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It’s All the Gearhead News you can use inside this month: Hot Rodding in the Mid-South Dad’s Day in L.A. Lonestar Round Up Action Latest Shows, Cruise’s & Events and LOTS more cool stuff

NOVEMBER 2011 Vol. 11 - Issue 9 Price: Still Free

Rolling Bones Open House 2011 Racing Schedules The Gypsy Rose Haulin’ SS ROAD RUMBLINGS GARAGE SCENE And Much More…:


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“It’s all the Gearhead News you can use"

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Publisher / Editor Art Director & Designer Photography Web Producer

The Staff Jim “Jimmy B” Brandau Larry Williams – larrywilliamsgraphics.com Butch Pate – Patephotos.com Jack Cobb - tnhost.com Contributors Ed Woodard

•The Fun Starts Here

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• Road Rumblings

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•Show Info at a Glance

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• ―REAL CRUISER ― Contest

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•Cruise Nite Listings

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•Hot Rods in the Mid South

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•Lonestar Round Up

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•CAR CLUBS

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•Garage & Shop Scene

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•POWER TOUR Nashville

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•Car Shows & Events

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•For Sale or Swap

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•Surf the Net

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•Fathers Day Fun!

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•FINISH LINE

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Cover Photo by WOLF MOTORSPORTS Contents Page Photo of Phil Johnsons ―Traditional Style‖ Chevy Pik-em-up Truck by Jimmy B Contents Page Artwork by Williams Graphics gearheagazzette@gmail.com www.gearheadgazzette.com www.facebook.com/gearhead-gazzette Send submissions via email or direct mail to GEARHEAD GAZZETTE 8739 Horton Hwy, College Grove Tn 37046 Advertising Publisher Jim “Jimmy B” Brandau Car Show & Event listings, Cruise Night Listings, Personal FOR SALE/SWAP ads, Car Club Listings are all listed for free. For all other advertising cost & availabilities contact Jim Brandau at gearheadgazzette@gmail.com or call 615-300-2003 from 9am – 5pm CST

Editorial content is the sole property of the GEARHEAD GAZZETTE. All information contained in each issue is the sole opinion and comments of the editor. The opinions and comments expressed in this issue do not reflect in any way either written or implied on any of the Sponsors or Advertisers in each issue. No portion of the GEARHEAD GAZZETTE may be reproduced in any form, without written permission from the publisher .All information relating to dates, times and locations of events is only as accurate, as provided to the GEARHEAD GAZZETTE. The GEARHEAD GAZZETTE will not be held responsible for any errors in the information provided.

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“ Ya Gotta know where to Go….The FUN Starts Here….”

Is it really about the cars??? That‘s a question that I have thought about a lot lately. It‘s hard to argue, that all of us who call ourselves ―gearheads, hot rodders, motorheads, etc.‖ are focused on particular car, or make of car or style of build. I would say a lot of us are actually ―laser focused‖ in some cases. We get fixated on a particular car and learn as much about it as we can. We know all the different variations of builds, option combo‘s, the real rare ones and so on. Some of us can answer just about any question there is on our favorite ride. Then there is the ―period correct‖ crowd. They know exactly the way a car should be built for a particular timeframe or genre‘ as they say. This group goes out of their way to ensure the car is built Just like they did in the ―old days‖. 40‘s, 50‘s, 60‘s..they have it down. Now don‘t get me wrong, I am not saying there is anything wrong with all this. This is what makes our sport, hobby, passion what it is today. It is what makes it fun. There‘s the folks who subscribe to the theory that in order to have fun at a car show or cruise nite, you have to have your ―hot rod‖ or it‘s no fun. This bunch of folks wont go to an event without their car / hot rod. Now I will get on some shaky ground, but that‘s ok. Do you build or buy your ride? The folks that wheel and deal are having a blast driving a cool car..their cool car. See that smile on their face…you cant wipe it off while they are cruising around or wiping their car down at a show or cruise nite or even in their driveway.. Now the ―car builders‖ the just don‘t understand how anyone could ―buy a hot rod‖!!! 4

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They would never be caught driving a ―bought hot rod‖. For some of these folks, they actually enjoy building the car more than driving it. Usually they sell it shortly after its complete, so they can start the next project. NEWS FLASH!! If you fit in anyone of these ―slots‖ you‘re ok!! This is what makes Hot Rodding…Hot Rodding. Variety keeps it going and doesn‘t let it get boring. Now…back to the original question. Is it really about the cars?? My opinion is no it‘s not about the cars… it‘s always been about the people. We…I am raising my hand up, make this sport, hobby, lifestyle fun. The car is nothing without the people in it. When you are working on your car, eventually you will ―phone a friend‖ to come help you because you need that 3rd hand. You will bounce idea‘s off your ―buds‖ on what you think your going to do to see what they think. You are looking for their input….it‘s important to you. Most folks go to cruise nites or car shows with a few other folks. Sometimes it‘s a car club going together. Sometimes you are riding with your friend to an event because your ride isn't running yet or you just don‘t have one. Maybe you are going yourself, just to check out the cool cars and take some pictures for yourself. The main thing is, you are having fun with cars. You have that big ―sh#t eating‖ grin on your face because your digging the fumes from some 110 octane fuel in a gas tank. Take a look at the picture here. Ol‘ BB & GW are checking out the awards deal at a local show. Can you tell which one had his ride there and which came to have fun with his friend? Doesn‘t matter does it……

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GOODGUYS has released its 2012 schedule for all their events. Their events are open to all entries that are 1972 vintage & older. It’s never too early to make plans to attend your favorite GOODGUYS event!!

MARCH -March 9, 10 & 11 - Scottsdale, AZ GOODGUYS 3rd SPRING NATIONALS

AUGUST -August 10, 11 & 12 - Joliet, IL GOODGUYS 6th CHICAGOLAND NATIONALS

-March 16, 17 & 18 - Fort Worth, TX GOODGUYS 2nd SPRING LONE STAR NATIONALS

-August 17, 18 & 19 - Spokane, WA GOODGUYS 11th GREAT NORTHWEST NATIONALS

-March 24 & 25 - Pleasanton, CA GOODGUYS 30th ALL AMERICAN GET-TOGETHER

-August 24, 25 & 26 - Pleasanton, CA GOODGUYS 26th WEST COAST NATIONALS

-March 30, 31 & April 1 - Del Mar, CA GOODGUYS 12th MEGUIAR’S DEL MAR NATIONALS

-Aug. 31, Sept. 1 & 2 - Kansas City, KS GOODGUYS 11th MID-WESTERN NATIONALS

MAY -May 18, 19 & 20 - Nashville, TN GOODGUYS 7th BRIDGESTONE NASHVILLE NATIONALS JUNE -June 2 & 3 - Pleasanton, CA GOODGUYS 19th SUMMER GET-TOGETHER -June 8, 9 & 10 - Loveland, CO GOODGUYS 15th COLORADO NATIONALS

SEPTEMBER -September 21, 22 & 23 - Indianapolis, IN GOODGUYS 2nd WIX FILTERS SPEEDWAY NATIONALS OCTOBER -October 5, 6 & 7 - Fort Worth, TX GOODGUYS 20th LONE STAR NATIONALS -October 26, 27 & 28 - Charlotte, NC GOODGUYS 19th SOUTHEASTERN NATIONALS

-June 15, 16 & 17 - West Springfield, MA GOODGUYS 21st EAST COAST NATIONALS

NOVEMBER -November 10 & 11 - Pleasanton, CA GOODGUYS 23rd AUTUMN GET-TOGETHER

-June 29, 30 & July 1 - Des Moines, IA GOODGUYS 21st HEARTLAND NATIONALS

-November 16, 17 & 18 - Scottsdale, AZ GOODGUYS 15th SOUTHWEST NATIONALS

JULY -July 6, 7 & 8 - Columbus, OH GOODGUYS 15th GOODGUYS PPG NATIONALS

-November 23, 24 & 25 - Del Mar, CA GOODGUYS 2nd FALL DEL MAR

-July 27, 28 & 29 - Puyallup, WA GOODGUYS 25th PACIFIC NORTHWEST NATIONALS November 2011

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ROAD RUMBLINGS… By Jimmy B CONGRATULATIONS to HOT RODS & THREADS Full Service Hot Rod Shop. In October they celebrated their 6th Anniversary of building Cool Cars & Trucks “in the Grove”… College Grove TN.

