June was an action-packed month, filled with car events and summer fun.
Ive been enjoying the Saturday cruise nights and local free car shows when I can and
the weather has been great! Ive also been meeting a lot of great people.
This sweet little Lamborghini orange `67 Firebird belongs to a nice young man named
Lance. It sounds as nice as it looks.
The detailing on my brothers `72 Comet always attracts a crowd. You just
dont see too many around and especially not this nice.
The lake we keep our boat at is a little over an hour away. It is a huge reservoir
that spans over 18 miles long and several miles across, so consequently the waves can get
a little treacherous when the winds gust to over 40mph. Strong winds forced us to spend a
day sight-seeing on dry land the weekend this photo was taken.
This photo was taken with a camera phone! Theyre getting better all the time.
Our $5.00 boat is pictured left front. I believe there are about 30 boats in slips on the
pristine South Dakota beach.
This years Automainia was better than ever. What an event!
Its a FREE car show that takes over historic downtown Sioux Falls on the Wednesday
night before the Back to the 50s. This year there were 3 bands, tons of vendors and
well over 1000 cars (no final count is in but last year there was 1600).
Wes Rydell had his latest Chip Fooses creation on hand. What a cool car!
Id say Chip finally knows what hes doing ;) Check out the hood within a
hood engine and radiator cover that makes the car look every bit as sleek with the
hood up as it does down.
The inner hood slips back to the smoothed firewall
and hides all wiring and plumbing. Its been done before but this is one of the best
examples Ive seen to date.
The lines, the gaps, the tucked bumper and tailpipes
its all flawless.
Once again, Id trade my car today for one of these.
Theres just something about an Aston Martin that does it for me. I didnt
photograph any, but there were at least 6 Lamborghinis on hand. With a population of about
150,000 people, Sioux Falls must have the highest proportion of Lamborghinis and Ferraris
per capita of anywhere in the US.
Some spectators camped out in one of the historic buildings currently under
renovation.The entire downtown area was packed with people that night.
The old Taboo Gasser was at the event. If youre a beer lover, you gotta love
the gas tank (inset photo).
J&L Harley had their cool little 3/4 scale Harley powered deuce downtown.
Larry Olsons sleek black bubble top is incredible. The
bright red leather interior was a knock out too.
Air-brushed graphics in an old west-gambling theme are found all
around Larrys car, from the interior to the brake calipers.
Doug Hoppe had his latest ride at the show. The lighting was
terrible when I took this photo but you can still see how slick the little `35 is.
The wheels were patterned after the originals - very cool.
The interior is about as art-deco as they come with just the
right amount of wood, paint and leather.
Our daughter and her friend watched our car while we went sight
seeing. Several people presumed that we'd enlisted Paris Hilton to watch it for us. Lord
knows we tried, but she was still in jail at the time, so this was the best we could do.
Ill end the show coverage with a photo of Project33. The car holds its
own with the best of them but I really prefer the free, non-judged shows, like this one.
Theyre a huge social event and a really good time. If you can make it to this event
sometime, its well worth it (even though its free) and it's one of the best
The car is running AWESOME now and even getting
somewhat decent gas mileage, now that the wideband O2 sensor has been replaced by a
working unit. It cold starts, hot starts, idles, and hauls budious maximus without as much
as a hiccup. Its a whole different car now and a pleasure to drive but when
youre just cruising around in traffic, its as if you have enough unused energy
on tap to power a major city. It's SO hard to keep your foot out of it.
So that was June - whats in store
for July? I cant wait to find out!
Oh yeah, one more thing
the update last month? Well, shortly afterward I received this photo in my mailbox from
automotive artist John Vernon (rodvisions.com), suggesting my next project. He named it
the "School Bus". Now this might get the kids respect! :)
Thanks for the laugh John.