Friday, July 25, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
We didn't get to see this one run. They were loading it into a trailer as we parked at the track.
Well, sorry to all those Suede and Chrome readers who are "traditionalist". Those you think a car should be restored back to how it "came off the assembly line". I've got a couple of cheap things I've done recently that I think have improved the look and "uniqueness" of my car.
The first involves dash knobs. One thing I haven't liked about my car since I bought it is the condition of the dash knobs. Over the last 50+ years, a combination of use and oils from human hands mixed with the heat of the sun have degraded the material that the knobs are made of.
(editor note: I also thought about spray painting a few caps and trying my hand at some pinstriping instead of using the coke caps.)
Well, to make a long story short, last night I crawled up into the rafters of my garage and found the box containing the bag of bottle caps. I used some epoxy and was amazed that the caps fit perfectly over the old dash knobs. I didn't cover the windshield wiper knob because it is smaller and isn't in that bad of shape.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
39th Annual Street Rod National®
All the vehicles of 1948 and earlier manufacture are welcome to enter the event.
Take advantage of the $10.00 pre-entry discount available through the June 27th mail-in deadline. When this deadline has passed we will be able to accept your entry at the Brown & Williamson Club at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium located at 2800 South Floyd Street in Louisville.
Event Registration Hours
Wednesday, July 30th - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.Thursday, July 31st - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.Friday, August 1st - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.Saturday, August 2nd - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Even though you may not be in your street rod everyone is welcome to attend the event. Bring the whole family for a day at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Spectator gate hours will be Thursday, July 31st from 8am to 5pm, Friday, August 1st from 8am to 6pm and Saturday, August 2nd from 8am to 7pm and Sunday, August 3rd from 8am to 3pm.
Spectator admission will be
$14.00 — 13 years and older$5.00 — children 6-12FREE — children 5 and under when accompanied by an adult
A special discounted $12.00 admission is available for military personnel with proper military identification, NSRA members with their current membership card or anyone 60 years of age and older. One discounted admission per person.
Although everyone will enjoy the spectacular vehicles as well as the vehicles’ owners there are other activities the family will enjoy. Here are a few activities that you will enjoy: the Commercial Exhibitors, Swap Meet, and Women’s World (arts and crafts with items that will interest women as well as men and children) as well as children’s games.
For additional event information please contact the National Street Rod Association®; 4030 Park Avenue; Memphis, TN 38111; 901-452-4030.
Monday, July 21, 2008
The following was taken from his website:
"Combining a photo-realist approach to watercolor technique with a unique and adventurous sense of composition, Dan McCrary applies his vision to a wide variety of automotive subjects. The Development of reflection and shine can be played to the maximum on one piece, and then he shifts into another gear to depict in amazing detail the rust and pitted chrome of an aging derelict.Dan was born in 1949 in Raleigh, N.C. As early as age 5, he was attending races and becoming fascinated with automobiles in general. He attended East Carolina University and worked for several years as a musician before turning to the fulltime pursuit of automotive art in the early eighties. Dan's award-winning work has been widely published and can be found in numerous prominent individual and corporate collections. He now resides in Charlotte, N.C. with his wife Lynn and daughter Danielle."
Friday, July 18, 2008
Well, my "Suede and Chrome" counter recently passed 7,000 hits! That's AWESOME! Thank you the readers for your continued support of this site. You are truly the driving force behind my commitment to continue to post pictures for area shows and other car enthusiast related items.
I recently added a feature that may have went unnoticed by many readers. Along the right column of my blog, there is a small rectangle that tells you who many readers are currently logged on to the site. If I click on it, I can pull up some graphs, maps, and other data about the traffic on this site.
This morning I looked at the map of "recent visitors" and thought I'd share my findings. From the United States...I've had recent visitors from the states of: California, Missouri, Texas, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Virginia, New York and Florida. Globally, I've also had recent visits from readers in: Alberta Canada, Glasgow and London in the U.K., Amsterdam, Netherlands, Athens Greece, Denizli Turkey, Johannesburg South Africa, and as far away as New Zealand! (all I have to say about that is G'day Mate!!!). It is truly exciting and humbling to be able to see the location of readers! Isn't the Internet an amazing thing?!?
p.s....An update on ol' Scruffy's daughter. The doctor "wired" her mouth shut yesterday. He said he "didn't like the fact that her jaw was still out of alignment". She has to go until next Thursday with her mouth wired shut. Only able to eat or drink what she can get through a straw! We drive back down to Dayton on the 24th to see the doctor again. Thanks to those readers who have sent notes of encouragement!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I thought they were timely because my most people's standards, we had a bad day last Saturday. My wife and I loaded the kids (yes...all 6 of them), up in the minivan and drove 1 1/2 hours to see the Dayton Dragons play. The Dragons are a minor league farm club in the Cincinnati Reds organization. The club came to Dayton about 8 years ago and has sold out most every game since. I believe that Sports Illustrated reactly listed the Dragons on their "most desireable tickets" list. At any rate, we met up with a group of parents and students from my middle school. We had an area of "lawn seats" reserved for us right along the right field fence and right by the visiting team (Beloit Snappers) bullpen.
Well, our "bad day" started early in the game when it began to rain....a light rain that only lasted an inning or so, but enough to get us wet. Then things went well until the 7th inning. If you've ever been to a professional baseball game, you know that it is tradition to have a "7th inning stretch" in which everyone stands to seeing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame".
Well, as we stood and looked at the Jumbotron to read the lyrics, the rightfielder was warming up with one of the pitchers in the bullpen. The rightfielder made an errant throw that went over the pitchers head and hit my 15 year old daughter squarely in the jaw. Immediately there was a crowd around us, and security quickly came and took my daughter and wife to the First Aid area. I then tried to gather up all of our stuff (blankets, baby toys, etc.) and the other 5 kids including one stroller and one wheelchair. As I was doing this, the skies "opened" and it began to down pour.
Well, to make a long story short, by the time I got everyone rounded up and under some shelter, security came and got the rest of the family. They took us through the First Aid area and out to the street just in time to see my daughter being loaded into an ambulance. My wife road along with my daughter, and I got directions to the Children's Hospital from one of the EMTs. I then walked a couple of blocks with the kids and loaded up the minivan, then headed for the hospital.
After a long evening in the emergency room, and a CAT scan, doctors determined that my daughter had two fractures in her jaw and at least two broken teeth. Because of the swelling, they were unable to determine whether she will need surgery.
We are scheduled to drive back to Dayton this Thursday so that a doctor can look at her jaw and tell us what needs to be done. She also has an appointment at the orthodontist on Thursday morning to try to determine if her braces will have to be taken off to repair the damaged teeth and to take some X-rays to see if any other teeth were cracked.
So the bottom line, Thanks Rocky for the pictures! It reminded me that no matter how bad your day....there is always someone that is probably going through something even worse!