Liberty Vintage Motorcycles

My new favorite television show features the Liberty Vintage motorcycle shop in Philadelphia.

The show is called Philly Throttle and it’s on the Discovery Channel on Friday nights.

Why do I like it?

It’s on the Discovery Channel and comes across fairly real. I still mostly eyeball Discovery, the History Channel, sports and news.  I like real shit and when a show purported to be real seems like it’s not (a few other motorcycle shows etc) they become my “unfavorites”

I don’t Facebook but here it is.


Check out Philly Throttle, you might like it.



Counting Cars, The New Show On The History Channel, Starring Danny Koker

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You get over girls faster than you get over cars.”

I don’t know why it took so long for the History Channel to give The Count, of Palm Stars fame, his own show…I just say thank you.  It’s about time for sure.  The star is Danny Koker…check him out.

I know I am not the only television watcher who has hoped this would happen, but now it has.

What:               Counting Cars, new show on the History Channel.  Check your local cable provider dudes.

When:               Starts Tuesday, August 14th, 2012.    10/9c

Where:              Like I said, on the History Channel

The Hollywood Reporter says Hell Yeh!  Well, maybe not quite…

They weren’t first at this.  And lately rival Discovery Channel brought out Fast N Loud with Gas Monkey Garage, which starts up in a couple of weeks too.  But for guys like me that eat, drink sleep and breath cars it really is about time for this one.

The Count has been well-known in Las Vegas for quite a while.

His family owned a local TV Station and he hosted his own show, which is where he got The Count moniker.  Count Cool Rider.  Very cool.

And of course his own Kustom car and motorcycle place, Count’s Kustoms in Vegas.  Putting out some of the best bent metal in the country.  Customizing cars and bikes and famous for both.  If you have a hot rod or hot bike and want to customize it, or if you dream about hot rods and hot bikes, you gotta make your starting destination the Count and his website here.

Even better….during your next trip to Vegas, take time away from the Casino and the Strip to venture out and explore some real Vegas sights like this shop.  You will enjoy it and might just spend some of that money you won at the crap table or in that poker tournament.

Then Palm Stars.

Then his own VAMP’D Bar & Grill, and of course continuing to sing and front his band along the way, Danny “Count” Koker just continues to shine.  Or, when you are in Vegas maybe you can catch him fronting his own Zito 77 band.  Check em out here

And the VAMPD website will give you all you need to know about the music, the food, the drinks, the hot chicks.  HERE

I know bro.  I still gotta make it back to Vegas and buy you a drink.

You’re on Twitter??  Follow Danny @DannyCountKoker

And get some new Ink from The Count’s Tattoo Company at the beautiful Rio Casino!  Still m favorite place to play poker even when the WSOP isn’t in town.  Twitter the Ink folks  @CountsTattoo and check em out in the Masquerade Village at the Rio.

Danny is a frigging business machine…..

2012 Sacramento Autorama

February 20th:

 *****The Autorama in pictures!!  159 snapshots of beautiful cars and people.*****

The 2012 Sacramento Autorama is being held over the President’s Day Weekend.

This is the 62nd year and Sacramento is now known as “The Kustom Capital of The World“.  This is one of the longest running indoor shows anywhere.

The show is held on the grounds of CalExpo, the site of the annual California State Fair and the Sacramento Mile motorcycle race.

1600 Exposition Blvd. Sacramento,CA 95815     Toll-Free: (877) CAL-EXPO

The Autorama features more than 450 custom cars this weekend.

Ticket Prices

$18.00 General Admission (13 years and up)     $10.00 Kids (6 – 12 years)     5 & under Free


$10.00 General. Parking at the Main Gate as well as the East Gate off of Exposition Blvd.

Show Times

  Friday February 17, 2012 12:00 pm until 9:00 pm
  Saturday February 18, 2012 10:00 am until 9:00 pm
  Sunday February 19, 2012 10:00 am until 7:00 pm


Sacramento Classic Car & Parts Swap Meet

Sacramento Classic Car & Parts Swap Meet

When:          Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Where:         Power Balance Arena (Formerly known as “ARCO Arena“)

Pre-registration deadline is April 6th

Information:   916-955-8777

Flier with site map and vendor application is HERE

The Particulars

Sacramento Swap Meet

P.O. Box 670, Folsom, CA 95763

916-955-8777 Fax 916-933-4791



Admission:                                                    $6 with FREE parking

Automotive Swap Meet spaces:                   $20

Commercial Automotive Vendor spaces:   $30

Non-Automotive Vendor spaces:                 $60

Car Corral spaces for 1972 & older:            $30

Car Corral spaces for 1973 & newer:           $40

Sellers:  Spaces are available at the gate.  No one will be turned away!!

