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the mid 50s, the last time there were plenty of American made options to the big 3. Here are 9 from 1954, that weren’t found at a GM, Ford, or Mopar dealership

May 18th, 2017 by admin

1954 Kaiser Manhatten

1954 Willys Aero Ace Deluxe

1954 Packard Cavalier

1954 Hudson Hornet

1954 Nash Statesman

1954 De Soto

Bud Ekins, famous movie stuntman and legend in Hollywood customs, cars, and motorcycles for his movie work, and friendship with Steve McQueen and Von Dutch. However, impressive for his own motorcycle accomplishments. Lets take a look

March 12th, 2017 by admin

Born in, and lived in, Hollywood, California, Ekins began riding off-road motorcycles daily in the hills above his Hollywood home just after WW2 ended, as he was too young for the military until years after WW2 was over, as he was born in May 1930

He was a young hooligan, not going to school after 8th grade, and getting 2 years in reform school for joy riding in a stolen car.

He started entering local off-road races in 1949, and within a couple years, was the top motocross racer in Southern California, winning the AMA District 37 championship seven times. He used a shovel blade as a engine skid plate. Crafty.

Matchless motorcycle factory sponsored him in the 1952 European Motocross Championship and he finished the season in ranked 15th in the world.

In 1955 Ekins won the Catalina Grand Prix, and in 1959 became the third three-time winner of the prestigious Big Bear Hare and Hound desert race, which at the time was the largest off-road event in the country, while at half way, he was in the lead, broke a rim, had his team fix it, and still made up the lost time and won the race 30 minutes ahead of the guy in 2nd place. For his 1959/3rd time win

He hired Von Dutch in the early 60’s, and that’s something I already covered in my Von Dutch posts.

In a couple years, he opened a Triumph dealership, and the young Hollywood stars were dropping by… Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, Paul Newman

Ekins won four gold medals and a silver during his seven years of competing in the ISDT, the International Six Days Trial, a form of off-road motorcycle Olympics.

In 1964, he helped pioneer the Baja 1000 when he and his brother Dave did the TJ to La Paz in 39 hours on a motorcycle and was the overall winner of the the inaugural Baja 500 in 1969 in a Hurst Baja Boot

After the first Baja 1000, Both McQueen and Ekins recognized the potential and advanced design of the Baja Boots. Solar Plastics, Steve McQueen’s factory which produced accessories for dune buggies and motorcycles, eventually purchased both Boots from Vic Hickey.

He was the stunt coordinator for the tv show CHiPS, and did stunts in the Love Bug, Blues Brothers, and Animal House. He was a writer for Motorcycling Magazine.

Many of his collected bikes are at auction every year, just a glimpse at Bonhams shows 6 pages of his motorcycles and cars, who states that Ekins was one of the USA’s foremost collectors of veteran and vintage motorcycles – at one time his collection numbered over 150 motorcycles and was considered to be the most valuable in the country.

In his collection which went to auction in 2010 with Bonhams, were things pinstriped by Von Dutch

a 1905 REO Roadster,

a 1908 REO Tourer and

a 1908 Delaunay-Belleville H4 Double Phaeton.

How often have the Presidents of countries met with business execs to learn about the problems of international businesses? I’m not sure, but, it happened today, and POTUS was pissed to learn how lopsided tariffs are. Harley Davidsons might just get cheaper overseas in the near future if the pres hammers out some international tariff reform

March 1st, 2017 by admin

I’m surprised to hear in the speech to congress today that other countries double the cost of HDs for no reason other than to get their citizens to buy fewer of them, and more of the native bikes that need extreme helping measures to sell in their own countries.

“We want to make it easier for business to create more jobs and more factories to be made in the U.S. and you’re a great example of that,” Trump told the executives.

Trump is seeking to uphold campaign promises to return lost manufacturing jobs to the U.S. The president has met with the CEOs of the traditional domestic automakers as well as the heads of Dow Chemical Co., Whirlpool Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp. and U.S. Steel Corp. all in his first two weeks in office, indicating he’ll take a hands-on role in U.S. corporate decision-making, especially if it’ll lead to job creation for middle-class Americans.

Believe it or not, as I find it really odd, but the threat of extensive protests made it unlikely that a visit to the HD factory could be anything productive and it was found to be far cheaper and more effective to have the HD executives fly to Washington DC and meet the pres at the White House and bring some Harleys.

During his speech the president mentioned that the Harley-Davidson motorcycle company faces a 100% tariff in in at least one country.

Fact check: True. The tariff, applied by India on motorcycles with engines larger than 800cc, is a full 100%, according to the International Trade Centre. Other notable countries with high tariffs on large motorcycles are Thailand, China, and Malaysia.

The US’s tariff on large motorcycles from India is 0% and can range up to 10% for other countries.

Clearly, that isn’t good for business to be an importer of inexpensive items, and exporting the same type item at double the cost. How pharmaceuticals get cheaper when exported from the USA is a complete mystery, but it’s true.

President Trump used Harley-Davidson motorcycles as a metaphor for the obstacles faced by American companies on the global market.

“I just met with officials and workers from a great American company, Harley-Davidson. In fact, they proudly displayed five of their magnificent motorcycles, made in the USA, on the front lawn of the White House,” Trump said, and he related what he said the company’s executives had told him about global tax rates.

“At our meeting, I asked them, how are you doing, how is business? They said that it’s good,” he continued. “I asked them further how they are doing with other countries, mainly international sales. They told me – without even complaining because they have been mistreated for so long that they have become used to it – that it is very hard to do business with other countries because they tax our goods at such a high rate. They said that in one case another country taxed their motorcycles at 100 percent.”

