Due to last year's cancellation due to rain it's been two years, but at long last I hopped in my truck and made another trek to the Half Moon Bay Airport. This time I went with my good friend Brewster, who, amongst his other skills, is an expert on all things mobile and 'old school'. I had made an early start and aside from a speeding ticket (first one in a dozen years!) the trip was uneventful and the waiting line at the venue was mercifully light.
|Photo #1: Brewster stands in front of a color coordinated Studebaker surfmobile.
|Photo #2: B. told me that this car was one of the last models Studebaker made after the company got into financial trouble. Evidence of this is in the headlight fairing which is a multiple-piece cobbled-together affair that allowed the original bodywork to be minimally modified to accomodate suddenly trendy dual headlights.
|Photo #3: More or less stock looking MG but hiding under the "bonnet": a V-8!
|Photo #4: According to Brewster in the "trade" this color is referred to as "Fly Yellow" because for some unknown reason it attracts flies! Does something in the pigment smell like shit? Several vehicles, including this stylin' panel van were drenched in this eye-catching color.
|Photo #5: One of several strange low-end homebrew hacks. I particularly liked the foot pedals made from hand grenades; good luck trying to get this puppy on an airplane!
|Photo #6: Example of excellent presentation and concept. Note how the flame job wraps over the fenders and continues into the engine compartment. Topping off this Chevy's' masterful paint job with an unrestored hood was a great touch.
|Photo #7: A beauty from the golden age of Art Deco, the hood vents on this 1930 Chrysler were particularly striking.
|Photo #8: Well restored Harley (??), circa WW II complete with rifle holster.
|Photo #9: Interesting bit of wood torturing to get the bend into these curved pieces. They top off a nicely restored flatbed truck.
|Photo #10: One of many shots I took of this beastie. Standing on the starboard side and looking aft along the tube frame chassis of the motorcycle that holds the world speed record of over 350mph. Power comes from this pair of engines. Switching roles I had a chance to explain something to Brewster, pointing out the extensive use of MIG welding in its construction. Not enough gussets, IMO...
|Photo #11: Something altogether different and beautifully put together this trike is called Roadkill and it came from the Blastolene boys.
|Photo #12: Close-up of the steering linkage on Roadkill. I gotta say it's giving me some ideas for a Playamobile...
|Photo #13: Yet another Blastolene beauty; here's a shot of the dashboard on Big Bertha. I hear Jay Leno bought this one off the "showroom floor"; current owner unknown.
|Photo #14: Shot of the fantastic body work on Big Bertha. This link will take you to photos of the build process: http://www.blastolene.com/Bertha/index.htm
|Photo #15: Heading back in time a bit further, well... Don't know much about it but the restoration is meticulous.
|Photo #16: The very latest from the Blastolene gang, this street rod is called Sneaky Pete. It began life as a Peterbuilt 18-wheeler tractor rig!
|Photo #17: Interesting idea for a flame job. The material wasn't thin sheetmetal; it felt like some sort of composite; possibly fiberglas and probably 3/16 in. thick.
|Photo #18: Beautiful Bucket T and the driver was stylin' with the Viking helmet!
|Photo #19: Not your average slingshot dragster. This beauty competes in the Nostalgia class, which means it resembles a vintage hot rod and the engine is restricted to a certain horsepower. I got the idea the restriction involved a (removable) stop somewhere on the throttle linkage.
|Photo #20: In the words of Professor Higgins: "...there's something so deliciously low" about it! Flat black rat rods are gaining in popularity and in my opinion this one was the best of the lot.
|Photo #21: I love the bullet hole in the vintage plate. And anyone sporting both a KPIG and a RatFink sticker has definitely got their act together!
|Photo #22: Gas cap? Who needs one when you've got a big-ass rubber rat instead?
|Photo #23: Nicely sums up the Rat Rod philosophy, yes?
|Photo #24: Another tenet of the Rat Rod thing seems to be "keep it low". Well, there low and then there's L-O-W!
|Photo #25: Bare metal and fenderless tires seem to complete the image. It was equipped with air bags that could give this thing maybe 4 inches of ground clearance so that it could navigate non-lumpy highways.
|Photo #26: Not entirely sure, but I think that's a carbide headlight on this bike. Loud horn, too...
|Photo #27: Paint job finished the day before, this beautifully restored Buffalo Springfield steamroller currently resides at the Roots of Motive Power Museum in Willits, CA. I watched it make a U-turn on the tarmack; it's flatter now, heh.
|Photo #28: Close up of the "power steering" tackle. This monster can turn on a dime and flatten it at the same time!
|Photo #29 Yes, it's a whatsit! I liked the chrome bumper ahead of the sickle bar cutter and the "sidecar" is a great touch. It's articulated in the middle and can turn around in its own length. Rack and pinion steering, too!
|Photo #30: One half of an interesting paint job on an old-school bike from Arlan Ness. There were several of his creations on hand, including the ape-hanger-equipped bike in the background.
|Photo #31: Rat rod jacked up on its air-bag suspension and on its way home. Not what I'd call enough ground clearance for offroading, heh.
|Photo #32: Amazing what one guy can do with a pair of tin snips and a pile of pop rivets! This completely homebuilt electric car had company and in years to come I'm sure we'll see more like it...