We hope everyone survived the winter and much time was spent wrenching on cool custom classic pickups. Do you have access to the 'net? If so, you could find a vintage truck- or car-related website that warms you up for the show season. Here are 10 more that have the CCT seal of approval. If we've missed some of your favorite internet destinations, please send suggestions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
1. www.johnscustomz.com - Johns Customz & Performance is physically located in Torrance, California. The shop provides most restoration and custom services for car and truck owners. Find out some of the past and current projects they've been a part of here.
2. www.mpbrakes.com - Master Power Brakes is an industry leader in high-performance braking products for the street rod and restoration markets. They produce disc brake kits and power booster conversions and provide stainless steel sleeving and rebuilding services. They're located in the heart of NASCAR country, Mooresville, North Carolina.
3. www.vintageford.com - For 36 years, Sacramento Vintage Ford has served restorers and rodders. The company is proud to be a licensee with the Ford Motor Company Trademark Division.
4. www.myclassiccar.com - The cable TV show My Classic Car claims to be the "Home of the 'Certified Car Nut.'" Given this month's editorial, perhaps a visit to the website and the show would be fun. Gearheads unite!
5. www.dsc.discovery.com/fansites/bike/bike.html - We recognize that many of CCT's readers may also be into motorcycles. The Discovery Channel broadcasts a most bitchin' show called Biker Build-Off.
6. www.orangecountychoppers.com - Another motorcycle building cable TV show is American Chopper. The show focuses on a 6-year-old custom motorcycle building shop that's called Orange County Choppers. The show is informative, entertaining and often over the top.
7. www.historychannel.com - Since we've sort of embarked on all these TV shows that pertain to motorized transport, we should mention The History Channel, which often broadcasts shows that involve automobile history.
8. www.spiketv.com - Produces and broadcasts shows including Trucks!, MuscleCar and Horsepower TV. Now do we have your attention? That was a rhetorical question.
9. www.chipfoose.com - Who hasn't heard of Chip Foose? Don't y'all speak up at once! At his website, you can see all kinds of cool Foose Design stuff. You can also buy wheels, automotive art, apparel, and the list goes on.
10. www.overhaulin.com - If you haven't heard of Chip Foose, certainly you've seen his automotive nirvana-themed cable TV show Overhaulin'? If you haven't, it's time to crawl out from under the rear tire of your custom classic pickup and fire up the internet-enabled computer that's sitting in your home office. Once you've done that, call up your local cable company and get hooked up.
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. It'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, Mickey Thompson Tough Trucks, and the show-n-shine program. For more info, call (317)236.6522, or visit www.familyevents.com.
April 23 - Butler, NJ: The Garden State Region Mustang Club's 6th Annual Blue Oval Over Butler All-Ford show will be held at the Route 23 Automall. 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.org.
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.
Pat Ford's 28th Annual F-100 Supernationals and Ford Family ReunionTo celebrate the 50th birthday of the most popular Ford truck ever sold, the 1956 Ford F-100, a Ford Racing-themed '56 F-100 will be given away at Pat Ford's 28th Annual F-100 Supernationals, held May 18 through May 20, 2006. No Limit Engineering in San Bernardino, California, is building the F-100, the very same '56 we've featured in numerous tech articles in CCT. Located in Knoxville, Tennessee, at Chilhowee Park, if you're a vintage Ford truck fan or owner, you'll be among family. The event promises to be the biggest and best gathering of custom classic Ford pickups ever. Celebrating 40 years of manufacture, the 2006 Guest Class will be the Ford Bronco. If you don't attend, you have no chance to win the Golden Anniversary F-100. For more information on the 28th Annual F-100 Supernationals and Ford Family Reunion, visit www.f100supernationals.com.