When it comes to vehicle enthusiasts, we have a wide range of interests that sometimes are a bit surprising. In today’s post we’re heading back to the “Beverly Corners Show and Shine 2013″ in our running photoblog series called “The Toads At The Sportsplex” where we’re going to check out a trio of beauties that were on display the day we visited. You can always rest assured that if it’s shiny, chromed, loud and fast, it’s got my immediate attention. Not that I break any traffic laws here on Vancouver Island myself, you understand, I’ve just always liked custom vehicles. Sort of like the proverbial moth to the flame. Without any actual fire.
I know enough about choppers to be dangerous. That’s pretty much the extent of it, and likely one of the reasons I don’t actually own one. I used to ride a motorcycle when I was younger, but I had a few incidents of unplanned stops against the pavement with my bike in a sideways situation, and this had led me to lead a life of admiration from afar. That, and my bum knee from all that. But, that’s a whole other story…
When Mrs. Toad and I hit the grass on the day of the big show, this just beautiful bike hearkened to me from across the way. I love choppers and I love old school. This baby has both those elements going on, and it has them with much style. From the whitewall tires and glinting chrome spoked wheels to the incredible paint-job and leather work we see in the seats, there is absolutely no detail left unattended here. If you click on the picture above and bring it full screen on your system, you will begin to see more details emerge that make it so very special. The chrome handlebars, and the red skull that is affixed to the top of the backseat bar (sometimes referred to as a “sissy bar”), you’d best wear your darkest sunglasses before checking this bike out on a sunny day.
Our next stop was to check out a true classic car… this awesome Pontiac Trans Am. Sporting a 455 H.O. big block engine, this car was the stuff fables were made of in the sixties and seventies. Low slung with a super-wide stance, this car looked like it meant business standing still, and it had the stuff needed to make it back that up on the street. This particular car was one I might categorize as a “retro-mod”, which means a retro car modified with modern parts to make it handle better, stop better and go in a straight line that much faster. The modifications to this particular car were subtle to the observer from this perspective, but were very tasteful and in keeping with the tradition that the times had originally created. Who wouldn’t look good in this baby cruising the boulevard on a Saturday night? And before I forget, I’d also like to mention that my birthday is coming up in a few months, and if you’re looking for the perfect gift for your favorite Toad please consider this baby…
Our final stop finds us checking out one of the grandfathers of the muscle car, the Plymouth Barracuda. I am not sure of the exact year of this car, but am quite certain it’s from the first or second generation making it a classic car manufactured between 1964-1969. The authentic classic British Columbia plate hanging on the front of the car denotes the year as 1966, likely dating this car to that year.
Originally based of the Valiant car line, a vehicle designed as a reliable daily driver for the masses, this highly modified car found itself sporting a bevy of engine options in the sixties, including several big block configurations. A close look at this car reveals the fabled “V8 Commando” badge on the front fender, instantly telling the observer that this car is likely sporting a 383 big block Commando engine… which translates into “don’t trifle with this unless you brought your own elephant gun to the party!”
Once again, I believe we are looking at a “retro-mod”, evidenced by the modern parts and subtle changes to the overall design that add a personal touch and tons of character to the car. Not to mention the truly incredible red paint job that wraps this baby in a bright cloak, making it impossible to miss on Saturday night as it cruises the streets looking for trouble.
There is a real sense of special excitement that one experiences at shows like this, especially if you have personal connections with the times. It seems that these cars and bikes embody the feeling we all had growing up in this period, and quite honestly these cars are the last of their kind as big changes in the industry and the world marked the end of the era in the seventies. At least there’s an active community of enthusiasts still dedicated to the cause, allowing us all to relive a little our own past. Aren’t memories wonderful.
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