In my last newsletter I told everyone that we (Tyler and I) were going to the show at Jim's Custom VW, in Columbiana, Ohio. Well it was a great show. Lots of cars, a real nice flea market section, and a large crowd of nice people. We saw some really nice cars and buggies, and the weather was perfect. If you missed the show this year, you missed a good time. Put next year on your calendar.
We left 2 Nostalgia bodies and chassis at Jim's. Both bodies drew great comments from show folks. Stop by and take a look. Jim has both available. There is one silver metalflake and one purple metalflake body available.
Because we were not selling parts I had more time than usual to walk around and look at the show vehicles. I thought my pick of the show would be easy, but, boy was I wrong. There were quite a few outstanding cars, and I just could not pick one. So, I am showing pictures of a few of the group. A great 1953 red convertible, a Karman Ghia with a front mounted V8, a chop top sedan with a front mounted V8, an outstanding bus, and a buggy that represents several great buggies.
Now that our show season is over for awhile we are getting back to normal, (what ever normal is for us). Little John took Jim, and Kevin to New Jersey yesterday and hauled back more VW stuff. They filled a 26' box truck and hauled another bus back, on the trailer. I am working on the parts store, arranging and re arranging the display racks and walls. Tyler is finishing up several major jobs in the Acme Car Co shop. Bob is spending a little more time with the crew at the Acme Composites shop, and Tank is working on the jigs and fixtures for the mid travel beams and A arm front ends for the Berrien Buggy line.
In a few days we will be at the AOAA riding and testing buggies, (www.anthraciteoutdooradventure.com). We tested one new product, the mid-travel front conversion beam, and continued to test one older product, the adjustable rear shock mounts. Both came through the day with flying colors. We are now ready to begin filling orders for these parts.
If you have an off road buggy built for a ball-joint front beam, and were afraid to ride on the rocks or rough stuff, we now can sell you the "bolt on" parts to change over to the heavy duty "link pin" front. This front suspension is designed for off road use, in a rail frame.
I am going to be delivering an order to our western dealers in early August. I expect to be going to Hank's in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Rails and Off Road Repair, (www.railsandoffroadrepair) in Denison, Iowa. If anyone is thinking about a body or frame, now would be a good time to contact them. I should be delivering before August 10th.
I am amazed that I receive inquiries about our products, from someone who is involved in an activity or business I didn't know existed. Hal called me to see if we could build a rolling chassis, capable of having 4 passengers, and gun mounts in 3 locations. This may sound like a strange request but be aware that US Special Forces have used a modified version of sand rails in rapid deployment situations in Iraq, and elsewhere. So we talked, and decided on an end product. A rolling chassis that Hal and Rick would then install an electric power train, and finish. It's purpose? Well go to www.hogswat.com and you will be able to figure it out. I am excited about the modified frame we intend to build if we can work this all out.