Billetproof 2012

Even though the calendar shows June 23rd the “spring” in Washington state has simply not arrived yet so outdoor activities have to be mixed with a lot of H2O. The 2012 Billetproof show was held under soggy ass conditions and the rain did not let up during  the whole day.

This may be the reason why it was not very well attended and the quality was not anything to write home about. As a matter of fact…I did not write home about it.

I felt I had to struggle to find some decent cars worth showing:


OK, that’s IT. I am now officlally SICK of flat black cars. I will not shoot anymore flat black cars…EVAR ! It felt good saying that.


This car is obviously not flat black. Nice car but a 3rd break light tells us it’s a converted street rod. I don’t know why that bugs me…


I do like these wheel covers.

This beautiful all original Bonneville was violated with a modern 4 spoke Motolita type steering wheel…I don’t get it…sigh…


One of the few shiny cars at this event. Nicely executed channeled model A.

Rocket engine earns the builder some points.

That’s all folks. Nothing else really got me excited. Kinda dissapointing. Now I am actually looking forward to Goodguys…street rods and all. I know I will find quality there.

Harleys and Hot Rods

The local Harley Davidson dealer (Harley-Davidson is a registered trademark of the Harley-Davidson Corporation Milwaukee, WI) has a car and motorcycle show every year.

Anyway…I had no plans to go but I was just driving by when I saw the balloons at the entrance signaling some sort of event. I had my camera with me so I figured I would swing in and maybe shoot some nice bikes. I was headed for the spectator parking in my ’32 Ford but the gate keeper insisted that I enter the car show…sure, why not. Gotta park somewhere, right?

Once inside a very nice woman came up and said that she had closed the registration table but the gave me a meal ticket and said: Just go in to the motor clothes counter and say Tina sent you and they will give you a free T-shirt. As a car and motorcycle  guy we know that t-shirts are as important as underwear…or more.

I KNEW…right then and there…I would catch hell for this but I decided to brave any attitude that may be thrown my way and walked up to the young ladies as the motor clothes counter. I said (in a pleasant tone) just what I was instructed to say: “Tina said that I should just say that she sent me for a free Harley Davidson t-shirt” (Harley-Davidson is a registered trademark of the Harley-Davidson Corporation Milwaukee, WI)

The young ladies looked at me as if I were some sort of alien beamed down to earth just to try to steal an incredible valuble Harley Davidson t-shirt.  (Harley-Davidson is a registered trademark of the Harley-Davidson Corporation Milwaukee, WI) The young ladies then spent the next ten minutes looking for said Tina or some other manager and then they came back asking: What size do you wear? Not a smile, not a “sorry, we have a lot of folks trying to pull a fast one”…nothing…just crap loads of attitude…

Well, let’s check out some bikes:

Remember: (Harley-Davidson is a registered trademark of the Harley-Davidson Corporation Milwaukee, WI)

How about a hard tail Harley Davidson? (Harley-Davidson is a registered trademark of the Harley-Davidson Corporation Milwaukee, WI)

Harley Davidson Sportster (Harley-Davidson is a registered trademark of the Harley-Davidson Corporation Milwaukee, WI) also (Sportster is a registered trademark of the Harley-Davidson Corporation Milwaukee, WI)

Not a Harley Davidon (Harley-Davidson is a registered trademark of the Harley-Davidson Corporation Milwaukee, WI)

Another part of the entertainment: Having car show participants do burnouts with people standing less that 10 feet from the car. Brilliant!

Oh yeah, remember: Harley-Davidson is a registered trademark of the Harley-Davidson Corporation Milwaukee, WI



More junk just sitting around…

…waiting for you to get busy restoring them. There was a time in my life when I had “spare time”.

Spare Time is something that is available after you have managed to do everything you need and should do. That includes all honey-do’s, yard care, house maintenance and restoring or rebuilding ALL your current projects…Then…and only then will spare time magically appear.

Armed with spare time you can now restore more cars…like these:

CA black plated ’65 or ’66 Cadillac 2 door hard top makes for a great ride.

