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GM — Into The Second Century At Year 101

gm-logoThere is a very strong probability that a reader of the Tribune is an automotive enthusiast, otherwise it is pretty unlikely that you would be following along with this gear-clashing chaos that is breaking out between Detroit and Washington.  Today the top story in the Wall Street Journal and the Nightly News have the lead story about Mr. Wagoner being let go by Mr. Obama.  From the Tribune’s position that makes total sense because reflecting on history associated with the Titanic, just ask yourself if Captain Smith would of deserved a bonus for hitting the iceberg?  Well, Mr. Wagoner’s company has continued to lose about 1% market share since he became CEO in 2000.

Last month the Tribune reported about the GM crisis.

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Wings & Wheels 2009

dscn2627-largedscn2633-largeSpruce Creek Fly-In is located just south of Daytona Beach, FL and held their annual Wings & Wheels event on Saturday March 28th.  Cars and aircraft began to assemble around 7AM, in advance of the Official start time around 10 AM, and the event finished up around 2:30 PM.  Spruce Creek is a private aviation community built around an airport constructed for WWII training that the government privatized.  Many call Spruce Creek as the World’s Greatest Fly-In Community. … Continue Reading

Have You Seen These? & Special Roadways

dsc_0080-largeAt the recent Ormond Beach Birthplace Of Speed event reported in the Tribune we had the opportunity to spot a unique Ural Patrol 2-Wheel Drive Motorcycle.  Impressive is the only way to put our response.

rearLooking at the photos shows beautifully crafted bodywork and functional components.  Universal joint assemblies, drum brake actuation, coil / shock assembly, finish nuts, and so much more.  At the absolute minimum this is a stunning side car motorcycle!

photo-1Several years ago I spotted this unique custom built Personal WaterCraft Carrier when driving across Alligator Alley.  This car was very professionally done in exterior appearance.  This driver certainly deserves recognition for their engineering and craftsmanship.

photo_3For drivers, Alligator Alley, I75,  represents one of the last bastions of go-fast asphalt because east-west at the south end of Florida it is about 100 miles coast to coast with about 70 miles on Alligator Alley in the unpopulated area, excluding gators.  Essentially when you get on you go a long way to get off which eliminates local traffic. … Continue Reading

Birthplace Of Speed — 100 Years of Racing In Ormond Beach

dsc_0033-largeRacing at Ormond Beach, Florida dates to 1903 and yesterday the Seventh Annual Birthplace of Speed Celebrationwas held including a beach parade and antique vehicle display.  This year’s event was in the honor of the 1909 Buick Race Team headed by Bob Burman.

Mr. Rockeffer' stand-in gives young lady a trademark dime

Mr. Rockeffer' stand-in gives young lady a trademark dime

Here is link to this years registration formTo keep you out of suspense here is some text from the page that is upbeat, educational, tragic, and commemorative:

One hundred years ago, the American automobile dream established itself a home on the hard packed sand of Ormond Beach, Florida, just north of Daytona Beach. As early automotive pioneers tested and contested their machines, a tradition born of America’s love for the sport and passion for ingenuity was established. Beach Racing quickly became a source of fascination developing loyal participants and spectators. … Continue Reading

Liquidation Company Hired for Crane Cams

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Daytona Beach News-Journal March 27, 2009

Daytona Beach News-Journal March 27, 2009

March 27, 2009

 

 

It was reported in today’s Daytona Beach News-Journal that Crane Cams has hired a liquidation company.  Reading the article is very interesting because your Tribune Editor observed Job Fair signs at the Crane facility yesterday.  In our photos you can clearly see the logos on the trucks.  It appears that the saga associated with Crane Cams is still unfolding.

 

dscn2618March 26, 2009 Update:  Tribune Editor had an opportunity to stop by the Crane Cams facility in Daytona Beach this afternoon.  Signs were being taken down for the Job Fair but we were able to get photographs of the company signage out front and a photo for the job fair area.  It certainly looked like a festive gathering.  The Tribune wishes each employe the best in their job search efforts.

Job Fair Area

Job Fair Area

Crane Cams, a leading manufacturer of camshafts, valve train and electronic ignition components, has been acquired by Mikronite Technologies Group, Inc. is the start of the information in BREAKING NEWS on the upper right of the Crane Cams web site.

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Salvage Auction = 1 Million+ Vehicles Per Year

Advertised Copart Cars May Be A Golden Bargain

Advertised Copart Cars May Be A Golden Bargain

If you qualify as a dealer, dismantler, rebuilder, wholesaler, automotive related business, general business, exporter, you already know about this and as a private individual in Alaska, Arizona, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Oregon then you might be able to get through the front door.  With the proper credentials you are now a Dealer and in certain circles the Dealer License can be a License to Print Money!

There is a very stong probability that you know about these places but you have not been there to walk through the property or participate in an auction.  This is an important Tribune topic which represents a massive multi-billion dollar business that operates off your radar. … Continue Reading

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