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1955 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer Convertible

Ever have one of those cars that keeps breaking down, no matter how many times you restore it?  Rebuild the engine, the transmission blows.  Replace the rearend gears, and the driveshaft U-joints wear out.  Every time you fix it, you think “that’s it, it’s all done, it’s ready to rock cruise night,” just in time to have something else snap.

Chrysler owns one of those companies.

As anyone who doesn’t live under a rock knows, Chrysler was recently “saved” by President Obama’s help (and money).  Before that, it was “saved” by Daimler-Benz.  Before that, it was “saved” by the Intrepid sedan.  Before that, it was “saved” by Lee Iacoca and the K-car/minivan.

1955 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer ConvertibleThis is the Dodge Custom Royal Convertible, a.k.a, “The Lancer.”  It was the highest trim level available, and was also the most rare.  This particular specimen is only one of six allowed into Canada with its Super Red Ram Hemi engine.  Of course, back in those days they didn’t call it a Hemi.  The 270-cubic inch V8 had a double rocker shaft, so old guys like your Grandpa called it a “double rocker.”  While pushing this car to school.  Uphill.  Both ways.  In a snowstorm.

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Class of 2009-Sneak Peek #4

**UPDATE** Our fearless retailer, McNally Robinson, is now stocking “Class of 2009” in their online store.  Click here to order your copy today!

It’s not just older cars that get their day in our book, “Class of 2009.”  With the number of motorcycles and recent-model cars running around, it’s hard to imagine any attempt to document the cruising scene without covering these two genres:

Evel Dave Radey's Harley Davidson“Evel Dave” Radey not only rides an Evel Kneivel-themed Harley, he also has the matching Stars & Stripes leather riding suit.

Pinstriped Harley DavidsonIt’s not just cars that are benefitting from the old-skool movement; bikes like this Harley take on a new kind of beauty in flat black and pinstripes.

Rolly's Volks-Suzu-WagenRolly’s, ummmm, “creation” is the bastard love child of a Volkswagen, a Suzuki Katana, and a beer keg.  It was so popular at Sturgis that he had to run every time he parked it, so as not to get mobbed constantly.

Uncle D's AirbrushingThis is just one sample of the awesome work by Uncle D’s Airbrushing.  The local artist is well-known for his crazy medieval fantasy-inspired murals.

2009 Dodge ChallengerThis pre-production model 2009 Dodge Challenger was driven coast-to-coast at least twice to promote A&W’s “Cruisin’ the Dub” cruise nights.  Roger Barnes (centre) was the car’s caretaker for last summer, giving him the coolest babysitting gig of the year.

Mercury Topaz Hot RodIs this Mercury Topaz a hot rod?  Most surveys point to yes…

Supercharged Impala SSThis mid-’90s Impala SS was a stunning version of its ugly-duckling Chevy Caprice cousin.  Sadly, when the Impala SS was brought back earlier in this decade, there was no available LT-1 V8 engine option, like the one in this supercharged beauty.

Pony Corral Cruise NightsThat’s it for today, but there’s lots more to be had in the book, “Class of 2009.”  You can now pick it up at McNally Robinson, you can win it by listening to Power 97.5 fm, or you can do it the glamorous way-come out to the Pony Corral tomorrow night and get your copy from me personally at the official book launch, at the Pony Corral restaurant’s downtown location, 444 St. Mary Avenue, Winnipeg MB.  Not only can you get your book signed, but you’ll have a chance to win one of our limited-edition exclusive “Class Of 2009”-branded Hot Wheels.  These special miniatures will never be available in stores, and I’m not selling them-therefore, the only way to get’em is to win’em.  And the only way to win’em is to buy a copy of Class of 2009!


Class of 2009-Sneak Preview #3


**UPDATE** Our fearless retailer, McNally Robinson, is now stocking “Class of 2009” in their online store.  Click Here to order your copy today!

There’s some good news for anyone looking for a convenient way to get their hands on our first book, “Class of 2009.”  McNally Robinson booksellers has agreed to carry this title at their Polo Park and Grant Park stores, as well as their online store.  We’ll have links up as soon as everything is ready to go, making it easier to purchase the book for anyone who can’t make it to a car show or cruise night around Winnipeg.

And now, on to the pictures!

Dodge Musclecars

Kyle's "Blue Flame" Camaro

Paulo Callisto's 1965 Mustang FastbackThis is Paulo Callisto’s super-sleeper 1965 Mustang Fastback.  Everything about this car screams awesome, including the cast-iron modular V8 engine that makes up to 825 horsepower.  Even the subdued grey paint is the same Aston-Martin silver used on several James Bond cars.

Harold Hiebert's 1968 Dodge ChallengerThere’s two kinds of 1968 Dodge Chargers-those that are painted like the General Lee, and those that aren’t.  Harold Hiebert’s vinyl-top beauty definitely isn’t.

Godzilla TorinoThe vanity plate on this Ford Gran Torino sums up the attitude of this big-engined beast.

Three Wise DatsunsThe three wise Datsuns line up against a beautiful prairie sunset at a Pony Corral cruise night.