190 Benz or 280 sedan, take your pick.  One of the few cars that retains that famous Mercedes thunk when closing a door even on a well worn example. Love it. How about an LS powertrain in that sedan but all stock on the outside? Works for me…

1959 Lincoln with parts car. If you feel like blocking out six feet of quarter panels or spending $2,000.00 in material alone this is the car for you.

How about a Triumph? Bottom line: No lack of projects out there to fill your spare time!


Ah, the seventies…was it better back then?

Your Humble Editor got his first job in America at Bel-Kirk Motors, a Volvo, Saab, Fiat and Datsun dealership. I found this photo on a promo booklet when cleaning up a corner at the dealership. I just found it again in my photo box. Come to think of it…I am sure there is already a generation out there that does not even know what a photo box is!

I think it is a cool picture. The sign on the roof was the last rotating sign in Kirkland before the PC and conformity police outlawed such a fine landmark.

The Z-car on the point was “today’s special” as we rotated that spot daily with an attractive used car. Once I bought a nice 1967 Volvo 122S wagon for $1000.00 and we stuck it on the “point” for $4500.00. It sold within a few days. Funny thing, they are worth about the same today. I guess they are not multi window VW buses, are they?

The ugly building in the background is an old GTE phone building that was once full of operators (remember those?) but they were replaced by machines and later computers. The windows were covered and it left that big blob in the landscape.

Also, check out the brand new orange Volvos on the roof. How could they think that the American public actually wanted orange cars??

Cruising Colby street, Everett WA

Being in to traditional hot rods and properly respected imports I had a hard time finding anything I liked at this “All American Car Show”. Wading through nice original muscle cars violated with stupid large wheels and rubber band tires or brand new cars with tires so soaked in Armor All that it makes a puddle on the tarmac is…sickening! Wow…so you can make payments??

So why did I go?? Well, I will not have the opportunity to hit a lot of shows this year for reasons beyond my control so felt I should get out when I can. The Humble Editor’s ’32 Ford 5W is now sporting fenders and I am starting to like it.

Even after getting up at 5:00 and getting to the show early we ended up in a long line. However, I must say that your Humble Editor’s car and my friend Doug Grande’s highboy makes a pretty parade.


The most recognizable tail fin in the world: 1959 Cadillac. Your Humble Editor used to be oga-gaga over these things but these days…not so much. That’s a good thing, we can’t all have the same cars.

Bob Mollgaard from Snohomish brought his 1950 Mercury custom. It is an old custom that he freshened up.

Bob’s car looks good from any angle.

One thing that caught my eye is how the colors blend in to each other. Not only fading up but also down if that makes any sense.

I do dig these big Mopars…to look at.

 1960 Pontiac is a fine sight from any angle.


Ok, one more Mopar. These Chargers look like they are doing 100 mph standing still.

Trevor is selling his super nice 1953 Ford Mainline. Brand new scallop paint job add to the value. 6 cylinder with a 3 speed overdrive. Contact your Humble Editor for contact information.


Austin Healey 3000


…with a super nice engine compartment

Nice Bronco


If you are in to over the top detailed hot rods…this would be for you.

I do have a weak spot for these 1957 Chevrolet four door hard top. It makes for a huge hard top opening and I like the sculptured “dip” in the rear door. Cool.

Kathleen Sexton brought her 1954 Chevrolet Bel-Air 2 door hard top.

Something for everyone: 1965 Opel Kadett Rally owned by Troy Moore from Lynnwood.

Corvair Corsa: I saw one of these in California once with a personalized license plate that said: “F NADER”

Evidence of your Humble Editor’s taste for odd stuff: Very nice Rambler wagon.


Byron Parson’s 1956 Plymouth Fury was restored to great original condition.

Patina schmatina…I am not sure if it was man made or nature…nice straight car regardless.

Then I ventured in to the VW alley…This is probably a little too red for my taste but a very nice car sporting the cool Empi wheels.




Karmann Ghia…

…with a very cool roof rack.

 Actually, this is the way I like bugs. Stock with original wheels. Can’t beat that.

Probably my favorite vehicle on the whole event. Unmolested original 1966 Bus owned by Beet Regan from Everett.

Of probably 700-1000 cars this was all that I found worthy of digital film…in my humble opinion.