It’s Enough to Make You Blue in the Face

Time to take a stand against over­priced watches with the Stauer Ur­ban Blue, now only $29.

Hot Rod Deluxe - - Roddin’ @ Random - —KLEET NOR­RIS

You need a new watch…the one you are wear­ing was made when Nixon was in of­fice, but ex­trav­a­gantly-priced watches that add ze­ros just be­cause of a high falootin’ name are an in­sult to your logic. Why shell out big money so some for­eign com­pany can spon­sor an­other yacht race? It’s time to put an end to such mad­ness. It’s ab­so­lutely pos­si­ble to have the high­est qual­ity, pre­ci­sion clas­sic time­piece with­out the high and mighty price tag. Case in point: The Stauer Ur­ban Blue.

Packed with high-end watch per­for­mance and style,

mi­nus the high-end price tag. It’s every­thing a high-end watch should be: Sturdy stain­less steel and gen­uine leather con­struc­tion. Pre­ci­sion tim­ing that’s ac­cu­rate to four sec­onds a day––that’s more pre­cise than a 27-jewel au­to­matic watch priced at over $6,000. And, good look­ing–– with sim­ple, clean lines and a strik­ing metal­lic blue face.

“Blue watches are one of the grow­ing style trends seen in the

watch world in the past few years”–– Watchtime®

Your great es­cape from the over-priced watch craze. At Stauer, we go di­rectly to the source (cut­ting out the mid­dle­man), and engi­neer our own watch de­signs. This means we can of­fer a top qual­ity time­piece that hap­pens to only cost the same as two well-made cock­tails at your fa­vorite bar. So, while we’re busy rev­o­lu­tion­iz­ing the watch in­dus­try to bring you more real value, you can take your own stand against over­priced watches with the Ur­ban Blue.

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It has been al­most 10 years since the last Dragfest was held at Auto Club Famoso Race­way in Bak­ers­field, Cal­i­for­nia. This past April saw the re­turn of this event to the his­toric dragstrip. Dragfest was cre­ated by Randy Win­kle, who owns Famoso Speed Shop, which spe­cial­izes in restor­ing and cre­at­ing vin­tage gassers, drag­sters, Funny Cars, and many dif­fer­ent types of drag cars that all have a vin­tage look but can com­pete with the mod­ern nos­tal­gia drag cars of to­day. With the rise in pop­u­lar­ity of events such as the Melt­down Drags, Ea­gle Field, and the South­east Gassers rac­ing as­so­ci­a­tion, which all cater to the vin­tage and his­toric side of drag rac­ing, Randy felt it was time to bring back Dragfest.

Dragfest is open to all pre1972 drag cars and show cars; how­ever, the event’s main fo­cus is on the 1960s and older gassers, drag­sters, and hot rods. For the re­turn event, Randy de­cided to run the rac­ing in a grudge for­mat, so rac­ers could choose who they race against and make as many passes as they want. There were also sev­eral ni­tro-burn­ing drag­sters, altereds, and Funny Cars mak­ing passes through­out the week­end.

For the spec­ta­tors, Dragfest of­fered a car show in the fa­mous Famoso Grove, which runs along the full length of the quar­ter-mile. There were also sev­eral ven­dors and a small swap meet for spec­ta­tors to buy speed parts and drag rac­ing mer­chan­dise. In the evening af­ter the rac­ing was over, rac­ers and spec­ta­tors were treated to a con­cert and a “drive-in” movie in the stag­ing lanes. They showed old drag rac­ing footage and doc­u­men­taries, and rac­ers were en­cour­aged to drive their drag cars up to the lanes to watch the movie.

Plan­ning is al­ready un­der way for next year’s Dragfest, with hopes of adding more classes and elim­i­na­tions to the event’s schedule so rac­ers will be able to com­pete against each other for a purse and a tro­phy. There are also plans to add more ac­tiv­i­ties for the spec­ta­tors. Randy’s plan is that Dragfest will con­tinue to grow, and be­come the next ma­jor vin­tage drag rac­ing event on the West Coast. For more info, log on to famosospeed­shop.com/ dragfest.

Monied fans of old-school iron showed their wal­lets at Dana Me­cum’s Spring Clas­sic auto auc­tion in In­di­anapo­lis May 15-20. Among sev­eral col­lec­tions that crossed the block was the Jim Street Es­tate col­lec­tion, which fea­tured the con­tents of mul­ti­ple build­ings. A ma­jor­ity of the lots were boat-re­lated, in­clud­ing more than 300 marine en­gines. There were sev­eral cars, too, in­clud­ing two icons of hot rod­ding and cus­tom car his­tory: the Golden Sa­hara II show­piece and the orig­i­nal Kookie Kar T-bucket, both of­fered with no re­serve. Me­cum show­cased both, de­spite what some would con­sider al­most ru­inous changes and poor preser­va­tion. The en­tire Street Es­tate was sold at no re­serve as well, an amaz­ing as­sort­ment of wa­ter­borne horse­power that topped hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars be­fore it was over.

The his­tory of the Golden Sa­hara II is al­most as bizarre as its ap­pear­ance. Re­built from a dam­aged Lin­coln Capri by Ge­orge Barris in the mid 1950s, the orig­i­nal ren­di­tion was sold by Barris to fel­low cus­tom-car builder Jim Street, whose le­gal name was James Skon­za­kes. It grew in stature, much like the cars of the leg­endary GM Mo­torama, af­ter Street bankrolled a $75,000 fresh­en­ing of the project, re­sult­ing in some­thing akin to a space pro­gram ex­per­i­men­tal. Mul­ti­ple in­no­va­tions like in-dash tele­vi­sion, fully re­mote open­ing doors, and lu­mi­nes­cent wheels and tires made GS II a crowd-gath­er­ing star. Once com­pleted, Barris him­self head­lined it at many events, but Street took the car off-tour in the late 1960s, and it was never seen again.

