One of my favorite things about writing for the Blog-E-zine is talking to the many different talented craftsman that the local kulture scene has to offer. Last weekend at the Mobtown Greaseball I met another highly talented guy by the name of Mark Main. He put together a pretty sick rod that has an aggressive stance that looks like it could drive a tunnel through a mountain. But this blog isn't about that rod, its about a detail on it...the straps.
You see up until he told me, I thought that the leather straps that were used on the hood and to secure the gas tank were just that...leather straps, but no...they're metal. Go ahead zoom in on the pics, click em to expand their size and take a close look yourself. No matter how close I got I could not tell until I touched them and sure as hell they're metal...WOW, that is bad ass detail. Mark hand made and painted the straps himself, and is the proud owner of Wayback Machine Company T/A Metal Art Design. His attention to detail is amazing and he truly is an artist and a craftsman. Seeing stuff like this just makes me hope that some where there are some kids who will pick up the craft of metal work and keep this type of handmade creativity alive. So check out the pics and yes...I'll say it again...they're metal. My mind has been officially blown.
And if you want to know more about the Rod he built along with more details and pictures, be sure to sign up for our FREE Subscription, as I hope to catch up with Mark again for a full feature article sometime in the future. In the meanwhile be sure to look for some more upcoming blogs from the treasure trove of local car shows over that past few weeks.
This past Saturday I finally made it to the Karb Kings' CC Mobtown Greaseball. Having always worked on Saturdays and having an abundance of free weekends on my hands there was no way I was going to miss it.
The threat of rain did nothing to dampen the crowd and it was a packed field of some of the slickest and sweetest cars, bikes,kulture artists and Betties that the area has to offer. This show and the people in attendance from the club members to the crowd to the vendors all helped me realize that there is a thriving Kulture community in Maryland and Baltimore seems to be the hub.
I'll be posting some pictures and some pretty intersting stuff from the show over the next few weeks, I also managed to grab some great shots for the Kulture Gallery so look for that to be up and running soon.
I'd like to thank the Karb Kings for putting on a great show and for keeping the Kulture thriving. I look forward to attending more of their events in the future. Enjoy the pics.
More goodness from the Heart of Maryland Classic Chevy car show. These fine examples of Chevy's Biscayne were on display at the show. I have had a soft spot for this model ever since I had the pleasure of getting up close and personal with Tom's 1960 for the feature car article in Issue 8 of GBM.
Check out GBM's Featured Car article on Tom's 1960....HERE
I never got the official count from this Sunday's car show that the Heart of Maryland Classic Chevy Club hosted at the Frederick MVA, but the last I had heard there were about 400 cars that made it out. There was something for eveyone at this show, and seeing how this is the 19th annual, I don't see it doing anything but getting bigger for next years 20th annual. Over the next week or so I will be sharing some of the cars and bikes from the show here on the GBM blog. Today's car is a 1955 Chevy Bel Air that to me captured the classic American Hot Rod look and feel, From the Cragar SS wheels to the Hot Rod Flames and side mount exhaust. This Bel Air just did it for me. Enjoy.
George's 1950 Packard Flower Car. There is something about a car with a truck rear that just speaks to my soul. I spent the most time just gawking at this car, what a sight.
On Sat. Sept 17th the Laurel Lions club hosted their annual Endless Summer Car Bike & Truck Show at the Laurel Municipal Center. There was a great turn-out despite the on and off rain showers. While there was a packed field the cars that caught my eye was the collection of funeral cars brought out for the show and owned by Jay Donaldson. Also at the show was my personal favorite, George Hamlin's 1950 Packard Flower Car. The ornate carvings on the cars along with the shear size of these vehicles were attention grabbers. More pics of some of the other amazing cars from the show will be posted soon along with pics from tomorrow's car show at the Frederick MVA.
This Sunday at the Frederick MVA parking lot there is an incredible Car Show that gets bigger and better every year. Hosted by the Heart of Maryland Classic Chevy Club and benefits the Alzheimer's Association. Some of the region's top classic and muscle cars are at this show along with vendors and food, there are even a few show bikes that come out to support the cause. The show is from 10-4 and is a great time for the family, admission is by donation. See ya there and be sure to check back here next week for pictures from the show.