PANAMA. The three syllables deliver a promise of idyllic year round comfort. Ocean breezes and lush greenery, soothing the body and spirit. But Tim Jones lives in Panama, Iowa - Midwest home of the ice and snow, a frozen land where the cold winds blow. Constantly. Tim's daily commute to his job at Omaha, Nebraska's Henry Doorly Zoo is a round-trip winterland survival test, the completion of which is to be celebrated with gratitude for life itself. We do what we gotta do, and home is where we live. Fittingly, Tim's home is also a zoo, overstocked with a revolving cast of fuzzy four legged pranksters that have earned the place it's nickname, "The Cripple Dog Ranch". How to keep your sanity in such an environment? Tim Jones has learned to thrive in it.
Tim Jones is a lifelong student of drag racing. Dragsters and altereds in particular, have mesmerized him into a trance-like state for most of his life. But today, Tim's dream is wide awake, in the form of that most surreal mashup of digger and altered: the Competition Coupe. The original plan was to create a period correct dragster. And so Tim planned his work, worked his plan, and presto - a dragster! Just like that. Spread out over several years of "spare time" work, anyway. As in racing, fabrication is much more rewarding when performed as an act of passion. When funds run low, the slack is taken up with research and planning, which always yield positive results. Hell, just planning a project is considered a success, when not on the clock. Tim surpassed the planning stage a while ago, but reconsidered when he realized his digger chassis would fit inside a Fiat Topolino body. Most projects don't take kindly to such detours, but Tim's rail idled straight into the Italian envelope without drama. For the most part.
And that's how quick and easy it is to build a Comp Coupe in your barn. Piece of cake. The photos prove it: Tim is one of us. Building solo can sometimes be a lonesome endeavor, but Tim had a little help along the way from some very special friends...
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=645702 (Photos courtesy of Tim Jones)
Note: This week's post is abbreviated due to logistics challenges, plus I insisted on running all of my favorite photos of Tim's barn thrash. Glad I did, too. - SG.
SQUIRREL AND TOOLBOX
For the second week in a row, our squirrels and toolboxes are ensconced in New York City, where they participated in the Super Bowl Week festivities. This is a huge honor for us at SGE World Headquarters and a proud moment for the entire SGE Nation. Who'da thunk a silly novelty like this would catch fire and become a national obsession? Not us. Yet, the SGE squirrels were booked solid for two weeks of talk show appearances (did you see them with the toolboxes on Letterman? Just like The Beatles on Ed Sullivan!) and the toolboxes are now covered in autographs and decals from every venue they were displayed at. In fact, NYC had such a drastic case of S&T Fever that they closed down thirteen blocks of Broadway in Times Square to erect an interactive salute to fuzz and hardware, under the thinly veiled guise of "Super Bowl Boulevard". The NFL loved the attention, but everyone in NYC knows exactly what this display was really about - because they demanded it. The NYC City Council even passed a motion to change the city's nickname from "Big Apple" to "Squirrel Town"! For a week, anyway. Check out these photos from last week...