I guess you can say that I am a car junkie. As a little kid back in the 1960's, I spent hours in the back seat of my Grandfathers 1915 Hudson. On Friday nights, I was at Beltsville Speedway, where my father raced a Late Model Sportsman car in the early years of NASCAR. Both have stuck which is evident in the photo.
The race car is a 2011 Masters-Bilt Crate Late Model which we race on the dirt circuit in Maryland and Virginia. I am not the driver, but rather I am the Crew Chief and the brains behind the mechanics. The dirt car is observed by the watchful eye of my 1913 Touring car just behind it....
What other things do you enjoy other than your T??
Nice car! My brother in law races a late model sportsman. I LOVE the smell of race fuel...
This picture is a couple years old
That's a mean looking ride too, Greg! Yea, I have been known to go down to my barn and fire up the stock car just to smell the Cam2.
Model T's are my only relaxing hobby... The rest of my hobbies are more about adrenaline.
I got into autocross racing with my Chevelle about 6 years ago.
I tore the Chevelle apart 4 years ago, and still don't have it back together. In the mean time, I picked up a Mazda Miata which fits well into SCCA classing structure, so I can work on driving skill and compare myself to better drivers in equal equipment.
I have drag raced my wife's car (2008 Pontiac G8 GT) and even entered my truck in a local pull.
Besides my two Model A cars, my new Model T, and a couple of Crosleys, we also race a Harris dirt modified around central California. Also we race a Camaro super stock dirt car on off weekends and occasionally my son rides one of my vintage MX bikes with AHRMA.
James, I'm glad to hear the hours in the Hudson didn't hurt your enthusiasm.
I just received one of Rich Eagle's 2015 calendars. It is wonderful. A car guy that is an artist shows a lot of detail often missed. Get one, you will not be sorry.
Beautiful paintings Richard! I used to love to draw any time I was bored... I still have notebooks full of pen sketches of cars, all drawn from memory, but I haven't drawn anything in several years now.
Here's a couple of my favorites, drawn during Math and English classes while in school about 12-13 years ago.
Obviously from the lined notebook paper, you can tell I never really took it very seriously.
I occasionally will sketch something for the kids to color (have done quite a few Model T's in crayon on the back of kids-menus at restaurants while waiting for food) but I haven't done anything in detail for a long while.
Richard, Derek... Great art!
Thanks for the plug Wayne but the last two just went out the door last week. Forum folks were very supportive.
Derek, you will have more time some day and you should get back at it when you can. It is a great way to relax. I remember sketching in the classroom when I should have been listening.
Bottom line is to do what is fun as much as you can get away with.
This is an great forum to share that.
I like to build furniture and toys for my Grandkids.
This is the lineup for this Christmas, so far.
I haven't been active in it for several years, but my other pastime has been Real Radio. If you're old enough you know what that means. In the summer of 1983 I produced a series that aired on KCSN, my buddy Herb Schmidt directed, and we both did some of the writing. Some of that was original scripts, some was adaptations of scripts from the forties, and we had scripts submitted from other writers. We did a western, a Radio noir detective story, a detective story spoof, a Halloween story (The Witches' Ring), a romantic comedy, and a couple of other shows. An important element in radio is sound effects. Here's one we used: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_X8dfzFc8nc&list=UUFVx528ORtpDgCPJXbFCA6w
Good demo Steve, where's the coconut half's ?
Great job guy's!!
Good for the soul...When you make the time for it.
Last one I did was of my Son in 2006.
shooting for late spring finish.
Deer Hunting with this kid..
Must have been some good hot chocolate.
Come Wednesday We'll be in the woods, ready for opening Sat.
I restore, sometimes race, and sell these:
I give a lot of credit to my Dad for being the determined teacher of a reluctant pupil. -In spite of myself, he made a musician and a singer of me, for he was both a player of various instruments and a voice-coach. -With those gifts patiently given me by Dad, I made a living for a while. -Haven't touched the accordion in a couple of years, but still practice piano every day and play drums regularly in church.
Dad's living was made as a machinist. -He tried to teach me about that and I understood the principle, but after one summer as an apprentice in a machine shop, realized I lacked the knack. -Just as well; it's a hard, on-your-feet-all-day occupation (By the way, Dad machined the landing gear that went on the Apollo-11 Lunar Excursion Module and I like to say that before Neil Armstrong put a footprint on the Moon, my Dad's prints were there first).
I got an art diploma and used those skills in the advertising field for thirty years. -And while in that industry, I learned a little about writing. -It's rare these days that I do any artwork, but I still enjoy writing and am in the middle of tapping out a science-fiction novel that will never be published. - It's just a hobby.
