CAR SHOW COVERAGE
TEXAS CLASSICS / DAIRYLAND CAR SHOW
ALVIN, TEXAS / OCTOBER 20
DWAYNE'S (AUTO EXPRESS) AND SHEE'S CAR SHOW
CARBIDE PARK / LAMARQUE, TEXAS / OCTOBER 28
"Sneak Peek" from a car show and toy drive in Willis, Texas
I used to "decorate" my website during the holidays but it's been a couple of years. I ran across a Christmas card that I received from the GOODGUYS (left) and I've always liked it, especially since I have a few images of the same vehicle. The image above center was taken in 2017 when their "Road Tour" to the Goodguys Texas event (Texas Motor Speedway) brought them through Houston with a stop at the Battleship Texas / San Jacinto Battleground Monument (right) location.
Further above, I posted a car owner's "REQUEST" to post his vehicle that showed at a Car Show / Toy Drive in Willis 46 miles north of Houston. One thing that surprised me, was the number of "HOT RODS" (pre-48) that showed up, especially with the overcast weather. On top of that, there were a handful that I had never seen before! I decided to extend the "Sneak Peek" with those "Hot Rods" above, more noticeably, the Willis High School Bus (left).
Since I didn't cover any car shows in 2020 and very few in 2021, I decided to join several private and public Facebook Groups to share my old pictures, some going back 50 years! Below are the latest images I shared.
Before heading to cover the NHRA Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green (KY) back in 2018, I made some prints of a handful of pictures that I had taken of "Big Daddy" Don Garlits. He had made surprise appearances in the past so I was hoping that he would show and I could get the pictures
autographed. As you can see above and right, he did and so did I. My old images, now autographed, were taken years ago at Alamo Dragway in San Antonio and Green Valley Race City in Fort Worth (top row). Both bottom images were taken at Eastex Dragway in Porter just north of Houston. Now as far as the political bumper sticker above, Garlits ran for Congress in Florida back in 1994.
After a couple of years with a two-door 1962 Chevy Bel Air which I wish I still had, I bought my first brand new vehicle; a 1972 Datsun pickup (left). Once I got used to working the manual shift, I slapped on some big-meat Goodyears on Ansen wheels. It got plenty of attention
whenever I picked up my younger siblings at Junior High and High School.
Check out my admission ticket from Houston International Speedway (above). Not sure of the year but only $3.00, it had to be from quite a while back.
Posted a couple more images of my son (right) enjoying (?) himself. The photo with the late George Barris standing in front of the Munster Koach I've posted before. Took this at the Houston Autorama. Ran across the Indy Car image recently that was taken at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum while we were following the Hot Rod Power Tour.
Time is precious,
Don't waste it.
"RACING" Page where I posted my old images. A few years later, I deleted those pages. The only place I now share my old images are on a handful of Facebook Group Pages which I post further above. Just to show my love of motorsports, I went through my old images and posted a handful here (right). As you can see, I went to many types of racing events and did so for years.
When I first started my website, besides the "HOME" or "Current" page, I had a "RODDING" Page and a
HOT ROD REUNION
Before heading to the NHRA Hot Rod Reunion in 2018 (Bowling Green, Ky), I decided to make some enlargements of images I had taken over the years including some of "Big Daddy" Don Garlits and Tom "the Mongoose" McEwen in hopes of getting them autographed. They had both showed up in previous years so I decided to give it a shot. As you can see above (left) and below, Garlits did show up and I was able to get some of my personal images signed. Not sure if he had planned on showing up or not but sadly, McEwen passed away three days prior at the age of 81.
All the images above were taken at Texas tracks that I frequented when I was a lot younger. Left to right...Alamo Dragway in San Antonio, Green Valley Race City in Fort Worth and the final two were taken here (Houston) at Eastex Dragway in Porter. The tracks have been closed for years.
I've always liked automotive caricatures ("CARtoons") and a few years ago, I purchased a couple of designs (right) from Wayne Sadler (CARTOONS 'R' WAYNE) and I used them on a couple of previous pages ("RODDING", "RACING"). I recently ran across them and decided to "revamp" my website a little and repost them.