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    • Das Awkscht Fescht 2014 Celebrates The Dodge Brothers Heritage

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      For many antique automotive enthusiasts Das Awkscht Fescht has become a yearly tradition. Each year some pretty rare and unique cars come out of the woodwork for this event. The idea of the show is pretty simple, if it's an old car and relatively stock, it's welcomed into the show. This gives a nice mixed bag of cars and trucks that will satisfy everyone. The show also differs each year by the featured car manufacturer that they put in the spotlight. This brings out some rare and early cars of those makes, but it trickles down through the field and you often see other relevant cars throughout the show.

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      For the 51st year the show celebrated the heritage of the Dodge Brothers. Dodge Brothers owners were given a prime spot on the field, a tented area to put their favorite examples, and space for the Dodge Brothers Club to set up shop. I stopped by Friday to check out what had been dug out of the garages of collectors for this event. Under the tent I found a couple beautifully restored cars and two World War I Dodge Brothers military trucks that were decked out in all of the period correct accessories that took you back in time.

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      Outside of the tent I found a handful of additional Dodge Brothers cars in varying states from original barn-fresh condition to fully restored cars. It was really interesting to see some of the cool details these vehicles had new from the factory like tailpipe tips and taillight lenses with Dodge Brothers logos! The large original dealership advertisement signs were a nice touch as well in front of some of the cars, I wish I had a time machine to go back and purchase a few of these at those prices!

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      Throughout the field the MoPars were out in force with representation from every later brand related to the Dodge Brothers. I especially liked the two original 1960 Desoto Adventurers together in the field. These cars were true survivors that were in amazing shape for their age. I'm a sucker for over the top styling of the late 50's-early 60's and these had my attention for quite a while.

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      The field was also dotted with MoPar muscle in just about every color scheme available. The barracudas, chargers, and challengers were out in force dominating the later Mopar section of the show. I'm not much of a muscle car guy myself, but there's something about the lines of the body and the side graphics on a 60's MoPar muscle car that gets my heart pumping. You really missed out if you couldn't attend!

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      Even though the weather forecast was dismal for the weekend, the show was well attended and the weather cooperated as much as it could considering! I can't wait until next year!

      -Matt/EW

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    • Any Of These Silly Features On Your Classic Car?

      Wouldn't a decapitated horse's head be "more" frightening to horses, not less?
      A "swamp cooler".

      Rob Sass of Hagerty.com wrote the following column about five of the silliest automotive features ever. (Courtesy of FoxNews.com)

      Occasionally, automakers get it right in the new feature department. Seat heaters? Good. Back-up camera? Good. Intermittent wipers? Really good. Self-parking? BMW’s iDrive and Ford’s Microsoft Sync? Let’s just say the jury’s still out. The market, however, decided quickly on the list below, which contains automotive gimmicks that range from not-very-useful to patently absurd.

      Record Player: Offered by Chrysler from 1956 to 1957, it was the auto industry’s first attempt at making pre-recorded music playable in a car. While engineered for the rather bumpy environment of a moving car, the player wasn’t immune to skipping and scratching the records, which weren’t the standard-size LPs or 45s but a smaller proprietary format that required owners to buy all of their music again. Those of a certain age who have owned Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” on 8-track, vinyl, cassette, CD and MP3 can sympathize.

      Front-Mounted Horse Head: This turn-of-the-century accessory was meant to make early internal combustion cars less frightening to horses. More than just a freakishly large hood ornament, it literally consisted of a not-very-convincing, life-size fake horse head that could be mounted on the front of the car. It could also be used as an additional fuel tank, pre-dating the Pinto (the other exploding equine) by some 70 years.

      Swamp Cooler: Numerous companies from the 1930s through the 1960s marketed these ungainly contraptions that looked like the offspring of a jet engine and a canister vacuum. The device attached to the window of the car and contained a few gallons of water, which used the ram air effect created while the car was moving to force humidified air inside. They were minimally effective in hot, dry areas. Practical and relatively inexpensive auto air conditioning put an end to their use. Occasionally, auto swamp coolers can still be seen as odd period accessories on classic cars.

