Rod Run to the End of the World…2017!

This event is one which we have attended and participated in for the past three years: the Rod Run to the End of the World. It is an enjoyable event for those of us who love the allure, artwork, and sheer poetry of the classic, American-made automobile. This is the 34th time that it has been held, and the town which hosts it has changed very little in those 34 years.

Other than the vehicles, the only other reason to attend is for the opportunity to taste some of the best barbecue this side of the Rockies! Terrell’s Texas BBQ, out of Portland, Oregon, is slow-cooked to bring out the juicy tenderness of ribs and brisket. Award-winning and succulent, even southern-fried rednecks can’t help but glomp down on a spicy ‘Hot Mama’ and smile! Nomnomnomnomnom…

Here are just a few of the pictures I took today. The sun came out after some refreshing rains – we even had a thunderstorm blow through, clearing away the dryness and bringing much-needed fresh air and moisture. Believe it or not, I do get away from the computer once in a while!

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1932 Ford Model 18 Edsel Ford Speedster

I’ve always loved the classics…this is one beautiful automobile! Note the “suicide” doors among its many graceful features.
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The 1932 Ford Model 18 Edsel Ford Speedster was developed by Henry Ford’s son and President of Ford – Edsel B. Ford. Whereas Henry was a hard-nosed man who had grown up on a farm, and thus valued practicality above all else

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LEGO Cars: Artist Recreates Classic Vehicles in Everyones Favourite Bricks

LOL – I love these! You can’t go wrong with classic cars and LEGOs…
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In the hours 41-year-old Ralph Savelsberg is not working as a physicist for the Dutch Ministry of Defence, he is recreating classic vehicles in everyones favourite bricks.

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Classic Cars With Their Modern Versions

What can I say…I love the allure of the automobile!
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There’s nothing like a classic car to give you that old taste where a car was a dirty rough machine that made you feel alive.

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Autumn Approaches…

Ah, September – school is back in session, the end-of-season tourists are passing through as they head for home, and the snowbirds are readying for their journeys south. The Rod Run to the End of the World is gearing up for weekend festivities; I can’t wait to see the classics as they wend their way through town! The registrations are going on today, and there will be slow drags in Ilwaco this evening. Tomorrow the vehicles will be shown at the Beach Barons Car Club grounds, then the awards will be given out on Sunday, 8 September. Our roadster won’t be able to participate, as it still has some repairs being done to it – so, we’ll be on our bike again! We might roll with the vehicles for a lap or so, then find a spot along the road to watch the ‘parade’ and take some pictures.

There was one hell of a storm in western Washington yesterday; we could hear the thunder in the distance from the north, even though we couldn’t see any flashes of lightning, and we didn’t get drenched like Seattle, Chehalis, or Portland (OR) did. A guy on a motorcycle got hit by lightning while riding up Interstate 5 with his ‘Iron Butt’ club-members. The Huffington Post reports:

“SEATTLE — A motorcyclist survived a lightning strike in western Washington as a tumultuous day of weather saw thunderstorms and rain roll through the state on both sides of the Cascade Mountains.

Washington State Patrol Trooper William Finn says the biker was driving on Interstate 5 through the town of Chehalis when the lightning hit Thursday.

Witness Martin Zapalac told KOMO-TV the man had just passed him when he and his bike “lit up.” The biker managed to pull over on the highway shoulder, and the witness drove with him to a nearby gas station.”

It is basic, common sense to get under cover during a serious storm – in some situations, it is possible to ‘outrun’ or ‘ride alongside’ a front…but it isn’t highly recommended! Still, the time we rode the edge of a tornado-spawner was exhilarating…far less frightening than the accident we had back in July.

I love thunderstorms and could watch them for hours…the Midwest has the best that I’ve seen so far, although I understand that there are parts of the world that make those storms look like mild static electricity! I’ve also been treated to some decent lighting shows here in the Pacific Northwest and in Alaska.

Time to head out and enjoy the weekend…have a great one, everybody!     😎

Cruisin’ on the Commons…

We attended the Unique Tin Car Show in Longview, Washington this past weekend – it was at the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds; white-trash and redneck central! That’s the downside of car show, bike shows, and swap meets: they always seem to be held in the boonies of hillbillyville and one is subjected to the visual assault of iron cross decorations and confederate flags and the words “Redneck” on every window decal or bumper-sticker. Fat, slovenly people slouch and slump around, and you see the scrawny tweakers and skin-poppers skulking and sneaking about, looking for a jacket or purse to lift or pick through. Gotta watch your belongings carefully at those events!

