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New Gateway to Amazing Collector Cars by Marilyn Pearlman

New Gateway Showroom Opening In Georgia

With millions of people in metro Atlanta and its many exotic and classic car collectors, the city is a perfect place for the 13th Gateway Classic Cars showroom to open. In early November, Sal Akbani, CEO/President of the company, led a team from his corporate office to cut the ribbon for the 65,000 square foot space in Alpharetta, GA - 30 miles from downtown Atlanta. Other…

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Added by Michael Thies on December 15, 2016 at 12:54pm — No Comments

Road Atlanta's 2016 Petit Le Mans! Wow!

SOUTH EAST USA WHEELS EVENTS-Car and Motorcycle Show Calendar

2016! How did it get here so fast! But here we are in Braselton, GA! Starting in 1998, the Petit Le Mans is the premier event of the American Le Mans Series.  Sports car teams plan for years to compete in this 10 hour endurance race held at Road Atlanta in North Georgia. This year is clearly a record breaking spectator attendance, likely almost 115,000 people!…

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Added by Michael Thies on October 7, 2016 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

The Next Generation For www.SouthEastWheelsEvents.com

 SOUTH EAST USA WHEELS EVENTS-Car and Motorcycle Show Calendar

First, I wish to thank all the wonderful folks who have helped and contributed their time and efforts to our Events Calendar!

 

The concept of “Wheels Events” was chosen…

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Added by Michael Thies on September 28, 2016 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

C&O Invitational Show Vehicle Display Application

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Sandy Springs GA Festival & Caffeine & Octane

Sponsored by www.SouthEastWheelsEvents.com

Spetember 17 & 18, 2016

C&O Invitational Show Vehicle Display…

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Added by Michael Thies on September 11, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Say “No” to EPA’s Threat to Motorsports

Say “No” to EPA’s Threat to Motorsports : SEMA Opposes Regulation Prohibiting Conversion of Vehicles into Racecars

Please sign the White House Petition asking the EPA to withdraw its proposal.  We need 100,000 signatures in 30 days, so…
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Added by Michael Thies on February 11, 2016 at 9:34am — 2 Comments

"Exit Strategy" – by LaBaron Grove



Introduction: LaBaron Grove is a friend of mine with a very cool Mustang.  I took the photos with the intent to write a short article on his car.  He had given me a very entertaining tour and I asked him to send me some details on the symbolism so I could make sure I got it all correct. As it turned out his email was a much better story than I could pretend to write.  Here is it with only minor punctuation modification.  LaBaron is a patriot and head of the…

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Added by Michael Thies on December 10, 2015 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Chronological History of The Toys for Tots Programs -www.ToysForTots.org

Chronological History of The Toys for Tots Programs

 

1947 Major Bill Hendricks, USMCR founds Toys for Tots in Los Angeles, California.  5,000 toys collected during a campaign before Christmas 1947.  The first toy is a handmade doll.

1948 The United States Marine Corps adopts Toys for Tots, and expands it into a…

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Added by Michael Thies on December 9, 2015 at 8:48am — No Comments

Who owns the lost James Dean Porsche? By Gary Gastelu -Fox News

Who owns the lost James Dean Porsche? By Gary Gastelu Published November 13, 2015 FoxNews.com…

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Added by Michael Thies on November 13, 2015 at 11:38pm — No Comments

Forsyth Christmas Parade Cancelled :-(

Christmas Parade Canceled

Posted Monday, November 9, 2015 12:00 am Forsyth…
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Added by Michael Thies on November 10, 2015 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Babe Restored

Babe Restored

By Mike Thies

While I have always celebrated cars and motorcycles of all kinds, it is natural to have favorites.  I fell in love with Porsches on the Interstate years ago when I was passed by a 356 Speedster! This was a number of years before the tragic accident that took James Dean’s life in a…

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Added by Michael Thies on October 17, 2015 at 10:30pm — 6 Comments

"The Battery Man"

Blog on “The Battery Man”  by Marilyn Pearlman

Steve Ashby, founder and co-owner of The Battery Man, loves to go to car shows, including a recent one in Biloxi, Mississippi. Twenty-five years ago, he and his partner, wife Brenda, bought the company when it was still called Jiffy Jump Atlanta and moved it from Lilburn to Marietta, Georgia. Steve and his family—including manager Steve Jr. --especially like serving the hot rod…

