Dream Ride 2016

Dream Ride 2016

My name is Brian and I am reaching out to all to support the Special Olympic athletes through a fundraiser – Dream Ride 2016 (DreamRide.org). This event is a seven day motorcycle ride from Palm Beach, Florida to Connecticut, where at the end of the ride there is a weekend full of activities for the Special Olympics Athletes. The seven day journey has stops along the way to provide donations to the local Special Olympic chapters and to reward the athletes with support.

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Last year was the first time getting involved with this event and the athletes. It has touched me in so many ways and the positive outlook and attitude of the athletes has inspired me to continue to attempt to raise money for a wonderful cause. The athletes I met along the event route and at the final event in Connecticut were absolutely wonderful to meet and make relationships with. When I signed up to participate last year, I was unsure of what to expect, but after meeting the athletes and regardless of the issues they were dealing with, their positive attitude was absolutely amazing and inspiring. I am asking you to consider making a donation of whatever size you can afford and if you have the chance come out and visit us along our route this year or support your local Special Olympics. Thank you in advance for any donation you can afford. #specialolympics #dreamride

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Playing mini golf with the athletes in Connecticut

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Dream Ride athlete

You can donate at either of these two links: Fundraiser for Special Olympics Athletes or GoFundMe For Special Olympics Athletes

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Wheels Across the Pond British Car Show 2016

Wheels Across the Pond British Car Show 2016

This past weekend I attended the Wheels Across the Pond British Car and Bike Show at Carlin Park in Jupiter, Florida. This was the first time I attended this event. I was glad I was able to attend and look at all the cars and bikes, both old and new. If you are in the area and enjoy the British made cars, this is a show to see. Below is a brief video of some of the cars and bikes at the show. Hope you enjoy!

There are also a few pictures of some animals from the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary – http://www.buschwildlife.org

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Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2015

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2015

Not much to say other than a short video of some of the sites from the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2015.

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Remove Rust From Chrome Using Tinfoil

Removing Rust From Chrome Using Tinfoil

I am not sure if you’ve ever had a need to remove rust from chrome, whether it is a chrome bumper on a car or chrome on your motorcycle, but here is a tip. This tip will not work for all rust on chrome, but it will work on surface rust and without damaging the chrome.

Look at the pictures below and watch the video below to see how well this great technique works.

Before Pictures with all the rust…

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Remove Rust From Chrome

Remove Rust From Chrome with Tinfoil

Remove Rust From Chrome

After pictures with clean chrome and little to no rust…

Remove Rust From Chrome with Tinfoil

Remove Rust From Chrome

Removing Rust Frome Chrome with Tinfoil

Removing Rust From Chrome

Video of me removing rust from chrome using tinfoil

Hope this little chrome cleaning tip helps you make your chrome shine.

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Progressive International Motorcycle Show Miami

The Progressive International Motorcycle Show Miami took place this past weekend. I attended the show to see what was new in the motorcycle industry as well as the custom bike show. Below are a couple pictures from the show and a short video showing the custom bikes at the show. This is a worthwhile show to see all the major motorcycle vendors in one location and to see some really nice custom motorcycles.

Miami Progressive International Motorcycle Show

Miami Progressive International Motorcycle Show

Progressive International Motorcycle Show Miami

Progressive International Motorcycle Show Miami

Progressive International Motorcycle Show Miami

Progressive International Motorcycle Show Miami

Miami International Motorcycle Show Miami

Miami International Motorcycle Show Miami

Quick video of the show:

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Great Motorcycle Ride Stops In Central Florida

Great Motorcycle Ride Stops In Central Florida

If you are ever in the Central Florida area and you are looking for some great and interesting places to ride to or stop while you are out riding. There are numerous locations I could include, but these are just some of them. Check back for additional ones in the future. Check out the places listed below:

East Central Florida

Hideaway Bar and Grill – 245 Old Highway 17 , Pomona Park, FL 32181

This is a typical old school local bar and grill that has been around since the 1940s. Don’t expect anything big and exciting, but it’s a piece of history.

3 Bananas Restaurant – 11 S Lake St, Crescent City, FL 32112

A quaint little restaurant and bar on the east side of crescent lake. Offers a great view of the lake with a dock bar.

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Cheyenne Saloon – 337 U.S. 17, East Palatka, FL 32131

This is a local motorcycle destination that all the locals frequent and during bikeweek and biketoberfest it gets quite busy.

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Outback Crab Shack – 8155 County Road 13 N, Saint Augustine, FL 32092

Great ride to a quaint little restaurant on one of Florida’s most scenic roads.

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Corky Bell’s – 185 US-17, East Palatka, FL 32131

Looking for a great stop with a scenic view of the St. Johns river with a great sunset view.

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Shrimp R Us – 765 3rd Ave, Welaka, FL 32193

This little restaurant is off the beaten path, but an interesting local restaurant. It is worth the ride even if the food and restaurant isn’t the best.

Waters Edge Pub and Grill – 10 Boston St, Welaka, FL 32193

One of the best spots on the St. Johns river to watch the sunset. It’s a small little bar, but a great ride to get there and a perfect view of the sunset.

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West Central Florida

Stumpknockers – 13821 SW State Rd 200, Dunnellon, FL 34432

This little gem of a restaurant is located on the river on state road 200 between Ocala and Dunnellon.

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Crackers Bar and Grill – 502 NW 6th St, Crystal River, FL 34428

Great location on the crystal river with a tiki bar and great view of the water.

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High Octane Saloon – 1590 S Suncoast Blvd, Homosassa, FL 34448

A biker bar that bikers travel from near and far to hang out and listen to whatever band is playing for the day.