Check out one of the coolest shows around on Nov. 5 & 6th. The 2011 Kris Kringle Invitational Car Show will take place at the Williamson County AgExpo Center in Franklin TN. Tom Akers has worked all year to pull together a great collection of cool rides. The GEARHEAD GAZZETTE will be in attendance all weekend long, shooting pic’s for an upcoming issue. Stop by the HOT RODS & THREADS Full Service Hot Rod Shop booth and say hey to Jimmy B!

Starting this month, we have added a special feature to the Gazzette. Mid-South Hot Rodding Icon, Ed “Mr Holley” Woodard has started writing about how hot rodding got started in the Mid-South. Join the trip back in time to learn about how it was really being done, by someone who was there and documented all the cool stuff with lots and lots of pictures.

Some sad news!! Just about everyone knows Stroker McGurk, the lovable cartoon character from the early days of HOT ROD and Rod & Custom magazine's Tom Medley who helped shape Rod & Custom , HOT ROD and created Stroker McGurk suffered a devastating fire at his home recently. Burbank Firefighters had their hands full when they arrived on scene at 3316 W. Verdugo Avenue, Thursday afternoon as they had a garage well involved with fire. A 91 year-old occupant was knocked to the ground after attempting to start the car and it backfired and caught fire. Firefighters made a quick knock down but were unable to save the garage or any of it's contents which included a 1940 Ford Coupe and a mobile trailer sitting near the garage. Firefighter/Paramedics treated the resident, Tom Medley, the owner of both the home and of the car, who was knocked to the ground after the fire started. Medley declined any further medical treatment. Burbank Fire sent three engines, two truck companies, a paramedic unit and Battalion Chief, Assistant Chief Tom Lenahan. The damage was listed at $30,000 to the garage and $60,000 to it's contents with no injuries to firefighters and the cause is being listed as an accidental backfire from the cars engine.

And remember to tell em’ ya saw it in the GEARHEAD GAZZETTE cause THE FUN STARTS HERE!!

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ROAD RUMBLINGS…cont. > The 2012 Event schedules for both GOODGUYS & NSRA have been released. If you haven’t seen them yet, we have them listed for you in this issue with every event listed. Make your plans now to attend your favorite event!! > As you will see elsewhere in this issue, the 2012 event & cruise schedule is getting busy already. Don’t delay!! Get your event or Cruise Nite listing sent in now. > Speaking of cruise nites, We are going to clear off all cruise nite listings for 2011 in the December issue. If your event is going to continue thru December and into early next year, you need to let us know right away so we don’t take yours off. > I want to give a BIG ―THANK YOU‖ to David Ferguson of the Hendersonville Cruise In. Dave does an absolutely great job of keeping all cruisers informed of shows and activities going on in the Hendersonville area and beyond. During Cruise Season he puts out a weekly update.

Bonneville…we all talk about it. Some of us have actually gone there for speed weeks and an even smaller group has actually raced there. It is the place for pure speed. I, like a lot of other people, always believed that racing on the salt started after WWII ended. Was I wrong!!! I recently read about this movie and more importantly, the story it tells in an article by ―Land Speed Louise in the GOODGUYS Gazette. This is the true story of Ab Jenkins, the father of Salt Racing and the records he set, a lot of which still remain unbroken today. Do yourself a favor and order this movie today. The story is awesome and the vintage footage of racing on the salt is unbelievable!!! I promise you that you will enjoy this movie and learn a lot about one piece of our heritage…Racing on the Salt Flats. Give this one a 5 STAR Rating!!!

We have added a new business listing for the Gearheads to take advantage of. We have had some requests about companies that do “WATER JET” machining. We are proud to tell you about KIRCO Precision Tool. They are located in the Chicago area, but worth looking into for these type of services. Ed Kirk owns the biz and he also works for BILLET SPECIALITES in the Design Dept. Check out the KIRCO business listing here in the Gazzette and their FACEBOOK PAGE and website. Better yet, give Ed a call and tell him Jimmy B said hey!!

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ROAD RUMBLINGS‌cont. We got this sad news passed on to us from Ed Woodard & Joe Klinckhardt. Chuck Hardesty who a lot of Mid-South hot rodders knew passed away in October: We've all lost a true hot rodder and I've lost one of my best friends. Chuck Hardesty, Caruthersville, MO., passed away October 18, 2011 after contracting a nasty virus. His diabetes and prior liver problems greatly increased the odds of contacting this very rare virus. The virus is believed to have been transferred through a cut on his hand while doing what loved - working on an ole hot rod. Chuck was a lover of all cars and had a special fondness for all Henry 1932 Fords. He never owned a "show car", but you can bet they were all driven often and were all the "real deal". Chuck was a long time member of both national organizations. We can all learn from this! Clean up and sterilize yourself immediately if you obtain a cut while working on anything - a habit that's hard for all of us. Chuck leaves his wife Elizabeth, family, and a host of friends to mourn his passing. His last ride was in his 1957 Nomad followed by his 1932 3 window all Henry coupe. Some thirteen other hot rodders and three Harleys showed their respect by driving in the funeral procession. Chuck was loved by all that knew him. We will miss you Chuck and our prayers go out to Elizabeth and the family. God bless. Respectfully submitted, Joe Klinkhardt "Studebaker Joe" Hayti, MO


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SHOW INFO AT A GLANCE__________

DON’T SEE YOUR EVENT LISTED…SEND US THE INFO!!! Check the CAR SHOWS / EVENTS/ GEARHEAD STUFF section for ALL the details on these shows. •NOV 4-5: RED BOILING SPRINGS TN: Absolute Auction of the Doug and Janie Smith Collection •NOV 5: HENDERSONVILLE TN: INAUGURAL LIONS CLUB CRUISE IN. •NOV 5-6: FRANKLIN TN: 8TH ANNUAL KRIS KRINGLE CAR SHOW. •NOV 6: CARTHAGE TN: SWAP MEET PRESENTED BY SC MOTORSPORTS PROMOTIONS.

