The Forge Muscle Car Show

I guess this can be considered a “classic” event coverage, or maybe I could say this is “from the vault”. My dad and I attended this event back in 2006 and it still stands as one of the greatest car shows I’ve ever seen. It certainly didn’t have quantity, but the quality and rarity of the cars really made up for the overall size. It was only held in Chattanooga, Tennessee for one year, and I’m glad I had my camera with me.

The Forge Muscle Car Show

One of several legendary Hemi cars in attendance. It’s incredible how simple the engines were…Hemi with two big ol’ carburetors.

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New Looks for 2012

After visiting I-40 Dragway three times so far this season, I’ve noticed a ton of new paint jobs and several complete rebuilds. It’s normal for a couple of racers to revamp their cars over the winter, but 2012 seems to be the year for the new paint job! And while there are several brand new builds that will be debuting soon, I just figured I’d showcase these racers who have obviously put in some serious hours in the off season.

–Mike Farley campaigned this Camaro in the Pro Street class last year, using a roots-blown big block, but this year it has taken on a whole new look. Now with a reliable all motor big block, the car is set up to run the 6.0 index class, and features a fresh Hugger Orange paint job.

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Coker Tire and Honest Charley Cruise In

I’ll start this blog by saying that I hate to take credit for something that was organized by a group of people, but I felt proud last Saturday, as the cars and people kept pouring into the Coker Tire and Honest Charley Cruise In. It was cool to see an event I organized succeed, even with a serious threat for rain in the forecast. With just a couple months of planning we were able to get nearly 500 cars, and well over 1,000 people to see what Coker Tire is all about. Obviously, I didn’t do it alone, as I had the entire Coker Marketing Department backing me, as well as co-workers like Eric Gullett, Joe Lombardo and many others who spent their Saturday working, instead of relaxing.

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The End of an Era…Almost

Rumors have been swirling about the future of Brainerd Optimist Drag Strip, and in all honesty, it doesn’t look too promising. For the past 17 years, Steve Longley has leased the track, and he’s been in control of operations, but this is his final year at the helm. According to the rumors, the Optimist Club is taking over operations, and plans to only run bracket races on Saturdays. No heads up races and no test and tune nights. This is not a good sign. My dad said he remembers when the Optimist Club tried to operate the track in the ’80s and it nearly went under. This time, the track isn’t carrying nearly as much momentum as it had in the ’80s, so a change in management might just cripple it to the point of closing the doors. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen.

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Kind of an eerie photo from atop the hill at Brainerd Optimist Drag Strip. Sad times.

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A Packed House at Paradise

This morning I left the house at 7am to pick up my dad and head down to Calhoun, Georgia. With intentions of heading straight down to the Fall Paradise Show and Go, we couldn’t help but stop at the flea market in Bakewell. A quick walk through didn’t provide much excitement, but my dad bought a ’60s Sears girls 26-inch bike while we were there. Pretty cool bike. After seeing the most tricked out Mustang we’ve ever seen….EVER….we continued down the road toward Calhoun. I can’t even come up with any words to describe the Mustang…special seems to be the only one coming to mind.

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This is what it's all about...packed staging lanes, packed swap meet and perfect weather!

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My Cars–The RX7 Phase

Alright, so I’ve owned a bunch of cars, and this series of blogs will show some of the most notable ones…I’ve covered that before, but it’s been a while since I’ve contributed to this series. For some reason I’ve always been into weird cars, so I’ve always had a hankering for a Henry J or a Chevy Vega. Growing up, what I didn’t know is that I’d go through a phase in my post-high school years that would involve Mazda RX7’s. I owned three at one point, but when I sold them off, I had finished my RX7 phase and moved onto other stuff. No more RX7’s for me…unless it’s cheap and really cool. And it has turbos.

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First paint job...sprayed it in a buddy's garage.

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Dragstalgia at I-40 Dragway

A couple weeks ago I made plans to attend the Dragstalgia event, held at I-40 Dragway in Crossville, Tennessee. I-40 is my “home track” if you will…I don’t actually race, but if I did, this is where I’d go. The Dragstalgia event is a nostalgia drag race, which brings in a bunch of cool gassers, altereds and hot rods. There was even a Kellison funny car in attendance. I decided to drive the Corvette to the show, even though temperatures were in the high 90’s with humidity nearing 10,000%. Yeah, 10,000.

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Kellison funny car and Henry J getting ready to make a pass at I-40 Dragway

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