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2014 Frog Follies, Evansville, Indiana

This past weekend, my son Alex moved in to the dormitory to start his academic career at the University of Evansville. Move-in day at the University happened to coincide with the 39th Annual Frog Follies, a gathering of "pre-'49" street rods for the benefit of local charities.

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Something like 4,000 street rods were spending the weekend in Evansville, and you couldn't look in any direction without seeing at least half a dozen. By the time we'd gotten Alex moved in and had dinner, the official Frog Follies gathering was done for the day--but there was a de facto cruise-in going on in every restaurant and hotel parking lot in town.

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Here's some of what we saw that evening before the thunderstorms chased us all inside.

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2014 Mustangs Northwest Car Show

Last weekend I put my Mustang II in the Mustangs Northwest 2014 Mustang Roundup and All Ford Picnic. This is the first one I've been to in a couple of years so, following tradition, I've collected a few photographs of some of the more interesting cars I saw that day. Yeah, there is the usual assortment of perfectly restored classic Mustangs, but I've tried to highlight the unusual cars that showed up, both Mustangs and assorted other Fords.  AllCars

Interestingly, the last year I was at the show -- 2011 -- it was rainy and again this year it was fairly gray and drizzly as well. This is odd for Seattle, which is usually very dry in July. But a good time was had by (almost) all. I'm just going to throw out a few photos for your enjoyment with what I know about the cars. Often the owners weren't present for me to quiz on their cars, so I've pieced together what I can from what was there and what other information I could find out on the Interwebs. 

On with the (car) show!

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Notes from the 2014 Cleveland Auto Show - Part Two

We're back again with more from the Cleveland Auto Show.

Das Auto.Hyundai. Yes, Hyundai.

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Notes from the 2014 Cleveland Auto Show - Part One

The 2014 Cleveland Auto Show runs through Sunday, March 9. I was there on Saturday the 1st, and here's some of what I saw.

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March 3 Weekly Open Thread--Show Time!

It's not a fit day out for man nor beast--but here in the exhibit hall at the Auto Show it's comfortable and you can take your coat off, pick up some brochures and swag, and interact with the giant anthropomorphic hamsters.

"Hamsters? I'm supposed to work with hamsters?"Speaking of swag, at the Car Lust booth, we're giving away promotional AMC Gremlin models.

"It's all new for '72!"If you can't make it to the show, click here to download one for yourself. Print it on 65# cardstock, cut out, and glue it together.

This is the place to discuss the auto show, or anything else that crosses your mind.

--Cookie the Dog's Owner

2013 Nashville British Car Club Show... "Brits At The Parthenon"

"Brits At The Parthenon"

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Well, we're back again. And it's another unbelievably perfect Autumn day, October 12, 2013, to be exact. We're in Centennial Park in Nashville, Tennessee, to see the 2013 Nashville British Car Club Show.

And does it get any better than a British Racing Green Jaguar E-Type in front of the Parthenon? Yes of course it could, but only if the Vanderbilt University Marching Band was practicing right across the street... which it was.

This was the fourth year in a row (2010, 2011, 2012) that I have motored into Music City USA to see this event. And never has it been disappointing. This year's theme was simply "Brits At The Parthenon," which didn't single out any particular make, model, or time period. And I think that was a good thing.

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"Old Betsy" (1918 REO 5-Passenger Touring Car)

"Old Betsy" was arguably the most fascinating vehicle on display at this year's Studebaker meet in Tallmadge.

Old BetsyShe's a four-cylinder REO Touring Car owned and restored by Dave Masek.

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Studebaker Lark Convertibles

It's the new convertible, seats five adults in style. It's so pert and perky! Runs on pennies per mile.

--Studebaker Lark radio jingle, 1960 model year

The owner was offering it for sale because, he said, he has "too many Studebakers." Is that even possible?There seemed to be something of a run on Studebaker Lark convertibles at this year's SDC meet in Tallmadge. A Lark is a fundamentally happy car, and that goes double for the drop-tops.

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Studebaker Pickup Trucks

I started really paying attention to Studebaker trucks for the first time at this year's SDC Ohio Chapter meet in Tallmadge.

"I'm drivin' a truck/Drivin' a big ol' truck/Pedal to the metal, hope I don't run out of luck"It turns out they're much more interesting than I'd given them credit for.

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Carspotters' Challenge #74--1959 Fairgrounds Auto Show, Walla Walla, Washington

The new '60s are here!

Greetings from Walla Walla,...."The City So Nice, They Named It Twice"Famed for sweet onions and wineries, home to the oldest bank in the state,.... ...but, contrary to what they said in classic Warner Brothers cartoons, it's NOT the headquarters of the "Wishywashy Washing Machine Company."See anything interesting?

--Cookie the Dog's Owner

(Photos obtained from the Station Wagon Forum's collection of vintage scenes, to which they were contributed by member "OrthmannJ.")

Pictured above: This is a forlorn Chevy Vega photographed by reader Gary Sinar. (Share yours)

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