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Lime Crush 1966 Suburban at Goodguys

Lime Crush, a custom 66 Chevrolet Suburban, we first saw at its debut at the SEMA Show in 2013, came out of the winter blues for a sunny weekend at Goodguy’s Rod and Custom’s Fifth Annual Spring Nationals in Scottsdale.

Truck of the Year Finalist
Truck of the Year Finalist

SEMA Debut

At the 2013 SEMA Show, ACCEL revealed this awesome custom Suburban, named the Lime Crush.  ACCEL Performance Group is a mixture of speed parts including Mr. Gasket.  The Suburban is an eye catcher with the custom paint -Mr. Gasket Green- sprayed on by Charlie Hutton.  The truck was done by the Roadster Shop which is based in Illinois.  The amount of body modifications and custom pieces was just impressive.  Looking at where it started from, makes the folks at the Roadster Shop even more impressive.  It was quite a build!  Here was Hot Rod Magazine’s take on the debut.

Goodguy’s Spring Nationals

At the Goodguy’s Fifth Annual Spring Nationals, the truck came out again.  It looks even better in the daylight where the lime green paint can truly sparkle!  Of course the truck drew lots of admiring glances and the detailer spent his whole time keeping the dust down.  It is always nice to see vehicles that pop up at the SEMA Show also make it out across the country for others to see in person.

Finalist  – Truck of the Year

The judges at Goodguys know quality and picked Lime Crush as a finalist for their Truck of the Year Title.  If this is their first pick, it sure raises the bar for everybody else!

Good Guys Finalist Truck of the Year

Lime Crush Decals

It’s said that the attention to the little things is what counts.  It also helps if they have a sense of humor.  All the deals on the truck, including those on the window were hand made.  On the tailgate of the Suburban is this warning decal for the roof rack, for h the obligatory surfboards.

Here’s the close up.

Close Up Roof Rack Instructions

Someone has a gnarly sense of humor.

What better vehicle to highlight for St Patrick’s Day?

 

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Teens Drive Smart Kicks Off with Bridgestone

Teens Drive Smart is a half day safe driving course focused on young drivers.  Four different times are offered on a weekend and allows youths to learn more about safe driving habits and get behind the wheel of a BMW 328i to practice what they are taught.

Teens Drive Smart

The course is offered FREE of charge and gives parents another chance to make their child safer behind the wheel.  Sometimes a youngster will listen more to outsiders than a parent.  Last year the course was offered at seven locations across the country

Registration

The course is offered FREE of charge but often fills up quickly.  Interested teens can sign up now and I encourage readers to sign up early, before the courses are closed.  More information can be found here

Bridgestone

Tire manufacturer Bridgestone sponsors this course and is part of their safety outreach.  Our own two sons attended a similar half day course back in the day and they appreciated the chance to drive a road course and try out some evasive moves without a risk (or wearing out my tires).

Sites where Teens Drive Smart will be held

This year the course will be offered in at least twelve sites starting with Phoenix, Arizona.  They also will be at Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Washington DC, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Charlotte, Miami and Nashville.  There is also a chance for other sites to be added and you can be notified of the full schedule here.

Here’s some photos from a “similar” course sponsored by Bridgestone at the previous Firebird Raceway in Phoenix, AZ

 

And some in car views of the BMW’s in action

Bridgestone In BMW View

Bridgestone in BMW View 2

Another View from in car

 

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Goodguys Spring Nationals in Scottsdale

Goodguys Rod and Customs kicked off their year of car shows at Scottsdale, Arizona on March 7-9, 2014.  Goodguys was started in 1983 and keeps getting bigger and better every year.

Goodguys

Over 2,500 cars were registered for the event, with the highest amount showing up at Scottsdale’s Westworld show grounds on Saturday.  Great Arizona weather helped contribute to the crowds that came in to see the cars and vendors.

This was the Fifth Annual Spring Nationals show and they end their season back in Scottsdale with their Southwest Nationals in November, which will be their 17th annual fall event.

