Friday, March 10, 2006
Midnight At The Oasis car show in Yuma
This first one is a classic hotrod, a Ford Model T roadster bucket pickup that is powered by a flathead Ford V-8 engine:
The next one is a classic British two seat sports car, a Triumph TR-3. This was the first model of the TR-3 with the narrow grill:
This is what I call a hotrod sports car but it was factory built. The Sunbeam Alpine was a typical British 2 seater powered by a four cylinder engine. They decided it needed more power so bought 289 cubic inch Ford V-8 engines that made quite a different car out of it. The engine was light enough that the car still handled much as the original did on the road and was called the Sunbeam Tiger:
I call this car a newer hotrod. Not because the basic car is any newer than the other one but the engine is a newer overhead valve V-8:
This is a more modern sports car, I think a Pantera but I didn't write the name down. It is powered by a V-8 engine mounted in the middle of the car. They are very fast:
This car was built by some Arizona Highway Patrol officers. I think they just race it on the drag strip but I am sure it could catch almost anything that tried to outrun it on the freeway:
I enjoyed the show. Many of the cars were for sale but prices seemed to start around $35,000 and go up, so they were out of my price range. I did go to Phoenix yesterday with my cousin, J, and bought the 2001 Mazda Miata. I drove it back to J & V's home, then to the RV, leaving the Saturn there. Today was a day to read the owners book and drive the car. I did check out where I am to go Tuesday when I move the RV to the college for Life on Wheels. I thought after dark that I should take a photo of my parking spot here at the Prince of Tucson RV Park. It would show both the park & the car in one photo. I will try to take it tomorrow.
The dedication that peole have to restore, rebuild & maintain motor vehicles is a credit to the auto industry. Thanks for sharing.
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