Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Car Watching - 1958 Corvette

 I am so fortunate to be able to capture such classic beauties in the parking lot where I work.  They just roll up and present themselves to me.  This 1958 Corvette parked right by the front door.  (I say 1958...to the best of my knowledge, let's say.)  I think the front is the best view of this car.
 This guy is a daily driver.  It is not in show condition at all, but it is in great shape for being 56 years old.
 The trunk has quite a few cracks.  But the bumpers are nice, and I'm a real fan of the exhaust pipes peeking out of the trailing edges of the them.  The 283 V8 under the hood could have anywhere between 230 and 290 horsepower, the latter being achieved with early fuel injection. I believe this to be a 4-speed manual.
 Although the 3/4 view from the rear is not bad. It would have been so awesome to catch this bad boy without the top on.
The interiors of these things take me way back.  If I didn't mind looking like a stalker, I would have gotten closer photos.  This one appears to have a pretty solid interior.

A quick view online says that average prices for a '58 range between $45k and $90k.   I don't know whether to call this example average, but it sure makes an impression.

Monday, October 20, 2014

My Baby and Her Homecoming Adventure

 Hanna and her Freshman co-candidate in the Homecoming court riding along in the Homecoming parade. This was the first time I saw her in her dress.  She was stunning!
 They were riding atop a Plymouth Prowler, a car that somewhat matched her dress.
 It was nice to see that the boys in the Homecoming Court were dressed very snappy and seemed to be having a great time, too.
 Of course, there were super cool cars in the Homecoming parade.
 This Plymouth Road Runner was a beauty, too.  It was a gorgeous 383 car.
 Did someone say gorgeous?
 Hanna and her grandmothers.  These women treat this girl like the Princess that she is.
 Hanna's mom made sure that Hanna had everything she needed for this momentous occasion.
 Deanna and I were very happy to be able to attend.  We also went to the Homecoming football game after the parade...after some Subway sandwiches, of course.
Hanna and her little brothers.  They love this girl.  Who doesn't?

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Baseball is over for the season

 Tonight was the last set of games for the boys for this season.  I caught Tyson just as the pitcher was releasing the ball.  Pretty cool, eh?
Eli's team won tonight, making the record for "The Lightning" Fall Ball season 3 and 3.  Not bad.

Greensfelder - Truly a Multi-Use Trail

 Quite possibly the finest mountain bike weather in St. Louis today that you'd find anywhere.  And the trail conditions were perfect!  Except....lots of users.  Not many mountain bikers, although I did see the DRJ guys.  Mostly, horses and hikers.  The horse back riders were very cordial, however.  I had to wait for three different sets of them in the ten mile loop (clockwise, anti-race direction), and nothing but smiles and "have-a-nice-day".  The strange obstruction of the day was on the Dogwood, only 1/4 from being done....35-40 walkers on the trail.   Mostly teenagers, well-behaved, with a few adults thrown in.  That wasn't a bad interaction either, as they were more than willing to let me pass, albeit slowly.  Right now, I own the Strava KOM for that loop in that direction.  I'm sure as soon as Chris Ploch finds out, he'll knock 7 or 8 minutes off that.  Maybe 9.
Let me take a Greensfelder selfie!

Ford Fusion - 88,888.8 miles

Sorry so blurry.  There is only so much I'm willing to do while driving.  Nothing but gas and oil up to this point.  Very proud of it.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Car Watching - 1964 Buick Electra Limo

 While at Eckert's orchard on Sunday, I spotted this fine 1960's automobile.  I was on the trailer with the family, being pulled by the tractor, heading out to pick apples.  I had hoped it would still be available when we were done.  And it was!  It's a 1964 Buick Electra 225.  Normally a very long car, I noticed something funny abut the rear doors and windows...they appeared to be longer than normal.
 Walking to the front of the car, the plates gave away it's secret.  It's a personal limo.  Something someone might own if they had a private driver to whisk them around in.  I would love to have seen under the hood.  The 401 "Nail Head" V8 is usually nothing to look at, but many of Buick's cars were powered by them and it still would have been a treat.
 This one was completely unrestored, but in good shape...a daily driver, it looked to be.  The interior was passable, and a perfect example of 60's tech.
 Love the individual letters used for the name.
 The rear has a commanding presence.  Very 70's Lincoln-like...only this was 1964.
 My favorite view.  Such strong lines.  Very formal.  You can tell that it's supposed to have skirts over the rear wheels.  Probably removed for convenience, or maybe they had corroded.
The picture that tells it all:  a third row of seats in the middle.  And they folded down to allow the rear passengers to get past.  Wait...aren't minivans credited with this sort of thing?  Well, 1964 called and they want their seats back.  I don't know how rare they are, or if they were an aftermarket creation, but I am thrilled to have caught this thing in the wild.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Car Watching - Lamborghini Aventador