Anyway, the vehicles were fantastic – it was a pleasure to see so many amazing cars lined up, shining in the sun, paint gleaming…but there were also some ‘rat rods’ and unrestored classics, and they looked just as nice as the shining ‘beauty queens!’ Nothing beats an old Chevy or GMC pickup truck with a flat, matte-black paint job…it just looks right. A 1956 Pontiac Chieftain caught my eye – it was a stunning purple colour and shone like new…it rivals my desired Bonneville in size and nice, clean lines! There were a few old Willys Jeeps, a good number of Model T Fords from the late 1920s and early 1930s, some Buicks from the 1940s, and plenty of Corvettes, Mustangs, and Chevy Bel-Airs…car porn at its finest! Sadly, none of our vehicles were ready in time to enter: the hot-rod is being repaired after our accident; our Plymouth truck is still being finished up, and my Mercedes-Benz is getting the rear end fixed and a new oil pan is being installed – any of them could have been in that show, too! Oh well, there’s always next year…besides, we entered the show with our bike – we went with a high school friend of my fiancée and the family of his friend. They were showing a 1966 Cadillac Coupe de Ville, a 1955 GMC truck, and a 1968 Volkswagen Bug between them all. They had brought a pop-up sun-cover so we had shade to sit underneath, and we were able to lock our things in the truck of the Caddy for extra security while we walked around and drooled.

After the show, we did the cruise which circled the Longview Commons, which was made as the original center-hub of the city at its founding. It was a lot of fun, and we were able to make our point as to why our own hot-rod wasn’t in the show: we had a t-shirt made by a vendor at the show who was providing that service for a reasonable fee, then hung the shirt on the back of the bike and made sure we rolled nice and slow so that people could see who was responsible! It was tons of fun, in spite of the rednecks…the cars made it easy to ignore them, and they always steer clear of me so I don’t have to deal with their idiocy!

Anyway, we hope to enter the Rod Run at the End of the World on 7 – 8 September in Ocean Park, Washington; it’s supposed to be big and well-attended, and I hope to see many more cars than were at the Unique Tin. I hope the weather cooperates, because car shows are so much nicer to attend when the sun is out…the beauty of the vehicles is best appreciated in full sunshine!

With that, I’ll leave you with a few songs that are great to listen to when you’re bumpin’ down the road…enjoy!

Commander Cody:  “Hot Rod Lincoln

Bruce Springsteen:  “Pink Cadillac

Fastball:  “The Way

Tom Cochrane:  “Life is a Highway

Billy Idol:  “Hot in the City

In Memoriam…

Four people of note passed away while I was on my trip: an author, two singers, and a gearhead.  Due to no secure computer access, I wasn’t able to comment until I returned; I didn’t want to do posts from my cell phone, either, especially with little to no 4G coverage!  Here, finally, is my little tribute to Maurice Sendak, Donna Summer, Robin Gibb, and Carroll Shelby.

Maurice Sendak: June 10, 1928 – May 8, 2012

Another great writer passes on, one of many whom I’d hoped to meet in this lifetime, but it looks like that will have to wait…I adored his books as a child growing up, and I still enjoy reading them to this day.  Like many great authors, he had a sharp, inquisitive mind and a laser-beam perception, as well as one hell of a sense of humour!  I loved what he said about his writing (paraphrasing, here): “…I don’t write children’s books.  I write, and someone says, ‘Well, that’s a book for children!’”  It’s interesting to note that the genre a person intends, isn’t necessarily going to be genre they end up in; whether the art is sculpting, music, acting, dance, etc. – other people always want to put you in their own category, and not accept your own definition of yourself!

Where the Wild Things Are has always been my favorite book of his that he penned, but I do plan on adding his other writings to my collection.  His tribute book to his beloved dog looks like it will be a good one to own…

Below, I’ve pasted the interview clips of him talking with Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report – I love it when they get high whilst sniffing markers!  Reminds me of more than a few of my former co-workers…LMFAO

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/09/books/maurice-sendak-childrens-author-dies-at-83.html?pagewanted=all

http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/413972/may-08-2012/uncensored—maurice-sendak-tribute—-i-am-a-pole–and-so-can-you—-release

http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/406796/january-24-2012/grim-colberty-tales-with-maurice-sendak-pt–1

http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/406902/january-25-2012/grim-colberty-tales-with-maurice-sendak-pt–2

