Friday 14 August 2015 at 09:21 am
There will be a RIOT at the Gilmore Museum!!!
Stop out & check out the 300-400 traditional rods, kustoms, & Tin Can Tourists. The party starts tonight & goes thru Sat evening with live bands, pinups & lots of cool people to hang out with.
Don't forget to get your 1st ever event shirt (art by Hiser) in the gift shop or our display!
Wednesday 05 August 2015 at 8:19 pm
The predecessor to today's traffic lights was a sketchy gas operated unit (invented in the UK) but it was proven to be ineffective & disposed to spontaneously explode at the most inopportune times.
The device that we are familiar with these days, got its start in Cleveland, Ohio, on Aug. 5, 1914, where it was installed @ the corner of 105th and Euclid.
These new fangled lights offered a much needed respite to policemen, who had been forced into the middle of the crowded streets to direct cars and horse-drawn wagons, even in the throes of a lousy midwestern winter.
Happy Birthday to the policeman's best friend.
Tuesday 21 July 2015 at 10:24 pm
Sunday July 26th, is the Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's in Plymouth, Michigan
As luck would have it, the Singlefinger crew has been invited to set our display as a backdrop for some of Bruce Meyer's & Ken Gross' nicest hot rods! Meyer is bringing the Pierson Bro's '33 coupe & their '36 coupe to the show.
THE sexiest car ever on the salt, the Khougaz roadster will be there!
The show's Board of Directors may later regret this association with us, but we intend to have a BLAST!
Seeya there, you're going to want to see what the hell will happen!
Tuesday 21 July 2015 at 7:16 pm
Speed Week 2015 CANCELLED!
For the 2nd year, the SCTA
board has been forced to cancel Speed Week. Wendover's Mayor Crawford said that in 40 years, he's never seen the mud flows on top of the salt flats last for an entire year.
In the 50's the salt's thickness was measured in feet, but racers have fretted about the dangerously thin salt that is now measured in inches. Many believe that the mineral extraction (fertilizer) industry is responsible for depleting salt concentrations over the last few decades. They tend to point the finger at engineers that buy off on permits for the federal Bureau of Land (Mis)Management, who should be held responsible for fixing this situation.
Salt Lake Tribune - Salt Flats Disappearing
Speed Week 2015 CANCELLED!
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Tuesday 14 July 2015 at 10:46 pm
A century ago, 21-year-old Edsel Ford & six chums set out on a cross-country road trip, as a last blast before the responsibilities of adulthood took them prisoner. The 1915 trip wasn't about the destination as it was about the journey. The intrepid band of young goofballs documented their adventure on film & in a logbook that was seemingly lost & forgotten for decades
These sons of Detroit industry, are a virtual "who's who" of Detroit history:
Edsel Ford, son of Henry Fod, founder of Ford Motor Company.
Horace Caulkins Jr., whose father cofounded Pewabic Pottery after inventing their unique process for glazing ceramics.
Brothers Herbert V. and Frank P. Book, of the family whose name is on the Book Cadillac Hotel and Book Tower in Detroit today
William M. Russel, who died as an WWI aviator in France in 1918, and whose father, businessman Henry Russel, published a book of his letters home, "A Happy Warrior"
Robert T. Gray, probably related to John S. Gray, banker, candy maker and first president of Ford Motor Co.
Thomas C. Whitehead, son of steel magnate and businessman James T. Whitehead.
In addition to Edsel's 1915 Model T, the group piloted a new Cadillac and a new Stutz, a pair of top luxury models that were also outfitted as cross-country pack mules.
Later this week, drivers from the Historic Vehicle Association
will leave Edsel's ancestral Ford estate in Dearborn, Michigan in a near identical 1915 Ford Model T Touring Car to recreate their forgotten journey. HVA president Mark Gessler will lead the journey. Unlike the original, this year's trip won't be plagued with brutal roads, axle-deep mud, a lack of services, sleeping in tents, or the 3 flats a day happening.
More on Edsel & Pals Adventure - FREEP.com
Sunday 05 July 2015 at 12:28 pm
>The iconic bikini was "born" on July 5th, 1946 & the world became a better place that day.
