Saturday, January 31, 2009

Main Squeeze

There's a new lady in my life. She's loves to just sit there (well ok, she can't really sit) and watch me turn the wrenches. As Sleepy would say "God Bless Her"! I have to admit I felt a little creepy walking her up to the check out at the junk store...

Toy Show

I can't believe I've never been to one of these things before. Tipsy goes all the time and today he took me along. There was almost too much to take in all at once and it was easy to get lost in all the cool old stuff. I guess that's the point of collecting all this stuff -it transports you away to another time.

Ever wonder where that missing wheel from you Tonka Mighty Dumper went? It's right here with everone elses's. Happy hunting.

An old friend of ours Chuck had a huge collection of promo cars at the show. Chuck was one the most talanted clay modelers I had the honor of working with in the studios of FMC.

Good thing I never got rid of my old Marx six shooters, because I saw them at the show with a $500 price tag. Hey man, who ever said being a dimestore cowboy was gonna be cheap?

Eye candy!!!

This killer little trike could be yours for 125 beans the spare slicks thrown in to boot.

You gotta love "Shifty". I think I rode with him in Sturgis!

For those of you who still may have some questions...

I almost put 80 bones down for that pot iron prop over there on the right. I thought it could look pretty cool on the ULH.

More eye candy!!!

Now this I REALLY wanted to take home but the price was CRAZY. It's John Cobb's famous Mobile Special. The tin wind-up still had the original key you use to crank her over. I'll dream about this one tonight I'm sure.

My loot scored from the show safley back at home.

I have a real thing for old iron cowboys and indians and this one is killer with his duel colts pulled ready for a scrape. My favorite find at the show

The indian second from left has a pivoting right arm with a big ol dagger clenched in his fist. I think he's trouble for sure. Neato.

Summer Dreams

Sturgis to San Fran 2008 via Utah's loneliest road Route 6/50. Try it sometime, I went over 3 hours without seeing another soul.

On Your Mark, Get Set....

Bonnie 2008.

Father Speed

Much wu. Burt Munro 1969.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Sweet Pea

I have featured Dwayne Fietzer's '55 F100 before but these new studio shots demanded to be shown. I think this is the finest F100 I have ever seen.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Keys to the D!!!

Tonight the Black Keys play the D. I'm going and I'm stoked. Thanks for the tickets Peg!!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Multi-Mill Mania

TV Tom's take on more is better is pretty brutal from a design point of view, but it got the job done.

I'm goo goo over the Challenger 1. I think it's the best looking streamliner ever with the Goldenrod a very close second. There's just something about the shapes and forms on the Challenger that turn my crank. Always loved those huge cast wheels as well.

Bitchin gotta love speed mixed with style and those pipes!!! Anyone know what this one is?

Our Daily Sled #37

Noticed this one originally in Dice a while back. Lovely indeed.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Cycle Porn #16

I've always loved this shot. Biking meets boarding. Marc's Knuckle. Courtesy of the Dutchman.

Quadra- WU!

One of the best Westerns of all time.

Decisions Decisions...

Do I "tune-up" the Flatty, "work on" the Bonnipan, or "adjust" something on Tipsy's Chief? Mid-winter hibernation is killin me!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

McQueen Monday

McQueen Monday's are life, anything that happens before or after is just waiting. Here's a new weekly feature at the ZON - enjoy.

Art Farley is Alright!

Art Farley and his road course Injun. Art now runs a WLDR that's just a s sweet as this Scout. I got the chance to spend a few hours with him and his wife Lynn this afternoon at the big bike swap in Lansing. He told me for bike week this year he has been asked to race a bike sponsored by the Florida chapter of the Boozefighters at the Daytona International Speedway - how cool is that? I'm so stoked (cuz I'll be there)!

Art is also helping me get my '50 Panhead ready for Bonneville. He ran there a couple years back and has been giving me wisdom downloads for the last couple weeks. More on this project coming soon.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Friday, January 23, 2009

For All You Cats Out West.

Christmas 2008.

Swap Meet GOLD!

I was searching all year for a genuine HD speedo for my '39 ULH but was COMPLETELY freaked out at the $500 to $1200 asking prices. I searched all over Daytona, Wauseon and Davenport until I (at the last minute) decided to take a look at some vintage bike photos on the last vendor booth I had not stopped by at the Davenport show. That's when I found the gauge above sitting in broad daylight on the table next to a stack of photos. It had a $40 price tag on it.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Our Daily Sled #34

Bonneville Beemer. My /2 will do about 90mph (Downhill with the wind at my back) I wonder what this old girl could muster? The SCTA record /rule book will be available soon so I can find out...

Stray Cat Struts

Brian rolls a nifty Brit.

Special Delivery

A good friend of mine from work (Dave, aka Special) dropped some lovely old pics into my mailbox the other day. Here are a couple of them now. I'll post more soon, and try to uncover the story. Easy Mr. Fritz...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Horsepower Hollow Revisited

The morning of the rally and all the cars entered are parked here as we all eat breakfast in the garage over there on the left.

This a shot showing the start of the event. All the cars were flagged off in one minute intervals. The average finish time for the 100 miles was in the neighborhood of 3.5 hours. The fastest drivers could do the course in a little over 2 hours. But that was flat out and many drivers went home with extra harsh speeding tickets due to the high speeds. That never worried me, I just prayed no one would run over one of my neighbors cows.
Back in a previous life I used to host a 100 mile road rally through the twisty bits west of Ann Arbor Michigan. It snowballed from a 13 car turnout the first year into a 45 car event the third year. There are a lot of gearheads in Southeastern Michigan and most of them turned out at the Hollow for the annual early autumn rally. By the way my Mom did most of the cooking and her white bean chicken chilli became legendary. After all day in a car or on a bike, her cooking was much obliged and kept us all warm by the bonfire as the October sun dipped into the far off hills.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Kate and the Cadillac's

The Cadillac Ranch '08 off old Route 66 in Amarillo Texas.

McQueen Monday

Check the slippers...

Our Daily Sled #33

How nice is that? I think gold and black is the new flat black.