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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

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.

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.

Blatant, Conspicuous, Flagrant, and Glaring Advertisement

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.

If you are like most of us, you are proud of your ride, but some days,  for whatever reason (like life getting in the way) it stays in the garage, safely wrapped up under a car/bike cover, just begging to be shown.   So what do you do? Easy, you have a custom portrait made and hang it on the wall.  And as they say in all those infomercials; “But wait! There’s more!” (gotta love ’em)  No one but family and close friends will see that poster hanging in the den or in your ‘man-cave,’ right? WRONG!  Now you can carry that image where ever you go. Get a tee-shirt, cap, mug, travel-mug or multitude of other items with an image of your vehicle emblazoned for all the world to see.

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1932 Ford

Yesterday, I started work on this car, a 1932 (I believe) Ford Sedan.  I have a number of images to work with so I’ll be doing different variations throughout the week.  But first, let’s start with the basics.  After adjusting the exposure and masking out the background, I ended up with just the car. I loved the shot because the lifted hood made it look like some type of monster just waiting to gobble up a chevy or two…heheh. But  I digress; so where can we go from here? I think my first attempt will be to put this car in a fantasy background of some sort.  Something that will match the age of the car and with the same overhead lighting (sunlight) conditions.  Check back tomorrow to see what happens.

Cruise to the Moose Lodge

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Wayyyy back in 1968 the a group called The Rascals made popular the song,  “It’s a Beautiful Morning,” and the lyrics started out like this:

It's a beautiful mornin' ahhh
I think I'll go outside a while
An jus' smile...

As soon as I got on my bike this morning, those lyrics started rattling around in my head. That, and one of my favorite Bible verses: “This is the day the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

If that song and verse were ever written for a specific day, today was it. Beautiful blue sky, some scattered clouds and vapor trails left by jets flying overhead and the temps perfect for outdoor activities.  And fortunately, this is the day the Shady Grove Cruise-in group chose to caravan over to the Wheaton Moose Lodge for their car show.   The image above shows just a few of the cars lined up, waiting for the go signal from our coordinator, Chuck McDonald.

The group cruised through Mont. Co.  and arrived at the Moose Lodge around 11:00 A.M. By then, the spaces were already starting to fill with some of the areas most beautiful cars.  The oldies music was cranking and you could smell the food cooking from the highway.   I always enjoy the shows at the Moose Lodge and look forward to the next one. A beautiful morning it was, and considering that we have these temps in the middle of November, we have a lot to be thankful for. Be sure to check back daily to watch as I create a wall portrait and or fantasy portrait of our Featured Car. (see right column)

Suzuki Intruder: Cont.

Yesterday, I used blue to set off the silver and chrome of the intruder. Today I did three more iterations but used green as the color in two of them.  first, I created a standard portrait of the bike.

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Next,a more personalized version with an image of the chromed motor as a background,

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And finally,  (well, actually nothing is ever final) an image showing the ‘soul’ of the biker.

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Tomorrow, I start on the truck. Check back to see how it turns out.