Wednesday 24 June 2015 at 07:51 am
Don Featherstone was an accomplished artist, but he rarely showed that side of himself to those outside his family circle. He preferred to let the world see him as the wacky, offbeat creator of the iconic pink flamingo
lawn ornament. He called his creation He named it Phoenicopterus ruber plasticus
, mocking one of nature's most elegant creations. His icon for suburban bliss was 1st sold at Sears, but found its way eveywhere, selling millions & millions over the years.
His early job at Union Plastics was to sculpt plastic birds for home decoration, but after his kitchy flamingo quickly became a retail hit, company profits skyrocketed, & Don's career picked up as well. Featherstone retired as President of the company in 2000.
He received many accolades & acknowledgements for his prized birds, from an Ig Nobel Prize
, to John Waters' movie "Pink Flamingo", to Disney's animated movie "Gnomeo & Juliet
", where the flamingo character is named Featherstone.
RIP, Don. You've done well, sir.
Monday 08 June 2015 at 11:50 pm
This is THE weekend to be in Monte Vista, Colorado for the 2015 Hot Rod Dirt Drags
Once again, our buddy Mike Nicholas has done a bang-up job setting up a proper recreation of what our hot rod heroes did "back in the day". Mike started with the Hot Rod Hill Climb
, which has been a resounding success for the past 2 years. That event has grown, because of its authenticity & the fact that it's well attended by the "Legends" who were there in the 1st place. Young-uns like us revel in the retelling of tales from those ground breaking hot rod events, that these self proclaimed geezers share with us every time we get together. Plus, it's a freakin' BLAST to run up the hill in Georgetown!
Now Mike has turned his attention from twists'n'turns to the straight line trials that the 50's were famous for. Across America, many of these early events were held on unused WW2 airfields, because they were safe & plentiful. Most of the airstrips were simple dirt affairs, but budding drag racers didn't much care. Top speeds in '53 were about 89MPH, as was recorded by the Bell Plumbing Roadster, which is now the Singlefinger Spcl.
If you can't be there, you can follow the event on Instagram, the Singlefinger Forum
, or the HAMB. Or you can wait to see it in the magazines...
Tuesday 02 June 2015 at 10:44 pm
Indiana Gets It!
Thanks to Rep Dave Ober, all of you losers that dawdle the left (fast) lane of traffic in the Hooser state are going to get a $500 fine for clogging the roads & pissing the rest of us off. The Washington Post
Many states have a Slower Traffic, Keep Right
law, but in states like Michigan, it's not enforced, EVER. So we end up with some dipstick in the left lane, yakking on a cell phone, putting on make up, or just twiddling themselves, holding up a half mile of highway traffic. This forces us to pass on the right to get around these asshats that refuse to budge, which is inherently unsafe.
Michigan's roads have been all effed up since Nixon's bullshit 55MPH rule went into effect. In the 70's, it was misinterpreted by a promonent asshole on the Michigan bench, who ruled that 55MPH took priority over the time honored lane discipline of allowing faster traffic to pass on the LEFT. Our state's expressway traffic has been a nightmare ever since.
Hooray for Indiana, I hope Michigan can learn this lesson
& enforce the lane discipline laws already on the books...
Saturday 30 May 2015 at 1:18 pm
EPA upsets farmers, renewable fuel backers with lower quotas for ethanol-gas blends UPI
While this doesn't help us old cars guys & gals, it is a small step in the right direction. After pandering to the Farm Lobby for years, the EPA is still neglecting those of us with vintage autos & trucks. Even 10% levels of corn has been proven to destroy old carbs, fuel pumps, tanks, etc. Not to mention the adverse effect on US food prices (farmer won't even burn this junk).
The OEMs have never been in support of the ethanol in fuels, due to the cost in manufacturing & repair costs to their consumers.
The EPA would do better to go after the ginormous amounts of pollution from Chinese coal fired power plants that are currently wreaking havoc with the weather in the US.
(refer to the 2013 Rutgers Univ studies, Greenpeace study, or read the Mother Jones summary
"Pollution billowing from Asia's big cities, they found, is essentially "seeding" the clouds with sulfur, carbon grit, and metals. This leads to thicker, taller, and more energetic clouds, with heavier precipitation. These so-called "extratropical" cyclones in the Northwest Pacific have become about 10 percent stronger over the last 30 years, the scientists say." MJ
Tuesday 19 May 2015 at 11:48 pm
Margaret Dunning was a real, feisty, old fashioned spark plug of a gal that was well loved by all of us Detroit area old car nuts. She was universally admired by girls of all ages in this hobby.
Margaret's celebrity was derived from her feistiness, her age, & her deep, life-long passion for vintage cars. She always took the time to say hello, chat a little, or retell a story to those younger girls that were drawn to her at any event she attended. This was blatantly obvious when there was the everlasting crowd of girls around her at prestigious events, like Meadowbrook or the Concours at St John's.
Margaret owned several old cars, but there was a special place deep in her heart for the 1930 Packard roadster that she owned for decades. Growing up on a farm in Redford, MI, she was an only child that found a passion for mechanical things. Her father taught her how to maintain equipment, so she could regularly be found changing oil on her old cars well into her 90s.
