The past few years, the residence at the Nevada State Veterans Home in Boulder City, NV have been treated to a car show on Father’s Day. The show is small, but just enough for the veterans to enjoy, before it gets to hot out.
This year was the biggest show yet. They had more cars and a pretty good variety of makes, models and years, from the super old buggy’s to newer muscle cars.
I love this show for more than the cars. Getting to see the residence come out and wander through the cars is great. Some stop at certain cars and you can see their faces light up as the memories come pouring in. Some even tell the stories of owning “a car like that” when they were younger.
Many of these veterans owned the classics when they were new on the market. Some tell about meeting their wives when they owned the car or having it to take a cross country trip with the kids.
No matter what the story, it makes me smile to hear them.
Some of the car owners don’t just show their cars, they are helping residence get around, taking them up close to see their favorite rides or even helping them ask the other car owners questions.
While I love the classics, some of the residence are pretty surprised with the newer cars. I heard one man commenting on the fancy headlamps. Yes, this car had the colored headlights that changed colors as they flashed in a circle. Not sure most younger people would even think about using the term headlamps, but I knew what they meant.
I think one guy was ready to jump in a newer Mustang and take it for a spin as he commented that it looked really fast and should be out on the race track. Thankfully, no one gave him the keys, but I guarantee he would have loved a ride.
So this is just a glimpse into the Father’s Day Car Show and I hope to inspire each of you to make an effort to go to show at a Veteran’s home or any place elderly residence would get a thrill out of seeing the cars. Most shows at these places are only a few hours and will not only brighten the day of the residence, I think it will also do your heart good when you see the smiles and hear the stories.
In this video, I do a YouTube Live walk around. Unlike many where I take footage and edit it together, I thought you may like to just see what it is like to be a spectator (me). You will hear some interesting conversation’s for sure.
I know I could use a good gimbal to make the video steadier, but that isn’t in my budget at the moment.
I didn’t do any 360 images as the policy at most care centers is that residence not be in images, so I wanted to respect that as much as possible.
Every year Paul Casey gathers some of the hottest cars in the Las Vegas Valley for his Car Stars Parade.
This isn’t a normal cruise; no this is a high priority. They shut down north bound Las Vegas Blvd. while the cars make their way from the Welcome to Las Vegas sign all the way to Fremont Street.
The cars even have a police escort. In fact it takes several officers to make the parade go off without a hitch. The police basically play leap frog as the parade makes it way north.
Just so you know in case you are ever downtown when they hold the parade, the cops aren’t playin. As one car was edging as if it was going to pull out of a side street, you could hear an officer telling them they better not even think about it.
Not sure what they would have done if the car had went, but I have a feeling it wouldn’t have been worth the ticket for not only pulling out, but for just pissing off the cop. Really, it only took a few minutes for the hot rods to go by and then you could be on your way.
As for the parade itself, we had some cool cars from your favorite tv shows and movies.
The ‘Back to the Future’ car was ready to hit that 88 mph and head off. Thankfully the parade was a little early and we didn’t see lightening until a few hours later or it would have been a whole different show.
The Ghostbusters wagon was out and I am not sure they found any ghost, but I am sure they found some freaks on Fremont Street (there are always freaks on Fremont!)
Now if you were a kid in the 70’s and 80’s you know the car from ‘Starsky and Hutch’, the 2 best cops in the universe. Well, they were at the time, they didn’t have all the fancy gear cops now have, they had Huggy Bear and that was sometimes all they needed to solve the crime. This 1975 Ford Gran Torino is owned locally in Las Vegas and is a hit at many shows. I think even younger people can recognize this ride!
We also got to see Kit from ‘Night Rider’, this is another great car that many of us spent each week waiting for it to come on. Kit could do things no other car could and it is still a favorite at shows! Now the Night Rider car had a battery issue about 2/3 of the way down Las Vegas Blvd, but with a little help Cat got it to Fremont to wow the crowds.
Captain America was also cruising on his motorcycle and followed by the Avengers SUV. Many of the others from the movie were riding on the Angel Fire Truck and yes, the kids and adults loved seeing their favorite super heroes.
The Angel Fire Trucks also carried some other very important people…the Disney Princesses! Yes, girls of all ages went crazy to see their Disney favorites!
As for the other cars in the parade, there was Whiskey Saldana in his latest truck. Not sure if you would call it a hot rod, rat rod, dragster or what, but I just call it freakin cool. Yes, I love this little yellow truck!
The Road Angels had most of the club out in their classic cars, some of which would take you back in time to when cars were big and made of steel. This included 2 old Impalas, Len’s 1968 and Cat’s 1958. Let me just say that Len’s is the blue dusty one, Cat’s is polished to perfection (minus the rain drops that fell during the parade.) Sorry Len, I had to say it. LOL
Speaking of old cars, Chris and Lesley of BlueNote Tattoo had out their pink 1964 Ford Thunderbird and their 1951 blue Mercury.