“They weren’t even asking for change. But I am.”

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How often have the Presidents of countries met with business execs to learn about the problems of international businesses? I’m not sure, but, it happened today, and POTUS was pissed to learn how lopsided tariffs are. Harley Davidsons might just get cheaper overseas in the near future if the pres hammers out some international tariff reform

From 1955 to 1992 Jim Beam was producing decorative decanters to spur sales when bourbon fell out of favor and the company was faced with a glut. An executive realized that having decorative bottles produced would sell a lot of bourbon

February 27th, 2017 by admin

Jim Beam released collectable decanters that started a chain reaction, other liquor companies followed Beam’s lead like Canadian Mist, and Jack Daniels

The makers of Jim Beam point to a collectors group, the International Association of Jim Beam Bottle and Specialties Clubs based in Madison, Wis.

Shelia Gillingham is the club’s executive administrator. She said the association was formed in 1971 and has members in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, the Netherlands, England, Japan and Germany.

it is very likely the liquid inside is not fit to drink any longer, even if it stayed sealed.

If the Jim Beam whiskey in it is still amber but not cloudy, it probably would be drinkable, but after it is removed from the oak barrel it does not continue to age, there isn’t any point to believing that the older the bottle, the better the Jim Beam. Buy a new bottle if you want to drink it, buy an old one if you want to collect the bottles

There were around 3300 different decorative bottles made, and they celebrated everything from whore houses in Nevada to submarines. There is even a collector that has a museum of them in Akron Ohio.

the Dodge model car contest winner from the 1968 Car Model magazine, the the Dodge/Car Model Magazine/MPC Funny Car Contest

April 25th, 2016 by admin

The premier model car contest in the country during much of the year of 1968

Since this was a mail-in photo contest, the following photos from 2015 GSL reflects the first time ever – some 47 years later – that the overall winner, the second place nationwide, and the fourth place nationwide winners have been exhibited together. This exhibition was part of the 2015 GSL International Scale Vehicle Championship and Convention.

Contestants were to build their entry from MPC’s new 1968 Dodge Coronet kit, but parts from other kits were allowed.

When completed, two black and white photos and a 500 word description were to be mailed to the Car Model magazine editorial offices in North Arlington, NJ.

Entries were to be completed and postmarked no later than May 1st, 1968.

The overall winner was to receive an all-expenses paid trip to Detroit, Michigan, to visit the “Dodge Engineering Laboratories” and the MPC factory. He was also to receive every new MPC kit for the next three years.

Jim Keeler’s 1st Place “Dodge Fever” was an incredibly inventive design combined with unprecedented levels of detailing and accuracy. It remains an icon of model car building achievement nearly 50 years later. This is the original car built by Jim, and restored by Tom Dillion and Mark Gustavson, shown here on loan from its permanent exhibition International Model Car Builder’s Museum.

The 1st, 2nd, and 4th place overall winners (chosen from over 1,600 entries in the most important national model car contest of the year 1968) are displayed here

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the Dodge model car contest winner from the 1968 Car Model magazine, the the Dodge/Car Model Magazine/MPC Funny Car Contest

Levi’s Puppet Rodeo

April 17th, 2016 by admin

1939 was not only the year of the World’s Fair in New York but also the year of the, now lesser known, West coast counterpart, the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco. The theme of the GGIE was ‘Pageant of the Pacific’ and land was acquired to build the campus of ‘Treasure Island’, which promoted San Francisco as a hub for arts, culture and business in the Pacific Rim. Home town company, Levi Strauss, the famous denim jeans manufacturer created an ‘Electric Rodeo’ for the Expo, which was pioneering in its technology as an automated sideshow

fter its stint at Treasure Island, the Electric Rodeo was adapted to take to the roads on the back of a streamliner truck (this splendid 1938 international Harvester D-300 truck and trailer, to be precise) and made a 25,000 mile tour of small towns and livestock shows throughout the West.

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"Lesson Number 40" Cathy Dubuisson

July 6th, 2015 by admin

winner of Grand Prix of the Most Beautiful Photo of 2012 International Automobile Festival in 2013, this was the result of a chance night walk when she stopped to take pictures of the curves of a 1964 Ford GT 40, which then won the Grand Prix of the Most Beautiful Photo of 2012 International Automobile Festival in 2013.

how to get unlimited free publicity, and make sure drivers look out for bicyclists, mistakenly design your suit to appear flesh toned

October 5th, 2014 by admin

any guess how many amazing cool old woody’s and limos were used at private lodges, hotels, and campgrounds

April 7th, 2014 by admin

1940 International woody

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Stutz made fire engines! That is a rare cool item, and one is for sale

March 7th, 2014 by admin

The Stutz High Duty Fire Engine Company came to life in 1919 when A.C. Mecklenburg & Harry Stutz came together to form a new firm to build fire apparatus from Indianapolis, Indiana. With both of their skills of building and selling fine automobiles, the idea of building a strong machine that would not break at the crucial moment when it was most needed came to be. The first pumper was tested in late spring 1919, and by June of 1919 was entered to compete against other fire apparatus manufacturers at the International Association of Fire Engineers in Kansas City, MO. This competition included American LaFrance, White, Ahrens-Fox, Seagrave, and Mack just to name few. Not only did they do well in the 12-hour run performance by taking top honors, they were noted for having the lowest motor pump speed among all exhibitors at only 1,130 rpms and low hose pulsation. It was the only pumper of all eight competitors to finish with a perfect score! The new advertising read “Made Good In a Day!”

the St Louis Car Museum is selling off a lot of vehicles.

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