Thunderdrome

The Heroes of Summer

Thunderdrome

There exists a place in Detroit that, unlike the city surrounding it, has bucked the laws of physics. Entropy seems to have no hold on it. Instead, it has come back from ruin. It is becoming better, rather than decaying. Every summer this place seems to awaken. Much like a slumbering bear, early summer brings the first stirrings. The sounds of lawnmowers and weed whips. Soon, each Saturday exhibits more and more activity as concrete is poured, repairs are made, and things just get a little bit more better. That place is the Dorais Velodrome. It and the surrounding 33-acre park are a glimmer of hope to those hoping, praying and working for a better tomorrow in Detroit.

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Idiotic or Inspired?

Single Wheel Trailers

Wait... what?

How does THAT work?!?

Once upon a time, back in the early 50’s Grandpa “Sparky” drove cross-country out to California, much as he had done several decades earlier during the Great Depression. Only then it was as an Okie trying to escape the Dust Bowl, eventually joining the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) of FDR’s New Deal and then on to the US Navy where he would find himself on Ford Island smack-dab in the middle of the “Day of Infamy”.

This occasion however, had a much rosier outlook; the middle-aged Navy Chief and WWII vet who would eventually become a walking history lesson was being transferred out to the west coast for his next duty at the Alameda Naval Air Station with a young family in tow.

The family Plymouth was stuffed with small children and supplies, while hitched to the rear bumper was a unique flatbed one-wheel trailer he purchased just for the trip out to the sunshine state… Continue reading Single Wheel Trailers

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Indy Car in Lego

This year marked the 100th anniversary of the first running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race (not the 100th running, that’s still a few years away). If you’re a motorsports fanatic, that great race every Memorial Day weekend is one of the highlights of your year. If you’re a geek, Lego are the […]

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