The Most Famous Tractor In The World. Well, maybe.

Hoyt Clagwell You start it up, and pyrotechnics go off that would shame any fireworks display.  Point to one of its wheels, and it falls off.  Point to a second wheel, and it falls off too.  So does the steering wheel.  Grab the wiring harness and the gauges fall out, saying you’re flying at 3,000 feet.  Whatever you do, don’t call it any names or it might chase you around the barnyard.

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A Big Birthday, So A Big Birthday Present! (Part One)

I tell ya, you know you’re getting old when your insurance company only sends you half a calendar. –Rodney Dangerfield

On January 16, 2017, I turned 60 years old.  Unbelievable.  But hey, there’s always the lesser-desired alternative.  So for this (somewhat) joyous occasion, I am taking an opportunity to buy the car that was my high school Class of 1975 dream car — this 1975 Mustang II Ghia:

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The 1966 Batmobile (In Loving Memory of Adam West)

For those of us of a certain age, there is only one Batman.  He was portrayed on early color television and in a 1966 movie by Adam West ( born William West Anderson), who just left us.  And also for us “vintage” Bat-fans, there is just one Batmobile, and this is it:

Batman (As Millionaire Bruce Wayne):  “Quick, to the Batpoles!”  Whoosh!  Dick Grayson (As Robin, in the car):  “Atomic batteries to power… turbines to speed.”  The hidden cave door drops, a sign falls, revealing it’s 14 miles to Gotham City.  “Da da da da da da da da da… ‘BATMAN’!

Bat mobile There have been “Batman” cartoons and comic books and TV shows and movies, but the one vehicle that carried the Dynamic Duo and won the popularity vote is George Barris‘ 1966 TV Batmobile.  Originally a car show concept car, a 1955 Lincoln Futura was the donor vehicle for the Batmobile.  And how much did Mr. Barris pay for the Futura?  Try just one Bat-dollar! Continue reading