Spent about fifteen years as president of the P-47 Alumni Association (the Republic retirees who designed and built the P-47 Thunderbolt), put together their publication, arranged their banquets, and got to meet Thunderbolt aces Lt. Col. Robert S. Johnson (whose book I read back in high-school and which made me decide to someday take flying lessons) and Col. Francis S. Gabreski. -Also, on one occasion, got to ride in the jump seat of Ray Stutsman's P-47G, "Little Demon." Now, that was a ride!
Got a pilot's licence back in 1988. -Yeah, the eighties were a prosperous time for even average folk like me and I bought an antique airplane which I thought I could afford. -Man, that thing was a money pit! (There's a picture of my 1947 Navion on my profile.) -Five of my pilot friendsótwo of whom were highly experienced flight instructorsódied in firey airplane crashes and I started to think that maybe this hobby was too dangerous. -When my parked airplane was flipped upside-down and destroyed by a winter wind-storm, I figured the handwriting was on the wall and bade goodbye to General Aviation. -Part of the insurance pay-off went to credit-card bills and the rest went to buying the Model T Ford I had wanted all my life. -The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. -I wasn't about to argue with His timing.
In spite of Dad's working as a machinist during the day, singing at night and occasionally waiting tables on weekends, our family lived from paycheck to paycheck and always owned used cars (They weren't "pre-owned" in those days). -Like a lot of folks back then, we did our own basic maintenance; oil-changes, grease jobs, brake adjustments and such. -When I got to be old enough, I was taught how to change out condensers and points, how to adjust the dwell through the little sliding door in the distributor cap and how to gap plugs with a feeler gauge. -But when self-adjusting brakes, electronic ignition and fuel-injection became standard equipment on even the cheapest of cars built since the eighties, I didn't figure those old skills would ever come in handy, again. -Funny how things work out; my Tin Lizzie always needs plenty of that.
All... This is great seeing the other interests we all have. keep it coming.
Other than playing cars with dad I collect with my son Winnipeg tax tags 1932 to 1942 war amp Manitoba key tags 1946 to present Manitoba license plates 1911 to present. With my wife we collect coins Canada from 1858 to present and I collect model t model cars and I have some 60s cars on the go as well.
I also collect, vintage phonographs (going back to the kind with the external horns and cylinders), historical recordings, radios, telephones, microphones and, dust!!!
I too paint and we run an old live steamer at Big Bear Lake in California.
The painting below is Jim Guinn's 1910 Buick. Jim makes the wooden transmission bands and owns several Model T's.
Below is a picture of our steam powered launch named "Tinkerbelle" with period correct brass lamps and smokestack.
Old cars but I sold off my newer cars starting about 15 years ago, I got tired of always working on something before I could drive it, kept the 64 Eldo convertible until the end, now I just have T stuff and a recently acquired 54 Willys pickup.
Little tractors, Ford 8N, 9N, NAA, 600, 801, 2000, IHC 454, 300 Utility. I'm not sure they are so much a hobby in that I use them but they are still partly a hobby, I guess. I have a little hobby ranch so I guess the equipment is hobby equipment.
Motorcycles, Suzuki C50T Classic, 1973 Kawasaki 175, 1974 Suzuki GT185, 72 & 76 Suzuki TS185, 1968 Kawasaki 100, a few others.
Mostly tho, I play music. Played my first paid job December 31, 1952. Have played both professionally and for fun for 60+ years. Play fiddle, guitar, sing; spent years on the road full and part time working oil field bars, fairs, rodeos, dance halls, festivals, etc. Have another new CD out, 7th one. Mostly play for fun anymore. Off to the old time fiddlers today.
Also like to write, have written and published several books, some fiction, some not. Don't have time anymore.
Kids, music, guns, dirt bikes, sports in all above combinations. Girlfriend has a 14 year old girl and a 17 year old boy. Lotsa fun.
For me, model T's and brass cars are the "fast" ones. I'm also very big in antique tractors and farm implements, where speeds can get up to a hair-raising 4.5 mph.
I like motorcycles too but don't seem to get much done.
If you've ever seen the TV show, American Pickers, you would have a rough idea of my hobby/hobbies.
Like 1870-1920 style and technology and cannot immerse myself deep enough in it. From the historical
knowledge of local towns and structures now gone to the generic stuff "of the times". I am not into it for
making money. I just like to surround myself in an atmosphere of neat stuff. But the getting out and
looking for it brings me in contact with some great old timers and their stories. That is where my TT
interest comes in. What better way to find old duffers of similar interest than to make my interest known
with a great old truck ? From forgotten ravines tossed full of junk to the guy with his "hoard" in the basement.
