A wounded Marine went to the San Diego Speed Fest with me this year, and was keen on the race cars and muscle cars in general, but didn't have any familiarity with most of the race cars, history, or inspirational figures in US auto racing. He was soaking up all I could think of the tell him, but our time was limited to walking through the pits, and what little I could think of off the cuff to fill in why some cars we looked at were special, and who made them that way.
I realized that I have been learning alot since I was about 6, and was first given a blue 69 Corvette Hot Wheels car triggering a admiration for sports cars, musclecars, and hot rods... the learning will never end, and I can pass on a lot of interesting stuff to others. If any one were to ask to look at a magazine I have, I'd pass it over to them, show the pictures, tell the stories, fill them in on my opinion.. that kind of thing. This blog will be the same as if anyone were to stop by my garage and bench race for a while. So all the pics, articles, and info that I can attribute to a source, will be listed as to where I found it... if I know, just like letting anyone look at the stuff I have, and I can't see how that violates any rules about copywrite, etc... so since I have this stuff to share, I have no idea how it can be wrong to let more people see it in a far more technological way that passing around an old copy of Hot Rod, Motor Trend, Cars, Car Craft, Popular Hot Rodding, Hemmings Muscle Cars, Muscle Car Enthusiast, Motor Trend Classic, American Rodder, Muscle Car Review, or any thing else I subscribe to, have subscribed to, or paid for along the way.
I've been reading most of the magazines since I could afford the 9.99 a year subscription, or could find a copy at a library. Some great stuff has been put out once upon a time and never shown up again, but anyone who kept a copy can show you some long forgotten issue that had a cool article, and thats what I'm going to do right here. Some very cool guys that inspire me to learn more about car crafting, upgrading, restoring, and tricks to improve a car will get some ink here. Marlan Davis, Smokey Yunick, Gray Baskerville, Art Arfons, Vic Edelbrock, Mickey Thompson, Carroll Shelby, Enzo Ferrari, Matt King, Fireball Roberts, Harvey Earl, Henry Ford, are just some I can think of off the top.