Steve & Tara’s Power Tour Adventures
Jun02

Steve & Tara’s Power Tour Adventures

7 cities in 7 days, 1500 miles & 6000 cool cars – Kansas City to Bowling Green – Steve captures our daily adventures in this amusing blog. Click bottom right arrow for blog.

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Record Attendance for Rock & Brews Orlando
Apr26

Record Attendance for Rock & Brews Orlando

Contributed by Russ Muller Photography Wow! On Saturday, January 30th, Cruisin’ Orlando hosted a cruise in at Rock & Brews in Oviedo. This was the first event Cruisin’ Orlando held there, and it won’t be the last. What was it about this show that made me say “wow?” Three things working together made it a “wow” event. Let me explain them, and then I’ll tell you about the show. Location: Rock & Brews is a rock-themed restaurant,...

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Devereaux-Kaiser Collector Car Meet
Mar14

Devereaux-Kaiser Collector Car Meet

Contributed by Tara Bush I was determined, come hell or high water, that I was going to attended this show to see what 1200 cars in a field looked like.  Well, the high water did come…myself and about 60 other cars were optimistic that the weather would improve.  Cold and dreary was forecasted but my plan to travel from Orlando to Bradenton the night before was not going to deter me from my quest.  I have learned not to pay much heed...

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Downtown Dade City Monthly Cruise
Mar01

Downtown Dade City Monthly Cruise

Contributed by Ed Sindoni The first Saturday of the month is time for show cars to surround the historical courthouse in downtown Dade City.  Starting at 1:30, the four hour show quickly fills this area, and then begins to fill the feeder streets leading to the courthouse.  DJ “Starvin” Darvin brings us back to the 50s and 60s, as both car owners and spectators stroll through the many antique shops and restaurants which encompass this...

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Extreme HP @ American MotorSports Show
Oct17

Extreme HP @ American MotorSports Show

Contributed by Russ Muller Photography On Saturday, October 1st American MotorSports held their 4th annual Customer Appreciation Day at their Orlando location, 4130 N. Orange Blossom Trail.   The day included a car show and barbecue, as well as lots (and lots) of giveaways, trophies, music by DJ Don of Cruisin’ Orlando, and a 50/50 drawing to benefit Southeast Guide Dogs Paws for Patriots program.  An Orlando fixture since 1999,...

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There’s More to Cocoa than the Beach
Oct11

There’s More to Cocoa than the Beach

Contributed by Tara Bush What comes to mind when you think of Cocoa Beach…Ron Jon’s, surfing, trinket shops, tiki bars, bikinis, you get the picture.  Well let me tell you there is much more to Cocoa Beach than that.  They have a beautifully shaded downtown historic district with fashionable clothing stores, quaint restaurants and is dotted with park-like sitting areas.  It is an extremely active community with festivals and...

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Great Day at the Caladium Festival Car Show
Aug31

Great Day at the Caladium Festival Car Show

Contributed by Tara Bush Have you ever wished that you could experience all of your passions in one day?  Mine are cars, gardening, good food and occasionally shopping   I found that such day.  At the end of every July is the Caladium Festival in the little city of Lake Placid, which is south of Clermont on Route 27.  We headed out early in my 1967 Acadian (which has a/c), teamed up with a street rodder friend, and made the breakfast...

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Gateway’s Cars & Coffee – Orlando
Aug05

Gateway’s Cars & Coffee – Orlando

Contributed by Russ Muller Photography On Saturday, July 30th Gateway Classic Cars Orlando held their 1st Cars and Coffee event with Cruisin’ Orlando. Gateway’s Orlando showroom is located in Lake Mary. Opened in July 2014, it became the seventh location for Gateway.  They now have 14 locations across the country, three of which are right here in Florida.  If you’re not familiar with Gateway, they are a consignment shop where you can...

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DID YOU KNOW?
Jul14

DID YOU KNOW?

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Steve & Tara’s Hot Rod Power Tour Adventures
Jun01

Steve & Tara’s Hot Rod Power Tour Adventures

For the 7th year, my 1967 Acadian Canso will be on the best traveling car show in the States.  The Hot Rod Power Tour is 7 cities in 7 days, 1500 miles and over 6000 cars, starting in Kansas City, MO and ending in Bowling Green, KY.   This is not a high speed drive along the freeways, but a back road drive thru small towns, savoring the local fare, traveling through unspoiled countryside and waving to the welcoming fans along the...

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Take Them Out and Play With Them
May11

Take Them Out and Play With Them

Contributed by Gary West Now that you’ve bought, rebuilt, restored, inherited, recommissioned, rescued or otherwise saved that classic or vintage car, truck, tractor or motorcycle, it’s time to take it out and play with it. Take that puppy to a car show or a Cars & Coffee or a track day or a Cruise-in or, do what we once did, and have a neighborhood car show. One of the killer bees in my bonnet is the person who...

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The Tale of Two Beasts
May10

The Tale of Two Beasts

Contributed by Ecklers, photos by Colin Date Owner: Hilbert Osborne, Orlando This 1955 Chevy Two-Ten went from Power Tour cruiser to Pro Street monster I remember it like it was yesterday, a cool crisp Wisconsin Saturday morning in the summer of 1983. A call came from my friend Johnny, he said, “Come over and check out my new toy, you’re gonna wanna go for a ride”. I loaded up and headed over to his shop. When I got there, he was...