NOV 6: MANCHESTER TN: HWY 41 CONVOY – TOY CONVOY

•NOV 7-12: PANAMA CITY FL: 7TH ANNUAL EMERALD COAST CRUIZIN •NOV 11-13: PERRY GA: 2ND ANNUAL PERRY AUTOFEST & SWAP MEET. •NOV 12: SHELBYVILLE TN: CELEBRATION CITY REGION AACA 2011 ANNUAL INDOOR SWAP MEET •NOV 12-13: MORRISTOWN TN: RUN TO THE HILLS CAR – TRUCK – MOTORCYCLE SHOW •NOV 13: SYMRNA TN: MOTORCYCLE SWAP MEET. •NOV 19-20: CHICAGO IL: MUSCLE CAR & CORVETTE NATIONALS •NOV 24-27: DAYTON BEACH FL: DAYTONA TURKEY RUN •NOV 24- 27: HOUSTON TX: 52ND ANNUAL HOUSTON AUTORAMA & CAR COLLECTOR AUCTION. •NOV 25 – 27: NASHVILLE TN: NASHVILLE INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW •DEC 10: AUSTIN TX: 2011 HOT ROD REVOLUTION

_________2012 SHOW INFO AT A GLANCE_________

DON’T SEE YOUR EVENT LISTED…SEND US THE INFO!!! Check the CAR SHOWS / EVENTS/ GEARHEAD STUFF section for ALL the details on these shows. •JAN 6-8: CHATTANOOGA TN: 44TH O’REILLYS AUTO PARTS WORLD OF WHEELS •JAN 13-15: CINCINNATTI OH: 52ND KOI AUTO PARTS CAVALCADE OF CUSTOMS •JAN 21-22: NASHVILLE TN: 21ST ANNUAL NASHVILLE AUTOFEST •JAN 27-29: POMONA CA; 63RD KRAGEN-O’REILLY GRAND NATIONAL ROADSTER SHOW •JAN ???: MURFREESBORO TN: TENNESSEE MOTORAMA – DATE T.B.A. •FEB 5: NASHVILLE TN: 24TH ANNUAL NASHVILLE AUTOMOTIVE SWAP MEET •FEB 10-12: BIRMINGHAM AL:: 41ST O’REILLY AUTO PARTS WORLD OF WHEELS •FEB 10-12: INDIANAPOLIS IN: 53RD O’REILLY AUTO PARTS WORLD OF WHEELS •FEB 17-19 SACRAMENTO CA: 62ND KRAGEN-O’RELYY SACRAMENTO AUTORAMA •FEB 19: LEBANON TN: 2ND ANNUAL WINTER MID-TENN REGION AACA SWAP MEET •FEB 24-26: DETROIT MI: 60TH MEGUIARS AUTORAMA •FEB 24-26: LOUSIVILLE KY: 49TH CARL CASPER INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AUTO SHOW •FEB 25: LEBANON TN: 2ND ANNUAL COLLECTOR’S SWAP MEET •MAR 1-4: BAKERSFIELD CA: FAMOSO RACEWAY PRESENT THE ANNUAL MARCH MEET. •MAR 2-4 : CHICAGO IL: 50TH O’REILLY AUTO PARTS WORLD OF WHEELS •MAR 10-11: NASHVILLE TN: HUNTERS CUSTOM AUTO SHOW •MAR 30 – APR 1: DAYTONA BEACH FL: SPRING TURKEY RUN •APRIL 13-15: OKLAHOMA CITY OK: SOUTHWEST STREET ROD NATIONALS Plus •MAY 4 – 6: KNOXVILLE TN: STREET ROD NATIONALS SOUTH Plus •MAY 17-19: PIGEON FORGE TN: 34TH ANNUAL F-100 SUPERNATIONALS •MAY 18 – 20: NASHVILLE TN: GOODGUYS NASHVILLE NATIONALS •MAY 25-27: SPRINGFIELD MO: MID-AMERICA STREET ROD NATIONALS Plus •JUNE 1-3: YORK PA: STREET ROD NATIONALS EAST Plus •JUNE 14-16: BOWLING GREEN KY: 10TH ANNUAL HOLLEY HOT ROD REUNION •AUG 2-5: LOUISVILLE KY: STREET ROD NATIONALS Plus •SEPT: 15: LEBANON TN: 2012 REDNECK RUMBLE •OCT 7-14: GULF COAST MISSISSIPPI: CRUISIN THE COAST •OCT 12 – 14: TAMPA FL: SOUTHEAST STREET ROD NATIONALS Plus

IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY to start sending in your cruise nite, car show or event info to the GEARHEAD GAZZETTE. As soon as we get the event info, we‘ll list in the 2012 SHOW INFO AT A GLANCE section. 3 months before the actual event we‘ll list it in the GEARHEAD GAZZETTE in the CAR SHOWS – EVENTS – GEARHEAD STUFF section. Remember, the earlier you advertise your event, you will increase your attendance levels. What are you waiting for? Send us your event info now to gearheadgazzette@gmail.com

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NSRA 2012 EVENT SCHEDULE NSRA has released its 2012 schedule for all their events. Their events are open to all entries that are 30 years old & older. It’s never too early to make plans to attend your favorite NSRA event!! As we get the info for the various NSRA APPRECIATION Day events, we’ll get those listed for you also.

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Back in the April/May issue of the GEARHEAD GAZZETTE, we started a contest to see who the ―real drivers‖ were. The contest is all about you Gearheads getting out and driving your rides. A lot of folks talk about driving their rides a lot, but we wanted to see if it really happens. The contest rules were very simple. Send us a picture of your ride and a picture of the odometer by May 14th. We would need another picture of your odometer on 10/31/11 at the close of the contest. The one with the most miles wins. The winner will receive a special ward from the GEARHEAD GAZZETTE and a photo shoot of their ride, to be published in an upcoming issue of the GEARHEAD GAZZETTE. The real prize obviously is the fun of driving your ride!! The REAL CRUISER contest had a number of interested folks, but a lot of them did not have their Speedometers / Odometers hooked up. Sounds like a lot of driving ―by the tach‖ going on!! Based on these simple rules, there were 2 entries that finally qualified for the contest. Elmer Jones of Clarksville TN entered with his 1949 Mercury and David Plott of Mt Juliet TN entered with his 1971 Datsun 240Z.

So who is the ? You’re going have until next months issue to find out who rolled up the most miles in their ride!!! Now…are you going to be part of the contest for 2012? We’re going to do it again and will announce more details early in 2012. Get those speedo’s fixed so you can join in.

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__________“CRUISE NITE FUN” FOR 2011_________________ FOR ALL OF THE CLUBS & CRUISE NITE HOSTS, OR IF YOU KNOW OF A CRUISE NIGHT HAPPENING IN 2011, BE IT WEEKLY OR MONTHLY, SEND THE COMPLETE INFO TO ME AT gearheadgazzette@gmail.com