Locally, she was well known for her generous spirit, as she was always helping out various charities, like the Plymouth Historical Museum or the Dunning-Hough Library, which she personally underwrote the expansions for.
We're going to miss this Spitfire. GodSpeed Ms Dunning.
Read more on the Freep: Dunning
Or in our FORUM: Dunning
Sunday 17 May 2015 at 2:45 pm
Tomorrow, the 1st ever Singlefinger Certified Build Shop
opens in Jackson, Michigan!!!
of Jackson will be leading our pilot program for this new endeavor. Jim & the crew will be able to service your daily driver, your hot rod, or kustom ride in the new shop. Locals know these guys are brilliant in their diagnostic skills, because area car dealers send their most difficult jobs to them.
Downtown Jackson, MI is host to a really well attended Cruise-In on the 4th Fri of every month.
Click this link to see where to be, as this Fri is the start of the '15 season!
Stop by & check out our new digs @ 110 North Van Dorn St
Friday 15 May 2015 at 08:14 am
B.B. King passed away in his sleep last night, marking the end of the greatest careers in blues music.
We've seen King a number of times in the Detroit area, from Pine Knob to the iconic Fox Theater & we were always amazed by the man. While his performances were never physically energetic, the songs that King & Lucille gave us were pure, high voltage.
The King is dead, Long Live the King!
Sunday 03 May 2015 at 1:27 pm
Prop 1 is brought to you by LAZY-ASSED Lansing politicians that can't seem to do the bloody jobs that we pay them for!
For decades, we have been paying the bloated salaries of these Lansing Losers & dumping Prop 1 on the state's taxpayers proves that we have gotten precious little in return for our money. However, AAA's support of this Proposal indicates that insurance companies still seem to get what they want from these bums.
Michigan has one of the country's highest auto insurance rates, is in the top tier for gas prices, & the bottom tier for road quality. MI spends about $130-$140 per person on roads improvements, which is almost half of what OH spends & our roads are SHIT compared to those of our neighbor states! In the "auto capital" of the US, our roads are comparable to those in Baghdad after years of war.
When you read the entire proposal, it sounds pretty familiar, because the promises were the same for the Lotto ballot vote. Remember all the money the schools were to receive? What happened to all those millions once the cash ended up in the General Fund? Damn little went to the kids, but LOTS went for Lansing's Losers to squander. So, they want us to raise our own taxes to fix what they can't be bothered with.
Prop#1 increases our taxes in other discreet ways, like higher vehicle registration fees, eliminates the registration rate reduction as a car ages, DOUBLES the Gas Tax to $0.40/gal & guarantees future gas tax hikes!
FYI kids: you need to read a Mitch Albom op-ed about another shameless cash grab by AAA & Lansing's Losers over the state's No Fault laws:
Mighigan needs to kill this stupid ballot proposal & FIRE every Lansing Loser in the next elections!
"Voters appear to have defeated Proposal 1, the plan to raise the state sales tax to fund road improvements, is spectacular fashion. Returns from every part of the state show the measure losing by big margins."
Click on Detroit Results
Saturday 18 April 2015 at 8:19 pm
Sorry Taxpayers, but the US Treasury just had ANOTHER $20Billion in taxes filched from their coffers! Because, our own shitbag Congress has seemingly proven that the Republican War on White Collar & Blue Collar America
is very real.
The most prosperous period in US history (20s thru the 60s) was peppered with high income tax rates & a nearly usurious inheritance tax. Over the last few decades, the inheritance rate for estate transfers has been dropped time & time again, with the ceiling was raised to over $1Million, etc. It was no longer very painful, but to overtly cow-tow to the 1%ers & make it $0.00? free??? WTF, can't these Hilton-styled tarts afford their lavish, drug addled lifestyles without a Gov't handout???
BTW, anybody that can say "this money will create jobs & stimulate the economy" with a straight face, ought to be bitch-slapped, pilloried, & sterilized so they cannot reproduce. Because that's proven to be unmitigated bullshit too.
"We, the 535 halfwits that are supposed to represent & serve the entire US populace, will blatantly put the interests of 5000 families ahead of, well, EVERYBODY ELSE!"
Sunday 12 April 2015 at 11:03 pm
IRS reports that TAX FRAUD is a $21 billion per year problem
and NOBODY in Washington is doing jack-shit about it. WTF? http://nypost.com/2014/04/10/billions-in-fraudulent-tax-refunds-continue-to-plague-irs/
We all know a surprising number of folks that this has happened to in recent years. Don't ya think $21b would fund a crack team of investigators to put some of these identity thieves & illegal Mexican "tax filers" behind bars??? Apparently not, because the IDIOTS in Congress can't do that math, because the Republicans wanted to "show the IRS who's boss" after the scandal over investigating conservative PACs.
Time to get off your dead ass, Holder & help put a stop to this crap!
We agree with John Oliver, who said that instead of laying off IRS agents, Congress ought to be hiring more agents to help people get through this arcane process & ensure the financial health of our country. He postulated that the IRS is the "anus" of our country & everything would go to shit without it! (see article & video)
Funny that it takes a Brit to explain it to our citizens...