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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Quebec City Motorcycle Show Next Weekend

Looking for a fix to tide you over to bike season? The 2016 Quebec City Motorcycle Show will be on February 5 through 7 at the Centre de foires. (There will be one in Montreal later in the month—more on that in a future post.)

It’s your chance to look at all the latest motorcycles, along with ATVs and four-wheelers, plus all their associated gear. It’s also a chance to talk to people from various clubs and organizations to see if you might want to join. As usual, they’ll be hosting both She Rides Nite (Friday after 5, ½ price admission for all women) and the Yamaha Riding Academy for kids 6-12.

Tickets are available online (www.quebecmotorcycleshow.ca) now. It’s $13 for adults, $11 for seniors and students, $10 for kids from 6-14, with children under six free. Alternatively, you can buy a family pass (2 adults, 2 6-14 year olds) for $34, which is considerably less than the individual tickets would cost you.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Bob’s Antique & Classic Cars, Part 4

1948-50 Ford F-1 Pickup
Photo by Kate Tompkins
One more vehicle from the parking lot before we venture indoors. Here’s a 1948-50 Ford F-1 pickup truck, outfitted with a plow. Could have used that this week.








1948-50 Ford F-1 Pickup
Photo by Kate Tompkins
According to Wikipedia, the F-1 was not only Ford’s first post-war truck, it was also the first Ford truck not built on a car chassis.









1948-50 Ford F-1 Pickup
Photo by Kate Tompkins
Here’s a short video from The Fast Lane Classics showing a couple of restored F-1s and providing a bit more information. Looks like these early trucks had very small cabs compared to today’s.




Other posts in this series:

http://www.katesvirtualgarage.com/2015/12/bobs-antique-classic-cars-part-1.html
http://www.katesvirtualgarage.com/2015/12/bobs-antique-classic-cars-part-2.html
http://www.katesvirtualgarage.com/2016/01/bobs-antique-classic-cars-part-3.html
http://www.katesvirtualgarage.com/2016/02/bobs-antique-classic-cars-part-5.html
http://www.katesvirtualgarage.com/2016/03/back-to-bobs-antique-classic-cars.html
http://www.katesvirtualgarage.com/2016/05/bobs-antique-classic-cars-part-7.html
http://www.katesvirtualgarage.com/2016/05/bobs-antique-and-classic-cars-part-8.html
http://www.katesvirtualgarage.com/2016/06/bobs-antique-classic-cars-part-9-1921.html
http://www.katesvirtualgarage.com/2016/07/bobs-antique-classic-cars-part-10-1926.html


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Bob’s Antique & Classic Cars, Part 3

1959 Ford Fairlane Galaxie Skyliner
Photo by Kate Tompkins
Finally getting back to my series of classics at Kancamagus Collectables. Here we have a 1959 Ford Fairlane Galaxie Skyliner, looking a little worse for the wear, but not bad considering it’s parked outdoors in ski country. 




1959 Ford Fairlane Galaxie Skyliner
Photo by Kate Tompkins
According to Wikipedia, the Skyliner was the only retractable hardtop convertible of its time. Note—that doesn’t mean it was the FIRST retractable hard top. That honour apparently belongs to the 1938 Peugeot 402 B. Check it out at howstuffworks.

1959 Ford Fairlane Galaxie Skyliner
Photo by Kate Tompkins
Here’s a YouTube video showing someone opening and closing the roof on their 1959 Skyliner (with a bit of driving in the middle). Now I understand why Wikipedia was saying there was so little trunk space—just whatever fits in that little box under the roof.



And here’s Lucy, explaining the car to Ricky.



Despite Ford’s extensive advertising, it wasn’t a big seller, so they stopped making it after three years, with 1959 being the last model year.

Other posts in this series: