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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

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East Coast Indoor Nationals

“Rain early in the day, followed by sleet turning to snow late in the afternoon.” That was the weather forcast as of Friday night, prior to my two sons and me heading for the Baltimore area to see the East Coast Indoor Nationls Car Show. We considered canceling but since it wasn’t supposed to get really nasty before early afternoon, we figured we would miss most of it. My youngest would drive up from N.VA. to my house and we would then head up to Mt Airy to pick up my oldest and head out Interstate 70 for the show in Timonium Maryland.
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Mini-Choppers: The New Fun Toy

While searching for something for my bike, I learned of a section of the ‘biker kulture’ that I knew nothing about; mini-choppers.  Now just wait till I show up at Shady Grove on one of these. 🙂 It will probably be awhile though since most of these are made in China. I guess I’ll have to build my own.

Zooming successfully on the roads, a thrill that peps up the adrenalin… that is exactly what the mini choppers do.  Mini chopper is a type of pocket dirt bike. It is like a small version of motor cycle appearing like a chopper. They are made of steel pipes or even steel tubes and have 4 stroke cc engine. They can store about a gallon of gass and reach speeds of 50-75 mph though the average is about 40 mph.  They are also fitted with mechanical brakes and can be driven on uneven surfaces and rough dirt roads. This makes them a cross country choice also for weekend bikers. Since they are lighter they give a feel of a chopper at a reasonable cost.

Amongst the most favored types, those who can customise the chopper are happy riders. By understanding the dynamics of his machine, the rider can use it to the optimum level. Customized ones are light weight with low seat height. Other types are of electric and variety. Electric mini choppers are much cheaper than the ones that run on gas. They are best suited for new bikers and children. However those with gas provide faster speed. This means the rider has to be more careful and skillful. They also come in smaller sizes.

Buyers have been attracted to mini choppers worldwide. They provide great thrill and fun which has increased their demand. They are more frequently used in racing and other sport events. Folks also use them to experience a blissful and pleasant ride. These choppers are safer and comfortable too. They are known for their trendy look and come in different sizes and colors. Young adults prefer their chopper with gorgeous looks and maintain them very well. They are funky, small, looking marvel with a touch of class. They usually range from 50 to 200 cc cutting across various age groups. They leave a lasting impression provide satisfaction with a sense of pride to the rider.

Winter Weather Is On The Way

(NAPSI)-These simple tips from the National Safety Council can help you drive down your risk of accident, even in inclement weather:

Floor Mats. Something as simple as floor mats can have a major impact on driving safety. But the days of one-size-fits-all floor mats are gone.

Most mats, even aftermarket mats, are now designed for specific vehicles, and drivers should be sure to use only a mat designed for their vehicle. Many vehicles these days also have anchors or clips to secure mats. You should always check to make sure your mats are properly secured, especially after visiting the car wash.

Floor mats should never be flipped upside down and mats should never be doubled up. Improperly used floor mats may slip and interfere with the movement of pedals during driving and could cause an accident.

Tires. While today’s all-weather and all-season tires are sufficient for winter-weather driving in most areas of the country, sometimes snow tires are necessary. In either case, tires should be checked for wear and proper air pressure. Many have wear indicators.

If a wear indicator is showing or tire tread is below 1.6 mm (0.06 in.), the tire should be replaced. The same is true for snow tires. The effectiveness of snow tires is lost if the tread wears down below 4 mm (0.16 in.).

Tire air pressure should be checked only when tires are cold (vehicle parked for at least three hours) and should be set to recommended manufacturer levels. Under- or overinflated tires can result in excessive and uneven wear and poor handling.

Windshield Wipers. Months spent baking in the sun can have a severe impact on windshield wiper efficiency. Be sure to check for cracks and other damage and replace if necessary, rather than discover your wipers aren’t up to the added challenges of winter driving.

Oil and Other Fluids. Check the oil level and level of other fluids. If you use heavier-viscosity oil for warm-weather driving, it may cause harder starting during the winter.

So check your owner’s manual for the recommended type of oil to use during the cold-weather months. Make sure to use washer fluid containing antifreeze in cold climates and warm the windshield with the defroster before using the washer to avoid the washer fluid freezing on the windshield and blocking your vision. Ensure that engine coolant is at the recommended level.

Battery. Cold temperatures can reduce the capacity of any 12- volt battery, so inspect your battery to make sure it is in top operating condition. Check the battery for signs of corrosion, loose terminal connections, cracks and loose hold-down clamps.

Emergency Equipment. You should consider carrying some emergency equipment. Some of the things you might put in your vehicle include tire chains, a window scraper, a bag of sand or salt, flares, a small shovel and jumper cables.

Consider carrying such emergency equipment as tire chains, a window scraper, a bag of sand or salt, flares, a small shovel and jumper cables.

’50s Hot Rods

The fifties were the time when big things were happening on the automotive scene. Corvette was being unveiled. The Nash Healy was on the list of things to buy and the era of the 50’s hot rods was in full swing.

Aside from the sports cars, some of the other more popular hot rods were also coming out in full bore from the assembly lines. Popping off the assembly, along came the Mopar, all of which were typical 50’s hot rods, from the 1954 Dodge that was the Indianapolis 500 Pace Car that year, up to the 1958 Plymouth Fury with its back fins reminiscent of the sharks that were also making the news that year.

