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SGE international reporters check in hourly, every day. They cover every crook and nanny of the earth, sniffing out the hot skinny poop for you, the reader. How to thank them? Payment? There's currently no budget in the budget for that, but can you really place a monetary value on worldwide exposure? Exactly. It's priceless. And here at SGE, we honor exposure. So let's voyeur in on some hot spots and see what's cookin'...
Rookie SGE contributor CC (it's a code name) (it stands for Christopher Clark) volunteered for the Euro beat last week and returned with the following...
Disappointed with the large turnout of late models ("I didn't even see one Deuce - at a car show that big!"), CC swears he was on his way out anyway, when his phony SGE credentials were confiscated (Hey! That was my library card! - SG) and he was escorted to the sidewalk by security. A blessing in disguise, as he returned home a day early - just in time to celebrate his birthday with an autobahn-inspired blast around Portland in his hot rod VW Beetle.
Due to the aforementioned SGE budget crisis (thanks a lot, CC!), the remainder of our international features have been outsourced and downsized. These are actually teases from Wild About Cars' current No Limits online magazine, which is updated weekly. More at: wildaboutcarsonline.com/ When I say more, I mean it. You think this blog is windy? There's no limit to how much time you can lose in No Limits' vast content - a virtual black hole. You've been warned.
A SPOT OF T
Old pal Gary Mathis insists on doing everything traditionally. From his house to his toys to the incredible custom bicycles he crafts, this guy is a total throwback. I love him for that (plus he's a fulltime funster). My favorite piece of Gary art is his early T roadster. It's been featured on this blog more than once, for good reason - it's an inspirational reminder of our history and priorities - and an absolute riot to ride around in. Luckily, I got to enjoy many a mile in Gary's hairblower, before it was ultimately transformed into money to finance the big move from southern Oregon to the bright lights of Portlandia. I miss the roadster - a lot. Gary's doing just fine with a comfy '46 tudor now, but I haven't quite forgiven him yet for betraying my love of the T by selling it.
YET ANOTHER UPDATE:
THE RECOVERY ROOM
In the mid-1980's I was barely squeaking by in a run down Omaha, Nebraska neighborhood. My daily driver was a slammed Nissan pickup. I befriended a fellow Nissan pilot who lived a couple blocks away. While my interest in the mini truck scene was casual (at the most), my younger neighbor was driven to obsession. We were both low income blue collar worker bees, expending ten times more labor than dollars on our trucks, but the neighbor kid worked endlessly on his. With no garage of my own, I mostly hung at his, where he taught himself upholstery to finance his habit. A year later, my rig remained unchanged, while his had become a nicely finished custom with a decidedly high-end street rod vibe. We still saw each other at car events, but ultimately drifted apart, as happens.
About ten years ago, I started seeing his work pop up in various magazines. Today, Tracy Weaver is upholsterer to the stars. His old Nissan seems a pretty humble beginning now. I remember teasing Tracy about his "Weaver" name being perfect for an upholstery shop, but he topped that when he dubbed his stitchery the Recovery Room.
Congratulations, my friend. Savor your success with some rose sniffing, okay? "Steady as she goes", and all that.
On the subject of interior decorating, East Coast correspondent Motormouth Ray was baffled by a current technology mashup trend and snapped a photo for you to ponder.
FINAL UPDATE (I PROMISE):
From award winning book author (well, my girlfriend says I'm her favorite automotive writer) to over-the-road gear grinder, in the time it takes to downshift from 4th to 2nd. We do what we gotta do. And today's aspiring writers must be willing do it all. For me, that means spending my Fridays literally delivering the goods - those Auto Trader-type advertising thingies - to the car hungry citizens of southern Oregon. My landlord thinks it's the least I can do. Publishers staring at their watches and tapping their toes on deadline day can't comprehend why I would consider such a thing. Maybe they've never spent a winter living in a Honda. The rent must get paid.
A special celebratory welcome to our 30th SGE member, Modo B!!! Such a milestone is unfathomable to me - thirty people actually read this stuff?! That's doubtful. For all I know, all 30 members could be the same person. But I'm giving Modo B the benefit of the doubt. Congrats on becoming our landmark 30th! Since this number will likely never be topped, I'm going all out on Modo B's membership gifts: Beside the standard secret handshake, custom tailored polyester jacket, and bottle opener, Modo B will also receive a turnkey one-off NOS steel '32 Ford of his or her choice (3 or 5-window coupe, roadster, cabriolet, phaeton, closed pickup, roadster pickup, or B-400), custom-built-to-order by Steve's Auto Restorations in Portland, Oregon! Modo B will be responsible for tax and licensing costs, shipping costs, insurance costs, miscellaneous costs, and the miscellaneous cost taxes, but will otherwise not pay a single dime for this dream-come-true prize! Can you believe it? I know - me neither! This giveaway is something I've been working on for a long time, and now that it's finally happening - Oh God, I know how it feels to be Oprah! I think I'm getting the vapors... I'm already looking forward to seeing the finished product - and hopefully, a ride around the block!
The Squirrel of the Week feature has been discontinued indefinitely (the squirrels have apparently unionized). SGE apologizes for any inconvenience. We hope you'll enjoy our new feature, Toolbox of the Week!
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