We visit the Hot Rod Garage… a must see when in Tulsa!

Posted by admin February - 21 - 2014 - Friday ADD COMMENTS

While in Tulsa Oklahoma for the 2014 Chili Bowl another mandatory day trip is to the Hot Rod Garage. The Hot Rod garage is a high end custom car facility that continually turns out finished automobiles that are second to none. This shop regularly wins national awards and the bays are always full of projects indicating that former customers are referring new customers. Jim and Jason Smith are proprietors and they are as friendly as they are talented. We have visited this shop for several years and they have made us feel welcome every time.

Hot Rod Garage Sand Springs Oklahoma

Here are just a few examples of the cars that are under construction in their shop.

1932 High Boy Roadster at Hot Rod Garage

1932 Ford Roadster Hot Rod Garage

The Hot Rod Garage builds Amazing Cars for their clients. They specialize in Design, Fabrication, Machining and Custom Paint. They are located in Sand Springs, Oklahoma.

Check them out at hot-garage.com

We visit the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Company… Amazing!

Posted by admin January - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday ADD COMMENTS

While in Tulsa, Oklahoma attending our tenth consecutive Chili Bowl Midget Racing Championship, we made the short trip down OK 51 to Broken Arrow and visited the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Co. In that the Chili Bowl racing program doesn’t get rolling until 6:00pm it is important to have a selection of great car guy hangouts to pass the hours until the green flag drops. The ACD Company is definitely a great place to visit.

Glen Pray bought the remains of the bankrupt Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Company and moved all of the inventory to its current home in Broken Arrow. Doug Pray, Glen’s son, now owns and runs the company. Walking in as strangers without an appointment we were welcomed as old friends and given a complete tour. The amount of uncirculated rare automobile parts in this establishment is astounding. To illustrate this point, included is a photo of the upper level.

The ACD Company also has an amazing collection of aviation relics including  including an almost complete Beech 18! We also saw vintage midget race cars, dozens of toy pedal cars, a hidden kit Cobra and amazing hand built automobiles produced by the ACD Company.

Next time you are in the vicinity of Tulsa, Oklahoma be sure to visit the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Company. I know I’ll be back.

 

It’s the start of a brand new year and with that comes New Years Resolutions… almost everybody resolves to get in shape and stay in shape. I plan to do the same for my 1961 Corvette and my brother-in-law’s 1967 Austin Healey 3000 which I maintain for him. December 31 brought unseasonably warm and sunny weather to the mid-west so I took out both cars for some roadwork.

My Corvette started right up and once it warmed up it ran well… as well as a 306,000 mile 51 year old sports car should be expected to run. The big Healey was another story, the SU carburetor float valves were stuck and I had to pull the tops off the carbs and clean them up. Once started, the big 6 cylinder Healey purred like a kitten, a kitten with a lot of power and not a lot of brakes. Both cars got lots of road time a maintenance plan and a workout regimen to keep them in shape.

It was a very frustrating weekend for the Flashback Racing Team at the East Coast Timing Association September land speed trials in Maxton, North Carolina. Expectations were high for setting multiple records, having set 5 land speed records in just 6 attempts in the May ECTA event. I prepped and modified both cars, our Triumph TR7 2 liter roadster and the crowd favorite, the 1951 Crosley “EXPRESS” pickup. Here’s what happened:

TRIUMPH TR7
Our TR7 roadster ran 119.892 mph on its initial run in May. This was our first pass with our new full race engine. It slowed on its second pass and co-driver Tony Chiles correctly diagnosed a bearing problem and we promptly parked the wedge. Since May, we rebuilt the engine, replaced the crankshaft with a re-manufactured stock journal crank with hardened surfaces and had the entire rotating assembly balanced. The new engine sounded great, had great throttle response and didn’t leak anything! Our hopes were high to tune this car to a 125+ mph pass.

I elected to put Tony in the TR7 and I would pedal the Crosley. Both cars sailed through tech on Friday afternoon and we were in line with both cars before the driver’s meeting on Saturday morning. Tony picked a quicker line than me and the TR ran 117+ mph on its first pass and blew a radiator hose at the end of the track. We cooled it down, cleaned it up, and checked it out… no damage. So back in line went the TR7. The roadster turned in a run of 116+ mph on the second run and we once again hunted for hidden damage from the first run. The day was getting hotter, mid 90’s, and the plugs looked a bit rich in the thick humid air. We adjusted the timing and the tire pressure and went back to work. Our two afternoon runs yielded a pair of 115+ mph passes and we ended the day scratching our heads and hunting for more speed on Sunday.

