People often ask me why I spend so much time writing my blog. I often wonder that myself. I started this blog on an email basis when I retired in 2001. My son developed the web site a couple of years later, as a Christmas gift. I suspended it for a short period due to a serious back operation but always felt it was my escape to “Keep the Flame Burning” for my passion for Hot Rods. I do spend lots of time gathering photos and answering mail from all over the globe. I call this “quality time” and usually do it in the evening hours. As the aging process takes it toll, I find it important to keep both my mind and body working as long as possible during the day. I seem to retain most of my car knowledge better than I do other areas of knowledge like peoples names and simple spelling words. I guess that is all part of why we need to keep our minds working.
I received a email from a 14 year old the other day who inherited a truck from his dad and wanted to know about some custom wheels that were on the truck. My heart raced a little, as I was so thrilled that the youth of today, still have some interest in old cars and trucks. I told my wife that this is the real reason I keep pounding away on my keyboard late at night. If I can attract the youth of today into the old car and truck hobby â€” I will leave a legacy that I can be proud of. Many schools have dropped auto shop classes and I think that is a problem in schools today. The automotive industry is the backbone of American history and culture. Thousands of jobs are provided as well as transportation for the masses. Regardless of legislation to control curriculum in schools, the youth of today should be given the opportunity in school to choose their vocation. I must admit, that I didn’t take auto shop in school, even though it was offered, because my father taught me early on about how to work on cars and build Hot Rods. He was an engineer with Caterpillar and could fix anything on an automobile. College prep classes may have taught me math and science but the automobile knowledge came from my father and “hands on” work in the single car garage and driveway. The youth today drive cars that are basically trouble free and don’t experience the breakdowns so they need training in schools.
Gary Meadors stated in his final video, that whatever name you attach to persons who like automobiles â€” they are all “Car Guys and Gals” at heart. Branding a person as a Rat Rodder, Street Rodder, Gold Chainer, Hi-Tech or a Â true traditionalist simply means they have a love affair with the automobile. His vision helped form the movement as we know it today. We were the same age and he was still going strong with enthusiasm up until the end. I hope to follow his wisdom and example to”Keep the Flame Burning One Day at a Time!”
Take the wife/girlfriend/grandkids out for a drive in your Hot Rod and enjoy life on the “Back Roads!”
The Passion began at an early age!
Marge and Bob Petersen started my love of the Hot Rod with their many publications when I was growing up. Hot Rod, Car Craft, and Rod & Custom were always by my nightstand.
Some of my other heroes are shown above. Some have left us but their passion is still remembered by many.
Faith spent countless hours putting together her passion for Hot Rods.
Some more legends who I worked with over the years. Two are gone and I miss them in our hobby.
Sometimes in our lives we need a little counseling from our friends. Bob is a good listener. He is a true “Car Guy” with passion that continues with his life.
My wife Jane continues to support my passion for automobiles especially when we go to October Wood.
Tom and Rose were two of my first encounters with the hiboy roadster. I grew fond of in these cars in the 60’s. He was another visionary who could see the need for a dedicated Street Rod publication. He left us too soon.
Roy’s passion is building roadsters. He has a back yard full of roadsters to keep you busy all day.
Each year, for several years, Roy hosted a Shop Party which provided me lots of inspiration for my love of the construction end of the hobby.
The early pioneers of the Street Rod Industry are shown above with Pete & Jake and Lobeck. Barry left us too soon also.
My driving passion is kept current by driving my Hot Rod with the “Back Road Boys” which venture out each month for some good times.
The Passion Continues
Ruby is up for sale see the For Sale section.
I am getting anxious for the Woody season to start which is this weekend with “Woodies in the Valley.”
I think a matching 40 convertible might go well in the Pewsplace garage.
A true classic in the world of Woodies is the 1940 Ford which remains on top of the woody list.
A classic style for a full fendered Deuce is often the best.
Joe had the passion and built his version of the Deuce hiboy roadster.
Smiling, with his pal by his side, as he headed out for the LARS from the East coast.