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CAR SHOW COVERAGE

Showplace Classics / BAYOU CITY CUP SERIES / Tomball, Texas

I've always liked "CARtoon" drawings or caricatures of cars. A few years back I used them on my website and still use a couple on top of this  page. I   even  joined   a  couple   of  Facebook  Groups  with  similar 

interests. Recently one of the artists posted the image of a familiar Pro Street Chevelle that I've seen before including in person at the STREET MACHINE NATIONALS in Du Quoin, IL back in 2018. I've posted the artwork and images we took of the same vehicle above. I believe that the Chevelle now resides in Texas. 

I recently joined a couple more Facebook Groups where I share my old rodding and/or racing images. As I usually do right after joining, I  search through  my external  hard 

drives (3) looking for images to share. I have 50+ years of images in folders, some organized and some not so much. As I do, I sometimes run across images that I hadn't seen in years or even completely forgotten about! Here are a few of those images. "SPEED RACER" and "CORVETTE SUMMER" were taken at local Houston area cruise nights in Spring (2015) and Kemah (2017) respectively. The "shorty" hot rod was taken in nearby Alvin. The BIG "BIGFOOT" was taken during a show at the grand opening of a SUMMIT RACING store and distribution center in Arlington (TX). We were in town for a Goodguys event at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.   

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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. 

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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.  

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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.   

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Right after the Pandemic shut everything down, I joined several Private Facebook Groups to share my old  images. As I  share, usually 8-12 per week, I also post them further above. Before the Pandemic, I 

also had a "RACING" page where I posted my old racing images. I've decided to post a condensed version of that page below. What I'm trying to show is the variety of motorsports that I frequented back then and as you can see, it was quite a few!  

Although I never use my camera's motor-drive feature, I do get lucky enough sometimes to get an action sequence. 

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Time is precious,

Don't waste it.

YOU ARE NOT TOO OLD.....AND IT'S NOT TOO LATE!

WHEN I WAS YOUNG, I COULDN'T WAIT TO GET OLDER.....THIS ISN'T WHAT I EXPECTED!!!

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2018 NHRA

HOT ROD REUNION

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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.     

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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. 

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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. 

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