      Rear-Facing Seats: Car sickness occurs when the brain receives conflicting signals about whether the body is in motion or not. Rear-facing seats were a common source of this type of cerebral confusion, yet they were standard as the “back, back” seats in so many of the classic station wagons that baby boomers grew up (and threw up) in.

      Semi-Automatic Transmission: Both Porsche and Volkswagen used this obscure bit of technology to allay the fears of clutch-o-phobes. It was essentially a conventional manual transmission without a clutch pedal. The device was actuated when the driver put his or her hand on the shift lever. Unlike today’s shiftable automatics, there was no fully automatic mode. You had to move the lever through each gear. Porsche called it “Sportomatic,” and VW called it “Automatic Stickshift,” even going so far as to advertise it with a chrome badge on the back of the car. They’re heartily disliked by collectors who often replace them with conventional manual transmissions.

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    • SEMA 2012- Eastwood Company Part 4 Coverage

      Getting noticed at SEMA is very important. Show cars, trucks, and motorcycles are there for only a couple reasons. Either to show off products the company sells or to draw attention and get foot traffic through their booth (this is a trade show after all!). Whatever the reason is, everyone is trying to a different approach to draw attention. If you want to figure out which cars or booths are the best at the show, all you need to do is look for crowds around a booth. There you'll find either an exceptionl car, a celebrity, or an attractive model; regardless you won't be disappointed if you take a peak.

      Shooting pictures of some of the high profile cars at SEMA is really tough. There's always crowds surrounding the cars and often people are so excited about checking the car out, they're oblivious to the line of photographers waiting for that small window when they can fire off a few shots of the car. I can tell you from personal experience, it takes a mix of patience, skill and luck! The custom ford above is a perfect example. It had the performance of a super car and the looks of a classic muscle car all blended together to create what I'd call a "retro super car". The crowds were relentless around this car and we had to make our way into the show early just to check it out beforehand.

      Then there were cars and booths that were built just for shock value to get the attention of the thousands of cameras in attendance. The typical formula for a busy booth is to get a vehicle with some flashy/shiny paint, lots of chrome, some giant wheels, and a beautiful model standing next to the vehicle. Hyundai and an artist teamed up to take this idea to the next level and they built a Zombie support vehicle out of a new Hyundai. They then employed some attractive (is that possible?) zombies to pose with the car and show-goers! This idea was pretty cool and timely for the SEMA show taking place around the Halloween holiday each year.

      Aside from the gimmicks and crowds, there were some really nice classic cars at the show. We tried to catch some of our favorites shown below in the Mopar display. They put together one of the nicest selections of Dodge, Plymouth, and Chrysler classics we've seen in a while! Check the rest of our favorites from this portion of the show in the gallery below.

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    • Imperial Speedster Wins the Go For the Gold Award

      Murray Pfaff recently took home one of the largest prizes in the Hot Rod community. The Starbird's Go for the Gold award! He beat out the 2010 Riddler car "Gold Digger". Eastwood was happy to donate and sponsor this build along the way with many products including Rust Encapsulator, Underhood Black, Spray Gray, and many more! Obviously we are equally as thrilled!

      Check out this video where we caught up with Murray at SEMA 2011 in Las Vegas and found out a little back story on the car.

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    • 50's Sedan Yard Find Gem

      This lonely sedan is sitting all alone behind what looks to be a rundown old farmhouse. My other half spotted it locally when getting lost driving some back roads in the area. What a great find it is! Looks to be missing some wheels and sitting on blocks, my first guess was that it is a 50's Plymouth of some sort, but now looking at the photos, I'm not too sure. No one was around the house, but I didn't want to go onto private property to investigate further. What's your guess?

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