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The Roamin Angels Car Show has been cancelled for 2021. Be safe and cruise safely.

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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The Early Years of Jeff Gordon Racing – Part II

Before I begin this segment, I need to do a quick correction- I stated John Bickford built and owned hardtops driven by Gene Dudley.  Actually, It was Gene’s brother, Darrell, who was partners with John and drove the #97 Hardtop.  Their younger brother, Lee, was also involved with Hardtops and stock cars over the years. When John came home with the two Quarter Midgets, he was envisioning a sister – brother racing team.  Well, after a few parking lot tryouts, Jeff was totally into it but Kim would rather be…

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Wax On, Wax Off

Many of the Roamin Angels are ‘gearheads’ i.e., the type of guys who can rebuild an engine better than new and enjoy doing it, but not all are. Some are what Steve DeSena terms ‘wax on, wax off’ people, those whose automotive talents are basically limited to keeping their car shined. And he calls himself one of those guys. It has nothing to do with lack of love for cars, but mechanical ability. Steve fell in love with T-Buckets (topless hot-rodded Model T roadsters) when he was sixteen and rode…

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Bev’s Baby Bird

Although husband Gio had his Model A and ‘34 Ford street rods (what he calls his “adult toys”), Bev Giovanetti was never comfortable driving them. It wasn’t that she didn’t like classic cars, but petit Bev had trouble handling Gio’s cars. As Roamin Angels, they went on many cruises with the club and Bev was always riding shotgun. Finally, in 2000 she decided to sell some stock in her retirement portfolio and buy a more active stock: a stock ‘57 T-Bird. She had loved the Baby Birds since her high…

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Selling The Chariot?

The intention of writing this article is to help you prevent some of the pitfalls of what happens when a survivor of your family is faced with selling your prized hot rod, classic, or muscle car. First of all, the last, worst, and most dreadful thing you can do with the all the stuff you leave behind after your death is NOTHING. Right now, I just want to get into how to set up the paperwork for that wonderful chariot you leave behind and prevent the nightmare your grieving survivor…

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My Time With Jeff Gordon – Part I

Most of the many friends I have I have made in the Roamin Angels in my short 3 years with the club, know that I have a long relationship with NASCAR Legend and Hall of Famer, Jeff Gordon.  I have shared some of that background with some friends in the club but our Diane Blakley asked me if I would consider sharing it in an article published in our Newsletter.  So, with all that said, here goes… Growing up in Benicia and Vallejo, I was a gearhead at birth. My…

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Nothing Fancy Ford
Since it’s redesign and new F-1 designation in 1948, Ford changed little in three years. In fact, it would take an expert to tell them apart. All pickups in that day were stepsides.

John K. has no expectations that his ‘50 Ford F-1 shortbed pickup will ever win any trophies. But then, he doesn’t take it to car shows either. He did not buy it to show. He bought it because he needed a truck for household hauling and did not want to buy a new one.  About years ago, he told a fellow Roamin Angel he was looking for one and the Angel told him of one that was sitting in a garage in Penn Valley. After an amateur restoration, it…

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Bright Tail lights

Brighter Tail Lights When I was fixing up Colleen’s ‘56 Chevy, one of the things I wanted to do was make the stop/tail lights brighter. First, I washed the lens and cut out reflective rings for the housing. I used a 3m diamond grade sign reflective sheet scrap which really helped. (This is available at Highway Sign Shops). Second, I ordered #1157 “Brite Light” from one of the speed shops. These ‘babies’ are bright! (50/8 watt). Unfortunately, when all the lights were on and you hit the brakes, the thermo-breaker…

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A Real Steal

While Jim R. didn’t physically steal his 1958 Buick Special, he did get it as the result of a crime. The second owner, who had bought it in  1959, had been in prison for a long stretch when his mother got tired of storing it in her garage and had made him sell it in 1989.  Jim saw the ad and went to see it. It had a 364 CID “nailhead” V-8 engine with a two-barrel carb and a Dynaflow auto trans. For options it had power steering and brakes,…

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Roamin’ Angels History

Do You Know Your Roamin’ Angels History? Roamin Angels began in the 1960s. Like so many teenagers in the early ’60s, the future Roamin’ Angels were into hopping up their cars and drag-racing in the Grass Valley area. Long before Hollywood came up with the phrase, they felt “the need, the need for speed.” The stories of near misses with death in souped-up cars could make a book. Spare time was spent changing the engines, transmissions or rear ends of the teenagers’ cars to eke out a few more mph…

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