Saturday evenings at the local watering hole in Laurinburg, NC are a great time to test ideas about going faster and discuss theories about what is wrong with your race car. This always deteriorates into a BS session as the bar tab mounts.

Sunday morning we made another timing adjustment and checked the car for any mechanical issues (discussed on Saturday evening) that could be holding us back. We couldn’t find anything wrong so Tony made another pass. Our final run in the TR yielded only a 114+ mph pass. I made the decision to park the TR for the rest of the weekend.

CROSLEY “EXPRESS” PICKUP
The Maxton May event marked the debut of our crowd pleasing Crosley race truck. The little 44ci Crosley engine amazed everyone by setting 5 land speed records in 4 classes with a best run of 78+ mph! Visualize going 80 mph on the interstate in a golf cart and you get the idea! In the months following the May event, I created a ram air intake system for the little pickup, hoping to gain some speed at the end of the track by pushing more air down the tiny carburetor. I designed the system using components from Spectre Performance.

Our first run on Saturday morning was 76.2 mph pass. Close, but not close enough, our slowest record was 76.6 mph. Just like the TR7 we were just slightly slower than our May runs. We inspected the Crosley and found that I had overfilled the crankcase by almost a quart, which could cause enough internal engine turbulence to slow us down. We siphoned off some oil and followed the TR7 back in line. Pass two was again a low 76 mph pass. We continued to chase the set up with Crosley master Trim Freshley indexing spark plugs and bumping the timing. Three afternoon runs did yield a best pass of 77.111 mph – enough to bump our current record in JGRS (“J” Gas Real Street) and set our only record of the weekend.

On Sunday morning we once again implemented those Saturday evening speed strategies and put the “EXPRESS” in line for another pass. I made 5 more passes in the Crosley on Sunday morning and failed to hit the 77 mph mark. When the clock struck twelve (noon), we loaded the cars and headed back home.

It was a very frustrating weekend for the Flashback Racing Team at the East Coast Timing Association September land speed trials in Maxton, North Carolina. Expectations were high for setting multiple records, having set 5 land speed records in just 6 attempts in the May ECTA event. I prepped and modified both cars, our Triumph TR7 2 liter roadster and the crowd favorite, the 1951 Crosley “EXPRESS” pickup. Here’s what happened:

TRIUMPH TR7
Our TR7 roadster ran 119.892 mph on its initial run in May. This was our first pass with our new full race engine. It slowed on its second pass and co-driver Tony Chiles correctly diagnosed a bearing problem and we promptly parked the wedge. Since May, we rebuilt the engine, replaced the crankshaft with a re-manufactured stock journal crank with hardened surfaces and had the entire rotating assembly balanced. The new engine sounded great, had great throttle response and didn’t leak anything! Our hopes were high to tune this car to a 125+ mph pass.

I elected to put Tony in the TR7 and I would pedal the Crosley. Both cars sailed through tech on Friday afternoon and we were in line with both cars before the driver’s meeting on Saturday morning. Tony picked a quicker line than me and the TR ran 117+ mph on its first pass and blew a radiator hose at the end of the track. We cooled it down, cleaned it up, and checked it out… no damage. So back in line went the TR7. The roadster turned in a run of 116+ mph on the second run and we once again hunted for hidden damage from the first run. The day was getting hotter, mid 90’s, and the plugs looked a bit rich in the thick humid air. We adjusted the timing and the tire pressure and went back to work. Our two afternoon runs yielded a pair of 115+ mph passes and we ended the day scratching our heads and hunting for more speed on Sunday.

Saturday evenings at the local watering hole in Laurinburg, NC are a great time to test ideas about going faster and discuss theories about what is wrong with your race car. This always deteriorates into a BS session as the bar tab mounts.

Sunday morning we made another timing adjustment and checked the car for any mechanical issues (discussed on Saturday evening) that could be holding us back. We couldn’t find anything wrong so Tony made another pass. Our final run in the TR yielded only a 114+ mph pass. I made the decision to park the TR for the rest of the weekend.

CROSLEY “EXPRESS” PICKUP
The Maxton May event marked the debut of our crowd pleasing Crosley race truck. The little 44ci Crosley engine amazed everyone by setting 5 land speed records in 4 classes with a best run of 78+ mph! Visualize going 80 mph on the interstate in a golf cart and you get the idea! In the months following the May event, I created a ram air intake system for the little pickup, hoping to gain some speed at the end of the track by pushing more air down the tiny carburetor. I designed the system using components from Spectre Performance.