RV spaces (spectators & vendors):                $30

The Swap Meet Guide is HERE

Swamp Meet map of Power Balance Arena (formerly ARCO Arena):

PHOTOS here of the last great Swap Meet.

Have you been to the Reno Swap Meet?

Well, it is now the Sacramento Swap Meet…so, come on down!!

Make sure you come visit Sacramento this spring and summer.  Help to fill up the Sacramento Swap Meet.

Remember:  the Pre-registration deadline is April 6th.  Don’t let it pass you by.

Spring meet:          April 22nd

Summer meet:       August 5th

3rd Annual Capitol City Car Show Parade Festival

February is the month.  Sacramento will host the 3rd Annual Capitol City Car Show Parade Festival

When:      Saturday February 18, 2012

Time:       11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Where:     2427 Marconi Ave, Parking Lot

Mardi Gras Evening Ball 7:00 pm to 11: 30 pm *

Featuring Royal Brass Band,
& Dancers from New Orleans and Old School DJ

Car contest registration:  $20  trophies

Retail or information vendor:  $100 plus $40 insurance

Food Vendor with Permit $175.00, plus $50.00 for insurance

Kids Jump House, Cotton Candy, Sno-Cones, King Cakes, Po-boys, Jambalaya, Beignets and more!

Raffles and Silent Auction   Benefits Children , Families and Individuals that have become Homeless

For Sponsorship Ads, Entertainment , Vendors, Car Registration & Tickets Contact: 916-576-9679 or

Register at 2427 Marconi Ave #101, 95821, across from Metro & Little Caesar’s

Malachis Homes Center International Ministry

Early Bird Special: Register by December 31, 2011 and receive a 1 Free Admission to the Mardi Gras Ball 2012

Regular Ticket for Ball is $20.00 includes Food & 1 Drink

Enter to be the Mardi Gras King and Queen 2012, Sponsorship required

Email for Vendors, Car Registration and Sponsorship at

Classic Cars: 26th Annual Legislative Conference

Upcoming is the 26th Annual Legislative Conference.  A chance for car enthusiasts, classic car collectors and industry people to meet and talk to California State Legislators and Professional Automotive Educators.

Association of California Car Clubs membership is not required!

Here is the ACCC website.  You can subscribe to the Association Newsletters and keep up with the latest issues affecting car clubs.

When:          March 16 & 17th, 2012

Where:          Sacramento, California

20th Annual California Hot Rod Reunion October 21st to 23rd, 2011

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The 20th Hot Rod Reunion in California is almost here!

Presented by the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) this event was envisioned as a one-time event twenty years ago.  Now it is a very famous hot rod event in its 20th year, and getting bigger and better each year.

The NHRA Motorsports Museum has a website about the Reunion here.

Where is the reunion?

Bakersfield, California

Auto Club Famoso Raceway

When is the reunion?

October 21-23, 2011

You can purchase your tickets here.  You can buy a 3 day” quarter-mile” package for $130.00.  Are you an AAA member?  Discount!!

The regular 3 day credential is $65.00

The one day admission is $25.00

October 7th:

Hot Rod Magazine has a reminder letting us know that “Kate Everard will be on site representing Hot Rod Deluxe and signing prints of her Hot Rod Deluxe cover on Friday 10/21 from 11am-4pm and Saturday 10/22 from 10am-4pm.” and points out that you can find more information at the official Hot Rod Reunion site HERE.

The Hot Rod Reunion photo gallery is up and beautiful.  Check it out at the link and look for your car and your own photo!

Here are two of my faavorites….parked right next to each other!!  How did that happen boys?

2011 Drag Week, Starting September 10/11th

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OK…so, you kept track of the 2011 Hoka Hey Challenge with that wicked 10,000 mile run on your chopper, now comes the 2011 Drag Week.

Get your sweet hot rod together because the 7 day countdown to the event has officially begun.

What is drag week you ask?  Drive 1,000 miles in just five days stopping at five dragstrips on the route so you can race your ride.  At the end of all of this you could be named Hot Rod’s Fastest Street Car in America!!

You drive then you drag then you drive then you drag…..again.  Cool!

“Some call that crazy.  We just call it drag week!!!”

Can you and your rod compete?

Follow Hot Rod Magazine @hotrodmagazine

Larry Larsen has owned this event, but in 2011 these guys believe they can best him.

Early registration CLOSES Wednesday, September 7th and then the price goes up, so register early register now.

Where is drag week?

Topeka, Kansas

When is drag week

It starts September 10th, 11th

What is the schedule for Drag Week?

Sunday Sept. 11
Heartland Park, Topeka, KS
8am to  2pm CDT: Registration and MSD Test ‘n TuneModay, Sept. 12
Day 1 Racing: 9am to noon Heartland  Park, TopekaTuesday, Sept. 13
Day 2 Racing: 9am to noon SRCA  Dragstrip, Great Bend, KSWednesday, Sept. 14
Day 3 Racing: 9am to noon  Amarillo Dragway, Amarillo, TXThursday, Sept. 15
Day 4 Racing: 9am to noon Tulsa  Raceway Park, Tulsa, OKFriday, Sept. 16
Day 5 Finals: 3pm to end Heartland  Park, Topeka*times subject to changeHow much does it cost?

