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Stop and appreciate those scrapper-bound cars

It's always fun to check out cars — muscle cars, classic cars, modern cars, flat cars. Flat cars? Yes, my enjoyment of all things automotive extends to flattened cars laying forlornly on a flatbed truck, on their way to a junkyard or scrapyard. I get a kick out of seeing cars and trucks even in a pretty much unrecognizable form.…

Pickup trucks remain strong on the American landscape

One of the largest and most thriving segments of our old car hobby revolves around pickup trucks. It has been said the best-selling vehicles on the road today are pickups. Much like chili or burritos, trucks come in mild to wild form. Some are down-and-dirty plain Jane work vehicles that have never had a bath in their "lives." On the other…

New local car shows add to enjoyable summer season

One of the many benefits of summer is its time for car shows. We've been blessed with a number of fine showings of late. It's almost an "embarrassment of riches" but there's plenty to see and do now in the vintage vehicle realm. We'll begin with Atwater, then take in a delightful Thursday night cruise-in at a winery on the outskirts of…

Custom classics grilled for just plain bad taste

Sometimes custom car builders, or even the auto factories, get it wrong in their designs, to my way of thinking. In perusing the latest street rod magazine issue the other day, I came upon coverage of a 1955 Ford Crown Victoria street machine. It's a pretty striking car with lots of innovation and craftsmanship — except for one glaring flaw.…

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