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Heritage - Reprint from SEMA 2014


By Drew Hardin 

Photo Courtesy Petersen Archives

The Great California Street Rod Civil War

At the 1973 Street Rod Nationals (or so the story goes), rod builders Andy Brizio and Lil’ John Buttera got into a, shall we say, friendly discussion about which end of the Golden State produced the best street rods. Southern Californian Buttera ribbed Brizio, who was from South San Francisco, about how the Bay Area cars were “average” mechanically but were topped by outstanding paint jobs to make them seem more special. Brizio, in turn, said L.A. turned out trick show cars that couldn’t be driven very far. One thing led to another and (so the story goes) the discussion devolved into a “my new car will be better than your new car” challenge. At the 1973 Street Rod Nationals (or so the story goes), rod builders Andy Brizio and Lil’ John Buttera got into a, shall we say, friendly discussion about which end of the Golden State produced the best street rods. Southern Californian Buttera ribbed Brizio, who was from South San Francisco, about how the Bay Area…


Added by Michael Thies on July 18, 2014 at 1:38am — No Comments




A major number of polls and surveys have agreed the Ford Model T was clearly the world's most influential car of the 20th Century.  Henry Ford has often been credited as the pioneer but actually the real pioneers were in Europe and the “automobile” had existed for decades. It was true, though, that their public adoption had been limited, and they were mostly scarce and expensive. What Henry really did is put…


Added by Michael Thies on June 21, 2014 at 11:11pm — No Comments

A special note of thanks to Mike.

I would like to thank Mike Theis for inviting me to participate in the Peachtree Festival Car Show. This was my 1st car show I've been in with my Boatcar, and then to win "Best of Show" was a real shocker to me. I really enjoyed meeting the other participants and their beautiful rides. What a great way to enjoy Father's Day with family and new friends!! Thanks again.…


Added by Mark Ray on June 15, 2014 at 10:37pm — No Comments

My new website about my Boatcar.

I created a website about my Boatcar which  is  Looking forward to the Peach-tree Festival car show. See you all then!!

Added by Mark Ray on June 14, 2014 at 10:50pm — No Comments

The Boatcar

About a year ago my wife made a bet with me that I couldn't build a Boatcar, but I proved her wrong. I purchased a GMC Jimmy with a 4.3 V6 and stripped the entire body except for the chassis, the seats and the motor. I then found a 18.5 ft Sea Ray bow rider that was ready for the landfill. She was stripped of her motor, out drive, and her interior including the floor. I then brought them together as one. She is now street legal because she has head lights, tail lights, turn signals,…


Added by Mark Ray on June 4, 2014 at 11:08pm — 1 Comment

Classic Cars for Celebrities/Families at Roswell Dealership

Written by Marilyn Pearlman

Whether in fashion or cars, it is a matter of picking the right item/style and the right color says Tevie Dante Fraser, co-owner of Fraser Dante LTD, with her husband Thomas Fraser.    The decision to go into business started with one car and lots of Passion, a 1972 Red Oldsmobile Cutlass Convertible, which was a great pick 28 years ago.  That choice has evolved into a full show room with around 50 cars plus!  The husband-wife team speaks from…


Added by Marilyn Pearlman on May 20, 2014 at 3:49pm — No Comments

Gwinnett Thrus. Night Bike Ride

Every Thrusday night bikers meet on pleasant hill rd. at the bp. Every biker in the metro area is there. Where will you be.

Added by michael on May 15, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

INSURING YOUR COLLECTOR CADILLAC (or any collectible car): My personal experience and some tips…

Here’s a question I am asked a lot, especially by members new to Peach State Cadillac: “How should I insure my ‘new’ collector Cadillac?” There are three ways to learn this lesson:

  1. The HARD way: Your “new” Cadillac burns to the ground, then your auto insurance company’s settlement offer is outrageously low. You’ve heard that one before… haven’t you?
  2. The EASY way: You ask someone who knows, and you LISTEN.
  3. The SORT-OF-HARD way: At a cruise-in we were talking…

Added by Jon Douglas Bailey on April 2, 2014 at 5:20pm — 1 Comment

Atlanta Auto Restoration—Mark Engel’s Dream Came True

“Our clients come from all over the U.S.-- and as far as the Virgin Islands,” says Henry County resident and business owner Mark Engel, who started  Atlanta Auto Restoration in Hampton, Georgia nearly nine years ago.  After two years of conversation about the meticulous process he and his staff of five go through to restore a car, the client shipped his car.    


