Saturday, October 31, 2009

No Trick....Just Treat!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Thought I'd give you a treat with a boatload of pictures from the Lucky 7 Cruisers show. I'll stop typing so you can concentrate on enjoying the pics!

Lou...I really don't get the connection between your "Redneck Dodge" and Ratfink?!?!? Besides, you are way to young to even appreciate "The Fink"!

As you can see, the weather wasn't real cooperative. The rain held off...but it was over cast and COLD throughout the day.

Friday, October 30, 2009

This One's for the Kiddos...

Well, I'm doing something I thought I would NEVER do. Posting some pictures of some "tuners" on Suede and Chrome. Well, my reasoning is two fold.

First of all, since the Lucky 7 Cruisers asked me to be the "official" photographer for the show, I've got all of these photographs. Secondly, the Cruisers had a trophy for "Best 18 and Under" at the show, and it turned into a very kool story that I thought was worth telling.

I believe most of the cars pictured in today's post were entered in the 18 and Under class. A local merchant sponsored the trophy which was about 4 1/2" feet tall. (see picture below).

The little guy who won the trophy entered his dad's gray Mustang (pictured above) and his red Mustang (pictured below). My understanding is that his father had recently passed away. It was a GREAT gesture on the part of the Lucky 7 Cruisers to honor the boy and his father by awarding him the "18 and Under" trophy. I only wish I had gotten a picture of his face when they presented him with the trophy! The trophy was actually taller than he was! The weight of the trophy almost made him fall backward, but the smile on his face was ear to ear! Great job Cruisers!!!! Watching this play out was worth sitting in the chilly, rainy weather!

A picture of all the "hardware" given at that show. You can see the "18 and Under" trophy in the left of the picture. You can also see the handbuilt trophy that the Nifty Fifty took home in the right of the picture.

**p.s....Just a "Scruffy Commentary". I do enjoy occasionally attending open shows. Granted, there were few traditional hot rods and no rat rods at this one, but it's great to see people enjoying, cruising, and owning their vehicles regardless of the age, style, or genre of car. It's also great to see young and old, male and female alike appreciating the hard work and effort each of these car owners put into their cars.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

More from New Castle...

I've seen this Plymouth Fury convertible before. In fact, I believe it was at the Wilbur Wright Birthplace Show our club hosted back in June. Regardless, it's a great looking car.

My oldest son was with me at the show. This was his favorite vehicle. If you look WAY back in the archives of Suede and Chrome, you will see that I used to have a 1972 C-10 project. If you want a laugh....dig back in the archives and read the story of how I parted with it. :)

I'm not a big Mustang fan. (sorry Mustang Mike & anyone else I've offended.) Well, I'm o.k. with early 'tangs, but those 70's-90's models just don't do anything for me. It's a shame that the sun was behind a cloud when I took this picture though (as it was most of the day). This Mustang looks like a bass boat when the sun is out! HEAVY prism metalflake over the maroon paint reflects color in every direction.

O.k....even Ol' Scruffy the "traditionalist" likes the new Camaro. I just wish I liked the sticker price as much as I like the design! I stopped and looked at a new yellow SS in Greenville, Ohio yesterday (complete with black rally stripes)...VERY kool.

Speaking of yellow Chevrolets, this 1955 chevy took home the "Best of Show" award.

The owner of this Corvette claimed it to be an all original low mileage survivor. Still more pictures from New Castle in the days to come....Then through the month of November, I'll be posting pictures from my trip to the traditional hot rod "mecca"...the 9th annual Hunnert Car Pile Up. Make sure you check back every won't want to miss any of it.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Cool Rods and Other Stuff...

Still posting pictures taken with my new Nikon digital camera at the Lucky 7 Cruisers show at the New Castle Eagles.

Since I'm friends with some of the club members, and they forgot their camera, they asked me if I would take pictures for them. Normally, I would only concentrate on the hot rods, traditional hot rods, and rat rods, but since I was on "official" business, thought I'd include all of the pictures I took that day. So, even though this is a site dedicated to traditional hotrods, you will be seeing all kinds of vehicles that do not "fit" in that genre of this little blue Mustang for instance.

Isn't it funny that the older you get, the more types of cars that start showing up at car shows?!?!?! Back in the 70's and 80's I never thought I'd see a "more" door or station wagon at a show. Can't say I've ever seen a Dodge like this one at a show either. I guess what goes around comes around. It also proves something I've said can take about anything, but a nice set of rims and tires on it, and you'll have something cool.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Eagles Show Post #3

WOW! I'm not sure why...(it may have something to do with the number of pixels I've increased by upgrading my camera...but I now have the option of "X-Large" when I select picture size! Thought I'd see what the XL option looks like today. (editors note: Doesn't look like the format of this template will allow full pictures to be seen. Guess I'll have to go back to large size tomorrow.)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Suede & Chrome Extra: Gazing from Afar....

Remember back in high school when there was that girl that you admired from afar? You remember the one, the one that you thought was WAY out of your "league". For me it was a beautiful Senior girl in my Freshmen Algebra class. (o.k...I didn't say she was a genius!). She was a Varsity cheerleader, had long brunette hair, a great smile, and wore 'those' sweaters. She sat right in front of me and always asked ME for help at the end of class when the teacher gave us time to start our homework. Ah yes...I was a lucky boy!

Why am I talking about a high school memory? Well, I'm reminded of those days when I see an absolutely stunning car like the one pictured here at a car show, or for sale on eBay. This car epitomizes what is "kool" in my mind, just like the cheerleader in the sweater epitomized everything that was beautiful in the mind of a 14-year old boy.

Unfortunately, just like the girl in my Algebra class, this car is "out of my league" in my present situation. Several kids still at home, a house payment, college loans, and a down-turned U.S. economy keep me dreaming of maybe someday owning a sweet traditional hotrod like this one.

But heck...whatever the "eye-candy"....there is nothing wrong with dreamin'.

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