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One Of Our Favorite Photographers Has Died - Dave Williams

Our friend Dave Williams (one of our favorite car photographers) passed away Saturday of a heart attack. I thought you all would be interested in the many photos he has posted on www.SouthEastWheelsEvents.com. I have been friends with Dave for at least a decade.  I am very saddened with his passing.

"Obituary for Dave Williams

David Williams, 63, of Braselton, passed away…

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Added by Michael Thies on November 17, 2014 at 7:22pm — 4 Comments

ANNOUNCEMENT! - Carlisle Events to Relocate Shows to Lakeland Beginning in the Fall of 2015 from Mike Garland

FROM MIKE GARLAND OF CARLISLE EVENTS 

On the Move – Annual Fall and Winter AutoFest Events Moving

Carlisle Events to Relocate Shows to Lakeland Beginning in the Fall of 2015

 

CARLISLE, PA – Carlisle Events, based in Pennsylvania, has been promoting some of the largest…

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Added by Michael Thies on November 13, 2014 at 2:38pm — No Comments

Motor Trend picked the awesome Camaro Z/28 as Best Driver's Car! First American Car To Win!

Motor Trend picked the awesome Camaro Z/28 as Best Driver's Car! First Ever American Car To Win!

Porsche, Audit, Ferrari, Etc. but CAMARO? Wow!  As a Porsche driver, I found this a true surprise, yet Motor Trend (my heroes) tested all the candidates and the Z/28 won out!

"Camaro Z/28 is Motor Trend’s Best Driver’s Car 2014-09-25 

DETROIT –Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is Motor Trend’s 2014 Best Driver’s Car. It’s the first American-brand…

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Added by Michael Thies on September 28, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments

Al Capone's Car.... I Am Told This Is a True Story!

Al Capone's Car.... I Am Told This Is a True Story! 



I got this email recently from a friend:

"A BIT OF HISTORY I BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW……………



Hours after Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7, 1941, the Secret Service found themselves in a bind. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was to give his Day of Infamy speech to Congress on…

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Added by Michael Thies on September 8, 2014 at 4:06pm — No Comments

The New Formula E Racing Series Starts in China in 8 days!

INSIGHT: China Racing – the hometown heroes

BEIJING|01 SEP 14

When the 10 teams roll their cars out onto the purpose-built Beijing street track for the inaugural Formula E race, there is one outfit…

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Added by Michael Thies on September 4, 2014 at 9:17am — No Comments

Heritage - Reprint from SEMA 2014 http://www.sema.org/sema-news

HERITAGE

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…

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

HENRY’S “T” & EDSEL’S “A”

  HENRY’S “T” & EDSEL’S “A”   CLICK ON THE PICTURES!

 

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…

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

“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…

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Added by Michael Thies on February 13, 2014 at 11:00pm — 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…

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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…

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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.…

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Added by Michael Thies on January 26, 2014 at 1:30pm — 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…

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

A Slice of History; Senoia’s 9th Annual Cruisin’ To The Oldies Car Show -Senoia, GA

A Slice of History; Senoia’s 9th Annual Cruisin’ To The Oldies Car Show

I am a lucky man.  I have had the opportunity to work and judge car shows all over the country.  That is a joy.  As my good luck has continued, on September 28, I was at one of the finest car shows in the South East!  The weather was perfect, the city quaint and charming, the people friendly and the cars were outstanding at…

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Added by Michael Thies on September 30, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Lister Reincarnates; Coronado Races Roll on Base

Lister Reincarnates Company & Cars,

Building FIA-Legal Lister "Knobblys"

Cambridge, UK -- Lister, one of the seminal great marques in British sports car history, announced Wednesday that it is resuming production of period-correct versions of its world-beating 1958 "Knobbly" sports car, powered by Jaguar and Chevrolet Corvette engines. 

 

After a gap of nearly…

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Added by Michael Thies on September 26, 2013 at 3:36am — No Comments

5th Annual Collector Car Appreciation Day to be Celebrated July 11, 2014

5th Annual Collector Car Appreciation Day to be Celebrated July 11, 2014
 
The SEMA Action Network (SAN) announced that the next …
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Added by Michael Thies on September 12, 2013 at 1:27am — No Comments

Motorcycle Car -Dan Hofer

Even as a young teenager, Dan Hofer had a real bend toward engines.  When his dad was replacing a worn out lawn mower, he asked if he could have it to take it apart and discover what made it run. This was the beginning of his quest to rebuild primarily, motorcycle engines. He turned his parent’s backyard into a mechanic shop, stripping engines and putting side carts on some motorcycle models. He used these later to throw newspapers all through his teenage…

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Added by Michael Thies on July 30, 2013 at 3:00am — No Comments

"Car Enthusiasm Sparks Forsyth" By Mike Thies, www.SouthEastWheelsEvents.com

Car Enthusiasm Sparks Forsyth

By Mike Thies, www.SouthEastWheelsEvents.com

 

          Over the past few years, Forsyth’s economy has been revved up in celebration of the substantial growth with new businesses and noteworthy events. There’s one local business in particular gaining notoriety, not only for its spectacular services within the community, but also for the touch of…

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Added by Michael Thies on July 11, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Five Famous TV Dad Cars by Rob Sass (Courtesy of Hagerty's)

Five Famous TV Dad Cars

Rob Sass



June 14, 2013…

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Added by Michael Thies on June 20, 2013 at 2:00am — 1 Comment

This Twin Buick was built in Kent Fuller's Shop in 1959 in Sherman Oaks, CA -Courtesy of Standard 1320 Drag Racing

The Twin Buick was built in Kent Fuller's Shop in 1959
on Woodman Avenue in Sherman Oaks, CA

Construction begins in the Summer of 1959 in Kent Fuller's Chassis Shop…
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Added by Michael Thies on May 21, 2013 at 8:16am — No Comments

Celebrate 30 Years of the Hollywood Hit "Christine" at Carlisle by Mike Garland

            

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                              May 2013                                                                                              Michael Garland (717) 243-7855 ext.…

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Added by Michael Thies on May 16, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

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