Category Archives: Speedweek 2012

Final Thoughts on Speedweek 2012

To say this was an adventure would be an understatement. This started over 5 years ago as I watched many nights go by with Andy feverishly working on his laptop, long before any hands on building actually started. Then the “I need” portion began – but, “I need a welder”, “I need a tube bender”, “I need custom racing tires”, “I need another set of custom wheels” and the list goes on. My comment was always the same, “that sounds expensive!” We’ve all said that our UPS and FedEx guys will now be out of a job. Good luck guys!

He always had a vision in his mind exactly how he wanted this car to look and whether he could buy it or had to make it, he did what he needed to do without compromising the look he wanted. The details that he paid close attention to were well received by those on the salt. Everything from the font used for the numbers to the careful placement of each rivet was recognized. The respect among car enthusiasts is impressive. It’s so hard to explain this to people if you are unfamiliar with the event. You don’t win money, you don’t get a trophy, it’s the pride you feel when you drive a vehicle you built that keeps people coming back. The vehicles range from roadsters to streamliners, something for everyone. In the end, no matter what you like, everyone respects what you’ve done as seen by the many thumbs up you get when simply going to the starting line.

Again, I want to thank everyone that has gotten us through this journey. We could not have done it without the great support system that we have. Our blog went past all of our expectations. In the month of August we had over 17,000 views, sometimes over 2,000 a day. We can’t believe the response we received, I mainly did this for close family and friends so I didn’t have to keep repeating the same stories over and over. The feedback I’m getting about who is viewing is amazing. I thank all of you and encourage your comments to this final posting. I’d love to know who is a Blonde Bitch follower.

If you haven’t learned anything from our trip, the least that you should take away from this is that you can follow a dream, some take you to a giant dry salt lake! I learned that I can be around family for two weeks without gouging my eyes and ears out (if you know me at all, I have personal space issues), I learned that altitude effects the fuel mixture in a car and it’s performance, I learned that kids can go without tv, video games and iPods, and I learned that as much as I complain, I’d do it all over again!

Please keep in touch. Check back, we will be posting many more pictures and videos. We had a camera on board the car so some of that is pretty cool. I’ll also put up images of our t-shirts that we are still selling to help support our cause or at least make the fuel cost more bearable. 4,800 miles at $4.00 a gallon adds up when you average 10 mpg!!!!

It’s been my pleasure to take you with us, I’m sure this is the first of many trips. – K

P.S. – Andy wants more horse power, better aerodynamics and faster speed.
I believe… “that sounds expensive!”

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The End

On our last leg of the trip. For those of you stuck in an office somewhere, sucks to be you. It’s beautiful outside as seen below!

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We are returning from an endless sea of salt to a welcoming sea of green. Couldn’t have asked for a better day!

I’ll be back later for a final thought. – K

Monday update

I hate to say it but as we get closer to home, there are less interesting things to show you. It’s not quite the same when you just went by it a few days ago, the excitement has begun to subside. I did, however, see this bus…didn’t anyone notice the location of the back up camera? You think they would have incorporated that into a larger moustache.

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Then, when we stopped at one of the fine establishments at a truck stop, we found these. If anyone knows me, you know how I feel about them (not a fan). When you put a quarter in, they all danced. Nothing like making the freaky little dolls dance a jig!

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Slowly making our way through Ohio. Try to make one more stop tomorrow before we come back to reality. Keep checking, hope to get more photos and video links up upon arriving home. Its been so nice leaving all worries behind for awhile and not too anxious to see what’s waiting for us when we get back. I highly recommend taking the time to get away, life’s too short not to!!! – K

Cale’s Choice

Even though Cale decided to go home on the plane and not drive with us, we still stopped at his choice – Antique Archeology in Le Claire, Iowa. This is the location for the show American Pickers on the History Channel. Let me tell you, it’s tiny. What you see on tv is it, no more. The whole building couldn’t have been more than 30×40 or so. Check out the photos based on the size of the people.

Frank and Mike are in New York and Danny D was no where to be found, just a bunch of other dorky tourists that stopped by to be nosy like we did. Beautiful town located right on the Mississippi. Sorry to say but more of a tourist trap to sell t-shirts than antiques (and yes, I bought a shirt!)

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Next door is Danny D’s store called 4 Miles 2 Memphis. Just a little boutique with clothes and other items. I did pass on purchasing one of her photos such as the ones hanging on the porch. Sorry to disappoint you!

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On the road again, no other plans at the moment but I’m sure I’ll find something to take pictures of. America is full if picturesque opportunities and entertainment!

Kim’s Choice

Yesterday afternoon we stopped at The Brass Armadillo in Des Moines, Iowa. My choice was an antique mall and this is what we found. It was pretty big but we really didn’t get much – out of money, too tired to decide or already had what was cool. Prices were in line with ours at home, I just like to see what else is out there. I feel that you see just as much history in a place like this as we would in a museum but this is cooler because you can buy this stuff.

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And, no, I didn’t buy any of these as much as I would have liked to.

Brock’s Choice

Today we left Lincoln and went to Ashland to the Strategic Air & Space Museum. It has a number of large bombers such as 1 of 4 B-36’s that still exist, the first active B-52 and a very extensive exhibit on the Doolittle Raid. Not too big but a nice selection of planes and displays.

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Not a bad little museum if you are in the area. I was just waiting for the Blackbird to transform into a Deceptacon. (for those of you that have seen the Transformers movies)

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Steve’s Choice

Today we left Laramie, Wyoming and headed east on 80. Steve’s choice to visit today was the Ames pyramid. This is monument slightly off of 80 honoring Oakes and Oliver Ames. Who are they, you ask? They were instrumental in the construction of the transcontinental railroad, the pyramid was built by the Union Pacific Railroad. If you care to know more of the story, blow up the photo of the sign or just ask Steve. I will tell you that it would be much quicker to read the sign.

I was more interested in the surrounding scenery and the prairie dogs than the big pile of stones. The picture of the dirt road going to nowhere is how to get to it. Put it on your list of things too see when you are in the area!

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Here is something I’ve heard about but have never actually seen. I just wanted to share this with the rest of you on the east coast. This was in the Ricochette Cafe in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming if you want to stop by. Good food, good prices.

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Other items of interest today – nothing, stock yard, Sinclair gas stations, snow fencing and hay bales.

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Working our way to Lincoln, Nebraska for the night. Be in touch later!