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The Cruisin the Pines Car Show has been postponed until 2021 due to the uncertainty of the Covid-19.

Cruising With The Roamin Angels

Former teen hot rodders grow up to be old car enthusiasts About 40 gray-haired hot rodders keep the early ’60’s cruisin’ days alive in Grass Valley. The Roamin’ Angels now sport halos as they polish their street machines. Thirty-five years ago, local police considered them little devils. High school students by day, hot rodders by night, they blasted down the roads of western Nevada County, daring each other to drag race. They decided to turn ‘angelic’ after reading Henry Felson’s book, “Hot Rod”. In the book, the teenagers agree to…

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Car Club Plaques

At one time you may have contributed a photo for my website or expressed interest in one of the plaques I have posted. This month I reached a “Milestone” by posting the 10,000th different plaque to my site. If you’d like to take a look around again, the URL to my home page is …https://carclubplaques.pairsite.com/carclubplaques.htm It’s probably been 18 months or so since my last message to most of you. If you have a plaque that’s not shown on my site, please send me a photo so I can add…

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Pontiac Project

It all started with Diane wanting something special for her 50th birthday in 2006. Having been bitten by the car bug after hanging around with Roamin Angels for 10 years, she decided she wanted a ’57 Pontiac like her parents had owned many years before. She found one in Maryland. Although she had pictures of the car from the owner and her cousin from New Jersey, she admitted that she paid far too much. Caught up with buyer’s frenzy and excited that it seemed the car she wanted, she bought…

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What Goes ‘Round

What goes ’round…. About eight years ago I bought a 1961 VW from a neighbor. Dan had been on the Home Owners Board with me for about 6 years. I pestered Dan for a dozen years to sell me the Bug that sat in his field attracting snakes and leaves. “No, you don’t want that old thing Mike” was always the response. Early in 2012 Dan’s son came into the shop and we got to talking about the car. Turns out the Bug had been a project with Dan and…

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Dashboard Hobbies

One of the things I like to do in my garage is to restore old dashboards from vintage cars. I have about nine of them now hanging on my walls. I try to imagine all the hours someone must have spent looking at these over the years. Imagining what they looked like when the brand new car was brought home. This one is from a 1946 Plymouth. It was in remarkable good shape for it’s age, so it was an easy one to do. I have two more to restore,…

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Flyover Salutes Those On Front Lines Of Pandemic

Beale Air Force Base Flyover Salutes Those On Front Lines Of Pandemic The Fly-over occured just about noon honoring our first responders. As observers, we followed spacing and safety protocols. Some met at the Sierra Nevada Hospital parking lot and some stayed home to watch the tribute.  While our medical facilities and medical personnel have not been challenged as New York’s has or other areas, Our guys and gals on the forefront didn’t know that back when this all hit. They went to work and did their jobs. Thank you…

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2020 Car Show Cancelled

The Roamin Angels 2020 Cruisin the Pines Car show has been cancelled due to the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic. This year has been a very difficult one for our car club. As you all know, we have been holding our famous car show at the fairgrounds for many years and without any warning only a few days after the 2019 show we learned that our date had been changed by the fairgrounds. We were offered Labor Day weekend and then October 2, 2020. In January 2020, the membership had the…

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Burma Shave Revisited

Last month’s article brought back memories, to when I was a little kid we would read the signs when we traveled. My dad used to take us to the small town of Centerville Indiana, for our haircuts. It was about ten miles from our house and haircuts were only fifty cents. I was about seven years old and my brother was five. We would pass a sign that read: Listen birds These signs Cost money Roost awhile And don’t Get funny As young kids we didn’t know what that meant,…

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Killer Corvair

He Could Have a V-8 Although the body was essentially the same from 1965 to 1969, the introduction of the beefier Saginaw trans is what made possible converting to the V-8 that is nestled inside this Corvair. The radiator and shrouding now takes up much of the front trunk. While some people might be satisfied with the stock flat six engine in their Corvair, John Pritchard was not. He wanted a V-8. Now he’s well on the way to seeing his desire fulfilled. It all started a couple of years…

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Garagemahal

Garages are an unusual place. I think when man went into his first cave looking for shelter; he actually went into the first garage. Think about it. It’s dark, dirty, and if you make a mess-who cares. It’s a place to store stuff out of the weather and to keep it out of the reach of other cavemen. It’s a place to get away from the world’s woes. It’s a hiding place from the angry cavewife. It’s where you can just hang and do nothing. It’s a place where you…

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