Road Runner Barn Find

 

Classic Car Barn FindSo you don’t believe in a barn find Eh? Here is another one of these true, classic car barn find stories, so trust me, you can still find them, and they’re still out there.  Now you ask yourself, how do I know this story is true? Well, this one is from a reliable source, the “Canadian Hot Rod Magazine”. And they believed it enough to put it on their front cover.

 Not only that, the story came from family, and they wouldn’t lie to a Kin . . . would they?

So as the story goes, like most, people collect things because it gives them joy maybe a reminder of their past, takes you down memory lane.  I remember that old rocking chair at gammas house, or in the case of my blog, I have fond memories of my first car, it was a 1955 Monarch Convertible. (Barn Find)

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The most unexpected places to buy things

Disserted Willys coupe maybe its for sale

Photo by Google images and Photoshop

We are called auction junkies, buyers and sellers of antiques and collectables. I’m always looking, with my head turning this way and that.  My neck gets sore just thinking about it, but, “We all have seen that type of person,” these people never sit still. “THAT’S ME”. And being that type of a person, it sure comes in handy when you’re looking for things to buy and trust me we find things in the most unexpected places.

Take for example —

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Wearing motorcycle helmets “IS” the law in Canada?

four motorcycle riders

With and without motorcycle helmets

Question, is wearing motorcycle helmets the law in Canada?

. . . The answer to the Canada Helmet Law is yes! . . . IN MOST PART?   The law was, when riding your motorcycle on a public highway, helmets were mandatory and yes, even if you’re under the age of 18 and riding a tricycle, you had to again abide by the law. . . “Wear a helmet”

Wearing motorcycle helmets is the law in Canada?

The helmet law was implemented in Canada under the “Traffic Safety Act” in the early 60’s.  Dr. Eric Kung, a neurologist at Stamford Hospital specializing in head injuries. “Motorcycle accidents are the most common causes of traumatic brain injury,” and or death. Wearing  helmets when riding would drastically reduce the force of impact on the brain and skull.

Behind the scenes (which means they don’t talk about it), there is the extravagant cost load to the health care system due to such injuries, and they are considered preventable accidents. That’s two good reasons why Canada has (had) the helmet law.

As per article on Canada Helmet Law

Canada’s motorcycle helmet laws were easy to understand because they were fairly uniform across all 10 provinces and three territories: all operators and passengers on a motorcycle or motor-assisted bicycle must wear helmets at all times securely fastened under the chin. It is for our own health and welfare.

NATIONAL NEWS ON THE BIKE HELMET LAW

On listening to the national news, there was an article about the safety of wearing helmets and it led up to the story that some of the minority groups of our citizens are crying foul. They would like an exemption to the law, and the right not to wear helmets due to religious reasons, and it was,  just “discriminatory” besides.

The groups in question can (as the story goes) wear a helmet as long as their head was covered but they chose not to because of the inconvenience of taking the head gear on and off in a private setting. Inconvenience? Yes. “I understand”, but to change Canadian laws because it’s an “inconvenience” to the operator.?

UPDATE:

That helmet law has been challenged and changed in 3 provinces and now, challenged and supposedly going to be changed by our new government in Ontario. The Sikhs minority are “now” allowed to ride their motorcycles without a helmet in the provinces of-

British Columbia

Manitoba

Alberta

   ONTARIO GOVERNMENT IS CHANGING THE LAW

If our new Ontario government grants this group an exemption, then the rest of cyclists in Ontario should also be exempt from wearing the helmets by choice rather than by law.

“The health and safety issue doesn’t seem to be a valid argument anymore”.

The law change is grossly unfair to all Canadian Cyclists that are forced into wearing the helmet when some citizens do not.

Now remember, the helmet law was introduced for our own safety

grim reaper cartoon

I’d love to go for a ride with you, but I never get on one of those things “WITHOUT A HELMET”

(HEAD INJURIES) and of course, the cost of overloading the health care system, due to head injuries. What was not mentioned was that the cyclist insurance rates will probably go up because of fatalities or injuries due to not wearing your helmet.

∞∞ “If our government persists on changing laws to appease the selected few and not for all Canadian citizens as a whole, then “how” can they expect equality in this country from its people if they themselves do not set the “example”.  By, “NOT” treating all citizens equally, “Canada is”, part of the big problem” ∞∞

It is a choice to Ride or not to Ride and to abide by all rules and lawsCanadian flag of the road, set down for the safety of all citizens of Canada, not the select few.

“NOTE”

This article is NOT about majority, minority OR choice of religions. It’s not even about the helmet law, it’s about equality for all, and I think . . . “This is at the root of our problems”, OR WILL BE.

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What do Classic Cars and Hospitals have in Common?

So, you have to wonder what Classic Cars and Hospitals have in Common? well, let me tell ya.

car newspaper

Old Auto Newspaper

We’re heading off to the local Hospital and I just remembered, I forgot something to read. So I picked up my  “Old Autos Newspaper”, yup, its a Classic Car day for reading. I parked my ride and we’re heading into the over-crowded waiting room. As we entered I noticed you could hear a pin drop. After scanning the room, these people certainly had other things on their minds.

I opened up the Old Auto Newspaper and you could almost hear the room come to life. I thought I was disturbing these folks with my rustling of the newspaper, so I looked up at all the people and apologized for making so much noise. Then I noticed they weren’t looking at me. It was my newspaper they were interested in!

Not me at all, It was my Newspaper they wanted.

The lady on my right woke up and said, “I used to own one of them” as she pointed to a picture of a 1952 Hudson 

1952 Hudson “and my brother” she says,” took two years to overhaul his 62 Corvette, just like …  that one in the picture.” The guy to my left said “I had one of the sports cars”

Oh yeah, she was a beauty.

I noticed the lady across from me tried to read the back side of the paper but I knew she had a rough time. At that point, reading the newspaper was the last thing on my mind. I just took out the swap meet section and laid the paper down among the others. For these people reading this paper had to be a little more refreshing than what you normally find in Hospitals. Eh

After laying down the paper it was immediately swept up by the lady across from me. A few minutes later she laid it down and it immediately got scooped up by someone else across the room.


I couldn’t help but notice all the interest these people had in my old paper. Taking a second look around, clearly, these folks had other things to worry about. I knew that these pictures of old classic cars were part of their past and certainly, much better times.

Momentarily, their troubles were gone.

I have to thank the publishers for this awesome car newspaper. I’m sure their intent of publishing this paper was not for a good read in a hospital, “but it was anyway”.

The gist of this story is this classic newspaper brings great informative information to the collector and auto enthusiasts.

But more importantly, even for a short period of time, the Old Autos Newspaper brought much-needed smiles and precious memories to those unfortunate people that had an uncertain future.

” The looks were Priceless”.

 In Memory of my Brother Jack (my swap meet partner)

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