Jimmy and Sherold brought a bit of color with their 1940’s purple Ford. Sherold always pulls it off and she of course wore purple to match the ride!
I am not sure how the ‘Star Wars’ crew ended up so far back, but no matter where it is in the parade, people love to see it. Now I am going to be honest and tell you, that I have no clue what this rig is called. I saw Star Wars when it first came out and have not seen it again. I am sure some of you can tell us all what this is called and probably more facts than we will ever need. But even though I don’t know much, I do know I like Chewbacca…he’s furry and can kick ass, that is all I need to know.
Following them is Dean Sutton and his wife Liz in their hot rod towing their super cool motorcycle. I thought about riding on the motorcycle to get some really cool pictures, but knowing Dean…no way. LOL
We also have more purple with one of the rides from the Las Vegas Nocturnal club.
Mark Silverman in his El Camino is followed by a lot of hot rods and classics, we even had a Slingshot cruising!
As for me, I am riding with Skeeter and LuCindi ( Roddin Around) in the back of their red and white Ford F150 right in front of Hippy Mike in is VW Bus.
That VW Bus got a LOT of hoots and hollers. I had no idea how many stoners hung on the Strip. LOL
Bringing up the rear is another of the Angel Fire Trucks and it had the Avengers riding on top!
While I road in the parade to get footage of some cars and the tourist, Brad hit the street and got footage of the entire parade.
He was down at the Harley Davidson and once we all passed, he jumped in the car and beat us all down to Fremont to get us pulling in.
As for me and my footage; I was working the 360 camera and trying to get flat rolling footage all at the same time in the back of the truck. I really could have used an extra hand, but made it work anyway. Thankfully, Skeeter is a good driver and kept it as smooth as possible…he also didn’t let me fall out. LOL
Even with the rain, it was a great parade. I think not only did the tourist have a great time, but so did everyone who brought out their cars!
If you weren’t able to make it out to the 32nd Annual Route 66 Fun Run, you can still take a glimpse as to what you missed.
We were there with our 360 camera and got a few shots going down the historic route. Cars lined the streets, people meandered in-between cars and the entire family could enjoy the car of their choosing.
The 2019 Route 66 Fun Run started on Friday night in Seligman, Arizona and Saturday morning they all revved up the engines and headed to Kingman, AZ for an all-day show.
They said about 300 cars made the official cruise with many more already parked in Kingman.
As you can tell by the pictures, the streets were closed off and cars lined them. Every type of car was represented, classics, hot rods, rat rods, muscle cars and everything in between.
Cars were rolling in for hours! Holy cow about the time I thought they were done, in came some more.
Checkout the video and you are pretty much guaranteed to see a car you like!
If you are a car lover and have never been out for the Fun Run, make sure to mark your calendar for next year!
It’s not everyday you get to cruise down an Arizona highway with 2 rat rods and get 360 video.
For 1 week every year Las Vegas is home to some of the coolest rat rods around, they come in from all over the USA to show off what they built at RatCity Rukkus.
There are several events going on and one of those is the Road to Rukkus hosted by Rat Rod Addiction. These are rat rods that meet up and cruise into Las Vegas together on the Wednesday before the show.
They make a stop in Kingman, Arizona for lunch and then head to Vegas.
This year we had 2 rat rods that were already in Las Vegas and wanted to go to Arizona to meet them for the cruise back. So, being in the Las Vegas area, Kenny Earls called me to see if I could arrange a meetup to cruise over.
Rat Rod Truck
We met up with 2 rat rods and headed to Kingman. This gave me a chance to get some one of a kind footage and have a blast doing it. Hearing those rat rods roaring down the highway may have made my heart go pitter patter.
One of the things we did was use the 360 camera to get some footage of runnin with the rats. Using a regular camera is fun, but at those speeds it isn’t smart to be hanging out the window trying to get footage of them behind you, so this is where my 360 comes in.
This is a 1 minute video that allows you to spin it and follow the rat rods as we pass them and then they come back by us.
What did it take to get this footage?
You have to have 2 very cool rat rods, thanks to Veek Baskerville with his diesel Rat Roh and Jerry Newman with his Mr. B rat rod truck, we have that covered.
A very stable selfie stick! I hate that I have to use a selfie stick, but it is a must. It also can not have any give it in when traveling at those speeds.
If you couldn’t make it to Las Vegas for RatCity Rukkus, you not only missed that show, you missed the WelderUp Open House.
That’s right Steve and the team pulled out their cars and allowed people to walk through and see the shop. Steve was there signing autographs and taking pictures with fans. He pretty much had a line all day.
The Las Vegas BoneShakers car club wanted to do something cool for RatCity Rukkus and so they proposed the idea of an open house to Steve and boy, is everyone glad…it was an amazing day!
