Saturday, September 18, 2004

Girls just wanna have 'Stangs

Traditionally, muscle cars have been the domain of men and boys, but the Ford Mustang had that special something that also sparked the hearts of women across the USA.
Girls and cars? Do they mix? They do if you’re Nicolle Douglas and the car is a blown 5.0 Fox-bodied Mustang. Actually, the 28-year-old from Dallas wants to get across the message, "Girls Can Too," meaning girls can enjoy their cars just like guys.

So get this - Nicolle’s Mustang is a "he."

"His name is Bob," Nicolle laughs. "Because to me he’s just the coolest thing. He’s exactly what I’ve dreamed about since I was 14 - a cool, Fox-bodied Mustang."
-- Jerry Heasley, Mustang Weekly
Read about her passion for Mustangs in Nicolle's own words.

Be sure to visit The Mustang Works Magazine and Mustang Weekly for all the latest news and info about Mustangs .

[Copyright ©2004 Mustang Weekly]

[Photo: ©1995-2004 The Mustang Works]

Friday, September 17, 2004

A women driver to watch

Kari Miller, race car driver

"Racing with a passion!" - MN Racing Connection
Her interest in the sport was sparked by her father Dave. Kari watched her father compete at a track she’d one day run at herself... Kari got her start in the Bomber Division at Raceway back in 1999... The year 2001 found Miller moving into the Short Tracker Division, where she earned rookie of the year honors and also finished in the top ten in point standing. Kari realized how important staying focused was to her career and learned the how vital the value of never doubting yourself is to performance on the racetrack. Her positive attitude guided the achievement of every goal she has set for herself... Forgetting the fact that some fans may have doubted her driving abilities because she’s a female, Kari makes a point to prove any doubters wrong.

-- Arianne, Girls Garage

Feature Race Win, 2003 - a sweep!

In a sport dominated by men, women race car drivers are holding their own, especially across the heartland of America, at local tracks and raceways, solo or as members of racing clubs. Kari Miller is a driver to watch.

Read more about Kari Miller at her web site.

[Photos: RedLine Graphics, MHC Media, and Miller.]

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Watch My Rear End, Not Hers!

[Image from; Amazing Motor Girls photo by Mark Rezyka]

Whatever happened to the ubiquitous bumper sticker? They were all over the place (actually, mostly on rear bumpers) back in the 60s and 70s, then they disappeared - gradually or all at once, I don't remember. You would think that during these politically-charged times we would see the return of these in-your-face-from-the-rear-messages, but you rarely see one. Did the Internet's blogs, forums and Photoshop art replace the bumper sticker, assigning to the trash heap of pop cultury history? Or, maybe Charles Schultz, creator of Peanuts, was right when he said, ""There's a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker."

Some classic bumper stickers from the 60s and 70s:
Honk If You're Horny
Ass, Gas or Grass - Nobody Rides For Free
If This Van's A-Rockin', Don't Bother Knockin'
Don't Laugh Lady, Your Daughter Might Be Inside!
Make Babies Not Bombs
Make Love Not War
Honk If You Love Jesus
Have A Nice Day
Keep On Truckin'
Eat My Dust
Save The Whales
Save Water - Shower with a Friend
A Friend With Weed Is A Friend Indeed
If You Can Read This You're Too Damn Close
I Brake For Small Animals
America - Love It Or Leave It
Save A Tree Eat A Beaver
Disco Sucks!
Folk You
Mafia Staff Car
Mom's Taxi
One Nuclear Bomb Can Ruin Your Whole Day
If Handguns Are Outlawed Only Outlaws Will Have Handguns
Watch My Rear End, Not Hers!
Compare them to these actual, but rarely seen, 21st century bumper stickers:
Keep honking, I'm reloading.
My kid had sex with your honor student.
Hang up and drive.
Jesus is coming, everyone look busy.
Lord save me from your followers.
Guns don't kill people, postal workers do.
Forget about world peace, visualize using your turn signal.
Very funny Scotty. Now beam down my clothes.
Be nice to your kids. They'll be choosing your nursing home.
Horn broken. Watch for finger.
Your kid may be an honors student, but you're still an idiot.
Cover me. I'm changing lanes.
Learn from your parents' mistakes - use birth control.
I'm not as think as you drunk I am.
Time is what keeps everything from happening at once.
The more people I meet, the more I like my dog.
Rehab is for quitters.
No radio - Already stolen.
Reality is a crutch for people who can't handle drugs.
Some people are only alive because it is illegal to kill.
Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else.
Friends help you move. Real friends help you move bodies.
Jesus loves you, everyone else thinks you're an asshole.
i souport publik edekashun.
Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder...
Caution: I drive like you do.
Conclusion: People are funnier today. They just don't advertise it.

