24 Oct 2009, 10:38pm
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1929 REO at the Alamo

REO1Some old car restorations take longer than others.  In the case of the 1929 REO Flying Cloud coupe belonging to the Texas Transportation Museum, it took a number of volunteers over ten years.  But today, just in time for its 80th anniversary, it made its public San Antonio debut at the San Antonio Founder’s Day event held at the Alamo today, Saturday October 24, 2009.

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20 Oct 2009, 12:48pm
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San Antonio Car Clubs

Automobile fanaticism runs deep in San Antonio.  There are at least thirty different car clubs in the city, from the Ford Model A to the Nissan Z and all points in between.  There are enough car shows for at least one every weekend of the year.  Some are specific to one manufacturer or even model type, others are general invite.  In the cause of full disclosure I should admit I am heavily involved in organizing two of them, one in the spring and the other in the fall.  Each focuses on entirely different parts of the spectrum, Ford Model Ts and military vehicles, and yet even here there is overlap, in the form of World War One ambulances.

 By and large it is a masculine preoccupation.  There are most welcome exceptions, with skills to put the best to shame, but when all is said and done, it’s a guy thing.  Male enthusiasms are invariably inexplicable, mainly because they are essentially illogical.  Why do some get so involved in stamp collecting?  What’s the big deal about football?  Can’t it be said with some certainty who won the Civil War and what happened at the Alamo?  And why are you still playing with trains at your age?  What’s wrong with you?  Nothing, actually.  We each seem to have some activity that floats our boat, or perhaps more appropriately in this context, a key that starts our engines.

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7 Oct 2009, 11:08am
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Hello from Hugh Hemphill

Right off the bat, I’m not from these parts.  I hail, let’s get this out of the way right now so we can forget about it, from Scotland.  And yet I sound like an Englishman.  Go figure.  I’ve been here since 1991, eighteen years, almost two-thirds of my adult life.  I came here at thirty and as I stare fifty right in the face let me tell you that coming to Texas remains one of my better decisions.  I like it here.  A lot.

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