I can't imagine a better way to spend my free time.
Les, what year is the Allis B? I don't see a starter, so I'm guessing it's an early one. Mine is postwar.
My wife and I touring Canada on our 1978 Yamaha XS 1100
We also like to go fast when not in our Ts. About 10 years ago I stopped road racing my Porsche 914. Now we have a 65 Mustang to go a little faster than our Ts. Dena's car is a 1991 Porsche cabriolet. We also have a 1970 Porsche 911t targa and for a retirement gift she let me buy a 1958 Thunderbird coupe. The T's get the most attention, from young and old, at car shows, parades or just driving around. It is a great hobby with great people.
gee's i lead a boring life.
I enjoy restoring and running antique outboards. Loads of fun cranking up the "old iron" and roaring across the lake when it isn't 'solid' around here.
Hi guys, I have lived and slept cars all my life as we spent many hours on the road in our old 1950 Holden sedan, (smaller version of the 48 Chev)
My vehicles goes from Horse Drawn to Armour.
My 1895 stage/overland mail coach, my great grandfathers 1913 Model T, its just for crusin and when I feel I dont need speed, my 1966 Thunderbird with a 428 for the times when I just can put the foot down and go, My 1963 English Armoured Personal Carrier which wins all road rage problems, its great to drive. Every household should have one so that when the lady of the house gets on the nerves you get in and shut the hatches and no problems.
Congradulation on putting out a good car Calendar
Now then, Does it show George Washington's birthday as the 22 Feb 1732 or does it show that he was born on President's day ? If it shows that it is on President's day, that gives George a moving birthday. Check it out please and let me know which way you went, solid or floating
John, we put George's birthday on the 22nd and President's day on the 16th. Also Lincoln on the 12th.
My hobby if you want to call it that, is Genealogy
( Family Study ) of 47 years. Nothing gives me more Satisfaction than to find one more ancestor and document the fact. I can realiably trace back in some lines for 82 generation. The Nichols family only back to 1616 in Wales. Every ten generations, each person can count 1024 individuals. It is likely that any three of us can probably find an ancestral relationship.
But my main problem is, if I am related to some pretty fasmous people, how come I am not Rich & famous or at least infamous?
The APC is a fun machine and the damage count so far with my driving lessons is one 12foot gate, one fence /gate post, three trees that got in my way, her most prized weeds in the drive way garden as I slew it around the curve and lastly I showed the passengers the meaning of being weight less as it went over the embankment in full flight, result in skin off knees and arms, bruised bodies, squashed kids and a flat dog that was under every body, I ended up with splitting head ache when I hit the hatch as I left my seat but would do it again.
The Allis "B" is a 1939. The John Deere is a 1926 "spoker". The Titan is a 1920 which was sold new in Yakima, WA. I have the original sales brochure and the original handwritten bill of sale for it.
I've played with airplanes for 50 years.
Built the bipe from scratch and have restored others (a couple that I wrecked).
I've flown about 6000 hrs but don't much anymore for health reasons.
My wife likes this stuff too...we live on an airport.
Stan, Are your CD's available to the public? I only have the demo that you gave me.
I do Civil War era photography along with my kids. Here is one My 12 yo daughter did at the same farm museum that I got my T from.
It is a 1/4 plate on aluminum taken with an f/4.5 8x8 lens
This is us at the same event
Terry, I'm still trying to get time to get the artwork and graphics done and round up the money to get the CD printed. I've been so buried in other work this fall I just haven't had time. Met a photographer today who is going to be using my little ranch for doing engagement photos, etc. I asked her is she could take some pics of me that make me look young and handsome. She said "I'm a photographer, not a miracle worker." Have to see how the photo search goes.
My new hobby is traveling. I bought a salvage motor home last February and fixed it up over the next 6 months. Finally got to do our shake down trip in August. Fixed the items that showed up on the shake down trip then took a 3 week trip in late September into October. The trip included the Indiana covered bridge tour, the Henry Ford and Greenfield village, The Piquette plant. the Model T museum and much more. The motor home is a 1996 Rexhall Aerbus and I do not have a lot of money in it but a lot of time invested in fixing it.
We were dragging this T around the whole three weeks we were out.
Stan, Maybe you could find a photo of you when you were twenty or thirty years younger, but I don't care if you even use a picture. Neither you or I look like George Strait or Garth Brooks.