1ST MONDAY NITE CRUISIN’: LEWISBURG TN: CRUISE IN EVERY 1ST MONDAY NITE AT THE SONIC DRIVE IN, CRUISING STARTS ON APRIL 2ND TUESDAY NITE CRUISIN: •1ST THURSDAY NITE CRUISIN: •HENDERSONVILLE TN: UNDER THE BRIDGE CRUISE IN AT SILVERADOS IN RIVERGATE. SPONSORED BY BRIANS MOTORSPORTS. OPEN TO BIKES, CARS, TRUCKS, ANYTHING WITH WHEELS. FOR MORE INFO CALL 615-824-7655 OR GO TO www.briansmotorsports.net FRIDAY NITE CRUISIN’: THESE CRUISES ARE HELD EVERY FRIDAY NITE: SATURDAY NITE CRUISIN’: THESE CRUISES ARE HELD EVERY SATURDAY NITE: 1st SATURDAY NITE OF THE MONTH CRUISIN: McMINNVILLE TN: THE McMINNVILLE CRUISERS HOST A CRUISE IN THE 1ST SATURDAY NITE OF EACH MONTH. CRUISE IN TAKES PLACE IN THE SECURITY FEDERAL PARKING LOT STARTING AT 5PM UNTIL ??? WHITE HOUSE TN: VOODOO KINGS KUSTOM CAR CLUB CRUISE-IN. HELD THE 1ST SATURDAY NITE OF EACH MONTH FROM 5-9PM. CRUISE HAPPENS AT BOB-N-RHOND’S GRILL ON HWY 31W. FOOD AND DRINK SPECIALS. FOR MORE INFO CALL 615-672-2323 2ND SATURDAY MORNING OF EACH MONTH CRUISE IN: •FRANKLIN TN: EVERY 2ND SATURDAY MORNING OF THE MONTH, THE CARS & COFFEE CRUISE IN WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 7:30AM-9AM. OPEN TO ALL VEHICLES. BEING HELD AGAIN IN THE CARRABBA’S PARKING LOT BY STARBUCKS COFFEE IN COOL SPRINGS AREA RIGHT OFF COOL SPRINGS BLVD, RIGHT OFF I-65. FOR MORE INFO SEND AN EMAIL TO mgillespie@comcast.net or Peter.Bedrosian@Nissan-Usa.com CRUISE IN STARTS MARCH 12TH AND RUNS THRU NOVEMBER 12TH 2nd SATURDAY NITE OF THE MONTH CRUISIN’: 4th SATURDAY MORNING OF EACH MONTH CRUISE IN: 4th SATURDAY NITE OF THE MONTH CRUISIN’: •LAST SATURDAY NITE OF THE MONTH CRUISIN:

IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY to start sending in your Cruise nite or Cruise - in info to the GEARHEAD GAZZETTE. As soon as we get the event info, we‘ll list in the “CRUISE NITE FUN” FOR 2012 section. Remember, the earlier you advertise your event, you will increase your attendance levels. What are you waiting for? Send us your cruise event info now to gearheadgazzette@gmail.com

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HOT RODDING IN THE MID-SOUTH The Beginning’s and the Growth

Words & Picture’s by Ed Woodard

You are in for a real treat this month Gearheads!! A true Hot Rodding treasure of the Mid- South, is the one and only Mr. Ed Woodard. For those of you who already know Ed you know what I am talking about. For those of you who don’t know Ed, you are going to get to know him very well, in this and upcoming issues of the GEARHEAD GAZZETTE. Ed has graciously volunteered to share how hot rodding got started in the Mid-South back in the early days, after the “big war”. Ed was there at the beginning and still is there today. The history of hot rodding in the Mid-South will be told by Ed in his own words and with some of his 10,000 plus pictures he has taken along the way. My only regret is that there isn't enough room to publish all of the pictures, because as they say, a picture is worth a 1000 words. Ed has worked at HOLLEY for forever, and he has helped many a hot rodder along the way. Now he is helping all of us learn about the way it was really done, “in the good old days”. Now lets head west to Memphis with Ed…..

HOW DID HOT RODDING START FOR ME & MY GENERATION…. Have you ever wondered how all this street rod, custom car, drag race, & round track deal ever started? Where did it start? How in the world did everybody find out when & where to get together? Hopefully in the next few months I will try to answer some of those questions for all of us. Many hot rodders made their careers as fighter pilots in the 50‘s & 60‘s to satisfy their need for speed. That was my goal too, but it never worked out that way….I guess mine was to be the performance business….Which was really not that bad….

next picture a couple of English bikes go for it….

That old Jimmy did get me to my first drag race at Carlisle AR deserted airfield, that was about 1952. Seems drag strips & deserted airfields sort of went together. Several come to mind, Courtland AL, Halls TN, Sturgis KY. Back then there were numerous ¼ round track race tracks in the Memphis area. My old friend Hooker Hood use to pull that 9HB race car to a track every night but Sunday., all within 125 miles from Memphis. He had to win, or at least not tear the car up, cause he towed the car. Well……..here ‗tis……….This is that first drag race mentioned at Carlisle AR….first picture checking out the secure crowd control with my buddy Jim Stevens lining up with a ‘51 Ford

Sometimes I think about those early days in Memphis. I guess an old high school friend Jim Stevens(who was a career USAF pilot flying B47‘s) started it all with me. Best I remember he had a early 50‘s Chevrolet convertible with a 4x4 GMC inline 6 in it with 3 one barrel carbs. It ran pretty good but he built it a little loose as it used about as much oil as gas. 3rd pic is bike on the big end…check the layout, November 2011

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HOT RODDING IN THE MID-SOUTH cont. No trailers back then and his OldsmoFord was the tow car….a ‘49 Ford coupe with a Olds 88 engine, about 1952. It was a real honor to attend the HotRod Reunion in 2009 where Hooker was the honoree, including 3 of his restored race cars from the early days. Did you know the first NASCAR 1 ½ mile super speedway was in the Memphis area …sort of still is !!!!.....& it is right next door to one of the most famous street rodders!

A big time Memphis Rodder was Ray Godman that owned the Tennessee Bo-Weevil driven by Red Dyer. It was runner up at the U.S.Nationals at Detroit, the year before it moved to Indy. Many of the Memphis Rodders are now the Memphis Street Rod Assn members…..Did I mention that I bought one of the historic ―Memphis Rodders‖ plaques a couple of years ago…..at a swap meet….Didn‘t have to join nuttin!!!! Hot rodding is in your blood….That is just the way it is….. I was going to Memphis Tech High & had a chopped 1934 Ford 5 window coupe with the quarter windows filled in to make a 3 window. It really was a sloppy job with body filler over the glass Did I mention Montgomery Auto Supply? My friend Johnny Sausermann, why had a slick ‘51 Ford convertible, worked there & I sometimes would help out on Saturday. I remember we prepared several engine displays for the company display in the Memphis Rodders 1953 custom car show at the downtown Ellis auditorium.

4th pic bikes on the big end, I can see why they built an airfield here….check the flat land!

In Memphis there was the Memphis Rodders hot rod club that I always wanted to join but never seemed to get with them even though I knew most of them. Their rules for being a member was really tough even if you were lucky enough to be invited to Ray Gammons restaurant for their weekly meeting. Once told, there was a member kicked out because he went to a parents funeral….that is tough!

next pic shows those bikes going after it one more time….but this might be the first bike wheely…check the bike on the right !!,

5th pic Sonny Belt beating a Buick. Sonny traded in a lowered 1950 white Mercury coupe with, red & white rolled & pleated interior, Offy heads & Offy 3x2 intake….for a new 1954 Olds 88…yuk! next pic is a classic drag race, 2 Jaguars getting it on,

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HOT RODDING IN THE MID-SOUTH cont.

next pic are a pair of street rods having at it….hope they don‘t break those keyed axles out there in no-mans-land

I guess that was it for me….as the car show was in my blood, but not in Memphis but later in Nashville as you will see later. That‘s about the time my high school days seemed to end when my parents moved to Nashville when my father‘s company transferred him. That always seemed to happen about every 2 years for us, but moving between my junior & senior years when going to Tech High was very hard to take…. That‘s about the way it started for me … see ya next month……..

the last picture is my buddy Jim slapping it on that ‘51 Ford & of course losing another quart of oil from that 302 GMC.

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Hot Rodding Texas Style The LONESTAR ROUND Up words : Jimmy B

Down in Austin Texas every spring, there is this little ol’ hot rod get together called the LONESTAR ROUND UP. This event is definitely ―traditional style‖ hot rods & customs only. Throw in a big dose of the Austin TX music scene at nite, starting at the KONTINENTAL Club. The center of the nitely cruise action is in the heart of Austin and to say it’s a ―big time‖ is an understatement. Here’s a small sampling of the KOOL Rides that came out to take in all the Texas style hot rod fun. They’re gonna do it again in 2012 so don’t miss it!