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Ft. Lauderdale Antique Car Museum

Ft. Lauderdale Antique Car Museum
1527 SW 1st Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
(954) 779-7300

Yesterday I was invited to tour the Ft. Lauderdale Antique Car Museum. This is a hidden little gem in Ft. Lauderdale for the antique car enthusiast. This museum is devoted to the Packard brand car and has approximately 25 cars from the early 1900s to the 1960s. The museum has the cars to look at, but also a massive amount of memorabilia such as, hood ornaments, ash trays, a headlight room, children’s peddle cars, cigarette lighters by the dozens, and on and on.

For the antique car enthusiast, if you are ever in Ft. Lauderdale, take the time to visit this little but exciting look back in time at the Packard automobile. The museum manager is very enthusiastic and can explain details about each car, which each car also has a documented book on the history of the car.

This is a must see museum for the antique car guy and the pictures I post here don’t do it justice. Just look at the cars and all the memorabilia on the walls.

Below are some of the pictures I took, but there is so much more to see than the pictures listed below.

The Original Owner’s Plaque:
Art Stone Antique Packard Car Museum

Antique Headlight Room:
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Antique headlights

Antique headlights

Antique Cigarette Lighter Knobs:
Antique car cigarette lighters

Spark Plugs on Display:
Antique spark plug display

Antique Liquor Decanters:
Antique car liquor bottles

Jim Beam Liquor Decanters (Fire Trucks):
Antique Jim Beam liquor decanter bottle (fire truck)

Antique Childrens Peddle Cars and Toys:
Antique peddle car

Antique peddle cars

Antique toy cars

Antique Oil Cans:
Antique oil cans

Antique oil cans

Walls of Antique Packard Hub Caps, Hood Ornaments and Door Handles:
Antique Packard Hub Caps

Antique Packard Door Handles

Antique Packard Hood Ornaments

And Now The Cars in No Particular Order:

This first car is a casket flower car. It carried the casket and flowers for a funeral.
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Packard Tow Truck:
Antique Packard Tow Truck

Packard Paddy Wagon:
Antique Packard Paddy Wagon

Packard Fire Truck:
Antique fire truck

Antique Packard Fire Truck

Various Packard Cars:
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Antique Packard Woody

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House Remodeling Projects – Kitchen and Bathroom

I purchased a house in June 2015 that I knew needed remodeling completed. The house was originally built in the 1970s with minimal changes made to it since then. Some of the items I saw that needed to be completed to bring it up to date were an updated kitchen counter top and a bathroom makeover.

I decided to attack the bathroom first. The funny thing is when I told everyone I had a 1970s blue bathtub and toilet and wanted to update it, many people said not to and to leave the blue because it is better quality and coming back in style. Not sure if I believe either of those statements, but I decided to leave it blue and remodel around the blue color. I figured I could always upgrade the bathtub and toilet at a later date. Below are some of the before and after pictures.

Bathroom before photos:

Original 1970s blue bathroom before remodeling

Original 1970s blue bathroom before remodeling

1970s Blue bathroom remodeling project. Left the blue bathtub, toilet and tile for now.

1970s Blue bathroom remodeling project. Left the blue bathtub, toilet and tile for now.

Bathroom after photos:

1970s blue bathroom after remodeling. Replace vanity, sink, mirror and paint.

1970s blue bathroom after remodeling. Replace vanity, sink, mirror and paint.

1970s blue bathroom after remodeling. New vanity, sink, mirror and paint. I left the blue bathtub, blue toilet and blue tile for now based on comments from plumbers and friends.

1970s blue bathroom after remodeling. New vanity, sink, mirror and paint. I left the blue bathtub, blue toilet and blue tile for now based on comments from plumbers and friends.

1970s blue bathroom remodeling project. I left the blue bathtub, toilet and sink based on comments from plumbers and friends.

1970s blue bathroom remodeling project. I left the blue bathtub, toilet and sink based on comments from plumbers and friends.

The kitchen was in relatively good shape other than needing some appliance updates and a new countertop. I hated the tile countertop that was there when I bought the house. I had considered doing a complete remodeling, but decided against it at this time. Below are some of the before and after kitchen makeover pictures:

Before remodeling:

Original ugly countertop - 1 inch tile with grout. Ugh.

Original ugly countertop – 1 inch tile with grout. Ugh.

Original gas stove

Original gas stove

After remodeling:

New kitchen countertop and sink after remodeling upgrade.

New kitchen countertop and sink after remodeling upgrade.

New kitchen countertop

New kitchen countertop

New kitchen countertop.

New kitchen countertop.

New kitchen countertop after remodeling upgrade.

New kitchen countertop after remodeling upgrade.

New Kitchen Sink. I love size and depth of this compared to what I had before.

New kitchen sink after remodeling

New kitchen sink after remodeling

Kitchen pass thru window.

Kitchen pass thru window.

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Deerfield Beach Car Show 2015

Deerfield Beach Car Show 2015

Today was the 4th Annual Deerfield Beach Car show put on by Russ G Events. It was a small but nice car show with some nice entries. Below are some of the cars that were at the show.

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Barrett-Jackson Auction Palm Beach 2015

I was able to recently attend the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Palm Beach. I have seen this auction numerous times on TV, but have never been able to attend in person. I must say that attending the auction in person is so much more exciting than watching it on TV. The amount of time and effort that is put into the cars for the auction is unbelievable. I only went as a spectator with future ambitions of bidding on cars.

If you are a car enthusiast, this is an even that you must try to attend sometime. There is a vehicle there for everyone to look at and be amazed with.

Below are just some of the cars that I took the time to take pictures of.

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