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Car, Coffee and Horse Country
May10

Car, Coffee and Horse Country

Contributed by Tim Nicholas –  President Classic Camaro of Central Florida Take a short drive north of Orlando and you arrive in what is known as “Horse Country”. Equine farms and ranches dot the countryside and provide Marion County and specifically Ocala, a rich heritage of fast, four legged steeds that are recognized at turf tracks throughout the country. There is another heritage that is being cultivated in Ocala...

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You Can Do It ! Underhood Restoration

Contributed by Ecklers If you’re content with a clean looking daily driver, or if you display your car at shows but leave the hood shut, there’s probably no need for you to tackle this project. After all, who sees the underside of your hood? However, if you’re proud of all that effort you’ve put into detailing out your engine bay, you’ll want to pay attention to this You Can Do It. The underside of this car’s hood was super nasty,...

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Lake Mary Monthly Cruise

Contributed by Paul Jordan – Canadian resident Palm trees, sunshine and blue skies! How I love to drive to Florida during our Canadian winters. After a most excellent evening enjoying the Old Town, Kissimmee cruise the previous night, and a good hotel supplied hot breakfast, I headed out from my hotel. I do not fully trust my GPS yet and still mainly rely on old fashioned, but always dependable maps and written instructions. Not...

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Ancient City National Mustang Show
Apr21

Ancient City National Mustang Show

Contributed by Russ Muller Photography Spending a Saturday in St. Augustine is always fun thing to do.  There are all sorts of interesting, unique, historical things to explore and experience. I’ve walked and driven across the Bridge of Lions more times than I can count, I’ve toured Flagler College and the Castillo de San Marco, and I’ve been to the top of the lighthouse several times. So when I first heard about a Mustang show in St....

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Potential Inexpensive Collectable Cars
Apr07

Potential Inexpensive Collectable Cars

Contributed by Gary West Here Be Dragons…..Sail A Wise Course            Without painting the vintage and classic car world with too broad a brush, it seems there are two distinct paths enthusiasts have chosen to enjoy the hobby. The first is the buying and selling of vintage and classic cars for pure profit.  It seldom involves the joy of driving the car so much as it focuses on flipping it for a fast buck.  No different than...

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24th Annual Winter Nationals – Feb 25-28
Mar31

24th Annual Winter Nationals – Feb 25-28

Contributed by Tim Nicholas –  President Classic Camaro of Central Florida Photos by Russ Muller Photography “The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same” Central Florida in February, there are a few things you can count on to be as constant as the sun rising in the east and setting in the west. The weather is better than just about anything offered north of the Mason/Dixon Line, The Daytona International...

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Where to Go to Get the Know

Contributed by Gary West The Nigerian Prince came through, you’ve just received the check from the Lower Berzerkistan National Lottery, Great Aunt Flossie, with the fatal bowel obstruction, has shuffled off the mortal coil and left you the full bucket. In any event you have now bought or decided to buy a classic, antique, and rare vehicle of your dreams.   What you need now is information and a place to find it. Proper truthful...

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High-End Collector Car Auction Guide
Mar08

High-End Collector Car Auction Guide

Contributed by Gary West The High-End Collector Car Auction  (or observing minnows swim with the sharks) If you’ve never been to a high-end collector car auction, you should. It’s truly an experience that rivals none other save those we can’t discuss. Auctions range from almost an intimate venue such as Bonhams in Greenwich, Connecticut to the usual Barrett-Jackson “Circus Maximus.” The collector car auction is as...

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Corvette, Camaro & SSR Display – March 5

Contributed by Carl Marco The Flagler County Corvette Club and Tom Gibbs Chevrolet hosts an annual show to benefit the Flagler/Palm Coast High School.  The students set up an area with tables and serve food and drinks which helps benefit their various school activities. The admission for cars and spectators is free, and tickets are sold for a 50/50 prize....

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Day of the Duels Event – February 18th

Contributed by Carl Marco   Duels Motoring Event is scheduled to coincide with the races at Daytona during the middle of February each year. Co-sponsored by the Drive In Christian Church, Halifax Urban Ministries, Southern Stone Events and the City of Daytona Beach Shores – this year’s show featured 612 show cars of all makes and models for your viewing pleasure. The entry fee for cars was $10 per car. Spectators are...

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World Famous Ace Cafe to Open First USA Location
Feb08

World Famous Ace Cafe to Open First USA Location

Contributed by Steve Glum, Email Ace Cafe London, the iconic lifestyle brand, was established in 1938 in London, England, and is the most-celebrated motor diner on the planet. Based on the traditions of motorcycles, cars and rock ’n roll, Ace Cafe has become an absolute Mecca for the motorsports community, hosting over 400 motorcycle and car events each year — including the Annual Ace Cafe Reunion — which drew over 200,000 people in...