Early registration is $265 plus a $6 processing fee, so $271

Late registration is $295 and is only open on Sunday, September 11th in Topeka, Kansas where drag week will start.  Late registrations will only be accepted from 8 am to 2 pm CDT on the 11th.  Check the registration link above for the rules.

Hotels in the Topeka area have some great special rates during drag week.  Check ’em out here.

Can’t attend drag week?  Keep track with the official coverage at Hot Rod Magazine.

Here is a video of Larry Larsen’s 2010 run.  Sweet…..

Update September 11th:  Drag Week MIGHT hit 200 cars for 2011!!!

585ci Camaro Thanks to Hot Rod Magazine @hotrodmagazine

Update September 12th:  Day 1 ends with Larry Larsen in the lead running a 7.17 at 203 MPH, but the week just started.

Update September 14th:  From Hot Rod Magazine Thanks @hotrodmagazine

“The HRM staff is still on the long trek to Tulsa, as are many racers. Broken junk is strewn for miles! We know of 25 cars out of the competition. That makes 152 still in play. How many will finish?”

Day 3 results are here.

Update September 15th:  Day 4 Results, With rain intermittent in Tulsa the track had to be prepped and all of the scattered parts and spills delayed the action and made for a long day for the drivers and crew.

As always Hot Rod Magazine is your best source for “on the top of the action” new, so click this link for their excellent coverage.  Thanks @hotrodmagazine

The great Larry Larsen, with his gray Chevy, remains in the lead, but like Hot Rod says, in Drag Week “you have to finish to win” and it’s the finishing part that kills so many cars.  So far some 450+ cars have NOT finished and are out of the race.  This race is hard on the vehicles but maybe even harder on the drivers.

Hot Rod Magazine has an excellent article onDrag Week From The Local Perspective.  Of course, there is a perceivable boost to the local economy during an event of this size especially an event that pulls participants and viewers from all over the country and beyond.  Hot Rod Magazine tells us that all of the local news stories play that perspective up which is more than understandable given the tough economic times.  You can find a couple of the local news stories here.

Bang Shift preicts their choices for the 2011 Drag Week winners here.  But would you have madde these predictions one week before the race?

The Drag Week Awards Ceremony Live Feed

It starts out slow before the actual awards so you can fast forward a bit if you want to skip the initial portion.

September 23rd:

This is 20 minutes of sheer fun from Hot Rod Magazine.

As they say, “if you ran…it’s probably here”.

October 10th:

Hot Rod Magazine releases a full list of all of their great videos from Drag Week 2011.  Check it out HERE.

Give A Little Love To The Hot Rods

I gotta lot of love for the first hot rod builders.  Always lusted for a hot rod since I was a little dude in the 50s and continued that love affair up to today.

Check out the hot rods and custom build projects from the guys at Hot Rods & Custom Stuff  in Escondido, California.

I love old pickup trucks too.  It’s (mostly) a guy thing.  This project is a beauty.

I would love to own this Mercury convertible.  Hell, I would pay good money just to ride in it!!

And check out this 1932 Ford Deuce….a true hot rod!!  Reminds me of the rods I used to see as a kid.  So many of them were chopped up 20 year old Fords.

Where to find Hot Rods & Custom Stuff:

2324 Auto Park Way | Escondido, California 92029 1-800-Hot-Rod-5  (1-800-468-7635)

Randy Clark has 40,000 sq feet in his shop and 30 employees to bring his creations to life.

Here is an interview with Randy and a TON of great pics of his shops hot rods.  Check it out.

They build ot rods in Australia too!  What did you think they drove?  Kangaroos??

Check out the Hot Rod Hi-Way website.

This 34 Ford “Airhog: started out like this and ended up the red & white beauty below.


Make your ride a hot rod and you will have tons of fun.  Gimme a ride brother!!

1946 Ford Convertible

This beautiful black Ford is from Rod & Custom Magaszine.

I love this hot rod for a number of reasons.

It is a beautiful restoration, front to back and wait until you check out the interior!

My Grandfather owned a 1944 Ford hard top.  Not as sweet as this, but I sure loved that car.  He called it “a fohty foh fohd” in his bit of a southern accent.  He had moved to California as a child before 1900 and really had no accent, but when he talked about his ’44 it came with accent and all.  Grandpa’s was a 2 door Coupe Deluxe.  Would make a real nice hot rod!

Here is that hot interior I promised you, beginning with the steering wheel & dash.

The last shot is the sweet engine compartment.