The show issues out over 75 “picks” or awards at the show and rather than being judged, the show picks winners in several unique categories.  It may be a fine point but by not judging cars, you don’t have to justify why one car was “judged” better; you just pick a winner!  It is funny though to see the length some car winners(whiners) will go to win a simple $25 plaque.

Also at these shows the folks from Goodguys pick finalists in various categories for a final nationwide award.  At this show they selected finalists for

Truck of the Year

Truck of the Year Finalist
Truck of the Year Finalist

 

Muscle Car of the Year

Muscle Car of the Year Finalist
Muscle Car of the Year Finalist

Muscle Machine of the Year

Muscle machine
Muscle Machine Car of the Year Finalist

Custom Rod the Year

Custom Rod
Custom Rod of the Year Finalist

Westworld Scottsdale, Arizona

Westworld is a great venue for the Goodguys car show.  It is close to a freeway and has a large shade structure for indoor vendors (the former site for Barrett-Jackson’s cat auction).  Besides asphalt parking on top, there is a lower section, that is a combination of more asphalt and ever popular grass.

The Goodguys show includes a Car Corral area with more car parts vendors and cars in all stages of restoration and marquees for sale.  Of course some cars on the show grounds are also sporting for sale signs too.

Camaro For Sale
Rough Camaro at Car Corral

Goodguys Entry Qualifications

Only cars made in 1972 or older are allowed for the first two days of the show but on Sunday the gates are wide open to any year and marquee.

Next site for the Goodguys will be next weekend at Fort Worth, Texas.

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Tanked works on a Highlander

Tanked is a popular show on the Animal Planet where two brothers-in-law working in Las Vegas make custom fish tanks.  Their skill and ingenuity is enviable.

Toyota Highlander
Highlander morphed by Tanked

Las Vegas

Seems appropriate that the firm is based in Las Vegas, which is also the home for the SEMA Show.  At last year’s show, Toyota showed off a SpongeBob and SquarePants themed Highlander with the interior dedicated to a fish tank.  The 800 gallon tank consumes most of the interior of  the spacious Toyota Highlander.

The engine was removed and replaced with the pumps and filters for the aquarium.

Toyota Highlander

The representatives from Toyota were very pleased with the outcome  and is a big hit with the younger kids.  You had to look close to realize that there were actual fish swimming around in the tank.  Twenty species were in the tank including starfish and clown fish.

The exterior artwork on the Highlander mimicked the SpongBob SquarePants theme as well

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Chad Kroeger’s 1969 Boss 429 Mustang

1969 Boss 429 Mustang owned by Chad Kroeger

Nickelback’s guitarist Chad Kroeger sold his 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 in January, 2014 at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.  This Candy Apple Red beauty with a black interior was given a concours restoration and was one of the earliest of the hand built Boss 429’s

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Boss 429

Kroeger, a vocalist and guitarist for Nickelback, a Canadian rock band, has a ton of money in this Mustang and it sold for $291,500 (including the buyer’s commission).

Look closely and you’ll notice no car battery under the hood.  That’s because these Mustangs had a vented battery mounted in the trunk.  And while you’re looking at the radiator support you can see the white grease marker on the passenger side.  That show’s you the attention to detail in this restoration

History of Kroeger’s Boss 429

Boss 429’s left the factory with a 427 drag pack but were shipped to Kar Kraft, an up fitter, who swapped in a 429 high output 2 bolt block.  The Boss 429’s were only sold for two years 1969-1970 and were intended to fit under NASCAR rules so they could compete against the Hemi’s from Chrysler.  Only 859 were made in 1969.

Chad Kroeger

While the crowd is a bit younger than at some classic car venues, it was still fun to see how many passers-by had no idea who Nickelback was or Chad Kroeger.  Even the promise of a signed guitar to the new buyer didn’t help some.  Some didn’t know he is married to Avril Lavigne, but at least recognized her name!  Sort of reminds me of the Silver Auction where they sold an Impala owned by Greenday’s Billie Joe Armstrong’s Impala!