Donna Summer (nee LaDonna Adrian Gaines): December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012

The ‘Queen of Disco’, as labeled by some, has gone to rest.  She died of lung cancer at the age of 62, which is surprising considering she never smoked a day in her life – then again, how many smoke-filled music halls did she perform in?  Second-hand cigarette smoke is worse than the filtered shit deliberately inhaled…

I enjoyed her music and singing – what a golden voice!  Talented and beautiful, she was one of the few females I idolized while growing up; she, Grace Jones, and Tina Turner were the goddesses that I tried to emulate, while my schoolmates crowed and cackled over Madonna’s cheap, sleazy ‘Boy Toy’ looks.  I took heart in the fact that once I left Alaska, I’d be able to find stores that sold makeup specifically for my skin tone…I couldn’t wait to shop for the clothes that would enhance my figure, not hide it!

Digressing…I was saddened to hear of her death, and was grateful to the many stations that paid tribute to her – it was nice to pick up radio broadcasts that weren’t limited to deep-fried southern redneck shit, or droning sermons from hypocritical preachers!  Below are the two songs she performed that I like the most.  Enjoy…

“Hot Stuff”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDkCn1iEIac

“On The Radio”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oHIgynH6UQ

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donna_Summer

Robin Gibb: December 22, 1949 – May 20, 2012

Another member of the Bee Gees, Robin Gibb of the ‘Brothers Gibb’, passed away from his long-held health problems.  He was preceded by two of his other brothers in death: his twin, Maurice, died in 2003, and the youngest, Andy, died at the age of 30 back in 1988.  Barry is the remaining musical member.  The boys from Manchester, who grew up in Australia, had many hits before they exploded onto the disco scene in the 1970s with their high-pitched harmonies and tight, white clothes – the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever was instrumental in this success.  Tthey had many great songs that routinely made Billboard’s Top 10 list.  From Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Gibb

Their pictures always seemed to be gracing the covers of Teen Beat and Tiger Beat magazines, along with Leif Garrett, Shaun Cassidy, the Jackson 5, and Peter Frampton.  Here are a couple of songs of theirs that I like – not all disco was bad; even this metalhead can admit that!

“Jive Talkin’”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVjITlgqlHo

“More Than a Woman”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjppwVyoQww

Carroll Shelby: January 11, 1923 – May 10, 2012

I love muscle cars.  I also love classic cars.  The combination of the two will find me at various local ‘cruise-ins’ during the summer months – ‘tis the season.  I’ve mentioned my fondness for the 1958 Pontiac Bonneville; I also like the ‘Goats’, Roadrunners, Furies, Thunderbirds and Impalas.  I’m a huge fan of the Charger and the Challenger, and I absolutely adore the Stingrays, Vipers and Prowlers.  The Mustang is one of the best cars out there, and when Carroll Shelby’s genius was incorporated, that horse was transformed:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shelby_Mustang

Mr. Shelby passed away recently.  I was doing a little research on some of his best-known cars, and ran across a 427-powered A.C Cobra; specifically, the 1966 Shelby Cobra Super Snake – this little beauty, the only original in existence, sold at the Barrett-Jackson Auction for a record-setting $5.5 (USD) MILLION.  That’s a serious chunk of change!  Apparently, the only other one of its kind had originally been owned by comedian Bill Cosby.  Cosby returned the car to Shelby after driving it once – his stand-up routine ‘200 m.p.h.’ is based on his experience with it, LOL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-JQksYxgM0

“The 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake made history on January 21, 2007, fetching $5.5 million at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, a world record price for an American car, auction organizers said.

The 800-horsepower sports car was one of just two produced and was used as personal transportation by famed racer and performance-car builder Carroll Shelby himself. The buyer was car collector Ron Pratt of Chandler, Arizona.

Shelby, 84, was present at the annual auction, which is held in Scottsdale, Arizona, and brings together hundreds of collectors who bid millions for rare muscle cars, sports cars, and other vintage vehicles.

“When I built this dual supercharged 427 Cobra in 1966, I wanted it to be the fastest, meanest car on the road,” Shelby said on the Barrett-Jackson Web site. “Forty years later, it will still kick the tail of just about anything in the world. It’s the fastest street legal Cobra I’ve ever owned.” Shelby pegged the car’s 0-60-mph time at just over three seconds.”

http://auto.howstuffworks.com/1966-shelby-cobra-427-super-snake.htm

R.I.P., all of you – shine on, shine on…

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