Our first run on Saturday morning was 76.2 mph pass. Close, but not close enough, our slowest record was 76.6 mph. Just like the TR7 we were just slightly slower than our May runs. We inspected the Crosley and found that I had overfilled the crankcase by almost a quart, which could cause enough internal engine turbulence to slow us down. We siphoned off some oil and followed the TR7 back in line. Pass two was again a low 76 mph pass. We continued to chase the set up with Crosley master Trim Freshley indexing spark plugs and bumping the timing. Three afternoon runs did yield a best pass of 77.111 mph – enough to bump our current record in JGRS (“J” Gas Real Street) and set our only record of the weekend.

On Sunday morning we once again implemented those Saturday evening speed strategies and put the “EXPRESS” in line for another pass. I made 5 more passes in the Crosley on Sunday morning and failed to hit the 77 mph mark. When the clock struck twelve (noon), we loaded the cars and headed back home.

I was minding my own business on a strictly family vacation in a small town in central Pennsylvania. NO CAR GUY STUFF!! I did not go hunting for cars, I only drove to family functions. Because I spend most of my days in the Greater St. Louis Metropolitan Area, I am certainly not accustomed to seeing Cool, Restorable, Old Classics parked in plain sight and being offered for sale. I will do my best to identify these Diamonds in the Rough correctly… help me if you can.

1955 Packard Clipper in top of the line Constellation trim

The Red Neck Power Tour – An Inside View

Posted by admin April - 20 - 2010 - Tuesday ADD COMMENTS

Flashback Racing crew member Dave C. has decided to participate in the 2010 Red Neck Power Tour… A week long event designed for hot rodders to put some miles on their street machines and visit hot rod and speed shops throughout Mississippi and Louisiana. Dave has graciously offered to give us the inside scoop.

Day One: Organizing the Troops

There  I was on my way to Meridian, Mississippi to link up with 25 or 30 street rod buddies to participate in the second annual, my first, Red Neck Power Tour.  Incidentally, the subtitle of this tour is “Nothing but two lane roads”.  I hope that is the case.
Upon arrival at the Best Western in Meridian, MS I spotted Ollie Patterson and his really cool metallic blue Rambler, then a slick little red and white ’53 Chevy 2 door hard top, followed immediately by a yellow ’51 Ford two door post, complete with flames from stem to gudgeon.  Things were definitely looking up!  Next to arrive was a 2010 white Mustang closely followed by a green Fairlane 500. The light is beginning to fade and the arrivals have slowed to a stop…but remember, the event hasn’t officially started yet.  The RNPT doesn’t really kick off until tomorrow at 8A.M.
Tomorrow we are touring a rod shop here in Meridian that specializes in trucks. Rumor has it that they have had at least two trucks that were contenders, if not winners, at SEMA in the past.  More on that later.
The week’s itinerary is to travel to Laurel tomorrow, picking up tourers along the way,  pass through Slidell, Louisiana and end up in Biloxi, Mississippi for the night.  Tuesday it’s on to Kenner, Louisiana for the night; Wednesday we’ll spend the night in Covington and Thursday on to Hammond, all in Louisiana. We’ll be in Hammond through the weekend for the “Coon Ass /Red Neck Nationals”.  This is supposed to be a real “happening”, if you’re old enough to remember that term.
Along the way there will be tours of hot rod shops, car museums, land speed racing shops, drag racing enterprises and just about everything you can imagine that has to do with converting gasoline into noise.

Day Two: Let the Games Begin

The first stop was Twin States Customs just outside Meridian.  What an unbelievable experience! Sitting outside was a fairly rare ’34 Chevrolet sedan; only 850 or so of this body style were made.  Inside was a 1960 Impala two door hardtop undergoing a frame up resto-mod build including a twin turbo charged big block that was estimated at 1250 horses!  Twin States Customs also boasts the build of a 1992 Mazda pickup truck that has “won everything it has entered” according to Eli Griffin, the co-owner. TSC had something for everybody, including an old XKE ready for restoration, a Triumph that is beyond hope, (editors note: I have restored, raced and parted out nearly 20 TR’s and most of them were beyond hope!!!) Camaros, pickup trucks, even a ’59 Caddy two door hardtop.