The Kookie Kar, a HOT ROD and Car Craft cover star best known for its role in 77 Sun­set Strip, was even more rad­i­cally changed. The Norm Grabowski cre­ation be­gun in 1952 is one of the most iconic cars in the his­tory of hot rod­ding. Af­ter Street bought it from Grabowski in 1959 for $3,000, it was re­painted by Larry Wat­son, and retro­fit­ted in ap­pear­ance sim­i­lar to the twin-en­gine gas drag­sters pop­u­lar­ized dur­ing the NHRA’S in­fa­mous ni­tro ban. While the car re­tained its sin­gle en­gine, it was given a pair of su­per­charg­ers, mon­ster-height chrome head­ers, dual rear slicks, and Isca-style in­te­rior fur. Like the Golden Sa­hara II, it also dis­ap­peared sud­denly, and some in the hobby won­dered if it even still ex­isted. Street had sim­ply tucked the road­ster away in a place where the pri­mary res­i­dents were cats. Yes, cats.

Be­fore a packed house on Satur­day, May 19, the Sa­hara II was pushed to the stage, with an­cient duct tape on its sur­faces, its fish-scale-in­fused

paint faded to mul­ti­ple hues, but still fairly com­plete, in­clud­ing its cus­tom re­mote con­trols. The naysay­ers were si­lenced as the ca­dence of the auc­tion grew in ex­cite­ment un­til $385,000 later, in­clud­ing the buyer’s pre­mium, the Golden Sa­hara II was with its first new owner since the 1950s. The Kookie Kar was pushed for­ward im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing that, and the money got even larger, $484,000, de­spite its ob­vi­ous changes and worn ap­pear­ance, thanks to the cats.

It was an amaz­ing mo­ment in hot rod his­tory, and we ex­pect to see them again be­fore an­other 50 years pass.

—GE­OFF STUNKARD

“Are you kidding? What a great watch at a ridicu­lous price. Thank you Stauer!” Ñ Gitto, Hicksville NY

• PICS: KLEET NOR­RIS FUNNIES FUNNIES: Steve Moths made the long trek from the Mid­west to Famoso race­way with his ni­tro-burn­ing A/FX Mopars. Each of the cars runs a ni­troin­jected Hemi en­gine and is built in the style of early 1960s funny cars. Through­out the week­end, Steve and Brent Henry match-raced each other and per­formed big, smoky, 400-plus-foot burnouts prior to their runs.

LIFT OFFLIFT OFF: It takes a lot of power to get the front wheels off the ground in a big car like David Franklin’s 1961 Ford Star­liner. The Star­liner is pow­ered by a big-block 429 Ford and runs in the low 10s in the A/FX class.

TRA­DI­TIONAL TRA­DI­TIONAL: Steve and Brent also wore tra­di­tional 1960s-era hel­mets, fire masks, and gog­gles for their runs down the quar­ter-mile.

GONEGONE:The Amer­i­can Nos­tal­gia West A/FX class was out in full force at Dragfest. They are a group of drag rac­ers that race A/FX and early Su­per Stock­style drag cars and com­pete within their or­ga­ni­za­tion for points at var­i­ous races. Todd Hoff­man’s 426 Max-wedge­pow­ered Ply­mouth with 1960s-era-cor­rect liv­ery is a strong com­peti­tor in the class.

JEEPJEEP: There were sev­eral ni­tro funny cars at­tend­ing Dragfest. The wildest one was the Holy Toledo Jeep-bod­ied funny car, with Dean Oberg pi­lot­ing it.

DEAL DEAL: A small swap meet dur­ing Dragfest week­end of­fered pri­mar­ily parts and other au­to­mo­tive-re­lated items. One of the bet­ter deals was this early al­tered that had been up­dated to cur­rent NHRA safety specs. It wouldn’t need much to get it back run­ning again.

• PICS: GE­OFF STUNKARD & COUR­TESY ME­CUM AUC­TIONS

SCENE AT THE 2018 ME­CUM INDY AUC­TION SA­HARA HIS­TORYSA­HARA HIS­TORY: Me­cum set up an im­mense mul­ti­me­dia dis­play for the Golden Sa­hara II, with vin­tage pho­tos, pe­riod mu­sic, video clips, and the car’s his­tor­i­cal back­ground.

EX-LIN­COLN: Ge­orge Barris used the wreck of his driver Lin­coln Capri to cre­ate the orig­i­nal Golden Sa­hara. Owner Jim Skon­za­kes com­mis­sioned an­other shop to make changes, and the Golden Sa­hara II (seen here in the mid 1950s) was born. EX-LIN­COLN

IN­TACT IN­TACT: Though the ex­te­rior and paint showed wear and some dam­age, all of the de­tails from the car’s glory days seemed re­mark­ably in­tact.NO RE­SERVE: When the ham­mer fell, the leg­endary Kookie Kar was an­nounced “SOLD!” for $484,000. While mod­i­fied from its ori­gins, this car is the orig­i­nal T-bucket.TWINS: By far the most rad­i­cal change to the Kookie Kar was the adap­ta­tion of a replica du­al­su­per­charger de­sign atop the orig­i­nal en­gine, rem­i­nis­cent of the gas dragster set­ups of the early 1960s.

TWINS

NO RE­SERVE

AL­WAYS WITH THE COMBAL­WAYS WITH THE COMB: Young ac­tor Edd Byrnes played the role of Ger­ald Lloyd “Kookie” Kook­son III, seen here in the car. The T was sold to Street be­fore film­ing was com­pleted on the sec­ond sea­son.

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