The cars that were designed in the fifties were not quite street rods, but they weren’t far off. Street rods were common, but they were spin offs, and the bigger more powerful cars of the fifties were nearly all hot rods. They were big and bold and a power of their own. One of my favorites was the 1950 Mercury.  When I was a teen, living in Wheaton (MD for those not in this area) my buddy owned one of these and I can remember long days in front of his house shaving the hood, deck, doors and filling everything in with lead and bondo. Other than the paint scheme, this is what it looked like.  Now that was a car!

50’s hot rods were power cars. Big and bold, sleek and clean, they had more power than most cars today and were not in any way shape or form considered to be compact. They were huge, and took up half the road quite easily. They were a force to be reckoned with and they were definitely not environmentally designed. These guys were gas guzzlers, but the simple truth was that gas was cheap, the cars were no more than a couple thousand for a new one, and in an era when gas was about 25 cents a gallon so no one really cared if your use of it was excessive.

Chevy and Ford also had their answer to the hot rods that were the prevailing cars. The Chevy Nomad was one of the most wanted cars of the fifties, while Ford came back with their own version of the street rod and the 50’s hot rods by offering their own bold new car to add to the fray. The Skyliner and the Fairlane were both bold and big and had a sleek sports car look and could literally fly with the power of their larger motors.

Each of the major car makers had their own version of the sports car and the 50’s hot rods and each of them was sure that theirs was the best. In the end, all of them achieved a loyal following that lasts to this very day, with nearly every classic car fan wanting a fifties car of some variety or another.

How Wives View Men and Their Toys

I can’t offer you a scientific explanation for the mysterious chemistry that there is between men and their cars because, I’m a man. But there is something about getting behind the wheel of a powerful monster that brings out the boy racer in nearly very man I know and no, it’s nothing to do with the er…extension theory. In my mind I think it’s more about control.

Let’s face it, although most men won’t admit it there’s a not a lot that your average adult male has the better of. If they think they wear the trousers in their household, they’re mistaken. And I’ll let you into a secret, most men know this. And we know that our wives know too. And we know that we are given this illusion of control, courtesy of our other halves, just to keep us happy.

Let’s face it a lot has changed since the good old Stone age times when men were really men. Now, I’m afraid to say, we’ve nothing to do. There’s no competition. There’s nothing to test our mettle against. In other words there’s no real meaning to our existence anymore. When the dinosaurs became extinct I’m afraid, so did we. No dinosaurs – no real men. So it’s obvious isn’t it?

There’s only one beast still around that we can test ourselves against and I don’t mean our wives. I’m talking about the combustion engine. Put it on wheels and what do you get, that’s right, the motor car. A monster of our own making that we must tame, that we must control, that we can take to the limit daring it to fight back, and of course, sometimes it does. So there’s your answer, an element of risk. That’s what we men need in our sad little lives, an element of risk. Just like when we hunted the dinosaur club in hand. An element of risk that sometimes, just sometimes, ended with fatal consequences.  And unfortunately, that risk comes when we tell our wives that we would rather go to a car show on Saturday than spend the day with her choosing flowers for the garden.

That is not always the case though. One couple I know,  Barry and Lori Bryan, have a good thing going. They both love their muscle cars.  Lori drives her black Nova and Barry drives his gray Nova.  Both love the car scene and visit many of the local cruise-in sites. But unfortunately, not all couples are as evenly matched when it comes to cars. So, how does your wife feel about your car passion? Does she join in, tolerate, or just down right hate it? Post a comment and let us know.

Custom Car Covers

I’m sure that most of my readers house their automobiles in garages to protect against the elements. However, even in a garage, stuff happens. Dust and other particles end up on the car which can, in some cases, damage the paint. And there’s always the possibility of an accidental scratch. This is where car covers help and custom car covers are best.

Custom car covers are covers that are made from measurements and contours of your car. Unlike regular made car covers that come in selected designs and shapes to fit all cars, custom-fit car covers are created according to the specifications of your car and fit the car perfectly.

Some companies that provide excellent quality car covers, custom-made especially for your car, are listed below.

Car Cover World, Mats-n-Covers, Auto Anything, California Car Cover, Car Stuff, WebCovers, T.J. Custom Car Covers, Buy Automotive, Car Accessories, Auto Seattle, The Amazing Roll-up Car Cover, J.C Whitney, Car Bytes, Eastwood, Drive Werks, Exotic Wood Dash, Metro Parts Markets and Race Pages

Car Cover World, Auto Anything, Car Stuff, T.J. Custom Car Covers, Auto Seattle, The Amazing Roll-up Car Cover, J.C Whitney, Car Bytes and Eastwood are some companies that offer customized car covers from CoverCraft, a renowned brand among manufacturers of car covers. Other big names that produce high-quality customized car covers are Coverking, Lebra, Mopar, Bestop and SmittyBilt. Most of these companies also provide a guarantee.

Car covers provided by these companies are made up of certain materials that vary in their functions. Materials used by cover companies are Noah Barrier Fabric, WeatherShield, Polycotton, Tan Flannel, Evolution Technalon, Sunbrella, Dustop, Soft Weave and Plushweave. While Noah Barrier Fabric and WeatherShield works great in both indoor and outdoor conditions, Tan Flannel works best indoors. Dustop is believed to be extremely suitable for indoor uses, as it provides excellent protection against dust and other particles. Stormweave can work in any sort of extreme climatic conditions such as snow, rain and industrial pollutants. However, Noah is designed especially for hot climates.

Usually, the essential elements to look for in a car cover are wash- ability and its ability to breath, so that it won’t rot. Water-resistance, UV protection, snowstorm protection and acid rain protection are also extremely important.

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Ok, you get the idea, this is a promo piece for my new store. Today was just a bit too chilly for me to break out the bike so I stayed inside and worked on my site.

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