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Country Classic Cars, along an old section of Route 66 in Staunton, Illinois, burned down last night (thanks for the tip Mark!)

August 9th, 2017 by admin

Firefighters got the call after 8pm last night. Authorities say when the first crews arrived, the building was already fully engulfed.

if you’re going to get drunk, and your friends are a bunch of young drunks too… you might wake up after having been pranked. But a bike lock? Luckily he wasn’t locked to a fence or something

August 8th, 2017 by admin

“We tried a cutter, but it just marked the lock,” said Drummond. “Then we tried a reinforced bar cutter, but it just dented it.

Then the fire-fighters were forced to call in Fire and Rescue Service’s Technical Rescue Unit, and cut through the steel lock with a circular saw.

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if you’re going to get drunk, and your friends are a bunch of young drunks too… you might wake up after having been pranked. But a bike lock? Luckily he wasn’t locked to a fence or something

The 1929 Los Angeles Auto Show went up in flames, destroying 320 cars. Was it arson by the car junkyard next to it?

March 21st, 2017 by admin

There happened to be an auto salvage business on the adjoining lot, and after the fire, they simply took down a portion of the fence and dragged the burned-out cars into the salvage yard.

Does it now seem suspicious that there was a car fire at an autoshow of vehicles that weren’t running

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The 1929 Los Angeles Auto Show went up in flames, destroying 320 cars. Was it arson by the car junkyard next to it?

On Friday, retired mechanic Malcolm Croxton was awaiting the arrival of his next restoration project, a 61 E Type Jaguar

July 23rd, 2015 by admin

He had flown a total of 6,000 miles and eight flights for this car to Tulsa, Okla.

The car had (mostly) survived the blaze judging by pictures he’s seen from the news, although it is no longer in the generally excellent condition he had seen at the time of purchase.

“Miraculously, apart from a broken windshield and smoke and water discoloration, it survived,” Croxton said. “It was the only car on the carrier that did — all the others were write-offs.”

Croxton, who restores and resells cars and motorcycles, had paid $50,000 cash for the metallic blue 1960s pop culture icon, immediately recognizable for its low-slung profile and long hood.

the fire was last Fridays calamity that burned down cars stuck in traffic in the Cajon Pass (the I 15)

Hooniverse posts about an incredible Jeep collection, the Omix-ADA collection in Suwanee, Georgia

June 29th, 2015 by admin

The Willys MA on the left has by far the most interesting story of these three though as it has the distinction of being the only one sunk in the war. Yes, sunk. It was strapped down to a Marine landing vessel at the Battle of Saipan when it was hit by enemy fire and sunk in a shallow harbor. Sometime after the battle, Navy divers swam by, went “oh look, a Jeep!”, and brought it up. The Willys was repaired, brought back into service, and served throughout the rest of WWII in the Pacific. At the end of the war, some newly retired soldiers decided to drive it home because they figured it wasn’t needed anymore. 1,553 were built and only 25 are known to exist – 8 of which are known to be restored in the US.

Omix-ADA is one of the world’s largest independent manufacturer and wholesaler companies that specialize in all things Jeep.

lots more after the jump

Henry Ford was worried about Mt Vernon’s ability to fight a fire, so he donated a fire truck

April 10th, 2015 by admin

Over the years, steps have been taken to improve access to water. This included the construction of cisterns near the mansion (1875) which were later updated with new technology and enlarged (1924).

In 1923, Henry Ford changed fire suppression at Mount Vernon forever with the donation of a fire truck, and later in 1936 he gifted a more sophisticated truck. This launched the operation of a fire department on the grounds of the estate.

Founded in 1853, the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association was created to save George Washington’s home from the indignity of potential ruin. One of our primary obligations is to ensure that the General’s Mansion remains safe and secure.

Fire is one of the timeless and ongoing threats to the Mansion. As fire-prevention technology continues to improve, we must now install a new state-of-the-art fire detection and suppression system in the Mansion to ensure this priceless national treasure will be safeguarded for the ages.

If you want to donate to the fire detection and suppression system:

Imagine getting the chance to buy your great-grand dads fire truck, the one he was the Fire Chief on

March 10th, 2015 by admin

photo by Dale Gerhard

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fire stations still had steam pumpers hanging out in back, though they had new fire engines

March 1st, 2015 by admin

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I’ve been challenged to do a better top ten list of the coolest Collector Car Barn Finds, but I can’t narrow my list down to less than 25

December 12th, 2014 by admin

the Bailon Collection

Mr. Norm’s Super Charger, and why it’s a Barracuda

June 1st, 2014 by admin

After the 1968 season the race car needed a rebuild due to the fire at the US 30 dragstrip, so another mini charger was built on a Logghe chassis with a Fiberglass Trends body that was 10 inches narrower than a stock body. Any look at a new flopper makes the observer keenly aware that the bodies are only slightly similar to the model they are based on, but narrower, and with a lower roofline and narrower roof.

Until the NHRA got it’s nose out of joint at Indy, and rolled out the rule book that stated only minor departure from factory boy width specs were allowed, and the 10 inch narrower body was out of spec for a Charger… but not a Barracuda.

So back to Fiberglass Trends, and Ron Pelligrini wrote out a reciept for “One Barracuda body with custom alterations to make it look like a Charger”

I effing love that. The NHRA didn’t. Mr Norm even had the grill painted like a Barracuda and had a fish painted on the fender, but it wasn’t getting over the NHRA at Indy, and though it was pointed out that a Funny car isn’t a car, it’s a piece of fiberglass, and rules about cars don’t apply,