When the weather outside is Frightful…
What do car nut and “gearhead” types do in the winter when the car is stored and the winter weather keeps them in their garages, shops and basements? They keep having fun and being creative that’s what!
Some enthusiasts are busy working on that next project or detailing and improving the toy they already have. Rick Bell of Tottenham hopes to have his 1934 Ford Coupe Hot Rod done by winter’s end so he and his wife Peggy and join in on all the great car activities our region has to offer. Shown here in Rick’s Ford appointed garage, this car was a previously started project that Rick bought and started to make his own. Being an experienced welder fabricator, he has been able to design and create parts for this car to his own liking. Another Hot Rodder Jack Look, is shown here with a small block Chevy engine he hopes to complete a project with soon.
If there are no new projects on the go, some simply get together like Al, Vic and Jack and “bench race”. This tradition is getting together to exchange tall tales and car stories over a few snacks and a beverage, a great way to spend a winter Sunday afternoon. Some may ask what if you don’t have room or cash for a real car project right now? Or maybe you dream of building a real car someday? Then start small! Model car building and customizing is a great way for all ages to get creative and enjoy the car hobby. It doesn’t take a lot of room and will teach you the same basic principles the real builders learned to create from. There are a lot of real car guys and gals that build and actually race model cars over the winter as well, “Slot Cars” are electric scale models and are still very popular and available. They make a great addition to any garage or recreation room.
As spring approaches there are numerous shows and events dedicated to the Auto enthusiast to look forward to as well. So when the winter weather hits the roads and your doorstep, there’s lots you can do to keep busy and allow those gears to keep turning and warm over the winter months. So don’t sit around idling and carbon up, be creative!
By Perry M. Mason