took a bunch of photos. Several are here but you can see a ton more by clicking HERE.
Just thought I would share some of my recent design projects with you. I did the layout on these show posters for my friends over at Both Barrels Promotions. They are GOOD people and know how to put on a great show. If you are anywhere near the Middle Tennessee area, you should attend all three of these upcoming events. (FYI: The illustration in the second poster below was hand drawn by Gary Mizar. He’s the best! Check him out at garymizar.com)
Some of you already know that while bikes are a very strong passion of mine, I also love the whole HotRod, RatRod scene… and a lot of my work is in that arena. That’s why occasionally you will see posts here about cars (like this one and this one) and why every once in a while I may post something to showcase some of that work.
Like today… Below is artwork I created for an event coming up in July here in Tennessee. The client is using this for event posters, web banners and both Full-Page and Half-Page print ads in several Motorcycle and Car publications.
SHAMELESS PLUG INSERTED HERE: If you have an event coming up or business that needs artwork, I’d love to help you out. CLICK HERE for a few other examples of my recent work. And… I offer a heavy discount to anyone who mentions my RANT.
Yes… this is a motorcycle blog but there is life beyond two wheels… especially when you’re talking Hot Rods and Rat Rods! A friend and I made our way to the Hunters Custom Auto Expo in Nashville today. I grabbed a few pics with the point-and-shoot in the horrid lighting conditions. These are a few of my favorites and you can see more if you click on the link at the bottom of this RANT.
CLICK HERE for more pics!
Every September my buddy Scooter over at Both Barrels Promotions puts on one of the baddest car and bike shows you will ever see. It’s called The Redneck Rumble and caters to the old school/RAT crowd… and man it is a blast! The 2009 version happened on Saturday and as usual, it was a stellar event. I took a lot of pictures… here are a few and be sure to click on the link at the bottom of this RANT to see a TON more. Get a napkin first though ’cause you’re gonna be drooling!