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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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CAR SHOW COVERAGE

CONROE CRUISERS

8th Annual Spring Car and Truck Show

I had second thoughts about covering a show over 60 miles away in Sealy (TX) this past Sunday but since I missed a show on Saturday and the previous weekend was a wash-out, I decided last minute to drive from Pearland to the SHOWPLACE CLASSICS event and I'm glad I did. Check out the wild vehicles that showed up (above).  

Just above, I posted images from a show we covered this past weekend in Sealy just 

west of Houston. The car show was on Main Street where it crosses Highway 36. As we were waiting for cars to turn into the show, I noticed several good-looking big rigs passing by on Highway 36 so my brother and I took a few pictures of them. As it turned out, one of the big rig drivers noticed my brother taking a picture and called his wife who just happened to be a vendor at the show. He described him and the clothes he was wearing and she went out and looked for him and asked for a picture (right). What are the odds?        

After 50 years in operation, DEVIL'S BOWL, a half-mile dirt oval in Mesquite just east of Dallas, held its final event in October of last year. It was known as the birthplace of the WORLD OF OUTLAWS (1978) Winged Sprint Car Series.  I use 

to frequent the racetrack back in the late '70s and '80s. Below are a few images that I took at the track and images below that show just how far my interest went.   

Back in 2017, we followed the HOT ROD POWER TOUR from Kansas City across to Kentucky (seven stops). While in Iowa, we visited the NATIONAL SPRINT CAR HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM in Knoxville (below). It borders the legendary Knoxville Raceway and the featured display at the time just happened to be my favorite Sprint Car driver Sammy Swindell. 

I mentioned several times before that I have tons of racing diecast, including Sprint Cars. Below are some of those pieces that I had autographed. Now the 1/24 Steve Kinser Sprint Car I bought later on Ebay but his 1/64 transporter and the other Sprint Cars below I had autographed at a race in Memphis. Beside Kinser, they include Dave Blaney, Jac Haudenschild and Andy Hillenburg.   

Although my favorite Sprint Car driver was Sammy Swindell, my favorite race car was the OFIXCO SPECIAL out of Oklahoma. It was driven by Ron Shuman out of Arizona. On the right is a large (1/18 scale), highly detailed replica of the car that I have on display. 

We recently covered a car show in nearby Sealy (TX) and there was a vendor selling diecast vehicles. She offered R/C vehicles (4) from JADA called "FART KARTS" which were released back in 2021. Cars are 9" long   and   are   rechargeable   (USB). 

The remote control not only drives and turns the car, it also can make the car let out "noises" and you can probably guess what noises they are! 

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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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It was a lot more fun to be 20 in the '70s than to be 70 in the '20s!

Time is precious,

Don't waste it.

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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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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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