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HOT RODS IN SKYKOMISH
September 02, 2008
(SKYKOMISH, WA) -- Sky Valley residents who missed this past summer's custom car "Show & Shine" shows in Snohomish can re-live the events in the Sky Valley Chronicle's VIDEOS section.
Simply click on the VIDEOS category on the left side of our home page and scroll to the archives from August and September and you'll find them.
All of which gives the Chronicle's editor a perfectly good reason to use the quotes about custom cars (and those who love them) he's been saving all these years:
THE MEANING OF CARS
In less enlightened times, the best way to impress women was to own a hot car. But women wised up and realized it was better to buy their own hot cars so they wouldn't have to ride around with jerks. ~ Scott Adams.
If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough. ~ Mario Andretti.
A tree never hits an automobile except in self defense. ~ American Proverb.
With over 50 foreign cars already on sale here, the Japanese auto industry isn't likely to carve out a big slice of the U.S. market. - Business Week, August 2, 1968.
That the automobile has practically reached the limit of its development is suggested by the fact that during the past year no improvements of a radical nature have been introduced. ~ Scientific American, June 2, 1909. (This one is right up there with the former idiot chairman of IBM saying that the world would only need two or three computers at most.)
The automobile and the telephone are defeated as instruments of individualism by being applied to the needs of a mass society. The automobile fulfills man's desire to move over the surface of the earth all by himself; but by becoming accessible to everybody, automobiles have paralyzed our streets. Individualism is possible only in plenty of empty space. ~ Rudolf Arnheim, Parables of Sun Light, 1962.
Is fuel efficiency really what we need most desperately? I say that what we really need is a car that can be shot when it breaks down. ~ Russell Baker.
Except for the American woman, nothing interests the eye of the American man more than an automobile, or seems so important to him as an object of aesthetic appreciation. ~ Alfred Hamilton Barr, Jr., first director of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
I want a pit crew... I hate the procedure I currently have to go through when I have car problems. ~ Dave Barry.
The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above average drivers. ~ Dave Barry, "Things That It Took Me 50 Years to Learn".
THE NEXT BEST THING TO GOTHIC CATHEDRALS
I think that cars today are almost the exact equivalent of the great Gothic cathedrals: I mean the supreme creation of an era, conceived with passion by unknown artists, and consumed in image if not in usage by a whole population which appropriates them as a purely magical object. ~ Roland Barthes, "The New CitroŰn," 1957.
If you think Abraham Lincoln became famous for inventing the town car, it is time to spend a few hours on history. ~ Bo Bennett.
A man is hit by a car while crossing a Beverly Hills street. A woman rushes to him and cradles his head in her lap, asking, "Are you comfortable?" The man answers, "I make a nice living." ~ Milton Berle.
Did you ever notice when you blow in a dog's face he gets mad at you? But when you take him in a car he sticks his head out the window? ~ Steve Bluestone.
Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth. ~ Erma Bombeck.
I'm trying very hard to understand this generation. They have adjusted the timetable for childbearing so that menopause and teaching a sixteen-year-old how to drive a car will occur in the same week. ~ Erma Bombeck.
The buffalo isn't as dangerous as everyone makes him out to be. Statistics prove that in the United States more Americans are killed in automobile accidents than are killed by buffalo. ~ Art Buchwald.
FROM DOPE FIENDS TO NON-DRIVERS
Americans are broad-minded people. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater, and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there is something wrong with him. ~ Art Buchwald, "How Un-American Can You Get?", 1966.
Have you ever noticed, when you're driving, that anyone driving slower than you is an "idiot", and anyone driving faster than you is a "maniac"? ~ George Carlin: Carlin on Campus (1984)
I drive kinda recklessly, I take a lot of chances, I never repair my vehicles, and I don't believe in traffic laws. ~ George Carlin: Complaints and Grievances (2001).
I'm tired of people using their cars as biographical information centers, informing the world of their sad-sack lives and boring interests. Keep that s**t to yourself. I don't want to know what college you went to, who you intend to vote for, or what your plan is for world peace. I don't care if you visited the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, or the birthplace of Wink Martindale. And I'm not interested in what radio station you you listen to or what bands you like. In fact, I'm not interested in you in any way, except to see you in my rear view mirror. ~ The Late George Carlin, Uncensored.
American stuntmen are smart - they think about safety. When they do a jump in a car, they calculate everything: the speed, the distance... But in Hong Kong, we don't know how to count. Everything we do is a guess. If you've got the guts, you do it. All of my stuntmen have gotten hurt. ~ Movie star and Hong Kong resident Jackie Chan.
A car can massage organs which no masseur can reach. It is the one remedy for the disorders of the great sympathetic nervous systemů. The craving for opium can be endured in a car. ~ Jean Cocteau, Opium, 1929.
I've got a Ferrari. VROOM! I do 104 from the garage to the front door. ~ Bill Cosby.
And so it goes...