History – It surrounds you, #funfact

We all have our passions. These passions are our daily focus. Why would we look outside of our most desired subjects when we just simply are aware what brings us instant gratification? We all know what we like, so we stick to just that.

For example, Hi my names Sarah. I like to paint, yell at my obnoxious ‘adorable’ puppy .. call it parenting or talk your head off about cars which usually turns into an all out debate comparing ‘whats best’ and ‘who’s who’ in the industry.

I know, I sound so pleasant right?

SO being that I am I find art, poor training skills and the automotive field entertaining you most likely will NOT catch me even bringing up the subject of, mmm, lets go with technology. NO SURPRISE HERE I cannot STAND it. I’ve got an older than hell soul at the age of 24 and ‘I just can’t hide it’. ‘I’m about to lose control’ on the next person I see slothing it through a parking lot with their cell between their eye balls. (Shout out to The Pointer Sister’s – One hit wonder)

— Telling you im close to carrying a portable hot glue gun around the city of Saint Louis with me, grabbing the first “Pokie Go’er I see and … you get the idea.

Although I can’t stand the subject, I cant ignore the fact that technology not only rules the generation I am stuck in today but is also leading the industry I care for so much.

— LOL Tesla, get your shit together. Either your Autopilot feature truly is flawed or you haven’t taken into consideration that you delivered a product to consumer’s that simply are not capable of understanding.  Regardless you’ll be blamed and blasted throughout media for it. But really, was it your technology that has killed 3 already or???

We would not be as advanced as we are today if it weren’t for those who help discover the bones of it all. Being that good ol’ B.Franklin discovered the connection between light and electricity, I thank him for my cell and those sick dash gauges that you can now custom into any color combo you’d like.

So my point, everything is linked. If you’re curious enough to learn, you’re able to see how by just a little research.

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Larry Shinoda, does the mean anything to you? Ah didn’t think so. Well in the auto world, he’s a god.

Maybe you can recognize the ‘battle’ between Ford and Chevy? We all know theres a fine line between the two and majority believe that lines is to NEVER be crossed. I used to be one of those people. Yes, it was more of a joke than anything when I would raise my voice at a Ford fan for being ignorant enough to believe that its performance and styling was any better than the Chevy lineup. Regardless, history is history, a classic is a classic and respect is respect. Ford, I’m a fan. Let me tell you why.

While we’re on this Ford Vs. Chevy kick lets get back to Shinoda. This man did not have it easy when it came to settling into our great United States yet it is no secret that he made a stamp in our countries economic growth. At 12 him and his family were relocated to a WWII camp, known as Manzanar, for just a few years before being released in 1944. This course of action was a result of the attack on Pearl Harbor but that’s a sore subject and this is a positive/informative post, so enough about that.

At 25 years old Larry Shinoda made his first debut in the classic/collector car history books by winning the first ever NHRA Nationals in 1955 with his 1924 Ford Roadster. That’s big time guys and gal’s. Man, I’ll never forget my first NHRA experience and the over whelming smell of burnt nitro.

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ABOVE: Gateway Classic Cars sponsored funny car @ Gateway Motor Sports NHRA’s 2016

How is this Larry fella a god in my world? Well, lets just say if I were to work for both Ford and GM in a lifetime AND help design two of the most iconic classic/collector vehicles known today,  i’d be feeling like a god myself. But I’m sure he wasn’t as arrogant as I’m clearly making myself out to be.

While at Ford Shinoda went on to design the 1970 Boss 302! STUNNING vehicle which featured brand new styling that we even see some enthusiast carry on today, such as hood “hockey stripe” matte decals, single headlights partnered with side venting and rear deck wing. #FUNFACT The Boss received it’s name because Larry himself called it the “Boss’s project” as it was a secret for quite some time.

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1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 – Gateway Classic Cars Fort Lauderdale

Prior to his design of the Boss 302 Larry was hired by Fords leading competitor GM in order to design the iconic 1963 Corvette Stingray, which was known for it’s split window feature.  To have designed two iconic vehicle that made each company phenomenal amounts of doe is monumental in my eyes.

