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Love for the Trans Am – Celebrating 32 years together – Lori Hershey

October 19th, 2016 Comments off
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Happy Anniversary to me…. and Brown Sugar. June 18th 32 years ago, I bought my Trans Am from my Dad. I’m holding the original bill of sale as we stop for the night on our way to start the 2014 Bandit Run.— at Baltimore, MD.

Happy Birthday Lori! May you and Brown Sugar travel many more safe miles together.

“Got A Car for you Mahma!” Elvis and his pink Cadillacs

October 8th, 2016 Comments off

In early 1955 Elvis bought his first Cadillac, a 1954 model, which had been re-sprayed pink.  Elvis and the Blue Moon Boys drove it until it  was destroyed in a roadside fire between Hope and Texarkana, AR on June 5, 1955.

On July 5, 1955, Elvis purchased a new Cadillac Fleetwood  Series 60 in blue with a black roof.

Having mentioned a Pink Cadillac in the song Baby, Let’s Play House, the first song recorded by Elvis to appear on a national chart which made #5 on the Billboard Country Singles  chart in July 1955;  Elvis had the car repainted and gave the it to his mother as a gift, but  Gladys Presley never had a driver’s license.

 Elvis drove the car with the members of his band for most of 1955–1956.

On September 2, 1955, Scotty Moore  drove the car into a vehicle   causing $1000 of damage.

Having signed his contract with RCA in November 1955,  Elvis had the upholstery replaced, the body retouched and the black roof painted white.

On his return from military service in Germany  in 1960, Presley lent the car to his US Army buddy Joe Esposito, having bought himself a white with pink roofed 1961 Cadillac Coupe de Ville.

The original pink Cadillac remains on permanent display at Graceland, in the auto museum. The car was once again brought to the front drive entrance of Graceland in June 2006, during the visit of President George W. Bush and Prime Minister of Japan Junichiro Koizumi.

 

In 1900, more than half the cars on the road were powered by steam, and by 1902, Stanley was outselling every gasoline-fueled car in America.

September 27th, 2016 Comments off

You could use anything that would burn as fuel; the steam engine was purely mechanical and had few moving parts; and steam power provided instantaneous torque, eliminating the need for gears, and allowing a vehicle to climb hills in a snap. By 1900, there were about 100 firms building steam cars in the United States. Half of the 2000 cars on the road were powered by steam, and the most popular of the American steam cars was the Stanley Steamer.

The Stanley Steamer was the brainchild of inventors Francis Edgar and Freelan O. Stanley, identical twin brothers who dressed alike and wore their beards in the same style. After making their fortune from the development of the airbrush and a dry photographic plate process upon which Eastman Kodak would build an empire, the brothers retired early, and began building a horseless carriage for personal use. Completed in 1897, the first Stanley steam car had the advantage of simplicity over most other cars of the day.

The frame was constructed of tubular steel and supported a wooden body, with a boiler mounted below the seat. The engine contained 13 moving parts; it was light, quiet and easy to drive; but most importantly, it was faster and more powerful than almost any other car on the road. Orders began pouring in, and by 1899 the brothers sold their flourishing autoworks to Locomobile.

to read more:JayLenogarage.com

1934 Chevy Pickup

September 10th, 2016 Comments off

 

“Sold new for $465.00 including side-mounted spare wheel, it served Sierra Madre veterinarian Dr. Horace Pinehurst dutifully for decades, back when the San Gabriel Valley was still a mostly rural area. Upon the good Doctor’s passing in the late 1970s, his wife couldn’t bring herself to part with the truck, and it was put up on blocks for many years.”  (same year as the ’34 pictured here)

For the rest of the article about Dr. Pinehurst’s pickup:

http://www.californiaclassix.com/archive/34_Chevy_PU_c523.html

 

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Stan’s First Love (car, that is)

July 26th, 2016 3 comments

By Guest Writer: Stanley Hicks

This was my first, and has always been,  my favorite car – a 1940 Ford coupe!

This car also means a lot to all of my classmates because I was the only one in our class to have his or her own car.

My senior class only had 12 students and I have had 8 of them in that car all the way to Crowley’s Ridge Park in Paragould.

It had only one seat but there was a fairly big area behind the seat. It had a V8 engine and would get on down the road as fast as I figured my old tires would take it.

There was a heater in it but was an after market hang on, powered only by a small battery powered coil.  You could hardly tell when it was on.

The defroster was a battery operated coil that you stuck to the inside of the  windshield with suction cups on the corners of the coil.

The windshield wipers were vacuum operated which meant if you tried to speed up the car the vacuum would be used in making the car go faster causing the wipers to stop. You had to be careful when passing in the rain.

Thanks Stan.

How about the rest of you?   What four wheel beauty was your first love?


The beautiful 427 Cobra – Muscle Car King

June 1st, 2016 Comments off

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How’s this for traveling in style? Retro cool but not as comfortable as the modern motorhomes of today.

April 28th, 2016 Comments off

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Motorama Nomad

April 12th, 2016 Comments off

1954 Chevrolet Corvette Nomad  Motorama Experimental Car

Written by Bill Bowman  for history.gmheritagecenter.com

The 1954 Chevrolet Corvette Nomad concept station wagon, designed by Harley Earl’s design staff, was introduced at the 1954 General Motors Motorama in New York City. Nomad was another name that Chevrolet would tag onto a production vehicle in the near future. Although resembling a Corvette, and in fact using many Corvette components, the Nomad was built on a modified 1953 Chevrolet sedan chassis. From the windshield posts forward, the Nomad was strictly stock Corvette.

The silver-blue and white Nomad was fitted with a Corvette 150-horsepower, 235 C.I.D., 6-cylinder engine with a 2-speed Powerglide transmission. This 2-door fiberglass show car station wagon had room for 6 passengers. The tailgate had electrically-powered glass. The interior was finished in blue and white leather with a fold-down rear seat and a ribbed headliner.

Pieces of the 1954 concept “Corvette Station Wagon” were actually put into production in 1955, and the car became the Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Wagon. Sources:

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Dream On . . .

February 14th, 2016 Comments off

The L.A. Auto Show 2012 provided Bill with a moment to fantasize about being behind the wheel of a big, powerful ‘Funny Car’ roaring down the quarter mile strip. For a guy who has had a love affair with racing cars all his life, I’m sure it was a thrill!

My Favorite Car

January 13th, 2016 Comments off

Ah, the days when I actually tied on the hiking boots and went for a hike!

Note the red bar on the steering wheel.  “The Club” I got it after the car was stolen twice.  Yeah. I wasn’t the only one who liked my cute little Toyota MR2!

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