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Hot Rodding Texas Style The LONESTAR ROUND Up cont.


___________CAR CLUB’s LISTING’s___________ PONTIAC’s OF TENNESSEE ROBERT WOODSIDE - SECRETARY 2230 OAKLEAF DR. FRANKLIN TN 37064 www.pontiactn.org president@pontiactn.org

MUSIC CITY MOPAR CLUB STAN HARDCASTLE – EVENTS DIRECTOR P.O. Box 2253 Mt. Juliet Tn. 37121-2253 615-948-4204 www.musiccitymoparclub.com

CORVETTES OF CLARKSVILLE P.O. 20056 Clarksville TN 37042 E-MAIL: corvette.club@hotmail.com www.corvettesofclarksville.com

MURFREESBORO HOT ROD CLUB JOHN ORTWEIN MURFREESBORO TN 615-995-8490 E-MAIL: john@4mhrc.net www.4mhrc.net

MIDDLE TENNESSEE Z (DATSUN/NISSAN) CLUB RANDY SHEMIN 615-646-7815 E-MAIL: randyshemin@att.net www.middletennesseezclub.com

MIDDLE TENNESSEE VOLKSWAGON CLUB c/o TERRY HIBBETT 615-832-3947 E-MAIL: vwprez@comcast.net www.mtvwc.com

BATTLEFIELD REGION AACA CLUB Contact: Don Babb 615-790- 0403 P.O. Box 681134 Franklin TN 37068-1134 e-mail: battlefield@bellsouth.net www.battlefieldaaca.com

Music City Scions Contact: Brian Sowders 615-495-4406 e-mail: brian.sowders@gmail.com www.musiccityscions.com

Rinky Dink Cruisers Contact: Ron Cooper 615-585-4103 e-mail: rcooper41@att.net Frank Ward: 615-895-4421 e-mail: mdtndollmaker@comcast.net

Pulaski Area Car Club (PACE) Contact: Lee Kelly - President 3070 Fall River Rd. Pulaski Tn. 38478 931-424-6559 e-mail: pacecarclub@aol.com www.pacecarclub.com

Classic Camaro Club of Middle Tennessee Contact: Gary & Linda Neville 931-388-3858 or 615-542-5834 www.worldwidecamaro.com Cardaddy73@gmail.com

MUSIC CITY ROCKETS OLDSMOBILE CLUB 664 PEBBLE SPRINGS DR FRANKLIN TN 37067 Brad Long- President 615-773-8241 www.musiccityrockets.com

Mid-Tenn Region of the AACA Glenn Edwards 615-444-7315 glenn@midtennaaca.org http://midtennaaca.org

MEMORY LANE CRUISERS OF CLARKSVILLE 2866 PRINCE DRIVE CLARKSVILLE TN 37043 931-624-4090 www.memorylanecruisers.net

C4 CAR CLUB Billy Watson – President 176 Thompson Dr Minor Hill Tn 38473 931-565-3533 C4carclub09@yahoo.com MIDNIGHT RODDERS Marty Crain 615-883-6337 midnightrodder@earthlink.net http://midnightrodders.tripod.com KY-TN REGION CADILLAC & LASALLE CLUB 2212 Springdale Dr. Franklin Tn 37064 615-595-7206

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SCOOPS, STRIPES & SPOILERS CARL KUBY OR JOHN GLEASON EMAIL: 1968cuda@gmail.com www.threenutz.com

Porsche Club of America – Musik Stadt Region (Nashville) www.musikstadpca.org Mike Moody - President 615-426-8188 STONES RIVER REGION AACA CLUB Phil San Angelo - President 615-504-8536 e-mail: phil.sanangelo@yahoo.com http://stonesrivercarclub.com


_____“GARAGE & SHOP SCENE” _____ SEND THE PICTURES AND INFO ON YOUR RIDE OR YOUR FRIENDS RIDE AND WE‘LL SHOW IT OFF RIGHT HERE!! SEND US YOUR SHOW INFO AND PICTURES AND WE‘LL SHARE THEM WITH ALL THE GEARHEADS!!

Over in Columbia TN, Cody Johnson is putting together a very cool 48’ Chevy Truck. Here’s a few “spy shots” we got and are able to share with you. The stance is dead on and based on the chassis pic’s the color is looking good too!! The Gearheads will remember Cody from his starring role in the Justin Moore video that was shot at HOT RODS & THREADS earlier this year, where he is the Tech In Training (T.I.T.).

The following info was sent to us by our new contributing writer, Ed Woodard: Local hero Bill Akin at Churchill downs……His 3 Indy roadsters have won 2 firsts & 2 seconds at Pebble Beach. Akin went to the Louisville Concours October 2, 2011 and again won first in class!! That's 2 first's at Pebble Beach, a first at Amelia Island, and now a first at the Louisville Concours...Quite an accomplishment for a Tennessee redneck in what he considers his ugliest car!!....He was one of two that got to actually make some laps around the infamous Churchill Downs which had to be the highlight of his trip.…..

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made a stop at LP Field in Nashville TN, on its annual cross country ―chingo‖. Yes it was HOTTTTT!!!!!, but seeing all those COOL CARS made it bearable. HOT ROD will be doing it again next year so make your plans now to be part of one of the coolest deals.

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_CAR SHOWS – EVENTS – GEARHEAD STUFF_ NOVEMBER 2011:

THE NEW STUFF IS LISTED IN ITALIC’s EVENTS & SHOWS ARE LISTED FOR THE UPCOMING MONTHS. NOVEMBER 2011:

NOV 4-5: RED BOILING SPRINGS TN: Absolute Auction of the Doug and Janie Smith Collection .Over 80 collectible cars. AUCTION BEING HELD AT 5550 Cay County HWY in Red Boiling Springs,TN, Auction starts Friday evening at 5:30pm and continues on Sat at 9am. FOR MORE INFO GO TO www.millsauctions.com

NOV 5: HENDERSONVILLE TN: INAUGURAL LIONS CLUB CRUISE IN. BEING HELD IN THE HOME DEPOT PARKING LOT ON NORTH ANDERSON LANE. RUNS FOM 1-6PM. FAMILY FUN, SHOW YOUR TOYS, 50/50 DRAWING AND DRAWING FOR PRIZES!. LIVE MUSIC & A DJ PLAYING TUNES FOR EVERYONE. PLEASE BRING YOUR OLD EYE GLASSES, CEL PHONES, HEARING AIDS AND TONER CARTRIDGES AS MONEY GENRATED FROM ITEMS BENEFITS THE LIONS CLUB OF HENDERSONVILLE AND THE PEOPLE THEY SERVE AND HELP. FOR MORE INFO GO TO www.lionsofhendersonville.org NOV 5-6: FRANKLIN TN: 8TH ANNUAL KRIS KRINGLE CAR SHOW. EVENT BEING HELD AT THE WILLIAMSON COUNTY AgExpo CENTER RIGHT OFF I-65. THIS IS AN INVITATIONAL SHOW. THIS SHOW IS HELD IN CONJUNCTION WI TH THE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL.. THIS YEARS ―SPECIAL DISPLAY SECTION‖ WILL FEATURE ―ORPHAN CARS‖ FROM EXTINCT MANUFACTURES. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHOW YOUR VEHICLE CONTACT TOM AKERS AT 615-478-5032 OR EMAIL TO : bellevuecruisers@hotmail.com . YOU CAN ALSO HEAD OVER TO THE OCT1ST CRUISE NITE AT THE BELLEVUE MALL AS THE BELLEVUE CRUISERS HOST THIS AND TOM WILL BE THERE TO TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR CAR FOR THE INVITE. NOTE: THIS IS ONE COOL EVENT. IF YOU HAVE NEVER SHOWN HERE, YOU SHOULD. TOM AND HIS TEAM TREAT YOU RIGHT AND IT’S A LOT OF FUN. THIS ONE IS A GEARHEAD GAZZETTE PICK EVENT!!!

