As of this writing, right after Christmas 2005, there's huge surf crashing along the Southern California coast. So long as your internet connection hasn't crashed, why not visit the custom classic pickup and automotive-related locales listed below. You won't even get wet. If we've missed some of your favorite internet destinations,pleasesendsuggestions to:firstname.lastname@example.org.
1.www.valleyheadservice.com - An icon in the racing engine and high-performance street motor-building arena, Valley Head Service has brought performance engineering excellence to the racing arena for over 35 years. Valley Head Service's first customer is a man some of you may have heard of-Carroll Shelby.
2.www.oldchevytrucks.com - Jim Carter Classic Truck Parts is proud to offer quality restoration parts for '34-72 Chevy and GMC trucks.
3.www.vintagepowerwagons.com - Vintage Power Wagons Online claims to be the world's largest supplier of '40-71 civilian Dodge Power Wagon and military Dodge WC and M-37 4x4 and 2WD parts and trucks.
4.www.35pickup.com - Here's an enthusiast's website that details the steps he took to restore a '35 Ford pickup. Don't worry, there are also links to hot rod haulers.
5.www.georgiaclassics.com - Readers in the Southeast take note. At Georgia Classic Restorations, the owner's 30-plus-year hobby has evolved into an auto restoration shop. The shop offers everything from minor repairs to full frame-off restoration of collectable cars and custom classic trucks, including chassis, drivetrain, electrical, body, paint, and upholstery.
6.www.desertclassics.com/chevytrucks.html - Desert Classics has vintage Chevy trucks for sale on the internet. Their physical location is Butte, Montana.
7.www.kanter.com - Kanter Auto Products is a worldwide supplier of new mechanical auto parts for antique '30-86 American cars and trucks.
8.www.fillingstation.com/links.htm - The Filling Station provides quality reproduction parts for '18-87 Chevrolet and GMC trucks, as well as '16-64 Chevy cars.
9.www.vintagechevytrucks.com - Vintage Chevy Trucks started based on the love for '67-72 Chevy Trucks. It was founded by William O'Grady and dedicated to the classic Chevy truck owner. The company carries new and used parts for '67-and-newer Chevy/GMC Trucks.
10.www.ephemeranow.com - Ephemera Now is a museum and gift shop of mid-century automotive advertising art and illustration.
EventsFebruaryFebruary 25-26 - Monticello, IA: The 37th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Rod & Custom Car Show will be held at the Monticello Berndes Center (Youth Center Building). For more info, contact Galen Muller at (319) 465-5119 or (319) 465-5380; visit www.rodandcustomcarshow.com.
MarchMarch 10-12 - bakersfield, ca: The Goodguys' 47th March Meet will be held at the Auto Club Famoso Raceway, featuring race cars, rods, customs, and classics through '72. For more information, check out www.good-guys.com.
March 25-26 - Pleasanton, ca: The Goodguys' 24th All American Get-Together will feature all years of American cars and trucks. We'll have vendors, a huge swap meet, and a car corral. For more info, check out www.good-guys.com.
AprilAPRIL 1-2 - FREDERICKSBURG, TX: The 2nd Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts 4-Wheel Jamboree will be held at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds. Last year's draw was 654 trucks-expect that to double this year. Look for rock crawling, monster truck racing, Mikey Thompson Tough Trucks, and the show-n-shine program. For more info, call (317)236.6522, or visit www.familyevents.com.
AprilL 23 - Butler, NJ: The Garden State Region Mustang Club's 6th Annual Blue Ovel Over Butler alll-Ford show will be held at the Route 23 Automall to benefit the Muscular Distrophy Association. With over 20 judged classes, the show will be limited to 125 cars, all Ford-powered. For more information, call Bob at (201) 368-3312 or e-mail Bebo151@aol.com; visit www.gsrmc.com.
April 30 - half moon bay, ca: The 16th Annual Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show will be held at the Half Moon Bay Airport, featuring more than 1,500 antique, vintage, classic, custom, and exotic cars and trucks. The show, with its $15 adult/$5 child/senior spectator admission , benefits the Coastside Adult Day Health Center. For more information, call (650) 726-2328 or check out www.miramarevents.com.
MAYMay 6-7 - Springfield, MO: The 9th O'Reilly Auto Parts 4-Wheel Jamboree returns to the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. Hosting 789 trucks last year, the possibility of a rock crawl in front of the grandstands will bring more to play. Monster trucks and STOCK Tough Trucks will be the big features for this event. For more information, call (317) 236.6522, or visit www.familyevents.com.
Sema's Growing StrongTrends at the SEMA Show are reliable predictors of the future of the automotive marketplace. Each November in Las Vegas, specialty equipment and auto manufacturers gather to preview the direction in which the industry is traveling and revel in its growth and sophistication
The sheer number of new products on display in the New Product Showcase during the 2005 Show is testament to that growth and to the maturation of the industry. More than 1,400 newly introduced products were on display in the Showcase, including more than 560 items from new exhibitors-independent businesspeople with the vision and commitment to join an industry that fires their competitive spirit and creativity.
Since its inception nearly four decades ago, the SEMA Show has become the one venue where the industry spotlights emerging technologies and markets, both nationally and globally. The growth of the Show continues to be a phenomenon, and that may also be the most significant development of all. It signals the enduring passion of automotive enthusiasts and the increasing desire of the general public to create vehicles that perfectly fit their lifestyle requirements. That is a trend that we can all appreciate.