I Was Cheered in Motorsport
Vintage and Classic Car Blog
by Isaiah
5M ago
Finally, I was cheered by a crowd, in a stand, at a motorsport event.  It was the first time I've ever been cheered by a crowd.  Once, before, I thought a crowd was cheering me... but it was only because I was rushing towards the other team's goal and they were saying "No!", not the "Go!" I supposed they were yelling. How did me being cheered at motorsport happen? Let me paint the picture. It's early. Too early. It's still dark.  I shouldn't need to get up this early on a day off. I stumble to the garage and get into my 1957 MGA. In the passenger's seat is a helmet, placed ther ..read more
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Freedom at Forty MPH, or Life in the Not So Fast Lane
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by Isaiah
10M ago
It’s the fourth of July, I’ve just recently turned forty, and I have some thoughts on freedom. If you lean towards pacifism, green-hair dye, or socialism you’re probably moving on after reading my first sentence but, don’t leave, this won’t be a discussion of our brave and intelligent American forefathers, I have some simpler thoughts on freedom, as it relates to cars, off-road vehicles and motorcycles. In May I turned forty, and realizing I was statistically halfway to my death, I had the reaction any sane car guy has: I decided I should sell a sports car. Now for those of you that don’t hav ..read more
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Amateur Car Restorations Done Badly
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by Isaiah
1y ago
The indelible thinker and author, G.K. Chesterton, wrote ""If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly." While you may think Chesterton was thinking of nobler endeavors than playing with cars, you’d be mistaken; Chesterton clarified that he was writing, “…in defense of hobbies and amateurs and general duffers…” I’ve come to realize that I do things badly. Shortly after reading the above quote I drove my son to Cars and Coffee on a brisk Saturday Morning, the event being a 10 mile highway trip from my home. On the way there I nervously watched the poorly aligned wheels shake the stee ..read more
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Five Great Gifts for Car People, or My Christmas Rocked
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by Isaiah
1y ago
De cember came through in a big way, and I’m not just talking about the weight I gained.  December added a historic hot rod to my stable (although, quite small), gave me some fun and afforded me the opportunity to make my two (classic?) cars better. How? Well, here’s the five gifts I was given, gifts that I think any car enthusiast would enjoy. First Gift Idea - Buy your hard-to-relate-to car obsessed relative the car they want. Does this sound insane?  What, you didn’t win the lottery? That’s ok.  It turns out, you don’t have to buy them the full-size version to make their day ..read more
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Classic Car Humor and Freedom Celebrated
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by Isaiah
1y ago
 I’ve been preparing a fun little 1957 roadster for winter weather; it’s now December, but my roadster should be ready for winter driving by July. I say my car is a 1957, but it really depends on which part you’re looking at.  If you selected a part at random, you might have a 50/50 chance of it being from 1957.  Might.  Probably a lower chance. It’s really a collection of parts from different years and several models.  Johnny Cash’s Cadillac comes to mind. I bought a Frankenstein sticker for the window. I wonder if anyone will get the joke. Getting winter-ready inclu ..read more
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The $300 Dollar Automotive Paint Job and Frankenstein
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by Isaiah
1y ago
  September 10th I successfully attended the All British Field Meet, driving my 1957 MGA; a year of hard work resurrecting a junkyard MGA came together for my pointless self-imposed deadline.  I felt success.  But, September 11th I was presented with a conundrum.  How would I protect my bare-metal car from the coming ravishes of rust and winter? Still, I didn’t care much.  We (my family and I) were enjoying the car.  For something I’d not tuned or aligned, it was behaving remarkably well.  The car is delightfully enjoyable to drive. A larger motor, front dis ..read more
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My 2022 All British Field Meet Battle
Vintage and Classic Car Blog
by Isaiah
1y ago
(Author's note: My pictures of cars at the ABFM are posted at the bottom of this blog, if that's what you're here for.) On July 29th I registered for the All British Field Meet (ABFM), a gathering of British vehicles and their owners. Exactly why is now unclear, my British sports car’s frame was coming along nicely, but all other parts were still in an unrestored pile.  I vaguely remember thinking, “This should motivate me to get the car going”.  The 2022 ABFM was scheduled for September 10th.  I was trying to get a 1957 MGA together in time to attend and I was far from ready ..read more
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Dirty Money and the Humorous MGA
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by Isaiah
1y ago
I turned down $9,000 dollars today; the money had arrived too late. Sounds like the start of a vengeance themed mobster movie.  No, I'm not supplying the lower east side with drugs. But the $9,000 I was offered may have been tainted by addiction. The story began, as is often the case, while I perused Craigslist.  A complete, and straight, 1958 Austin-Healey 100-6 project car was being offered at $12,000.  I contacted the seller and offered him my MGA project in trade.  He politely laughed hysterically and (between gasps for air) said, "Bring cash". S ..read more
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Tales of a Plebeian Classic Car Guy, or Prose for Auto-minded Insomniacs
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by Isaiah
1y ago
  In January our family was at the Scottsdale car week perusing exotic cars and million-dollar classics (including a ride in my friend’s high-performance Porsche) but then vacation was over, and it was back to normal.  Since we returned from Arizona it’s only rained twice in Oregon, but each time for two months straight. And it seems like my car endeavors have mirrored the weather, being somewhat dreary; I realize this may be the worst first-paragraph hook yet used in literature, but perhaps there's room for writing that might relate, rather than inspire. Continue reading for ta ..read more
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Some America As Its Summer Ends
Vintage and Classic Car Blog
by Isaiah
1y ago
I'm proud to say, despite the best efforts of my state's fear worshiping ruling party, I finished the summer by filling it with unashamedly American activities, only made possible through freedom. I wound down the summer exploring new areas by motorcycle, enjoying the fruits of my labors racing my Lotus 7 replica, being greatly entertained by monster trucks, enjoying mask-free worship at a church that understands freedom of religion, finding fresh information on several early 20th century American roadside attractions and beginning a new classic car project. Last month my wife Kellie was goi ..read more
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