Vintage Vehicle License Plates

Just like most things even license plates were nicer in the “old days” Plates were replaced every year and it keep the prison population busy with work. Just like cars back then each year offered a different look or color.

1930WAplate

In these days of globalization and standardization even license plates are becoming a boring commodity with every year looking the same. Luckily for us vintage car and motorcycle enthusiasts Washington state has a YOM (Year of Manufacture) program that allows you to register your collector car for life with a YOM plate. You only need one plate and that itself is a blessing as many vintage cars looks their best without a distracting plate in the nose. Also, sometimes you can only find one plate.

HOT ROD PLATE

The first job is to locate a plate of the same year as your car. Your car needs to have a current registration in order to apply the YOM plate. If you don’t have your car currently registered all you have to do is pay for one year of registration. You will also pay a one time fee for the YOM plate addition. It is usually the same fee as a vanity plate. Once registered with the YOM plate you never have to pay for plates or license again. You are somewhat restricted as to how much you can drive the car as this program is not designed for daily drivers.  You can use the vehicle for pleasure driving, to and from car shows and test drives etc. It is not a good idea to abuse this as politicians are always keen on looking for new ways to milk our automobile fleet in order to fund new pet project.

OLD PLATE

I look forward to install this beauty on our Project 1937 Ford:

plate

BTW: “C” stands for Spokane County. Not only will collector plates save you money in the long run, the plate itself makes your vintage vehicle look…you know…vintage.

1937 Ford Cabriolet

After I installed the fenders on my ’32 Ford I felt I had done all I could do…so to speak.
The car was good looking car but I did not love it. I also like comfort and the ’32 with it’s short wheel base was not comfortable for me. Since I did not build it from scratch I knew I would have to some day blow it apart and build it back up with a stick shift, better suspension etc…

I also would like an open car but a ’30-’32 Roadster would just be…kinda boring…to me that is. Sorry roadster guys, hope I did not hurt any feelings!  
It would be great to have a car that can be converted to an enclosed car and have the heater keeping you comfortable. What do they call that? Oh yeah, a convertible!

Well, a friend wanted the ’32 and I can’t be Milner anymore so off it went.

I always liked the art deco styling of the ’37-’38 Fords. I few well placed want ads later and this thing found it’s self in my garage

1937 Ford Cabriolet highres

1937 Ford Cabriolet. It is an older restoration but it has not seen much action since. It is very stock but a 24 stud flathead, ’39 box and juice brakes makes it a driver.

Immediate plans calls for dual exhaust, different color rims with ’39 caps?,lower the rear end and wide whitewalls. A spot light on the drivers side post would be cool too me thinks.

Then I plan to drive the wheels off it.

1937 Ford Cabriolet int high res

Leather interior looks and feels great. All stock dash is hard to improve on. The stock radio is connected to a late model radio via wires.

1937 Ford Cabriolet

The car looks great with the top up as well. Me dig!

N.W. Vintage Racing Pictures, part I

In a former life I was in the antiques business and I purchased a box full of old 8X10 black & white photos from the racing action on Aurora Speedway in Washington state. Some of these photos were taken before the war ended and I think they have a significant historic value.

Aurora Speedway Program

As you can see by the program above, Bob Murray’s Dog house was a proud sponsor and also a popular watering hole where drivers and fans would gather to talk about racing.

The Playland Amusement Park on 132nd and Aurora in Washington State hosted the  Aurora Speedway. Before, during and after the war people was looking for entertainment. With cars making folks more mobile than ever before it seems natural to jump in the car with the family and head to Playland.

WA Midget racing program

In the bottom of the above mentioned box I also found these original sign up sheets.

Take a look at the names in this drivers list. Shorty Templeman, Mel Anthony and Homer Norman among others. Mel Anthony is a legend of his own and still lives here in the North West. He is turning 90 years young this year and he still races!

 

Stay tuned for a more in on the racing action and of course lots of cool pictures from the racing action.