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Kosmic Outcast -Indianapolis Bound

Kosmic Outcast

Kosmic Outcast 40 Ford Pickup
1940 Ford Pickup

We first saw the Kosmic Outcast at last year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas.  It was kind of hard not to notice this 1940 pickup with a lime green color and a Ed Roth vibe.  Now we learn it will be seen in Indianapolis at the upcoming Hotrod and Restoration Trade Show.  The Kosmic Outcast is billed as  “An Intergalactic Weapon of Destruction”

 

SEMA

It’s always nice to see cars that were at the SEMA show being featured at other car events.  It helps spread the wealth for car enthusiasts who can’t make it out to the SEMA Show.

Kosmic Outcast Builder

This beauty was built by Hot Rod Chassis & Cycle in Addison, IL and shows their talent and eye for perfection.  Plus it is hard to figure out what year this was originally, when you learn about all the parts borrowed from other cars like:

Kosmic Outcast Transplant List

Body modifications to the pickup include a 5-inch chop, 6-inch section,

  • ’34 Chevy truck cowl
  • ’57 Chevy hood skin
  • ’34 Ford Tudor rear window
  • ’57 Olds dash
  • ’60 Pontiac quarters
  • ’60 Plymouth Valiant tailgate and
  • ’53 Ford truck grille.

When you look at the interior, you have got to be floored.  Not sure how comfortable it is but this is a homage to Ed Roth for sure!

The pick up, if you can still call it that, is motoring around on a Olds Rocket 371 with a TKO600 tranny.   It is sure to be a hit at this upcoming show and many more!

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Chandler AZ Car Show

Each February in downtown Chandler, Arizona a group of folks throws a nice laid back car show.  Taking advantage of paved parking lots on both sides of Dr. A. J. Chandler Park in downtown over 250 cars spread out for a fun, sunny day.

This year organizers also blended in a set of displays with a science technology bent for visitors to review and children to engage with.

Downtown Chandler

While parts of the country are still fighting blizzards, the big dilemma was finding shade in downtown Chandler.  The surrounding merchants get into the mood and help promote their local businesses.

Batmobile

And for the second year the owner of the first original Batmobile brought out the car for all to admire.  It’s nice to see the owner supporting a local event and the benefiting charities.

BatmobileHere is a link to our previous post on the Batmobile

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George Barris – a different take

Here is a different view on Hollywood’s George Barris.

Fronte end of Batmobile
Batmobile Front View

http://news.boldride.com/2014/02/master-fabricator-wherein-george-barris-takes-credit-for-everything/43891/

George Barris

George is always around the car scene when the cameras pop out.  His gold jacket stands out even amongst the eccentrics at SEMA.  He sure got some publicity and ca$h when the Batmobile sold last year at Barrett-Jackson.   And as I’ve said before he had a great publicist.  But Dean Jeffries was the catalyst for a lot of memorable TV and Hollywood cars, as I mentioned here.

I guess careful wording can avoid some legal heartaches!

Batmobile Interior
Interior of Batmobile

Tow Truck Survivor Sold

 

GMC modified tow truck
Sold at Barrett-Jackson’s 2014 auction

Happened to run across this survivor – real patina- tow truck at the Barrett-Jackson auction and contributed an article for our Canadian friends at My Star Collector Car.

top-5-at-barrett-jackson-bannerOwner has quite a story

Turns out that the original owner had no idea it was being auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson and I suspect he was a little sad to hear it was moving away from Sacramento.  Read more on this original truck at …

http://www.mystarcollectorcar.com/3-the-stars/star-truckin/2204-january-2014-a-survivor-1949-gmc-tow-truck-crosses-the-auction-block.html

Snakebit F100 56 Ford Truck sells at Barrett Jackson

1956 Ford F100 Truck
1956 Ford F100 Custom

Here’s a link to My Star Collector Car and an article we recently contributed

http://www.mystarcollectorcar.com/2-features/editorials/2209-snakebit-f-100-a-56-ford-truck-with-a-carroll-shelby-heart-defines-a-canadian-province.html

Snakebit

The truck was a high seller to raise money to build a children’s hospital.