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An Enlightening Guide to the Amelia Island Concours

Contributed by Gary West For those of us who are car junkies and auto show enthusiasts there can be few places better to hang our helmet than Florida. If your particular interest leads you to classic car auctions then welcome to nirvana. From one of the world’s premier classic car and auction venues-Amelia Island Concours de’Elegance -to the weekend Show & Shine, there is enough action to wear you out. Let’s...

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Rust in Peace
Jan28

Rust in Peace

Contributed by Dick Moody, Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club –...

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Tires: Ticking Time Bombs!

Contributed by Lonnie Cook, Classic MG Club – Email Click here for a five minute video of tires being trued, pile of rubber removed, then spin balanced.  Now – go check the age of your tires.    ...

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Adventures of the Florida Old Guys – Daytona
Jan25

Adventures of the Florida Old Guys – Daytona

Contributed by Barry Margolis, blogspot here As we’ve been doing for many, many years, the Old Guys attended the 2015 Daytona Turkey Run, which is held on the infield of the (currently being completely remodeled, and it looks great) Daytona International Speedway. Here’s the recap of our weekend: THE TURKEY RUN:  The show draws tens of thousands of spectators, about 5000 show vehicles, lots of cars for sale, more vendors...

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Temps Chilly, but Mecum Was Hot, Hot, Hot !!!

Contributed by Tara Bush Let’s be honest, we didn’t all move to Florida for the palm trees, beaches, pastels and Disney…we came here to escape the freezing, snowy, drizzly Northern conditions so we can partake in the year-round car cruising.  But on Saturday January 23, the last day of the world’s largest collector car auction, I was reminded of why I left Ohio. The Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, just...

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The Main Thing

Contributed by Russ Muller, Russ Muller Photography “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing” Sounds simple, doesn’t it? My guess is Steven Covey was not talking about photography when he said this because, truth be told, it’s a lot more difficult than it sounds. So much automotive photography is centered around the traditional ¾ beauty shot, that the “main thing” seems to be capturing a car in one photo. There’s...

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Camaro vs. Mustang Throwdown Event
Jan24

Camaro vs. Mustang Throwdown Event

Contributed by: Tim “MC” Nicolas, Classic Camaro Club of Central Florida Joe Rodriguez, Mid Florida Mustang Club Photos by Russ Muller Photography   The inaugural Camaro vs. Mustang Throwdown was held Saturday, Nov. 21st, 2015 at the Sanford Hooters. Classic Camaro of Central Florida and the Mid-Florida Mustang Club co-hosted the event that was designed to be a charity event in support of Give Kids the World Village in Kissimmee,...

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Pros & Cons of Club Memberships

Contributed by Larry Beach, Director of Team Shelby South Atlantic Region   There has been a lot going on in the last week that has ruffled a few feathers and most of it is driven by trying to add value paying memberships. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again here: Right now, there isn’t much of a benefit to being an official paying member. Sure you get a free t-shirt, magazine, travel mug and a key ring.   Most people I’ve...

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Astronauts Helped Established the Corvette

Contributed by Ecklers, written by Dan X. McGraw   Apollo 12 astronauts (L-R) Charles ‘Pete’ Conrad Jr., Richard Francis Gordon Jr., and Alan LaVern Bean with their identical 1969 Corvette Stingray coupes. The coupes features a 390-hp, 427 V8 and black-accented Riverside Gold color scheme designed by Bean. Photo by Ralph Morse / Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images.  Shortly after returning from his historic flight...

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Dreams, Graduation and No Money – 1963 Bel Air

Contributed by Ecklers, written by Patricia Shafer, photos by Jim Knight Owners: Warren & Patricia Shafer, Palmetto     1963 was a good year. Warren and I both graduated from high school in central Illinois. Beautiful cars with big engines were the epitome of having it made. Unfortunately, continuing education took priority for us so owning one of those wild machines would have to wait.  Now that we have our own...

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Hooked on Classics – 1955 Chevy

Contributed by Ecklers, photos by Jim Knight Owners: Ken & Deborah Johnson, Cape Coral   My wife Debbie and I first got hooked on classic cars about ten years ago. We had a Chevelle at that time, but I had always wanted to own a ‘55 Chevy. After a considerable discussion with my wife Debbie, we sold the Chevelle and went looking for a ‘55.  By the time we attended the 2006 Winter National event in Orlando, Florida we had only...

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1954 Ford Skyliner

Contributed by Jim Pierce, Orlando   My first car was a 1953 Ford Crestline hardtop. It was a real beauty with a cream top over a sea foam green base. Ten years ago my wife found out that it was my desire to have a classic car. She also encouraged me to purchase one. After some investigation I found that the Y-Block engine didn’t arrive on a Ford until 1954. I really didn’t want the flat top engine but desired the Y-Block. So I...

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1938 Chevy 1 Ton Stakebed

Contributed by Wayne Malm, Sanford       This was the first truck sold by Deichert’s Chevrolet in Flasher, North Dakota soon after the dealership opened in 1938. My Grandfather’s neighbor, Frank Grimm, bought it and used it on his farm there in ND. It originally had a pick-up bed on it. They used it to take the grain to the mill. During the 1950’s, Deichert’s built a new dealership building with...

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