Pete Kroeker's "California Dreaming"This is Pete Kroeker’s soon-to-be legendary “California Dreaming” 1960 Impala.  Currently in California, the car was painted by none other than Gene Winfield, one of the greatest hot rod builders of our time.

1973 AMC Gremlin XAccording to the sales brochure, ” In 1973, you can  have a fun ride in a compact car.”  According to the owner of this little yellow beast, you can have fun in a compact every day.

Mario BelcikMario Belcik’s 1964 Impala SS lowrider jumps around in ways Kangaroos could only dream of.  Pictured here at the now-demolished Midway Chrysler-Dodge dealer.

That’s it for today, but don’t forget to come back tomorrow for more teasers from “Class of 2009.”  After all, this is only a sample of what you get-just imagine what the rest of the book looks like!

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class of 2009–official sneak preview #2

**UPDATE** Our fearless retailer, McNally Robinson, is now stocking “Class of 2009” in their online store.  Click Here to order your copy today!

It’s only a few more days to the book launch party of “Class of 2009,” and already people are getting excited.  Lots of people in Manitoba are excited about the fact that we finally get our own book, and lots more people are stoked to get their hands on a copy.  So far, there’s been dozens sold here at home, and some being ordered from as far away as Louisiana and Seattle-and the online store isn’t even set up yet!

So in keeping with yesterday’s promise, here’s more of the great images that you’ll find in the book.  Of course, there’s more than just these pictures, but the only way to see them all is to get your own copy.  Keep it tuned here to get yours, or follow me at

1962 Pontiac Parisienne 4-doorThis ’62 Potiac Parisienne doesn’t just look the part on the outside-it’s got a full-on leopard print interior on the inside!

Cari Knox's Rat BugKari Knox’s Volkswagen Rat Bug, as seen on “My Classic Car” with Dennis Gage.  And now, seen in the book, “Class of 2009.”

1950's Chevy SuburbanThis 1950’s Chevy Suburban, once a Canadian Army recruiting vehicle, is now a daily driver-even with the original paint!

Clarence's 1950 Mercury lead sledClarence’s chop-top Mercury lead-sled is one of the most eye-catching vehicles around, especially with all that purple paint.

1958 Pontiac BonnevilleThis 1958 Pontiac Bonneville was such an immaculate machine that it was, for a time, part of the Gauthier collection.

1959 and 1960 Cadillacs

If you’re going to cruise, cruise in style like this pair of vintage Cadillacs.

1958 Chevy Impala“Salmon Pink” isn’t the most popular colour for new cars today, but that’s not to say it wasn’t popular in 1958.

That’s it for today, but drop in again tomorrow to catch more images from our first book, and for a sneak peek at the prizes for Saturday’s book launch!


Cars that excite us!

So I got talking with one of my co-workers today, and he mentioned something interesting:

“Yeah, I’m waiting on that new Dodge electric thing, the EV it’s called? Yeah, I’d drive one of those.”

This is the same guy who keeps a poster of a Ford V8 engine behind his desk, and he’s holding out for this electric car?


Image courtesy of Dodge

Yes, it’s awesome, and I’d kill to have one myself.  No, seriously-I would kill for this car.  All I need is a name, although I do expect payment of one prototype Dodge upfront.  Some help getting blood off the upholstery would be appreciated as well.

The point I’m getting at is that this car’s happy-hippy go-go Mother Nature environmental friendliness isn’t what made my co-worker lust after its yellow paint.  What made him want the car is the fact that it’s a good looking sports coupe that goes like stink.  More importantly, it looks like an awesome freakin’ car.  It’s not a cardboard box, it’s not some experimental swoopy thing that invokes the spirits of a senior executive who put his department’s budget up his nose, and it doesn’t try to look like an old car.  The design is original and fresh, and it has the ability to keep up to the demands it sets for itself.

Now, just imagine if all the vehicles that GM produced were like this?  They all had original, fresh designs that inspired people to come down and take a look.  Nothing is re-hashed (unless it’s seriously worth re-hashing) and nothing is re-badged from another department or manufacturer.  Just imagine what the domestic car maker’s world would be like if the legendary Saab didn’t try to pass off a Subaru Impreza as the Saab 9-2x luxury car (or at least put some effort into covering it up better).  Would they be in so much trouble if they could just put some imagination and a little excitement into the cars?  Actually yeah, they probably would be.

Don’t get me wrong;  their problems are not entirely their own doing.  From what I see, pre-existing market forces in the commodity sectors lead them to a point of weakness, at which point they were bombarded with a banking system unwilling to finance their customer’s purchases (no, SUV’s didn’t cause this-now shut up you f****ing hippie).  But, if they could just have built more vehicles that excited us, maybe they would have been in a stronger competitive position that would have kept them afloat through this.  Just a thought….


Free Wallpaper #11

hotrod_1024x768 Hey all, hope  everyone here had a great Christmas (or whatever you celebrate), and that Santa was good  to you.  I did pretty well for myself this year, with a sweet leather briefcase and a pile of hand tools.  This  year’s haul was further proof that you don’t have to be nice to score from Santa-you just have to bribe the  right elf to delete your name from the Naughty list.

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2008 Dodge Charger Prototype

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