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray – Gateway Classic Cars Dallas Fort Worth

That’s history for you folks. Next time you see decaled Mustang or a brand spankin new Corvette on the road I hope you remember who helped deliver those eye catching features to that hidden motorhead I know is in everyone.

Way to go down in the history books Shinoda. And to think he accomplished all that AFTER being kicked out of college!!

So if you happened to have made it through my lengthy write up, tell me, which do you like more? Are you a Ford or a Chevy fan?

 

FORD THUNDERBOLT!!!

GREAT feature on a Classic Thunderbolt which cruised into our monthly Cars and Coffee hosted at the Nashville showroom!

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I made my way to Gateway Classic Cars of Nashville this morning for their monthly cruise-in and wandered around for an hour or so. There were a lot of classic beauties to drool over in the parking lot… as well as inside via the huge inventory in Gateway’s massive climate-controlled showroom. One of the cars that showed up outside (via trailer) was this “racecar-looking” Ford Fairlane. I’d seen the car before but today I took the time to talk to the owner.

I didn’t know it but this car is a rare classic and is one of only 110 produced… by Ford! No joke… Ford built this car. It’s not like a Yenko Camaro or such where a dealer was authorized to hotrod factory cars, this is a 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt and came straight from the factory pretty much as you see it here, race ready. Crazy!!! Ford included…

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FIRST CRUISE-IN OF THE SEASON

VERY COOL!! Thanks for the feature. Happy to host!

The first cruise-in of the season is always a special one. Everyone is “itching” to get out and brush the dust off the rides… and just hang! Well, today was that day for me. I made my way south of Nashville for the Gateway Classic Cars of Nashville customer appreciation day. The weather was perfect and turnout was fantastic… and included the local Corvette, Chevelle and Mopar clubs… as well as solo car geeks like me. Here are some of my favorites. Happy cruise-in season everyone!

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World’s Largest Classic Car Company Receives TOP DOLLAR for Rare Ford

What would/could you do with $485,000? Purchase a luxury home? Travel? Spoil a family member or 100? …..

How about investing in one of the most renowned classic/collectible cars around today?? Well, someone took that advice and followed their enthusiast dreams recently by purchasing a STUNNING, and I do mean STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL, rare Ford from Gateway Classic Cars of Fort Lauderdale.

World's Largest Classic Car Company Receives TOP DOLLAR for Rare Ford

The 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429… Man, as if the picture doesn’t speak for itself, She sure stands out in any lineup. Whether you’re a die hard Chevy fan or happen to only ‘dig’ the Mopar scene, you simply CANNOT ignore it’s beauty.

But what makes this classic worth such a pretty penny? Well, I may be in the classic car industry but I was slightly puzzled myself. So I reached out to our trusted sales director @bradkline for a little advice…

World's Largest Classic Car Company Receives TOP DOLLAR for Rare Ford

Currently you may be able to find a similar ‘69 Boss for half the price but what specifics are you really purchasing? When buying a classic/vintage/collectible car these are the specifics some are looking for, mileage, rust, documentation, (ect… everyone has their own qualifications)

World's Largest Classic Car Company Receives TOP DOLLAR for Rare Ford

Well, in this case, we hit the gold mine as this gorgeous ‘69 passed with FLYING colors by featuring ONLY 13,337 actual miles, and of course being 1 of only 857 made that year.. bringing this numbers matching beauty’s price to that pretty penny which made all of our mouths drop.

World's Largest Classic Car Company Receives TOP DOLLAR for Rare Ford

As well as the extensive documentation that travels and will stay with the vehicle (finger crossed), the color doesn’t necessarily hurt the price either. It is said that – black – is one, if not THE, most desirable of colors when it comes to this particular make and model. (insert a few more dollar signs here)

She has everything going for her!!

World's Largest Classic Car Company Receives TOP DOLLAR for Rare Ford

Lets shoot into some facts >>> In 1969, Ford had a dream, to bring the 429 engine to the NASCAR track – Congrats on the, soon to be, retirementbtw Gordon (24)! – In order to do so Ford had to share this powerful dream with the rest of the world. This leading to the production of the Boss, which was made possible by Ford’s partnership with Kar Kraft of Brighten, MI. The Model had to be large enough to fit the massive 429 motor and they were just the team to do it.