Rat rodders from all over drove in their crazy rides to be part of the show, hang out, eat some taco’s and meet up with other builders.
The general public also came in droves to see the cars. We had people from all over the US, Canada, the UK and some I just didn’t speak the language so I am not sure where they were from.
Now back to the famous people who were there…of course Steve Darnell was there. His manager Joe may not be famous, but he is the brains of the bunch. He is quiet and stays in the background, but is organized and in charge (we just won’t tell Steve.)
If you are from Las Vegas, you know the BoneShakers car club as they put on some of the best cruises in the valley. If you watch Vegas Rat Rods, you have probably seen their “fearless leader” Mullet Paul (also known as Paul Crifasi.)
The winner of the Master Builder Award at RatCity Rukkus, David Alexander was also there with his one of a kind ride.
Whisky Saldana and his lovely wife brought in their latest build and oh man is that truck cute!
Horney Mike also stopped in to sign autographs, talk with fans and get pictures. Yes, he found my 360 camera and gave us a great shot.
Now I am going to be honest, I have only seen part of 1 episode of Vegas Rat Rods and that was while I was in Paul’s shop as he worked on his truck. I have never seen Count’s Kustoms, but you really don’t need to see the show to know who Horney Mike is. LOL
I want to say thank you to Steve and his team for being all out nice people. Thanks to the BoneShakers for not slapping me when I yelled at them. Isiah and Jason for working the front gate (they are 2 of the best teenagers I have ever met.) Thanks to Paul and Robert for bringing out their Real Awesome Food trailer and serving up taco’s along with Chakana Coffee Cart for filling everyone’s need for caffeine. Kenny Miller of Rodder Files for doing some great YouTube Live, so people across the world could see some of the show.
Last but in no way least, all of the awesome people who brought out their rides! It would not have been a show without YOU!
Here is a collection of 360 pictures from the open house. I hope I got enough to show what and amazing day it was!
Now, if you couldn’t make it this year…don’t worry, we are already planning the one for next year!
On Sunday March 31, 2019 Sunset Park was were you could find some of the nicest hot rod, classic cars, muscle cars and even a lowrider.
This show is always a huge hit for the car community as they go out to support local law enforcement.
Entire families came out to see not only the cars that entered the show; they also got to see several types of police vehicles including a SWAT truck.
Tons of officers were there to talk with people and take pictures…even McGruff the Crime Dog was out! While you may think McGruff is for kids, we know better, the adults also love him and grabbed a selfie with this famous detective.
There were almost 300 cars entered in the show and they represented a variety of car clubs; Exquizit Mopars, LaSalle Cadillac Club, Cannibals Car Club of Las Vegas, the Dragstrip Zombies, Devious and more.
While only 1 lowrider officially entered the show, David Barnaby with Devious Car Club did them proud. There was no way you could miss his car entering the show, not only is his car super colorful, he had a bounce that no other car had. He parked it racked up on 3 wheels and so he really stood out!
Since I know not everyone could be there to checkout the awesome cars, I took some 360 photo’s that will allow you to spin around and see the awesome turnout!
We hope you saw one of your favorite cars on display. We will have video, gif’s and pictures coming soon.
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The only thing I can say about this 1965 Mini Cooper Truck is…WOW!
The colors on this thing are what grab your attention and 2nd is asking yourself WTH it is.
Once your eyes focus you can tell it is a Mini Cooper, but what have they done to the poor thing.
Ok, it has twin 550 HP engines for front and rear. These are Honda B16 engines that were most commonly found in Integra RSi and Civic SiR.
Now if you notice all the gauges…that is because each engine has its own set of gauges on either side of the car. If you are like me, you have enough trouble watching one set right in front and on this Mini, they seem impossible to see while driving. Maybe I am a typical female and gauges only matter when they beep or start flashing red…otherwise…everything is fine. LOL
This car was built by Paul Ireson of Ireson Motorsports.
I hope you enjoyed a look at a badass Mini. (Badass is not something I ever thought I would say about a Mini Cooper.)
Las Vegas City Cruising hosted another Sunday Fun Day Cruise on Saint Patrick’s Day and we stopped out to see the cars.
The cruise starts up on the north end and they cruise down the Las Vegas Strip and end at Sunset Park where car owners and their families can enjoy getting out to visit, see everyone’s cars and if you have ever been around lowriders, you know they fired up the grills and there was plenty of food!
We took the 360 camera and got some shots, so you could see all the eye candy you missed. We even got under a car to show you just how clean it was.
LVC Cruising is hoping to hold these cruises at least once a month and possibly twice a month. While it has been mostly lowriders to start, everyone is welcome. All makes and models are welcome to cruise the Strip or meet them out at the park.
I look forward to seeing all the cars and getting to meet you, so fire up that buggy and be sure to join us on the next Sunday Fun Day!
Here is the roll in showing all the great cars you can cruise with!