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Added by Michael Thies on October 15, 2015 at 11:30pm — No Comments

The 20 Best Cars That Still Offer a Manual Transmission For those who like to do the shifting themselves. by Ben Stewart

The manual transmission is on the endangered species list. Every year fewer and fewer cars are offered with a clutch and a shifter. Why? Americans just don't want to be bothered with the chore of working a clutch with their left foot and shifting with their right. And sports car manufacturers are the worst offenders when it comes to quitting on the stick shift.…

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Added by Michael Thies on September 14, 2015 at 9:29am — No Comments

Top 10 Tips on Making Money at an Auto Swap Meet by Jeff Zurschmeide

Please be reminded that Saturday September 5, 2015 is the next North East Georgia Automotive Swap Meet in Commerce, GA

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Added by Michael Thies on September 2, 2015 at 12:30am — No Comments

Google Doodle Honors The First Ever Electric Traffic Light!

Google comes up with some cool obscurities. This one is up my alley! :-) Check it out



http://time.com/3985080/when-was-the-first-traffic-light-installed/

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"THE FIRST traffic signal was invented by J P Knight, a railway signalling engineer. It was installed…

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Added by Michael Thies on August 5, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Caffeine & Octane - The Biggest Vehicle Event in Georgia

C&O was started about nine years about at a Panera Bread in Marietta, Ga and has outgrown a number of locations, steadily growing over the years to a new record set at Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody, GA last Sunday at an estimated 2500 vehicles!  It is now owned by the third owner, Bruce Piefke, who clearly has a handle on how to make it better and better.  Over the years, the numbers have intimated some of the owners of the older more classic cars, yet there still is a highly respectable…

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Added by Michael Thies on August 3, 2015 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

NE Georgia Swap Meet March ’15 @ Atlanta Dragway by Jeff Southard

Ed. Note: Thank you Jeff Southard for helping us celebrate a great Georgia tradition with Brad Ocock's Swap Meet at the Dragway! 

NE Georgia Swap Meet March ’15 @ Atlanta Dragway

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Added by Michael Thies on July 30, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments

COFFEE BRAKE & “The Journey of Hope” -Snellville, GA 7-26-15

COFFEE BRAKE & “The Journey of Hope”

For several years, www.SouthEastWheeslsEvents.com and a mix of TWs, Georgia Street Rodders and Master Car Club members have been having a regular breakfast cruise-in called the “Coffee Brake” at the Main Street Diner in Snellville, GA. I give credit for its start to Jerry Jones, who like a couple others, is a member of all three groups. It has been remarkably consistent; sometimes larger (40+…

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Added by Michael Thies on July 28, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Flat Sex: Porsche 911 Reimagined by Singer (Rob Dickinson)

This article in Road and Track celebrates a man I really enjoyed meeting in Las Vegas at the SEMA convention last year. He was easy going, open and down right chatty, not like many to of the self involved elitists that seem to set up at conventions. So many company leaders seem to put paid staff out front and keep out of the way of press and the general enthusiasts and buyers. But not Rob Dickinson! He seems to enjoy getting to know people and when they gush over his "art work"…

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Added by Michael Thies on July 20, 2015 at 6:21pm — No Comments

The People Drifting This 1905 Land Speed Record Car Are Heroes

Can you imagine driving a 200 Horsepower antique car at around 100 miles and hour?  !!!  Check out this great video from an article from Road and Track magazine! 

http://www.roadandtrack.com/motorsports/videos/a26114/goodwood-1905-car-drift/

Added by Michael Thies on July 20, 2015 at 2:29pm — No Comments

NOPI's Mark Meyers Passed Away This Week. :-(

I visited with my old friend's family last night. I have lost a good friend with Mark's passing. So has the Hobby.  Here is a great eulogy written by our mutual friend Rickey Dailey.

"If you once was that kid or that young adult that got excited to pack your bags for one of the best touring car shows in the USA... You attended the Nopi Nationals Motorsports #CarShow and that event was Co-Founded by …

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Added by Michael Thies on July 18, 2015 at 11:33am — No Comments

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