[Bumper sticker quotes from Nostalgia Central and The Geek Theater.]
[Thanks to Amanda and Darcy, Amazing Motor Girls]

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

2Slow 2Easy

Many guys like their cars fast and furious, but most prefer women who are slow and easy.

View more cars from 2Fast 2Furious at

[Photos: Copyright ©1998-2004]

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Mothman and his cars

[©2002 - Spiderweb 2000 Solutions]

Like a moth attracted to a flame, the Mothman seems obsessed with automobiles, especially the kind with big fins. Maybe in the dark, the Cadillac or Plymouth looks like a Mothwoman. How Freudian.

[Image from]
"It's time again for the Mothman Festival! This weekend! Yeeiiiiiiiiiiiiiiipeee!" -- Roberta of WVa
The 3rd Annual Mothman Festival is taking place in downtown Point Pleasant, West Virginia on Saturday and Sunday September 18th and 19th. If you're lucky to attend, maybe you'll spot the Mothman riding atop a classic car or two.

[Copyright © 2003 Steve Sims Illustration]

The festival seems to have turned into a sort of early Halloween celebration; considering the horrific nature of what the local folks are celebrating, it makes sense:
For thirteen months the entire town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia was gripped by a dark terror that culminated in a tragedy that made headlines all over the world. This is a story that contains all the elements of a modern science fiction movie but every single word is true and fully documented...

Homes throughout the little towns were plagued with unearthly noises and ghostly manifestations while mysterious aerial lights traveled silently overhead seemingly on a regular schedule. Winged monsters and frightening apparitions terrified the population as automobiles stalled and telephones and TV sets ran amok. A Red Cross Bloodmobile filled with fresh blood was pursued along a darkened highway by a weird flying machine. Domestic animals were found slaughtered and mutilated in pastoral farm fields. Innocent people lived in surrealistic horror, haunted by the fearsome demonic "Bird" and besieged by legions of strange beings (some of which arrived in ordinary-looking automobiles).

-- John A. Keel, "The Mothman Prophecies"
Click to read about the Mothman Festival in Point Pleasant, WVa."

[Via Kapowie Zone]

Monday, September 13, 2004

Why women live longer than men

And as more men are killed by their foolish work habits, hope springs eternal for woman mechanics:
As customers, women play a significant role in the field of auto repair. While they make up just more than half of the US population, they deliver up to two-thirds of the vehicles brought in for maintenance or repair, according to Volvo.

However, the number of female technicians is another matter entirely. Out in the shop or up front where they could work as service writers or as service managers, women are significantly underrepresented in the field. “I think this is because [car repair] has never been considered a woman's field, but that is changing,” says Jennifer Tio, president of the Car Care Council's Women's Board.

-- Auto Repair Needs More Women
Click to read the full article.

[Image from Roberta of West Virginia]

Sunday, September 12, 2004

Thumbs up or down?

If you give this man a ride
Sweet family will die
Killer on the road...

                       The Doors 1970

Jim Morrison may very well have seeded the death of hitchhiking with these three lines thirty years ago, but we aim to change all that!-- The Lü Hitchhiker's Club
The Lü Hitchhiker's Club plans include a national hitchhiker's club, with photo ID membership cards, rider/driver home addresses, a bar code for security checks, a hitchhiker data base and a national marketing strategy, among many ideas. Read more about their efforts on behalf of safe hitchhiking .

Or, if you prefer, read about the other side of hitchhiking here.

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