With the vehicle being obviously ‘nose heavy’ the battery was strategically placed in the trunk. Gotta give that oh so disable engine ‘room to breathe!’ I mean with an output of 500 horse and a recorded top 175 mph (remember ‘recorded’.. who’s to say who has topped) no one was complaining. Being that the car is such a rarity, it hard to say what she would top at? Is 175 the max? Do we have anyone out there with enough ‘guts’ to test? Wait, what are we really asking… yea, top this rare beauty. Lets see what she can do.. personally, as much as I would LOVE to see & hear the result.. i’m on the fence.

I mean come on, recently while visiting our Fort Lauderdale location, where she is staged, I was COVERED in goose bumps. Not too sure how I would feel seeing her somewhat ‘abused’ if you will.

Regardless, with production ending in 1970 due to higher production cost and an increase in gas prices .. along with ‘Ford’s internally issues’.. I’ll always wonder. Till then, let’s treat them well.

Don’t go breaking hearts, avoid the long lost forgotten…

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Saint Louis’ historic classic car museum unfortunately closing for good.

It is unfortunate that after TEN beautiful years the Kemp Auto Museum located in Chesterfield, MO will be closing it’s doors for good.

These beauties were some of the FINEST I have seen in my years working in the automotive industry and it does break my heart knowing that Mr. Kemp’s collection will soon be closed off. Although Fred Kemp’s 40 + collection will not be available for viewing, his passion will thrive through the teachings that will continue at his facility.

Check out my visit to this historic Saint Louis spot last week. Even though it is not until June 7th its official closing, I could not wait to walk through it’s doors one last time. Who knows, I still have a good week and a half if I happen to get that Mercedes urge.

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Entrance to the Kemp Auto Museum.

—- I don’t know what I find it necessary to jump in EVERY picture but it gets the job done, eh?

Saint Louis' historic classic car museum sadly closing its doors

**This would absolutely be a personal favorite feature of Kemp’s collection.

1886 Patent-Motorwagen

Commonly known as the ‘World’s First Automobile’ this beauty was staged and conveniently placed at the entrance of the museum. I love that you’re automatically SMACKED in the face with the best of automotive history.

Fun fact/ Story time – August, 1888 – Bertha, wife of Karl Benz, ‘stole’ or to be less dramatic ‘borrowed’ her husbands invention without his knowledge and embarked on a 121 mile journey to her hometown of Pforzhelm, Germany. Accompanying Mrs. Benz would be her two children, Eugen and Richard, both in their mid- teens of 14 and 15.

(Maybe Germans are just more open to the idea of ‘borrowing’ but I would have been pretty upset if my rolling invention would have just gone missing for an entire four days, give or take. Although I only cruise around in an embarrassing Nissan, it is difficult for me to allow my little sister to borrow her for a ride to the gas station. Moral of my opinion bubble, Bertha had guts and respectfully so. )

This monumental trip made history by being the first long distance automobile trip. When in need of refueling Bertha simply stopped at the local pharmacy, half way point, and did so using ligroin. Therefore making the location the first fueling station in history!

Adding to the history books, Bertha soon realized the wore down breaks of the No. 3 Motorwagen. Leading her to ask the local shoemaker to install leather to the brake block,therefore inventing the much needed brake lining.

(I’m sure, as many would agree, Karl must have been VERY impressed with his wife’s contribution to his event and to the history of the automotive industry.)

Upon arrival, Bertha sent a telegram to her, I would imagine, confused/ worry some husband informing him of her arrival.

TODAY the exact route taken by the historic three is now an official route of industrial heritage. Any and all automotive enthusiast can now follow the route mile by mile!!

( BUCKET LISTED!!)

In other news..

Saint Louis' historic classic car museum sadly closing its doors

Following the 1888 Motorwagen, just a few steps forward you will enter the showroom portion of Fred Kemp’s museum, housing his iconic collection. At the entrance you immediately light up at the gorgeously staged 1954 Mercedes 300SL.

Saint Louis' historic classic car museum sadly closing its doors

If I had the choice, this beautiful prince of Mercedes history would be by my side everyday. With its iconic Gullwing doors, the 300SL is easily one of the most recognizable automobiles. If the ropes were not holding me back I could confidently say that the museum directors would’ve not been a fan of me. Unable to get close to this beauty I could not grab interior shots but the few I was able to shoot say enough.

