Carolina Collector Auto Fest

Carolina Collector Auto Fest

After watching hours of Fast n’ Loud on TV, I was interested in seeing what regular folks were doing with old car restoration and customization.  So it was that I headed over, once again, to the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, this time for the Carolina Collector Auto Fest (and swap-meet.)  Following are some of the cars that caught my eye.                    

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2013 NC RV Dealers’ Show – September 6-8

2013 NC RV Dealers’ Show – September 6-8

As always, if there’s an RV show reasonably close, I’ll hit it. And no exception was the semiannual North Carolina RV Dealers’ Association event at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. This year, it’s on the same weekend as the Home and Hot Tub event downtown. So, Friday for RVs, and Saturday for Homes and Hot Tubs. Excitement! Go camels! (You have to be of a certain age – and a Smothers Brothers fan – to get that reference.) There were a few notable and different things to see. One was a two-story trailer – well, more like a story and-a-half. The aft end is tall like a toy hauler, but inside are a few steps down to a bunk and squatty sitting area, and a few steps up above is a sleeping loft for Mom and Dad. Like I said –...

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Classic Auto Auction – June 2013 in Raleigh

Classic Auto Auction – June 2013 in Raleigh

If you’ve ever watched the auto auctions on Discovery Channel, this was just like that.  Except without the TV cameras.  It’s loud and it smells faintly of car exhaust.  Because I didn’t have a bidder’s badge, and I wasn’t sitting in the reserved bidder section, I didn’t have to worry about any stray gestures or twitches or nose scratches on my part resulting in the purchase of a classic car I couldn’t afford. I spent a couple of hours wandering through the two large buildings at the Fairgrounds in Raleigh, and here are fourteen cars, out of the dozens and dozens on display, that interested me for various reasons, and brief descriptions.  If you enjoyed this post, please take a moment and Like...

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Not Just Aircraft To See

Not Just Aircraft To See

As Sun ‘n Fun gears up to start, aircraft enthusiasts and their campers are showing up and filling the campgrounds on the airport.  Cruising around recently, I spotted some unique non-aviation sights to see. 1950 Flxible (not a typo) Flyer bus, restored and converted to a motorhome.  The original gasoline engine was removed and replaced with diesel.  That’s the owner’s other toy next to the bus. A Nash Metropolitan convertible from around 1956-1958, beautifully restored.   Named the Redneck Tiki Bar, this older RV sitting in the closest row to the runway, sports a beach sunset scene, complete with palm trees, in the graphics on the sides.  Tiki torches outside complement the ‘decor’.   Please comment below, even if...

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Raleigh RV Show – March 15-17, 2013

Raleigh RV Show – March 15-17, 2013

If it’s mid-March, it must be time for the annual NC RV Dealers show at the Raleigh Fairgrounds. Even though I ordered and took delivery of our new Rockwood fifth-wheel last July, I still like to look at what’s new. But, I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been to so many shows, or the industry is in a lull design-wise, there was nothing really startling to see. Yes, there were a few interesting tweaks, things like fold-up aft storage platforms on trailers and more non-white exteriors. Still, it’s always fun to wander through and check things out, and occasionally whistle at some of the high-end prices. And this time, friend Bob and I were on the lookout for an RV that would be suitable for his spouse who insists on a tub, not a...

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Tucson 2013 – Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show

Tucson 2013 – Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show

  The normally blue skies in Tucson, Arizona, had turned gray by the time we arrived at our first venue of the annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show, a group of tents arranged in a gravelly vacant lot on Oracle Street near downtown. The sign declared everything to be of Moroccan origin and my first thought was, ‘How did they lug all this stuff here from Morocco?’ We are talking rocks, you know. It was later suggested that their wares stay in this country and travel to various shows in the southwest so it’s not like they have to shlep it back and forth from north Africa all the time. We next visited a hotel, the Hotel Tucson City Center, which was entirely taken over by vendors, both inside, and out around the pool. This was a much more...

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