Who’s George Barris ?

While attending the World of Wheels a few years ago, I was patiently waiting in line for Mr. Barris’s autograph with my father who’s a 67 year old auto body man, when a kid in his early 20’s said “Who’s George Barris?”

My jaw dropped,what the heck are they teaching kids these days? George Barris is the guy responsible for most of those cool cars we got to watch every week on our favorite TV show growing up as kids. He was responsible for taking a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car and transforming it into the Batmobile, and who could ever forget the 1969 Charger, the “General Lee”, flying through the air every Friday night at 8:00.  My favorite Barris creation of all time  is the Munsters Koach, and Grandpa’s coffin car.

When it was my turn to get an autograph I shook his hand and said “Thank you Mr. Barris for creating all of those cool cars we got to see on TV as kids”, not to mention the awesome models that followed. He laughed and asked what my favorite car was, and I pointed to the Munsters Koach on display behind him. He was a great guy, and it was pretty cool meeting a legend.

So what was your favorite TV show car when you were a kid?

Images borrowed from: http://www.barris.com

Seen on eBay: Not Too Sure About This Porsche.

People do strange things.  If you are confused by the  images above, you are in good company.  I am one of those people that hates to see a classic car in good original condition ruined with questionable taste & potentially unsafe customization.  On the other hand, I am all for doing whatever you want with a car that has been left for dead.  I’m not sure what the story is with this car, but seeing it in it’s current state leads to my brain hurting.  It isn’t that I don’t approve of low vehicles, because I certainly do. In fact, I prefer my vehicles that way.Continue Reading

Gearhead Destinations: Toad Hall Classic Car Collection

If you live in the north east part of the US, and you are an automotive enthusiast, Toad Hall is a destination that you absolutely must check out.  Appropriately named after Toad Hall in the book “The Wind in the Willows“, Toad Hall is a collection of 50+ red sports cars located at the Simmons Homestead Inn in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.  The short story of how this all came together is that a gentleman named Bill Putman started buying red sports cars that he liked, and before long, created an amazing collection. The full story actually involves some racing, some family, and some cats, but I’ll let you check out his website for that.  Luckily for us, he opens his garage doors to dreamers like myself.Continue Reading

1A Auto Blog Asks: What’s Your Favorite Muscle Car?

1972 Monte Carlo

If you are a car enthusiast, you must have a favorite muscle car.  I know the time frame is debatable, but if we set the muscle car era to be from 1964 – 1972, we can all have a good starting point.  So now which car will it be? and why?

Me? I’m going with the 1970-72 Chevy Monte Carlo.  If and when I own one, it won’t be stock.  It needs to have an obnoxiously violent sounding engine in it.  I want to hear every cylinder of the big block ignite and blow it’s 11:1 compression out the open headers in the form of hellfire.  Behind the massive injected big block will probably sit an M-22 Muncie 4-speed.  It will whine in every gear, but it won’t matter because I won’t hear it over the open headers.  I’ll be shifting it at the edge of it’s life, and making my valve springs work overtime.  My Monte will sit on the ground, it will be so low that ants will be ducking their antennae.  Continue Reading

Everyone Should Attend A Racing School

With every year that passes there are more and more drivers on the road. Introduce the cell phone into this equation and things can get down right hairy out there.

I see people following to closely, driving to fast during bad weather conditions, not giving enough room for lane changes, and not knowing when to apply the brakes.

So here’s where the racing school comes in, strap in and buckle up we’re going for a ride!Continue Reading