NOV 6: CARTHAGE TN: SWAP MEET PRESENTED BY SC MOTORSPORTS PROMOTIONS. BEING HELD AT THE SMITH COUNTY AG CENTER. OVER 100 SPOTS UNDER ROOF & UNLIMITED OUTSIDE SPOTS. GATES OPEN AT 6AM. NEW & USED PARTS FOR ALL KINDS OF HOT RODS, MOTORCYCLES, ANTIQUES, CLASSIC CARS & TRUCKS. CAR CORRAL, MEMORABILLIA VINTAGE ITEMS. FOR MORE INFO CALL 615-489-3236 OR EMAIL TO scookprost@yahoo.com NOV 6: MANCHESTER TN: HWY 41 CONVOY – TOY CONVOY. ALL VEHICLES WELCOME. BRING A NEW UNWRAPPED TOY TO BRIGHTEN A CHILDS CHRISTMAS. LINE UP AT 11AM. THE CONVOY ROLLS AT 1PM. LINE UP AT COFFEE MIDDLE SCHOOL EXIT 111 OFF I-24. RAIN OR SHINE. CAR SHOW, DOOR PRIZES AND MORE. FOR MORE INFO CALL 931-205-0874 NOV 7 – 12: PANAMA CITY FL: 7TH ANNUAL EMERALD COAST CRUIZIN’. EVENT BEING HELD AT FRANK BROWN PARK. OVER 300 HOT RODS, CUSTOMS AND COOL CARS IN 2010. VENDORS, SWAP MEET, AUTO AUCTION AND LOTS LOTS MORE TO SEE AND DO. LADIES SECTION, KIDS GAMES, LIVE MUSIC, FOOD AND MORE. FOR MORE INFO CALL 662-587-9572 OR GO TO www.emeraldcoastcruizin.com NOV 11-13: PERRY GA: 2ND ANNUAL PERRY AUTOFEST & SWAP MEET. CRUISE IN, SWAP MEET, COLLECTIBLES. FOR MORE INFO CALL 478-662-2267 OR EMAIL TO info@perryswapmeet.com NOV 12: SHELBYVILLE TN: CELEBRATION CITY REGION AACA 2011 ANNUAL INDOOR SWAP MEET. AUTO, MOTORCYCLE & TRACTOR PARTS, ACCESSORIES AND MORE. TOOLS, LITERATURE SERVICE STAION MEMORABILIA. DOORS OPEN AT 6AM. BEING HELD IN THE CALSONIC ARENA. FOR MORE INFO CALL 931-684-9379 OR GO TO WWW.CELEBRATIONCITYCARCLUB.COM

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NOV 12-13: MORRISTOWN TN: RUN TO THE HILLS CAR-TRUCKMOTORCYCLE SHOW. BEING HELD AT CHEROKEE PARK. AWARDS FOR THE TOP 50. SWAP MEET, FOOD, VENDORS, MUSIC AND MORE. FOR MORE INFO CALL 865—804-6617 OR GO TO www.run2thehills.net NOV 13: SYMRNA TN: MOTORCYCLE SWAP MEET. BEING HELD AT THE TN NATIOANL GUARD BLDG. FOR MORE INFO GO TO www.bothbarrelspromotions.com OR E-MAIL TO: bothbarrels1@hotmail.com NOV 19 -20: ROSEMONT ( CHICAGO) IL: MUSCLE CAR & CORVETTE NATIONALS.. EVENT BEING HELD AT THE DONALD E STEPHENS CONVENTION CENTER. CLASS OF 71’ 40TH ANNIVERSARY DISPLAY BY THE WELLBORN MUSCLE CAR MUSEUM, CHALLENGER T/A REUNION, MOITON MADENESS 2, MIDGET RACER MANIA, SHELBY SNAKEPIT, BIG NICKEY & MR NORMS SPECIAL DISPLAYS AND LOTS MORE. INDOOR SWAP MEET, COMMERCIAL VENDORS CAR CORRAL AND MORE. FOR MORE INFO CALL 586-549-5291 OR GO TO www.musclecarandcorvettenationals.com NOV 24-27: DAYTONA BEACH FL: 2011 DAYTONA TURKEY RUN. BEING HELD AT THE DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY. SHOW CARS, SWAP MEET, CAR CORRAL, CRAFTS & ANTIQUES AND FOOD. THISIS ONE BIG SHOW/EVENT. YOU’VE SEEN THIS ONE FEATURED IN MANY MAGAZINES. FOR MORE INFO CALL 386-767-9070 OR GO TO www.turkeyrun.com NOV 24- 27: HOUSTON TX: 52ND ANNUAL HOUSTON AUTORAMA & CAR COLLECTOR AUCTION. THIS ONE IS A BIG ISCA SHOW . ON TOP OF ALL THE CAR SHOW STUFF THEY HAND OUT THE ―MILLWINDERS‖ AWARD WITH $5000 CASH!! THIS BRINGS A LOT OF SUPER NICE CARS OUT TO COMPETE. ALOS GOING ON IS THE DRAG CITY DISPLAY, WOMENS WORLD, BURNOUT COMPETITION, AND LOTS MORE!!. FOR MORE INFO CALL 713-515-7667 OR GO TO www.autorama.com NOV 25 – 27: NASHVILLE TN: NASHVILLE INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW. BEING HELD AT THE NASHVILLE CONVENTION CENTER. KID’s DAY IS SUNDAY NOV. 27TH. KIDS 12 & UNDER GET IN FREE! SEE ALL THE NEW MODELS AND SOME SPECIALTY CARS AND CONCEPTS VEHICLES FROM THE MANUFACTURER’S. FOR MORE INFO OR DISCOUNT COUPONS GO TO www.motortrendautoshows.com/nashville

DECEMBER 2011:

DEC 10: AUSTIN TX: HOT ROD REVOLUTION SHOW. THIS SHOW STARTED IN 2006 IN CALIFORNIA AND MOVED TO TEXAS IN 2010. THIS YEARS EVENT WILL BE HELD AT CAMP MABRY US ARMY BASE. THIS IS A PRE-1948 TRADTIONAL HOT ROD SHOW. YOU APPLY FOR THE SHOW AND IF THEY LIKE WHAT THEY SEE YOU ARE IN. ITS NOT A SHOW UP AND PAY YOUR FE DEAL. YOUR CAR HAS TO BE DETERMINED AS APPROPRIATE FOR THE EVENT. THIS IS A QUALITY OVER QUANTITY DEAL. IF YOU THIN YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO GET IN AND WANT TO BE PART OF ONE OF THE COOLEST 1 DAY SHOWS ANYWHERE, send an email with pictures of your ride to REVOLUTION@JALOPYJOURNAL.COM THIS ONE IS A

GEARHEAD GAZZETTE PICK EVENT!!! JANUARY 2011:

JAN 6-8: CHATTANOOGA TN: 44TH O’REILLY AUTO PARTS WORLD OF WHEELS. FOR MORE INFO CALL 706-861-4555 OR GO TO www.theisca.com JAN 21-22: NASHVILLE TN: 21ST ANNUAL NASHVILLE AUTOFEST. BEING HELD AT THE TENNESSEE STATE FAIRGROUNDS. CAR SHOW, SWAP MEET , VENDORS & CAR CORRAL. CASH AWARDS AND DOOR PRIZES TO BE GIVEN AWAY. DASH LAQUES FOR EACH ENTRY. ALL ACTIVIITES WILL BE INDOORS. FOR MORE INFO CALL 270-7695686 OR GO TO www.nashvilleautofest.com THIS ONE IS A GEARHEAD GAZZETTE PICK EVENT!!!