The next stop was a place identified only as “Jerry’s”.  It was a really neat place with Model A parts onthe wall and a pristine 1958 Plymouth… but in the outbuilding was the really good stuff: a flamed  ’34 Ford three window with Hemi power, a cherry ’40 Ford Coupe with a completely louvered hood…and  a really clean ’56 Ford two door hardtop with Mercury taillights.

Then on down the road toward the coast.  We picked up two more cars in Bay Springs; Fred Lytle in his school bus yellow 1937 Chevy Slant back sedan, and Casey and Sue Yates in their navy blue ’37 Ford two door sedan.  In Stringer, MS we were hosted by one of the tour participants who treated us to lunch and door prizes.  We were joined by probably 10 to 12 cars at the lunch stop.

Among the cars joining us in Stringer was a beautiful white/silver ’58 Corvette and a ’58 Ford Fairlane two door hardtop that was bone stock and drop dead gorgeous.  A blown ’40 Ford sedan with a black and silver paint job was one of the top cars.  There was also an assortment of Chevelles and an Impala or two.

Our next stop was Roy’s Rides in Laurel, MS.  There, sitting in the front door was a ’62 Corvette undergoing a frame off restoration.  Here again, the main story was the frame.  It was magnificent.  You gotta see the pictures!  There was the usual plastic check book deuce, a ’33/34 under construction and a fairly neat bubble top ’61 Impala with a 348 with three deuces. There was even a ’55 T-Bird body on a rotisserie sitting outside.

On to Lyman, MS for the stop of a lifetime.  There we were hosted by Paul Vanderley, Owner of Vanderlay Racing Engines and world reknown drag racer and land speed racer.  This guy is the real deal.  We saw his 255 car; the Bonneville/Dry Lakes racer that he won D-Gas Roadster with at Bonneville in ’04 at a speed of 213.252. His shop was almost like a museum of land speed racing with a little drag racing thrown in.

Paul also has a ’32 five window Coupe, Ford of course, that he bought when he was 15 years old.  He is 75 now.  He told me that when he had the NASCAR engine building contract for the Busch racing series, he put one of the motors in the little deuce…said it was a V6 but ran like a scalded dog.

A little farther down the road we stopped at yet another rod shop who hosted us for dinner.  The hospitality was outstanding and the burgers were much appreciated.  Fred, our first casualty, broke both the top shock mounts on the rear of his ’37 and the guys at the rod shop put his car on the lift and welded the brackets back on while we ate…what a great bunch of guys.

The Club House, for lack of better terminology, is one of the neatest places on the coast.  There are outobard motors hanging from the ceiling, airplane propellers about, surf boards on the walls, model cars in glass cases, and two, count em, two ’55 Corvettes and a Camaro convertible in there,  One of the Vettes is blown and the other has, I think it was, anLS2.

Day 3: More Cars, More Fun

We Red Neck Power Tourers awoke Tuesday morning to quite a chilly day, as we lined up with the rest of the crew at 8:30 for departure.  The only stop for the day was to be just outside of Picayune, MS at a rod shop called B&B Motorsports.  It took a while to get there but, man alive it was worth the drive!

The first thing we saw as we came around the curve was a line of 15 of the sharpest rods you have ever seen parked along the back side of a small lake with a water feature (fountain) in the middle.  A real Kodak moment….or for you digital fans, a Sony Second.

The B&B crew, led by owner Barry Barone (rhymes with baloney) his wife, and some, if not all of the rod owners were standing in the doorway to the shop which was set up for lunch.  The burgers and hot dogs were great but the main event, for me anyway, was some of the best Jambalaya I have ever tasted.

Included in the rod line-up was a red/orange ’41 Willys, blown 454, of course, and a slick little Model A two door sedan with the cutest little Ford V6, all chromed out, just like the big boys.  There was a pumpkin orange ’41 (might have been a ’42) Chevy coupe with Frenched in ’49 Ford taillights, a drop dead gorgeous Crystal Red Chalet ’57 Chevy two door hardtop, a dark blue, too dark to be Marina  Blue, Camaro,a Tweetybird yellow (actually Lemon Ice Yellow)  ’67 Chevelle with a a big block (454) with a Muncie four speed.