 Behold the holy grail of automobiles:  The Lamborghini Aventador.  700 horsepower.  10's in the quarter mile.  220 miles per hour top speed.  Nearly half a million dollars.  And it was parked in the no parking zone in front of the shop Saturday.
 The finest view of any modern car....the rear end of the Aventador.
 The engine cover (in the back of course) has windows so you can view the terror within.  You can also see the coil-over shocks, race care style.
An interior that befits the beast.  Sexy cream color.  I was afraid to get any closer.  I don't even have the money to have it washed.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Happy Birthday Mom Zimmer

 The beautiful Mrs K and her brothers and sister put together a wonderful birthday celebration for their mother.  Complete with decorations, cake, food, friends and family, it was held at our church.
 There was an awesome slide show that included some great photos from yesteryear and yesterday.  Mrs K even had the Oldies station playing on the iHome.
I didn't count how many people showed (more than 50!), but the room was filled and the food was gone.  When it was time for cake, Eli and Deanna helped Mom Z blow out the candles.   Not really, she blew them out on her own and she said she hoped this many people came to her 100 year old birthday party.  I bet more will come!

Thanks Mrs K for your hard work, it was fun for everyone and a fitting tribute to someone who is loved so much.

Car Watching - 1969 Camaro SS


 Chevrolet freaks forgive me, but this appears to be a 1969.  If I am wrong, realize that I'm much more of a Ford man with details.  No self-professed car lover can deny that the Camaro pictured here is a beauty, myself included.
 It sits at a particular house in my 'hood that frequently has really cool muscle cars.  One of his regulars is a Buick Skylark GS that I believe is a 455.  I want photos of that one badly, too.
Don't you just love the red stripes on the tires that match the paint?  Damn, I want to hear this baby run!

Monday, September 15, 2014

My little Homecoming Court girl

What do you call a two-person selfie?

It has come to my attention that this little one has been voted into the Homecoming court at her school.  She's so special!

Day Two - Hermann Dogfish Cyclocross 2014

 Thanks to Mike Dawson for more awesome photos!

I have never done both days at the Hermann Cyclocross race.  I just don't have it in me.  2014 was different, though.  I signed up for both days.  The weather was cooperative, but the body was not.  I knew as soon as I stepped out of the car that I was in trouble.  I busted out and did what I could, and it was not as good as Saturday night.  First lap shows me cresting the stairs (which were twice as hard as the stairs we ran Saturday night!).
The brilliant sun light could not coax any more power out of this body.  Glad I did it, but my third place (in age group, sixth overall) shows that I was off the pace.  Onward to La Vista next weekend.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Hermann Dogfish Cyclocross 2014 - Ouch Edition

 I was the first guy to sign up for Hermann, so they gave me number 1.  That's always a good start!
 My two partners in crime, Hanna and Tyson, came with me to Hermann.  Hanna is the official photographer, so she took a photo of me in my warm-up costume.  I'm flashing her the horns, which she really thinks is funny.
Random shot of me, at least she didn't focus in on my nose hairs.  

It was a killer five-way race at the front tonight.  At one point, I crashed into another rider who had crashed in the sand pit.  Ouch.  Somehow, I fought back to the leaders, made a move, and finished 2nd.  My heart rate hit 185 bpm for the last two minutes of the race, and averaged 175 for the entire 42 minutes.

Cyclocross is HARD!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Throwback Thursday - Tilles Park Cyclocross Race 2005

 Proof that at times, I have raced an actual cyclocross bike in cyclocross races.  Tilles Park, October of 2005.  The beautiful Mrs K took this photo of me crashing across a ditch close to McKnight road. If you squint hard, you can see Ethan Froese chasing Chris Harre in the background, about 30 seconds up on me.  I'm riding a Ridley Supercross.
Dejected by the finish, I'm 5th place and I don't think I raced again that year.

Throwback Thursday - Cape Girardeau Mountain Bike Race 2005

 Later in 2005, I had even less fashion sense, but I had a better bike.  Cape Girardeau mountain bike race, August 2005.  It was at the god-awful course on the backside of town.  This is the start, with Bob Arnold and Paul Krewit visible behind me.
 There was a ton of single track there, which I liked.  But also a lot of weeds and stifling heat, which I didn't like.
Showing the guns with the sleeveless jersey subtracts a full 100 style points.  The Santa Cruz Superlight added some points back. 

Throwback Thursday - Castlewood Mountain Bike Race 2005

 Waaaay back in 2005...LOL...I raced at Castlewood in the spring.  That's the old Stage 1 kit and a Salsa 26" full suspension bike.  V-brakes, grip shift, 3 chainrings, flimsy Sid fork....what was this guy thinking??
 Clearly, it was a nice spring day.  So, why the knee warmers?
Never mind the odd equipment...I was winning in those days and the bike and kit didn't matter.  I think I had more hair, too!