I et forsøg på at gøre mere “Korpulent” kunderne føler sig trygge ved at købe en hybrid GM har besluttet at indføre modeller, der vises “nedsat vægt” ligesom deres “chubby” ejere. GM har ikke oplyst, hvad navnet bliver, men der er sparet bort navne som “Spæk-mobil” og”Fat-a-sourus” Folk fra dybt inde GM har bekræftet den nye bil vil blive navngivet “The Rosie O'Donnell”
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Carlisle Johnny plettet nogle himmellegemer At The 2013 Import Carlisle .. og nogle store importerede biler til
With dreams of Vintage Vw’s and VW parts dancing in his head Carlisle Johnny headed to the 2013 Carlisle Import and Kit Car Nationals. The horrible getting off Long Island traffic made the drive more Horse and Buggy slow than usual but after 7 grueling hours of driving Carlisle Johnny arrived car-lagged on Friday night. Ready with his extra large canvas bag he searched the Carlisle Fairgrounds for bargains for his 74 Super Beetle. The Carlisle Fairgrounds was crammed full of all kinds of Import Show Cars. Everything from Alfa’s to Volvo’s.
The swap meet was a good size and skys were getting gray but that did not stop the search for Old VW junk. The problem was that 80% was British and the other 19% consisted of German, Swedish, Italiensk, Japanese and French vehicle parts. Except for a few small vendors little or no air cooled Vee Dub junk. I did find one vendor selling new VW parts and was able to get my stud kit for the VW’s customer wheels. Besides that there was plenty to do and see.
Famed racer Peter Brock was on hand and spoke at a seminar. The show field was full of classic and new import vehicles of all kinds. Some standouts were a 280SL Benz that was done resto-mod style with a S55 AMG running gear. A 1932 Morgan 3 wheeler and a stunning vintage Fiat 500 cut. There was constant music and bands provided by The River 97.3 One bright spot on a cloudy day was very pretty girls dressed in outfits from different countries. The Import Show always brings out a different crowd and vendors. My favorite was The Cigar Lady.
Saturday was also a day of old friends and spiritual healing. Funny The Lord works in odd ways, even at a car show. The skys got misty by late Saturday afternoon but still had a wonderful time. As night we feasted on some great Sushi in Carlisle at Mt Fuji. Even with the low VW turnout Carlisle Johnny plans on going to the 2014 Import Carlisle for more fun and mayhem. Enjoy the slideshow of scenes of the 2013 Carlisle Import and Kit Car Nationals
I’m 50 years this July 4th. En milepæl for at være sikker. As I’m getting older I see that certain choices in my life were good and others not so good. Now don’t get me wrong picking the correct wine at dinner is not a life changing event. By choices I mean life changing decisions. Back in 1999 after over 20 years of going to Carlisle Events car shows I moved to Carlisle Pa. We all had spent years going to Carlisle Car Shows and Swaps in all kinds of campers and devices to house our motley crew.
With luck and a conversation with Bill Miller I rented my little house on Spring Rd between gates 2 og 3. Car guy heaven to be sure. I found alot of great things in Carlisle but mostly I found myself. I found my sanity. I found how strong my Mom could be when my Dad passed away. I found a church. I found out how amazing the car community was when Chip Miller left us.
I found that good friends last a lifetime. I found that I trust the wrong people sometimes. I found that you can take a concrete fish pond and make a swimming pool out of it. I found that taking the governor off a Golf Cart will make it go 40mph but get you in trouble with Fairgrounds Security.
I mostly I found how much I would miss it after I left. The Fairgrounds and where I lived was filled with good neighbors. One of those was Chip Miller. You could be a major player or Mom an Pop vendor he would always give you a smile, a handshake and his “Life is Good” attitude. When he left us all to soon it made me understand how loving and caring “Car People” are. I was asked to attend his memorial in Building “T” That honor and memory will stay with me forever.
I went back to Long Island for alot of reasons. Partly dumb choices and foolish pride. Things I tend to beat myself up over on more than one occasion. I missed my life as a Classic Car Appraiser and I see my life is going back down that highway again. I understand only recently that Gods plan was for me to spend the last four years of my Moms life with her in Long Island.
But when a place touches your heart you never forget. You tend to romance about the good things and forget the bad. The town of Carlisle and the magical place called The Carlisle Fairgrounds will remain that way to me. A lifetime of memories and friends will never be taken away. If Gods plan for me is to go down that road again I plan on listening. I just need to turn down the volume in my head..
