Thursday, May 31, 2012

Clover Park Technical College Car Show 2012

So it has been a while since I have been able to get to a car show so I was super excited when I was able to go to the annual Clover Park Technical College car show and open house a few weeks ago. Here are a few of the many cars were there. Please enjoy!

I thought it was funny that the first car that I would come across at the car show was representing  the LeMay Family Collection.

I found the steering wheel of this particular vehicle to be very interesting it makes me think of a something you might see on a boat. 

This next vehicle is a 1968 "Army Mule." I have never seen such a vehicle. It was completely flat except for the seat and steering wheel.
According to what I have read on the internet they were used in Vietnam for carrying ammunition and rifles.
Here is a link to a couple cool videos of the truck in action:  M274 crossing meadow ; M274 Riding and Military Mule .

Then there was the cute 1957 Isetta. 

I was excited that this year they had one opened so I could see the inside.

A closer look of the Isetta's interior. My guess is that this is the shift stick.

A 1956 Chevrolet

I miss hood ornaments. It seems a real shame not to have them on modern vehicles. It was like a crowning piece of art to the automobile.

 A 1965 Shelby Cobra - Isn't it beautiful?

1922 Model T Depot Hack  - Fascinating bit of information this vehicle was created and designed for taking passengers from the railroad depots according to

A beautiful 1965 Corvette Stingray. 

I hope you enjoyed the pictures. It was a cold but sunny day and it was a lot of fun.

'Til next time have a wonderful day everyone!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The countdown begins... LeMay Car Museum Opens June 2nd.

So the long awaited time is almost upon us... The LeMay Car Museum opens up on June 2nd! The growth of the building has been slow but surely over the months. I always made sure to take a peek at the progress of the Museum every time my family and I passed by it on the way to church. The foyer looks great and while I have to work from noon til early evening on opening day I hope that I will be able to at least attend the free car show before I have to go to work.

The celebration of the new Museum starts out with a exclusive preview party on June 1st and celebrates through the whole weekend.

Here is more info about the festivities that will happen opening weekend.

Congratulations LeMay Museum! Its so great to see all of the hard work pay off and I hope I will be able to come see it soon. It was because of you that my interest was even sparked in classic automobiles and my internship with you was a great experience.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

1907 Tourist Model K

Hi everyone,
Today's car is a real beauty and a relatively new addition to the LeMay Family Collection at Marymount.
Its a 1907 Tourist Model K.

They were built in Los Angeles, CA from 1902 through 1910 by the Auto Vehicle Company. In 1907 under 500 of the Model K's were built.

It features a "two man Bow-legged top" but I am not exactly sure what that means.
Have to look into it.

Here are a few more pictures of this real beauty!

The model K car was the last two cylinder to have the name of Tourist. The car's engine had 20 horsepower and was located under the middle of the driver's seat.

Unfortunately the Auto Vehicle Company was sold to the California Automobile Company which in just five short years would itself shut down.

However, it left behind some beautiful cars including the Model K.

If you happen to know where I could get more information about the this Tourist Model K or any other years of the Model K I would love to hear about it, since I could not locate a great deal on this classic car.

However,  A special note of thanks to the LeMay Family Collection at Marymount for their wealth of information and access to take pictures of  their beautiful vehicles.

'Til next time have a wonderful day everyone!

1899 Baldwin Steamer

This cool looking old time car is an 1899 Baldwin Steamer, as of 2010 the oldest car in the LeMay Family Collection.

 Here's a few interesting tidbits that makes me so happy that our technology has improved since 1899.

First of all the Baldwin Steamer took about twenty minutes to get started and its boiler needed to be refilled every twenty miles.

And the second and most important reason why I'm happy for all the safety features of today's cars is that the Baldwin steamer's boiler over time did have the potential of exploding. And guess where the boiler was located???

That's right, it was directly under the driver's seat, talk about sitting in the hot seat. Okay, bad joke but while this cool classic old car does stand in time as being a stepping stone to where we are today and it is a cute little automobile - I'm certainly glad for today's technology.

I hope you found this little blog interesting - Thanks to LeMay Family Collection Foundation for the information about this wonderful old classic car.

'Til next time have an amazing day everyone,

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Dragon's lair

As promised here is a few more pictures of the Drakko's lair. Please enjoy!

Have a wonderful day,

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

1959 Ford Skyliner - A Convertible Hardtop?

This week's car is the 1959 Ford Skyliner. A car with a convertible hardtop.
Here is a commercial from the time period about this car, although the 1957 model featured in the commercial is slightly different than the 1959 model.

Isn't that a cool concept for a car? Unfortunately the car was more expensive than their soft top cousins and this was something that the public didn't care for.

The engineering for this car was amazing though. The car (the 1959 model) had three switches to activate the trunk to open. Once the trunk was open all the way another motor engaged to lift the hood out of the trunk and then a third engine caused it to settle into place. Another servo was then used to flipped the remaining "flipper" part of the hood. ( I looked up the word servo because I had no idea what it meant and the definition according to Word Web is a control system that generates more power from a small mechanical motion).

For putting it back into the trunk the car had two more motors to control it! That is a lot of motors for one car. No wonder it weighed over 2 tons!!!

Here is another commercial about the 1957 version of the car.

And here are a few more pictures that I took of this beautiful car.

In 1959 around 12,000 skyliners were sold. The sticker price for them brand new was $3,346.

The 1959 did have some slightly different styling than that of the previous years. 

One difference was that it featured a eggcrate grille.

It also had a larger window and anodized trim ( which means that the metal that has been given a oxide coat). 

While the Ford Skyliner might be big and bulky and was not a popular item at the time, it sure is a cool car and I like it. On that note here is one more advertisement from 1957 with Lucy and Ricky.

'Til next time have an amazing day everyone!

References: Thanks to Joe Reasoner that wrote the article that I read about this car from LeMay Marymount and thanks to The Auto Editors of Consumer Guide that wrote the article that from The How Stuff Works article  for the information.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day! A Green Custom Dragon Dragster

So in honor of St. Patrick's Day here's a special custom car for you...

 a 2007 custom Dragster "Drakko".  It has a Chrysler 440 cid wedge engine in it along with a 250 horse power NOS system. Another example of modern car art. It breathes smoke and fire out of its mouth and the eyes light up red. Good thing I went into his lair when he was "asleep." 

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!
'Til next time have a totally amazing day.