Down the line was a glass ’34 coated with a burgundy and silver paint job to die for.  Next up was a rather odd entry but a real looker, a 1938 Dodge 2 door Trunkback sedan painted a hottish red with ghost flames.  It sported a ZZ1 engine tied to a TH350 tranny.  Then, of all things, was a ’39 DeSoto.  It was bone stock, except for the burgundy paint and was splendidly turned out in wide white walls, just what it needed.  The owner, DeWayne Hutchinson, told me that he went looking for a car on E-bay, and turned this beauty up only seven miles from his home in Carriere, MS.  Can you imagine!  It would be just like finding a Lotus three miles from your own doorstep.  And then there was a 4 door burgundy Plymouth sedan.

Then, one of my favorite of all times popped up…a 1958 Impala two door hardtop.  The owner called the color some brand of red, but back in the day, we called it Salmon, go figure.  It had a clean little 283 with cast valve covers…what a neat ride.  The owner said he was looking for a 348 for it but wanted something newer than a ’59 vintage.  If you recall, early 348′s were bad about bending push rods.  And, if you remember yesterdays chapter, at Roy’s Rides in Laurel, I ran across a ’61 bubble top Impala with a 348 whose owner has a 409 that he wants to swap out.  I told the guy about it and he was ecstatic…I spread cheer whenever and wherever I can.

On down the line was a ’56 or ’57 Dodge Coronet two door hardtop with a button tufted interior…not retro..a survivor.  And last, but not least, was a very  red ’57 four door Chevy Station Wagon. It was an older restoration that smoked a little.  The guy wanted $28,000…not sure it ws worth it.

A black ’38 Chevy 2 door sedan made a late appearence.  I didn’t get to see it up close and personal, but I heard it was very nice.  All in all, it was an extremely satisfying visit.  The crew at B&B are to be complimented on their shop and clientele.

The route to Kenner (New Orleans) was a circuitous one from Picayune, but it didn’t have to be.  We all finally made it across the causeway and to the hotel for the night.  Tomorrow it’s on to Covington,LA, and Thursday we’ll be in Hammond, LA.

Day Four: Finishing Strong!

Day four started in Kenner, LA on a bright and sunny Wednesday morning.  We rolled out of the hotel parking lot, caught West Esplanade and headed east toward Causeway boulevard. We crossed the 24 mile long concrete slab and entered the town of Madisonville, La where we were met by Joe Doran.  He and a Police escort led us through Madisonville, across the beautiful Tchefuncte River and onto the premises of the Champaigne Beverage Distributor, the local Budweiser distributor.

There we entered one of the most amazing private car museums I have ever been to.  There were 25,000 square feet of Ford automobiles.  Not just Ford automobiles, but perfecly restored, concours quality cars.  Seventy seven of the most elegant restorations you have ever laid eyes on.

Not only was there a plethora of early Fords, there was one or two Lincoln Zephyrs and a Mercedes 230 SL, plus an old Chris Craft cabin cruiser and two or three Higgins inboard speed boats.  Higgins, as you may or may not know, was a New Orleans boat maker from a long time ago; but that is another story.

There were neon signs, porcelain signs, gas pumps, both electrified and “visible” pumps, those which one would hand pump the gasoline into a glass cylinder by hand and then allow gravity to deliver the premeasued gasoline onto the vehicle.  You probably need to be over sixty to remember those little jewels.

There were model airplanes hanging from the ceiling.  I specifically recall a P38 Lightning, a P51 Mustang, a T-6 texan, the same plane in Navy markings but called an SNJ, a P40 Tomahawk or Warhawk (mistakenly referred to by some as a Flying Tiger because of the unit that used them in the China/Burma theatre prior to WW11), and either a Liberator or Mitchell bomber, I don’t remember which. an F4U Corsair and several motorcycles, inclusing a Simplex and a Cushman Eagle.

There was also a section of old outboard motors, some pre-slot gambling devices, some old NCR cash registers which had been de-nickled and the brass polished to a golden luster.

Among the perfectly restored cars were two street rods.  One was a gorgeous 1940 Ford Panel wagon and the other was ’40 two door sedan with subtle flames.

The grounds were immaculately manicured and almost park like.

From there we went to Joe Doran’s Shop in Madisonville.  His shop was as neat and clean as any shop has a right to be.  It is about the size that every car nut wishes he could have.  He had several ’51 Fords and a Model A ready for restoration.  Joe treated us to some great Jambalaya and bread pudding.

Joe gave us a tour of his house including his den, which is totally dedicated to cars and the fifty’s…you really have to see it to believe it.