Although I wish I would have taken more shots of these immaculate beauties, I will admit to you all that I was too taken back by the amount of knowledge available for the taking.. Like I said, I am hoping to make it back and will take make it a point!

To state that Kemp has a mighty fine collection would be an EXTREME understatement.

If you’re from the Saint Louis area, or see yourself visiting in the near future, CHECK OUT his story and embrace this collection soon!!

Thank you Kemp Auto Museum for having my colleagues and I. Of course, for also providing Saint Louis with such distinct automotive knowledge.

Although I am to this day unsure as to why exactly Kemp’s doors are closing I must say it is a pleasure to work in the same industry and even share such a hobby with the iconic Fred M. Kemp, Sr.

Time to vent

Do you ever take just a few minutes out of your day to think where you stand? In life, at work, in a relationship? And please, take my verb lightly as I don’t mean standing in an argument or with others but simply, are you where you want to be? Is this right?

Lately, this subject has been weighing HEAVY on me. Heavy meaning staring off into the cornfields for a good half hour and/or up till 2 am forcing sleep. Could be that I am again being far to hard on myself or expecting to much to soon but why apologize or step back? If my personality is pushing me to go, go, go.. why listen to my mothers advice of ‘ Sarah, you have to slow down sometimes and just be?’ Yes, great woman and advice but again if I do.. I do not see myself on the path in which I am supposed to be.

If someone would like to sit on their couch allowing life and other peoples success pass them by everyday, that is all they will accomplish, that is what their personality is telling them to do. Mine is telling me to make the most of each situation, get ahead, stay ahead and strive to make the most of myself.

Well, that part of me very well may be because of my workaholic, real estate junkie father, Whom I envy in a way.

Unfortunately, as I embrace this aspect of myself daily, it is also my down fall. Going, going, going. That is all I do. At work I am keeping my mind busy. After work I am visiting this person, eating out, drinking there, seeing a show, simply just NEVER sitting. This then leading to my exhaustion.

I am only 23.

I have always been told I am far ahead of my age. Cool, great, and I thank you.. but I’m terrified to waste that. Should I find this a compliment? Yes, in some ways.

I hate to waste time in life and am constantly thinking of my next step. I know this because of the way I handle personal relationships and work experiences. The minute I see weakness, I want to run in the fear of wasting my own time. Call me selfish.. it’s the truth.

My point is, to myself, to my blog, to whomever reads this. Analyze where you are, but never over analyze as you might end up bag shit like me ranting through a computer screen wondering if your output on life it wrong or right.

If where you are fits, enjoy. If where you are feels unfitting, off, and draining.. time to find that next step.

I may be an over analyzer, but I also know I am growing and on to something great.

Your place is out there. Listen to yourself.

& let me tell you.. my place is NOT the Midwest!

You call this work?

So recently I scrolled upon my dream job, yes literally.. scrolled. Of course I took the proper steps of sending in my resume, nagging the office of my sent resume, and constantly crossing my fingers for good luck!

All of this excitement for good reason guys. I NEEDED to work for the world’s largest classic car company, Gateway Classic Cars!!

To my surprise, while pulling my normal sleep in till one routine, I was woken up by a call inviting me in for an interview. One hour later I GOT THE GIG! You may be wondering, Ok, why the hell do I care about this girl getting a job? Well to me, the cars speak for themselves..

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1955 Porsche 955 Replica – $36,995 – Mileage ONLY 768

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Not a lot of people can say that they get to work in an industry that they love. Do not get me wrong, this shit is challenging at times, but seeing 180 beautiful classic cars everyday makes up for any struggle I face.

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*One of NINE showrooms.

Just about to hit the ONE YEAR MARK here at Gateway and I am more than excited!! Keep an eye out for me at car shows. I’ll be the giant strutting around, usually in a heel, with a fat camera in her hand.

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It’s like Forrest Gump said, ‘Life is like a box of chocolates.’ Your career is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get. But everything you get is going to teach you something along the way and make you the person you are today. That’s the exciting part – it’s an adventure in itself.