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FOR SALE: LS6 5.7 405H.P. Z06 New crate motor. Street & Performance wiring harness less computer. Also includes 4L60E transmission. Also new. Both motor & trans have never been run. Asking $11,500. For more info call Dwight at 931-384-0620 or email at dwightn@dnickell.com

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FOR SALE: 1968 Barracuda. It is a project car to say the least. No rust on it. It‘s at the stage that you can build it the way you want it to look. Can send pictures if you are interested. Have $1500.00 in it now. Make reasonable offer. Contact Carl at email: 1968cuda@gmail.com

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WANTED: Need a vacuum plate for an original vacuum shift transmission for a 1947 Chevrolet Fleetline. If you have one or know where one is at please call J.W. Johnson at 615-972-5502. (9/11) FOR SALE: Attached are a couple of photos of a 57 and the 60 Thunderbirds my friend is trying to sell. Her husband died just a few days ago and she is moving back to California. She wants $25,000 for the 57 and $15,000 for the 60. Both are in very good shape and were driven frequently. I don't know of any problems with either one. The 60 looks like it is white in the picture but it is actually a light blue. Please pass along, perhaps someone will be interested. If so, they can contact me. Clyde. E-mail: barcusc@comcast.net (10/11)

FOR SALE: 1964 Chevy Impala Super Sport. 2 door with a factory 409. The car once belonged (Mark says) to George Jones, then later to Brad Hopkins and later Kevin Dyson (both former Titans). Black with a perfect red interior. Slightly modified but can be put back to original pretty easily. Asking price is $40,000.00. Contact Mark Collins at 615-485-7113.for more info. (11/11) FOR SALE: 1964 Ford Thunderbird. Red with black rolled leather seats. Lot's of chrome. 390 engine. Totally restored, mint condition, 2 dr hardtop. 72,000 miles, garage kept. Must sell. Asking $9800. 615-516-8541

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_STUFF YOU MIGHT WANT, NEED OR SWAP FOR_ Send Ad Info to gearheadgazzette@aol.com ADS RUN FOR 2 MONTHS

FOR SALE: Big Block Chevy L88 / Zl-1 074‘s aluminum heads. Complete w/valves. Ready to bolt on. Have had some minor repair work. $1500.00 For more info call Dwight at 931-384-0620 or email at dwightn@dnickell.com (3/11)

FOR SALE: 1978 JIMMY/BLAZER WITH ALL THE BELLS AND WHISTLES! 1984 FRONT CLIP. ELECTRIC WINDOWS & LOCKS. NEW BRAKES, BALL JOINTS & U-JOINTS. 9000LB WINCH, REMOVABLE TOP,4‖ LIFT, TOP-OF-THE-LINE MUD TIRES, 406 C.I. WITH 350TH TRANS. APPX 5000 MILES SINCE RE-BUILD. NEW WINSHEILD & RUBBER. NEW WEATHERSTRIPS. TOO MUCH TO LIST!!! YOU CAN‘T BUILD IT FOR THIS PRICE$10,500.00 CALL MIKE @ 615-596-4517. (9/11)

FOR SALE: 1966 MUSTANG. FULLY RESTORED- NO RUST. NEW A/C. HAS GT PACKAGE. FORD FRONT DISC BRAKES. POWER STEERING. NEW REAR END. NEW TIRES ON GT 500 WHEELS. FOR MORE INFO CALL 901-355-3377. CAR IS LOCATED IN FRANKLIN TN. (9/11)

FOR SALE: 2006 Haulmark Enclosed Trailer. 10 thousand lb. axles. Mint Condition. Asking $7995.00 - Or Best Offer. Contact John at tbonetn@hotmail.com or cell: 516-527-5560 or 615-447-5570 for more information. (11/11)

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FOR SALE: 1995 OLDMOBILE CUTLASS CONVERTIBLE. A SOON TO BE COLLECTOR CAR. 3.4 DOHC ENGINE – RARE OPTION. ALL FACTORY OPTIONS. RUNS PERFECT. NEW TIRES, BRAKES, ALL ABS SENSORS & BATTERY. HAS 1 YR OLD ALPINE STEREO WITH BLUTOOTH & IPOD PLUG. ALARM SYATEM. 143000 MILES. MAY CONSIDER TRADE FOR HARDTOP. CALL RUSTY AT 615-969-6008 FOR MORE INFO(9/11)

FOR SALE: 1977 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Very clean. 1977 is the last year of the big Monte Carlo before. It was purchased new by my father and has been in the same family since. 87000 actual miles on it (mostly highway). 15x7 American CP200 Wheels with 235-60 Goodyear Eagle tires. It also comes with the original wheels and original "Honeycomb" wheel covers. Vehicle has been stored much of its life and not driven during winter. Other than a couple of minor TLC items, this car is near perfect. It is all original and has many options including the following unique options: 350 cubic inch V8 engine (most were 305 cid). Delco AM/FM flip dial 8-track tape deck/radio. Swivel bucket seats. $10800. Call Gary at 931-388-6106 for more information (9/11)

FOR SALE: 1965 FORD FALCON CONVERTIBLE PROJECT CAR. BELONGS TO MY NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR. HAS THE ORIGINAL MOTOR / TRANS & A SMALL BLOCK FUEL INJECT MOTOR AND TRANS. FLOOR PANS HAVE BEEN REPLACED. PRICE IS ―BEST OFFER‖. CONTACT CAN BE MADE VIA E-MAIL AT: STEVEBRANTON@BELLSOUTH.NET (/9/11)

WANTED: NEED A 1952 FORD AIR VENT CABLE. NEED THE DRIVERS SIDE. CALL ME ANYTIME AT 615972-5502 OR EMAIL ME AT jwjclassic@gmail.com

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FOR SALE: My name is Claire and I have a 1971 Plymouth Satellite Sebring 318 2-door FOR SALE. It's going out the door! Thank you so very much. Claire. E-mail: sagi333@yahoo.com (10/11)

FOR SALE: 1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE. $59,000 Roman Red Exterior and Interior. White Soft Top and Roman Red Removable Hardtop. Approx.11,000 Miles Since Last Restoration. 327 Cubic Inch V-8 Engine—340 H.P. (Matching Numbers). High Lift Camshaft with Solid Valve Lifters. 4-Speed Close Ratio Manual Transmission. Stainless Steel Exhaust System with Off-road Mufflers. Positraction Rear Axle – 4.11 Ratio. Goodyear Decathlon P205/75 R15 Radial Whitewall Tires. Signal Seeking Wonderbar A.M. Radio (Not Currently in Car). Extra Parts Not Installed on Car. Most Old Parts Replaced while in My Ownership. Historical Ownership Records. Maintenance and Servicing Documentation. Assembly and Servicing Guide Manuals. Call Gary Haneberg on H – 615-370-3544, M – 615-566-9698. E-mail: ghaneberg@comcast.net .(10/11)

