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    'In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.'

    Theodore Roosevelt 1907

Japanese Customs – over the edge

2196721839_e7dd046cf0_bWell, now I’ve seen it all.  I happened onto some images of Japanese customs and these are the wildest cars I’ve ever seen.  They appear to be mostly late model ‘vehicles, and all are wildly customized. Many had up-swept pipes 2196730503_7e85c05d3b_b(how does s/he keep the rainwater out?) that extended what appears to be four to six foot either up or up and back.

2196733745_ac1c506fc0_bAnother addition is a large panel that is molded into the front which gives the initial appearance that they are  on trailers, as seen in the two left images.  I have no idea what the purpose is or what it is meant to convey. If anyone knows or has an idea, please post and share with us.  You can see the other images from the show on ch.knuckles flickr site.

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The History of AC Cars

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AC Cars was established in 1907 and is the oldest British car manufacturer that is still producing vehicles today.

The AC name came from the name of their first commercial three wheeler – the autocarrier, which was designed and manufactured by John Weller.

In 1908, a new passenger version called the AC Sociable was introduced. The name came about because the passenger and drivers seat were side by side and not in tandem as many other three wheelers were at the time. It was also the first time that the initials AC had been used.

During World War 1, AC continued to produce vehicles as well as shells and fuses. By 1919, they were back in full car production with 10hp and 12hp engines. These were later replaced by a six cylinder 16hp model.

For the next few years, AC turned to producing four wheeled vehicles and did not produce another three wheeler until 1953 with the AC Petite. The petite was powered by a 346cc single cylinder two stroke Villiers engine and had an aluminium body fastened to a light steel frame.

The all new Ace arrived in 1953, designed by John Tojerio. The Ace used the old 1991cc AC engine.

The distinctive body was produced in aluminium and looked similar to contemporary Ferrari models and it would also form the basis for the lengedary Cobra.

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The Twenty Fastest Muscle Cars

From the mid to early 1970’s a new breed of cars ruled the American streets. The majority of these were intermediate sized automobiles with large block engines stuffed inside. At first these cars were called “super cars” and over time they became know more accurately as muscle cars. The quarter mile was the performance standard and weekend drag racing became very popular.

Many of these cars pulled weekday duty as commuter vehicles, taking their proud owners to work and school. But, on the weekend the guys at the wheel were full fledged “amateur” dragsters. For the first time (and many would argue the only time) in American automotive history, high performance vehicles were available to the masses. The average Joe with a decent job could go to his local dealership and drive away with a ground pounding, tire smoking muscle car. Additionally, in a time before complicated emission controls and computer chips, an average Joe could actually working on his pride.

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Shady Grove Cruise-in

It was a bit chilly, but while everyone else “…were nestled all snug in their beds” the custom, classic and antique auto buffs  were out in force, meeting at what has become a Sunday morning ritual for many. Cruising in to the car meet at the corner of Shady Grove rd and Crabs Branch parkway were cars, trucks and bikes of all makes, models and descriptions.  Discussions ranged from what type radiator was best to how the roll bar hooked into a Cobra. One discussion that piqued my interest was the discussion of the “grove” that Shady Grove Rd. was named for, so I decided to do some digging.

I found the following on Wikipedia, “Shady Grove is an unincorporated area of Montgomery County, Maryland.[1] It has a population of 5,000-7,000, between the cities of Rockville and Gaithersburg, mostly in zip codes 20850 and 20855, though the exact boundaries are not officially defined. Shady Grove is one of Montgomery County’s upper middle class areas. The area is best identified by Shady Grove Road, which is exit 8 off of I-270. ”

However, I can find nothing further. One cruise-in member said the original ‘grove’ was just below the I370 intersection but I cannot find anything yet to verify that.

If you have information about the actual location of the original ‘grove’ or the history of the area, please post a comment and share.

Hyundai Elantra

I spend a lot of time creating images of custom or classic cars but was challenged to see if I could create an image of my wife’s Hyundai Elantra that made it look good. Here’s the results. I would love to hear your comments on this one. Good bad or average?

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Classic Car Sales – What to Look Out For

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Buying a classic car requires as much, if not more work than getting a brand new one from the car dealers. You should always approach the transaction as a very important deal as you would probably be spending thousands of dollars in acquiring this new car.

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The Rat Rod

Originally a counter-reaction to the 50s “Hot Rod”, a label recently applied to undriven cars and IMG_8115super high priced “customs” or “trailer queens”. The “Rat Rod”‘s beginning was a throwback to the Hot Rods of the earlier days of Hot Rodding, built to the best of the owner’s abilities and meant to be driven. Rat Rods are meant to loosely imitate in form and function, the “Traditional” Hot Rods of the era. Biker, Greaser, Rockabilly, and punk culture is often credited as influence that shapes of Rat Rodding.

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