Engel believes that his process of entirely disassembling a car makes Atlanta Auto Restoration unique.      Since the…


Added by Marilyn Pearlman on March 19, 2014 at 12:49pm — 1 Comment

“The Voice” & His Vehicles

“The Voice” & His Vehicles

Frank Sinatra was called “The Voice” from early in his career.   He was heard on his first recording with the Harry James Band singing “All Or Nothing At All” which sold about 8,000 copies that year, later to sell millions as he became better known. As he became famous with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, we have few hints on his growing interest in classy cars. He and his wife Nancy…


Added by Michael Thies on February 13, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

NO Love/Drop Gearz Thursdays & Sundays

What I like about this cars of all types, enthusiasts of all ages and cliques/clubs form all over to share time, space and support for the industry! Chuck

Added by Chuck Aaron on January 30, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

“Jim Stark”* – You Were A Big Hit! by Mike Thies

*James Dean’s role in Rebel Without A Cause    "Dream as if you'll live forever, and live as if you'll die today." – James Dean

James Byron Dean was born on February 8, 1931, in Marion, IN.  He went to school for a time in Santa Monica, but went back to Indiana after his mother died, where he finished high school.  Myth…


Added by Michael Thies on January 28, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

In Memory of Rob Farley and Davis Gregor NASA-SE

We are deeply saddened by the news that we lost two close friends this last Friday who were part of the NASA-SE family,  Rob Farley was a top notch NASA instructor and a very qualified mechanic. He was always helping folks go faster on track and off and would be eager 

to assist anyone in need.

Davis Gregor was only 19 and had just…


Added by Michael Thies on January 27, 2014 at 11:21am — No Comments

Green Replacement Straws for Gear Heads - Its a great idea!

Here is a great idea for gear heads, for all pros and especially us amateurs! It is pretty simple but we have all been there! I lose them all the time. I am talking about the focus straws that come on aerosol lubricants and paint cans.  The red straws that come with the products are taped to the side and often fall off and get lost; especially the ones I keep in my tool box.…


Added by Michael Thies on January 26, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

YOUNG Elvis & The Blue Suedes Rockabilly Tribute Show!

Picture above From Our Recording Session at The Legendary SUN Studio In Memphis TN last Month!!

What an AMAZING Experience!!

We love Classic Cars and Car…


Added by Harold Schulz on November 27, 2013 at 4:44pm — No Comments

T-Bird 2003 - Ford's remake of a rare classic needs a home

T-Bird 2003 Sportster Convertible Classic with just over 28,000 miles is lQQking to find a home. She is in more than excellent condition as she has always been garaged and loved. She still is loved and since she is not driven like she deserves, we are looking to find a lovely home. She has rare desert sky blue body and removable hard top …


Added by CC Smith on November 27, 2013 at 4:21pm — No Comments

Clarion Hotel Lexington, KY

Do you book or attend shows that rotate to different states?  If so, have you ever considered Lexington, KY?  Better yet, have you ever considered Clarion Hotel Lexington in Lexington, KY?

Clarion Hotel Lexington offers everything you need for a successful car show or motorcycle rally.  The hotel is conveniently located at Interstate 75 in North Lexington. This location provides easy…


Added by Scott Hait on November 19, 2013 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama

Saturday, April 26 - Sunday, April 27, 2014

The must-see car show event of the year is at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the inaugural Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama! Motoring enthusiasts of all types will not want to miss this! Vehicle entry for the Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama will be open to most anything with an…


Added by Ted Austad on November 14, 2013 at 12:03pm — No Comments

collector car insurance

this blog is let everyone know about what happened this summer and what we found out. in august 2013 being a mopar family we went to myrtle beach for the mopars at the beach meet. this is a week long meet with different venues all week long. during this event we were to enter the myrtle beach speedway for the car show. my son with his 94 viper had to go around the track to get into infield. while doing so it started raining,hard. making the left turn into the pit area the viper lost traction…


Added by robert p brown on November 13, 2013 at 5:37pm — No Comments

1969 Chevrolet Camaro -z16- Twin 427's

1969 Chevrolet Camaro -z16- Twin 427's


A Show Quality Car Built by American V8 Classics in Alpharetta, GA

American V8 Classics and Customs in Alpharetta, GA presents a one of a kind…


Added by Michael Thies on November 6, 2013 at 11:30pm — No Comments

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