Skjul martini Olives And The Old VW Parts Carlisle Johnny er på vej til Den 2013 Import Carlisle og Kit Nationals
For over 20 years Carlisle Johnny has been attending the Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals. This year I will be in search for rare and classic Volkswagen parts. Over the years as I built many odd import vehicles Import Carlisle has been constant source for all kinds of wonderful junk and great memories. I’m sure this year will be no different. So with visions of beer from The Market Cross and 150 acres of wonderful junk dancing in my head I can hardly wait to buy my first rusty part. Stories and loads of pictures when I get back..
In the world of automotive Junk-a-teria’s and by gone era relics you will not find a better place to browse than Anthony Automotive in Port Jefferson New York. Owner Anthony Vertucci is a master tech who not only takes pride in his work but cares about his 1000′s of loyal customers. In this day of mega shops its a wonderful change of pace when you get “small town” service at Anthony Automotive. Anthony Automotive at times is a one man shop.
The problem with that situation is sometimes things well ummm can pile up. Parked in his busy back lot is a collection of forgotten often “mold-i-fied” relices from 1950′s to present day. So wonderful is the collection that even your Ole Friend Carlisle Johnny alias Johnny B has dragged and de-mold-i-cated a few vehicles. It must be something about the shade of the trees and the moist air from Port Jefferson harbor but these vehicles get a certain type of mold, slime and rust that we call “Rold” Most of the forgotten fleet even get there very own eco-system going that would make Al Gore proud.
My first “Rold” purchase from Anthony Automotive was a 1987 Dodge D50 Pickup. A cute little 4×4 with the clicky clackity Mitsu engine it had sat so long that the Rold had seized the from brake pads to the rotors. Oddly some fresh fuel and a charged battery and the little D50 started and well ran. Popping the cluch de-stuck the front brakes and using and ice scraper got the black Rold off the front windsheild. my first stop with Old Roldy was the local car wash. The nice Spanish man at first refused to wash it “You truck is Gleen!! Gleen!! No mold in wash!!”
After slipping him a 5 spot we drove it thru. Well it was still Gleen or Green but less Gleen. Once home a combo of Tilex and bleach de-molded it. Well what do you know its Glay oh I mean Grey. I drove that little truck for years. Anthony being well a good guy can not refuse helping people. A friend of ours Tom who is a Ford-o-file like Anthony needed a station car for cheap. Hmmm what to give him? Well how about the 1992 Lincoln Continental with a collapsed air suspension that has been sitting for six years. To say the Conti was a little moldy would be like saying Rosie O’Donnell over eats slightly at Wendy’s. Armed with 2 cans of Seafoam, a few gallons of fresh fuel, air hose for filling the suspension and a jump box Anthony and Tom were going to attempt to get the Conti going. By now the air suspension had fallen to the point were you could not slide a paper plate under the car. Tom being super mondo Ford guy used good old fashioned air a raised the Titanic beast up in to the air. Fresh fuel on top of the tank of sludge topped off with Seafoam. Next hook up the jump box and pray. The doors opened with a sound of slab of salmon hitting a wall..”Schlurp“.. Tom slid behind the now algified steering wheel. The blue leather had turned to the mold version of a Peter Max painting..very colorful but gross. Anthony hooked up the jump box and with few cranks the Lusitania like beast started up. Idled smooth and after running for an hour it showed no signs of oil leaks or overheating. In fact all major systems worked perfect. Tom lurched the land barge forward and it moved an entire 20 feet with no problems. Fiddling with the different swiches and knobs proved the radio, magt vinduer, power memory seats and heater system worked. While this was all being done the car stood running with not a drop of oil or coolant leaking. If we had access to a dealer plate we would of taken the Conti for a quick ride. Would of been a hoot to go to a snooty place with valet parking. Get dressed in tuxedos and hand the mold riddled keys to the valet parking dude..’Pardon me young man do you have any Grey Poupon“. Ford Guru Tom’s plans for the stinkin Lincoln include gallons of Tilex, a gross of air freshners, a skid of saddle soap and new fluids. If you happen to be in Port Jefferson and you see a shiny white 92 Lincoln Continental with a blue fake canvas roof it just might be Tom. Give him a wave because once again another Mold Wagon has been saved from the iconic Anthony Automotive.