Wednesday 24 June 2015 at 07:51 am
Don Featherstone was an accomplished artist, but he rarely showed that side of himself to those outside his family circle. He preferred to let the world see him as the wacky, offbeat creator of the iconic pink flamingo
lawn ornament. He called his creation He named it Phoenicopterus ruber plasticus
, mocking one of nature's most elegant creations. His icon for suburban bliss was 1st sold at Sears, but found its way eveywhere, selling millions & millions over the years.
His early job at Union Plastics was to sculpt plastic birds for home decoration, but after his kitchy flamingo quickly became a retail hit, company profits skyrocketed, & Don's career picked up as well. Featherstone retired as President of the company in 2000.
He received many accolades & acknowledgements for his prized birds, from an Ig Nobel Prize
, to John Waters' movie "Pink Flamingo", to Disney's animated movie "Gnomeo & Juliet
", where the flamingo character is named Featherstone.
RIP, Don. You've done well, sir.
Monday 08 June 2015 at 11:50 pm
This is THE weekend to be in Monte Vista, Colorado for the 2015 Hot Rod Dirt Drags
Once again, our buddy Mike Nicholas has done a bang-up job setting up a proper recreation of what our hot rod heroes did "back in the day". Mike started with the Hot Rod Hill Climb
, which has been a resounding success for the past 2 years. That event has grown, because of its authenticity & the fact that it's well attended by the "Legends" who were there in the 1st place. Young-uns like us revel in the retelling of tales from those ground breaking hot rod events, that these self proclaimed geezers share with us every time we get together. Plus, it's a freakin' BLAST to run up the hill in Georgetown!
Now Mike has turned his attention from twists'n'turns to the straight line trials that the 50's were famous for. Across America, many of these early events were held on unused WW2 airfields, because they were safe & plentiful. Most of the airstrips were simple dirt affairs, but budding drag racers didn't much care. Top speeds in '53 were about 89MPH, as was recorded by the Bell Plumbing Roadster, which is now the Singlefinger Spcl.
If you can't be there, you can follow the event on Instagram, the Singlefinger Forum
, or the HAMB. Or you can wait to see it in the magazines...
Tuesday 02 June 2015 at 10:44 pm
Indiana Gets It!
Thanks to Rep Dave Ober, all of you losers that dawdle the left (fast) lane of traffic in the Hooser state are going to get a $500 fine for clogging the roads & pissing the rest of us off. The Washington Post
Many states have a Slower Traffic, Keep Right
law, but in states like Michigan, it's not enforced, EVER. So we end up with some dipstick in the left lane, yakking on a cell phone, putting on make up, or just twiddling themselves, holding up a half mile of highway traffic. This forces us to pass on the right to get around these asshats that refuse to budge, which is inherently unsafe.
Michigan's roads have been all effed up since Nixon's bullshit 55MPH rule went into effect. In the 70's, it was misinterpreted by a promonent asshole on the Michigan bench, who ruled that 55MPH took priority over the time honored lane discipline of allowing faster traffic to pass on the LEFT. Our state's expressway traffic has been a nightmare ever since.
Hooray for Indiana, I hope Michigan can learn this lesson
& enforce the lane discipline laws already on the books...
Saturday 30 May 2015 at 1:18 pm
EPA upsets farmers, renewable fuel backers with lower quotas for ethanol-gas blends UPI
While this doesn't help us old cars guys & gals, it is a small step in the right direction. After pandering to the Farm Lobby for years, the EPA is still neglecting those of us with vintage autos & trucks. Even 10% levels of corn has been proven to destroy old carbs, fuel pumps, tanks, etc. Not to mention the adverse effect on US food prices (farmer won't even burn this junk).
The OEMs have never been in support of the ethanol in fuels, due to the cost in manufacturing & repair costs to their consumers.
The EPA would do better to go after the ginormous amounts of pollution from Chinese coal fired power plants that are currently wreaking havoc with the weather in the US.
(refer to the 2013 Rutgers Univ studies, Greenpeace study, or read the Mother Jones summary
"Pollution billowing from Asia's big cities, they found, is essentially "seeding" the clouds with sulfur, carbon grit, and metals. This leads to thicker, taller, and more energetic clouds, with heavier precipitation. These so-called "extratropical" cyclones in the Northwest Pacific have become about 10 percent stronger over the last 30 years, the scientists say." MJ