**** NOTE: My November 2012 posts have been lost due to system issues. They are: Good Guys Show, Nostalgia Drags and my Day of the Dead shoot...hoping to recover them. Sorry if you came here to specifically see those posts.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Mi Vida C.C. & The Alhambra High Charity Show & Shines - Aug 20, 2011

AZ Lowriders----South East Side & West Side 

The Coolidge Trio

I arrived at both shows early. It got hot fast and the sunlight was intense bouncing off of the shiny rides --not the best time of day for photos, but at least I was able to make the trip(s).

I rolled into Coolidge about an hour after the official start time. I was pleased with the four rides shown here and I ran into a buddy as well. I'm sure more cars showed up for the Mi Vida show. It was for a good cause.
After about an hour I made the trip back North-West to Alhambra High school in Phoenix. They were just getting started as well.
West side Lincoln
I'm just mixing all the cars up for varieties' sake from here on...nice rides all.

This '49 Chevy is a beauty! I talked with the builder, Chris, the son of Orlie Coca of "Orlies Hydraulics". A lot of customizations went into this classic. I frantically tried writing them down as Chris listed them and my notepad is an illegible pile of parts on paper. This was the first showing of the Chevy and it's very cool to be the first to bring you photos.
When things cool down here I'm planning on giving Orlie a call. Chris encouraged me to check out the shop and the nice collection of classics his dad has. Orlie Coca is known as the "Godfather of Hydraulics" and has a long interesting history. He even had his own lowrider magazine at one time. An amazing guy.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Friday's Image: The Original Pinup...Betty G

Betty Grable 
WWII Pinup Girl
(Click on image to enlarge & arrow back to return)
Photo taken at the CAF Museum, Falcon Field, Mesa, AZ
B-17G "Sentimental Journey"

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Hell City Saints' Misery Run 2011

Classic Motel Sign found upon entering Globe.

        Phoenix in August is miserable...Hell City. Car shows, club barbeques, cruises and all outdoor events start melting away by May. You can double the misery if you're working on your ride. So, what's a car guy to do?

The Hell City Saints C.C. of Phoenix are fully aware that their cars aren't called "hot rods" because they handle the heat well... yet they organized an event/challenge to all the local clubs and rodders to join them in the first "Misery Run". A 95 mile trek from Phoenix to Globe, Arizona in the hottest month of the year.

The east valley car club, Bomb Squad was quick to sign on and the FB event page leading up to the run had jokes about riding on blocks of ice, or wearing adult diapers filled with ice cubes. I did not witness such chilling efforts, but there was a severe fashion statement of cool-wear and safety gear made by a trio of 'Saints club members. At the meeting point three gents (I believe they were using code names) burst out of a '41 Chevy pickup wearing only boxer shorts, boots, old-school racing helmets and tattoos...ready for action...and hilarity! It set the tone for the weekend and I was regretting that I would miss most of it.

The 'Saints set up a room deal with the Globe Motel 6 and the "concierge" recommended some bars to quench the predictable thirsts that would be bursting through the sleepy little town. I had other commitments and could not do the over-niter, but I did make it out to Globe.

Look out Globe....

First stop -- Superior. After I took some shots from the highway as they burned across the desert, I caught back up and rolled into the old mining town with the convoy. Old town Superior is nearly a ghost town. A picturesque little berg in a slow decay. It has a sad majesty, and makes a traveler wonder what it was like when things were booming.

As we headed up the street toward the La Mina Bar I could almost taste the cold beer (and I had air-conditioning in my truck --- so imagine the guys and gals is the classics!) CLOSED --- but of course these guys all had coolers at the ready. Snap chhhhshhh went the cans and pop went the caps.

Here we have Rex & Kerry from the Bomb Squad C.C. posing with Rex's paint work and Brent's (unable to make the run) metal work. Great guys all.
Not sure what to say about this, but that couch hasn't moved at since I was last there over a year ago and the "sale" goes on.

Every shot in Superior would look equally good in black & white, or sepia -- the place is just old, gritty and cool. It was like being in a time warp...and with that in mind I tried a little something here with Saint Jay's Ford.

'64 Time Warp - Superior, Arizona

 Rex happened to have a book of cool stencils. There was one in particular that caught my eye. 
(See my "Lucha Va Voom" post from May 2011)
He was kind enough to give me a souvenir from the trip.
Going for a Grindhouse type of movie poster here ....just needed a machine gun toting babe leaning up against that wooden door....or anywhere she wanted for that matter.

After letting engines cool down and quenching thirsts, we then headed out. Next stop, Globe.
Catching up and getting up beside the pack was challenging...then there was taking photos out the window at 50+ miles an hour.
Then the 'Saints came rolling in....

As the Misery Runners headed out to the Motel 6 to check in and hit the pool, I drove around and checked out Globe before heading back to the valley.
The Drift Inn Saloon was one of the recommended bars. I have yet to hear the stories of what went on here that Saturday night ---wish I could have stayed.

I'm sure the clubs entered via the front door.
This looked inviting...and I've seen photographic evidence that the gang payed a visit.
Kind of looks like the luck has run out...but maybe not.
Here's the finished paint...my Misery Run Luchador!
I want to thank Michael & Patrick for letting me tag-along. It was great meeting more of the Hell City Saints and Bomb Squad and hanging with those I already know.
Thanks again Rex for the paint!
I'm told there will be another Misery Run next year to another destination...see ya there.