Eastwood’s ‘Shop Talk,’ Kevin Tetz chats with John Gilbert: Editor & Contributor to The Eastwood Blog with the ‘West Coast Report’ Kevin describes Gilbert as many things: A Free spirit, custom painter, biker, and in his earlier years, an apprentice to some the best. However, one thing is for sure; John is a living example of a spirit who loves life. Click Here To Read Full Post...
If you really know your classic American cars, you'll want to see if you can identify any of the cars in two photographs that appear in the blog on the Hemmings web site (link below).
It's not as easy as it sounds, because the pictures were taken in a Philadelphia junkyard, in 1973, and the vehicles were not exactly in top driving form! You'll see what I mean when you click on the link below.
Hemmings' apparent reason for publishing the pictures was to initiate a sociological discussion. They write in the caption, "It’s said one can discern a culture’s true nature by sifting through its refuse. If that’s the case, then what do these 1973 Dick Swanson Documerica photos of cars stacked in a Philadelphia junkyard tell us about that area’s car culture in the early Seventies?"
The thing is, most of the readers preferred to comment by identifying many of the cars in the pictures! So you may as well jump in and either identify the cars or add your 2¢ about the sociological implications of crushed cars! Click here to see both photographs and enter your comments.Click Here To Read Full Post...
Eastwood’s ‘Shop Talk,’ Kevin Tetz chats with Ian Johnson, host of Xtreme 4x4, television's first series dedicated exclusively to showing how to fabricate hardcore trail rigs, sand buggies, lifted pickups and off-road vehicles. Ian is no stranger to the media; he has been popping up in magazines & television shows, even appearing on a national television show with the infamous Jesse James. Click Here To Read Full Post...
For many years the community park in Macungie, PA has been the home of some of the larger classic car events in the Mid-Atlantic. One of our favorites is the Wheels of Time Street Rod show. This event brings in hundreds and hundreds of classic cars. Don't let the term "Street Rod Show" scare you off, this show isn't all fiberglass, wild paintjobs, and billet wheels (though there is plenty!), there are classics for everyone at the show. The show is full of every type of classic car from the perfect restorations, time capsule barn finds, to traditional hot rods and customs, to a sprinkling of muscle cars.. it's all here! The show goes through Sunday the 25th and is packed with activities for the entire family! Make sure you stop and see the famous Butch Patrick AKA: Eddie Munster and the Munster Coach and Drag-u-la at the show! Check out some of our favorite sights from the show when we visited below!
You'll be taking your ride to a weekend car show, so of course you want it to look its absolute best on display in front of friends and colleagues. Every "oooh" and "ahhh" you'll hear does wonders for your self-esteem, and if there's a judging portion of the show, you certainly want that top trophy.
Of course you always wash the car’s exterior and vacuum the interior, but is that enough? If you've got a lot of time on your hands, and you've got the expertise, you can detail the car to a perfect show-ready appearance by yourself. But if you don't have that time and skill set, it's worth the money to take your classic to a professional detailing pro. They know what it takes to meet the strict standards of the expert judges who will critique your vehicle at the show.
Judges look everywhere, and that includes places you can easily miss...a hard-to-reach corner, or even under the carpet! Remember, these judges have usually seen it all, in all types of cars. I don’t want to say they’re looking to trip you up, but you better be ready to impress them.
Now if you really want to earn that first prize, you have to make your car stand out above the rest. Bring pictures of the resto work you’ve done so people can see how much work you've put into it. Bring along past trophies that you've won to display. Add something to garner some extra attention. Let's say you're showing your ’57 Chevy Bel Air. Why don't you and your wife dress in Fifties "period" clothing?
Don't forget to bring some soft cleaning cloths to wipe your vehicle at the show itself, to remove dust and dirt that collects on the way there and while on display.Click Here To Read Full Post...
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