FOR SALE: This is being passed on from David Ferguson of the HENDERSONVILLE CRUISE IN who got it from Tom Tucker of Hendersonville. Tom knows a guy who has a 1965 Corvette Convertible 4-speed that is a driver, upgrade-as-you-go or restoration project which is located in Danvers, Mass. He bought it from a man that had it in his garage since 1980. It has a 327/300HP, all numbers matching car, right down to the original carburetor, which he just replaced to get it running (he kept all the parts that he replaced). Car runs great and he just put new calipers all around. His idea is to sell it as a running, driving project car. He wants to get $25,000 for the car if he can. If you know of anybody interested who attends the cruise-in, this might be a deal to get an original numbers matching Sting Ray. He has not advertised it yet as he is still cleaning it up. It has had just a little body work done to it through the years but it presents really well if somebody wants to drive it as is. To communicate with the owner (Tom Manetta), it is best to use email. Mr. Manetta‘s email is: tom@legendarymotorsllc.com (10/11)

FOR SALE: 1953 MGTD. I AM TRYING TO HELP SELL THIS CAR FOR A FRIEND OF MINE‘S WIDOW. VERY NICE RESTORATION. FRAME OFF. LOOKS GREAT. CAR IS LOCATED IN ANDERSON SC AREA. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED CALL SCOTT AT 864-934-9021 OR E-MAIL TO Scott.Ericson@ttigroupna.com (10/11)

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Words: Jimmy B

Every Fathers day weekend, the L.A. Roadsters Show & Swap is the place to be in So-Cal. Taking part in one of the pre-show gatherings at either SO-CAL Speed Shop or over at WALDENS Hot Rod Shop is almost mandatory. Getting up early Saturday morning and hitting the swap meet before the good deals are gone and the heat hits is a must do!! Then there are the Roadster’s…all those cool top down cruising machines that come out for the weekend. Check out the pictures and put this one on your buckets list. For me, I have crossed it off my bucket list…twice. A third time sounds good!!

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Here’s some shots of the NON Roadster rides that come out and park in the ―PREFERRED‖ parking area set aside for them. This is a show itself!!

Make your plans now to check this event off of your bucket list. See ya’ there next Fathers Day

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Finish Line….

This months ―Finish Line‖ is dedicated to a couple of Hot Rodding greats who have crossed the finish line themselves this year. They are no longer with us, but their legacies live on with the racers they have helped right up to their last days. Joe Mondello passed away earlier this year. Joe became known as Dr Oldsmobile due to his expertise in making the Rocket V-8’s run. He could make any motor perform better, but his long time association with Oldmobile Racers gave him that name, when said, everyone knew who you were talking about. R.I.P. Joe…

On April 6, 2011 we lost a man who epitomized the term ―Persistence and Determination‖, and Drag Racing and the Performance Aftermarket lost one of its brightest lights. Joseph A. (Joe) Mondello passed on at 9:21AM in Cookville , Tennessee at the age of 74 following complications from surgery. Joe was born on August 6, 1936 in Los Angeles , California . Joe had a passion for everything mechanical and got his inspiration for his Posi-Flow design from the most obscure place imaginable; water swirling in the toilet. But the basic idea of how the water flowed gave him all the engineering required to port and polish a cylinder head for optimum performance. That one observation led to a 54 year career as an engine builder, head porter and later as a teacher, inspiring an entire new generation of head porters and engine builders. Joe‘s talents were his resume and opened the door for Joe to work with some of the most notable race teams and engine builders during the 60‘s. That same talent continued his involvement through the turn of the century. His love affair with the automobile began at age 13. He wasn‘t old enough to purchase a car so he convinced his sister to buy an old Ford Coupe for him – with his money – from a salvage yard. Joe spent many hours rebuilding and modifying the coupe which became his daily driver. In 1951 his professional career began working on flat-head Fords in a local shop. His passion became his career, and his passion was drag racing. His success with his own car, a ‘40 Ford Coupe, opened the door to work with other engine builders and the legend began. His talents brought him together with ―Sush‖ Matsubara and the infamous purple Mondello-Matsubara Fiat Topolino blown fuel altered, which won two NHRA National events and is a National Speed and E.T. Record Holder. The record that still holds today -- 7.24 ET and 213 mph pass was made at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis in 1969, and won runner-up in Competition Eliminator. The record stands today because the fuel altered class was dropped from drag racing. GM, Ford, Chrysler, AMC – even Honda …Joe‘s touch improved all of the breed‘s heads for racing. Then one day he received a phone call from Oldsmobile. It seems they were getting ready to create an Oldsmobile Performance Parts Division and they were looking for engine builders to port and polish Oldsmobile heads for increased performance. They sent heads to all the big head porters in the USA and Joe was one of the chosen. The contest was simple; the shop that created the most power with their modified heads got the contract to be the Oldsmobile Performance Dealer. All of the other shops used flow benches and modern equipment to prepare their heads. Joe used his eye, his hands to feel the ports and some common sense. No surprise, Joe‘s heads made the most power and he was nicknamed ―Dr. Oldsmobile‖ for his highly successful developmental work on the Olds V-8 engines. Joe took on every challenge presented to him – from helping develop the Briggs & Stratton engine for the Junior Dragster and Karting program, to off-road racing engines to off-shore and drag boat racing, as well as road racing (Mondello‘s hands were all over the 1966 LeMans winning Ford GT-40 from Carroll Shelby). His Posi-Flow® heads were on many of Don Garlits‘ Swamp Rats as well as many other leading racers – drag racing, land speed cars, boats, road racing and circle track cars. Garlits‘ ran the first ever 200mph run with Mondello heads! His passion for excellence lead him to establish the Mondello Technical School in 1996, devoted to teaching the art of professional performance engine building and head porting design to all who came, including young men and women who desired a career in the field. The school started in Paso Robles, Calif. and later moved to Crossville , Tennessee in 2005.

Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely, in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting "...Holy Crap... what a ride!!!" 30

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His wife Mary says, ―Joe‘s passion was for those young people in the school. He wanted them to understand what it took to be a professional in the shop and in customer relations. He also extended that passion to teaching many of them how to be a ‗professional‘ as a drag racer. He taught them the technical aspects of their trade (as an engine builder and as a racer) and how to interact with people.‖ She also said that the Quarter Mile Foundation and the PROJECT 1320 documentary became a major focus of his life for the last year or so. Before his passing, Joe had begun work on a 555 cubic inch World Products Big Block Chevy engine to be raffled for benefit of the Foundation, and was planning two additional engines. Mary relates how impassioned Joe was about the PROJECT 1320 effort and the raffle engine. ―He said, ‗Mary, I did not qualify! I can‘t finish the PROJECT 1320 engine…I‘ve DNQ‘d.‘‖ Joe is survived by his wife Mary, four children Bernard Mondello, Stephanie Mondello, Gina Ozanne, and Nica Mondello-Gomez and four grandchildren, Nicole Mondello, Ross Ozanne, Adam and Joey Gomez.

Don Blair recently passed away also. Seems like everyone has heard of Blair’s Speed Shop in Pasadena Calif. Blair’s is still located in the same building as when it opened. A lot of the who’s who of hot rodding and drag racing have either worked there and learned the biz so to speak, or dealt with Don to get the parts they needed to win on Sundays. R.I.P Don…..

There have been countless studies done to prove it, but virtually everyone knows that spending quality time with a kid is the greatest gift you can give them. And sharing your appreciation for collector cars is a great way to nurture their interest in a hobby that you can enjoy together for many years to come. November 2011

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