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I went to the B-J yesterday on a bus w/ a bunch from where I have a home here, MOSTLY to look at memorabilia, take a few pics, see some new 'metal'. Ford had a big display just as you walk thru the doors, featuring the new GT.



Next up was memorabilia, starting w/ some pedal-cars





OLD drag-racing iron





Besides 'looking at them' - what CAN you do w/ a AA/FD...?

Then LOTS of artwork, including bronzes...



this one a cowboy about two feet tall, c/w saddle and gun-belt to scale



and Dale Earnhardt



and "Hurricane Hannah"


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Lots of car-related art, and even a very moving 'tribute' to David Bowie, just behind Steve McQueen



then more cars...



as well as other art





EVEN the new Acura NSX





I'm NOT sure which one I prefer - the Ford GT or the NSX....

Shelby American had brand-new Cobras, as well as these two Daytona coupes,




the second polished aluminum....



and near-by a Corvette Grand Sport, Cobra-beater!!!



IF that is an original - I would take it over the GT or NSX...!

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Then, OF COURSE, MORE cars...









There was even a Turbonique three-wheeled dragster there.





The engine was about 50 pounds, developing 1,000 hp.



I only ever saw one of these Turbonique-powered dragsters run ONCE back in '64 I think. It was a beautiful aluminum paneled traditional dragster, that had just been shown at the Edmonton World-of-Wheels car show, winning a trophy, then out to the drags the next weekend.

Our drag-race club had just bought a set of Chrondek lights, so when the car came up for a 'run', they decided that he'd start PAST the lights, in case 'something' happened, so as not to wreck the lights....

I was a competitor so I watched this from near the start line. The engine was silent till the driver 'mashed' the throttle, then a loud whine and the tires started smoking and it was GONE!

About 1,000' up the track the whine ended, the parachute blossomed, then - A HUGE EXPLOSION, panels flying thru the air, the sound of parts crashing to the ground, then as the dragster stopped the driver OUT and running like hell away from it!

I was able to see panels that had hit the tires so hard that "M&H RACEMASTER" was imprinted into them! As far as I know - it never ran again after that.

More 'old' cars, this a '57 Caddy



this a '60 Vette (w/ no windshield-frame among other mods)



this one an older Offy (I believe)



this '62 Vette similar to the one I owned for 21 years



On the way out I spied this limited edition John Wayne relic.



All-in-all, not too bad a way to spend a day....


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I know it is an auction. But it was the best car show I have ever been to.
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Thanks for the pics Ed. The three wheeled thing, turbine engine? Not familiar with "turbosonic"
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I did a Mecum auction when they came to KC one year.....had a chance to be the guy to push the cars on stage, but my bad back told me that would not be the best idea.

I really hate, as in HATE what BJ....and those are good initials for them.....have done to the classic car hobby. Now everyone with a rusted out 77 trans am with a tree where the engine should be thinks it is worth $20,000....shame.

But you are right, they do have some amazing stuff there.....and there are some good deals to be found if you are shopping for a cool driver......C4 and early C5 Vettes usually go for a good price.

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Thanks for the pics Ed. The three wheeled thing, turbine engine? Not familiar with "turbosonic"
Here's a link to a good discussion of WHAT it was:

Turbonique: Magique Or Junque? - Tech - Hot Rod Magazine

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Cool Stuff. Roger DeCoster then Bob Hannah was my favorite MX Rider... Plus his first and last name spells the same forward or backward.. BOB ....HANNAH...
That may be the best palindromic name ever!
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Great B-17 print. And I love that the ball turret gunner has his guns pointed at the hot rods. What a major surprise that would have been. The deafening roar of four engines in very close proximity and the staccato of 50 cal. rounds zinging by. Hot damn!!

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