Then it was off to the Hillside Rod Shop where they speciaize in Willys street rods and gassers.  There were a half a dozen Willys and one or two deuce roadsters in various states of build.  It was a really neat experience.

Then back to Covington for the night.  Tomorrow, on to Hammond and the Coon Ass Nationals!

Day 5: The Coon Ass Redneck Nationals

With the tour officially over… we spent Day 5 traveling to Hammond in preparation for the Coon Ass-Redneck  Nationals… a three day car show…it’s looking really good. Here are some photos.

Friday, April 2 was the first major St. Louis area car cruise of the 2010 season. This monthly car cruise regularly draws more than 400 pre 1979 hot rods and street machines on the first Friday of each Spring and Summer month. I was anxious to drive my Hot Rod Crosley Pickup to the cruise. I have participated in this car cruise  for several years and I have never seen a Crosley in attendance. This event is approximately 15 miles from my home and I thought it would be a good test of my little Hot Rod Pickup.

The Good

Everything went well on the way to the car cruise. The tiny 44 cubic engine was screaming along at 5500rpm and my speed touched 60mph on the speedometer.

The Bad

The entry ramp to the show parking lot is a long uphill run… and I was in second gear. When I stopped at the top of the hill to get my registration papers… I somehow got the miniature Crosley transmission hung up in two gears and unable to move. HOW EMBARRASSING!!!! Not only was my pride and joy broken but I was blocking the entrance to the show creating a hassle for all the arriving cruisers.

The Fix

Fortunately for me, out of the crowd stepped my good car buddy Roger. The host club members rustled up some tools and Roger and I removed the top of the Crosley transmission and re-aligned and reassembled the gear box. 45 minutes later I was idling to a parking spot in the show.

The Relief

On the 15 mile trip back home, I shifted the delicate Crosley transmission with kid gloves. The truck ran perfectly and my confidence returned as I made it home safely. I have driven my Crosley two more times since the show and the transmission still shifts as it should. Disaster adverted.

2010 Chili Bowl and The Hot Rod Garage

Posted by admin March - 15 - 2010 - Monday ADD COMMENTS

On January 13 through January 16, I made my 7th consecutive trip to the O’Riley Chili Bowl in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This is definately one of the most unique racing venues in the United States, with nearly 300 of the best dirt track midget racers from across the U.S. and around the world coming together to put on a 5 day indoor festival of speed. The whole thing culminates in a 50 lap championship race on Saturday evening.

The Chili Bowl Racing action happens every evening leaving hard core cars guys looking to entertain themselves during the day. One of our favorite daytime activities is to hunt down and visit local speed and hot rod shops. The crown jewel of our 2010 Chili Bowl daytime activities was to visit a shop called The Hot Rod Garage. Here we found a unique rod under construction which will no doubt be in every major car magazine when completed. It is a Marmon roadster, which is roughly 150% the size of a ’32 Ford roadster. The original Marmon wood wheels were scanned and duplicated and cut out of billet aluminum. This hot rod roadster will be stunning!

Speaking of 1932 Fords… The Hot Rod Garage had an amazing collection of vintage ford roadsters and coupes. Here are some of them.

2009 Crosley Nationals

Posted by admin March - 7 - 2010 - Sunday ADD COMMENTS

Just one week after completing my Crosley Express Dairy Deliery we packed it up and headed for the Crosley Nationals. The Nationals were held on July 9, 10 and 11 in Wauseon, Ohio. This annual event brings together the best examples of Crosley automobiles from throughout the country. As first time attendees, we were welcomed to the community of Crosley enthusiasts and immersed ourselves in the culture for the weekend.

The show entrants included over 50 of the best examples of Crosley models including prewar models, sedans, convertibles, pickups, sports models as well as special bodied models and race cars.

The prewar class was filled with beautiful examples of these rarely seen 2 cylinder air cooled automobiles. The modified and special bodied class included this beautiful and sleek bodied Devin roadster.

Crosley pickups were always  versitile vehicles. My pickup was half commercial delivery truck and half race car. After much deliberation we elected to enter my newly finished pickup in the Commercial Class. The competition was stiff, but “The Express” brought home its first show win at The Nationals.

Special Thanks to Tim Freshley for two and a half years of hard work, vision and advice on this project. Without you this National Champion would not exist.

To find out mor eabout the Crosley Automobile Club you can visit them on line at: http://www.crosleyautoclub.com

To find out more about Tim Freshley and his Crosley collection visit his Crosley page at: http://home.roadrunner.com/~tfreshley/

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