Vidste du,?? Mercedes Benz og Studebaker delt showrooms og service afdelinger fra 1957-1963.. I dagene efter Anden Verdenskrig Europasiske bil virksomheder som Mercedes Benz,Porsche og VW ville bruge importører til at sende biler til USA. En af de mest berømte var Max Hoffman(1904-1981) Max Hoffman var en østrigsk født importør og visionære. Han var kendt for sin “håndtryk” tilbud. Forhandlere ville gøre anmodning gennem ham og Max ville være farten mellem fabrikken og den lille kendte forhandlere. Hans indflydelse var så stærk, at han var en større styrke med fabrikkerne for at indførte biler til det amerikanske marked. Modeller som den berømte Gullwing Benz og Porsche 356 Speedsters var alle de laver af Max Hoffman. Hoffman blev optaget i Automobile Hall of Fame i 2003 .. Men Mercedes Benz voksede hurtigere end én uafhængig importør kunne håndtere.
Forsøger at lave en aftale med en eksisterende forhandlernet Benz blev afvist af alle de store amerikanske selskaber(GM,Ford,Chrysler og AMC) En af de eneste tilbageværende uafhængige resterende selskaber var Studebaker. Studebaker havde en stærk forhandler-og servicenet. De har også brug for igennem en yderligere penge til at finansiere den kommende Lark kompakt bil. En aftale blev ramt og Daimler-Benz betalte Studebaker et ukendt beløb for at være en del af deres salg og service netværk fra 1957 til 1963. Mange Studebaker forhandlere var ulykkelige, der “stuck” med en “Kraut-vogn” som én forhandler citeret i en New York Times artikel. Mercedes vil gå på at danne en USA forhandler netværk af deres egne. Studebaker ville sælge sin sidste bil i 1966. Mange af de forhandsidder fast som fik “stuck” med gratis Benz-forhandlere vil forblive at sælge Mercedes til i dag .. Hvad med Max Hoffman? Han ville gå videre til at importere sjældne og eksotiske biler i mange år endnu. Han og hans kone boede i et hus designet til ham af Frank Llyod Wright. Han efterlod en arv af biler, vi ser hver dag på USA motorveje. Hans fundament M.O.&M.E. Hoffman giver de studerende stipendier til at indgå automobilteknik. Mercedes-Benz og Studebaker mærkelige sengekammerater for at være sikker…Vidste du??
Dette “Inspektør Clouseau” roadster blev bygget mellem 1958- 1968. Det var et konvertibelt baseret på en hoo-hum sedan fra denne finurlige Europasiske bil maker. Uden for USA og Nordamerika sit navn lød som noget godt for dine tænder. Inde i USA (var meget få solgt) sit navn lød som et cirkus. Unvailed på 1958 Paris Auto Show dens blev skrevet af designeren Peter Frua mens der i ansættelse i Carrozzeria Ghia. Dens indbyggede foran lygterne ville gå ind inspirere MGB.For at spare penge denne bil maker brugt gulvet og struktur fra en ydmyg familie sedan. Den lille motor blev også røvet fra bastante sedan. I 845cc var det økonomisk, men kun sat ud 35 hestekræfter. I 1959 du kunne gå til den valgfri højtydende model vurderet på et jordarbejder 40 hestekræfter.Motorer ville forbedre i løbet af årene. I 1962 størrelsen blev sat op til 956cc og Funny Car gerne 55 horsepower. 1965 ville se på 1108cc og et dæk rygning 65 hohestekræfterFor en lille roadster interiører blev overdådige. Lædersæder og uld tæpper ville gå perfekt med din Grå Poupon. I 1965 Britiske bilblad “Træner” testet den nye for 1965 1108cc model. Den havde en topfart på 89 miles i timen og “Spurtede” til 60 miles i timen i 17 sekund. Dens nærmeste konkurrent på Triumph Spitfirevar langsommere i alle andre tests bortset fra topfart. Det bemærkes også, det kunne være meget sparsommelig på 30 mpg på en “Imperial Gallon” af benzin. De erklærede også, at denne lille Charles De Gaulleroadster kiggede dyrere end de Spitfire. Dens andre rivaliserende de Austin Healy Bugeye Sprite var langsommere og billigere. Salget blev aldrig rask for denne tosædede. I virkeligheden kun 1800 gjort det til USA i sine ni år er solgt her. Hvad Auto er dette??