AUGUST 18 STAR OF THE WEEK: VINTAGE SEAGRAVE FIRE TRUCK-THE ULTIMATE NAME IN LIFESAVING

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aug13-18photo-002AUGUST 18 STAR OF THE WEEK: VINTAGE SEAGRAVE FIRE TRUCK-THE ULTIMATE NAME IN LIFESAVING

Seagrave is a household name if you’re talking about a firehouse. Their firefighting equipment is synonymous with innovation and quality.

It’s been that way for over a century.

Seagrave fire engines have literally saved lives since the days when Thomas Edison was still an up and coming inventor because their first firefighting equipment was hauled behind a team of large and fast horses.

This MSCC Star of the Day Seagrave fire truck looks high-tech when you compare it to a team of horses but it’s a very cool piece of firefighting history in 2013.

AUGUST 17 MSCC STAR OF THE DAY: 1953 MERCURY-CANUCK TRUCK ON TOUR

aug13-13-079-001The Mercury pickup is an example of the subtle differences between Canada and the United States.

Basically it’s a ’53 Ford truck with different external trim pieces. It’s like the difference between Canadian and American dialects.

The language is essentially the same but the vowels sound different.

This ’53 Merc was at a north of the border show last September and this Canuck truck was cool enough to become an MSCC Star of the Day.

AUGUST 16 STAR OF THE DAY: MAD DOGS AND ENGLISH CARS OUT IN THE MIDDAY SUN

There’s an old song with the lines “only mad dogs and Englishmen go out into the midday sun”.

What about smart dogs and English cars?

This pair was at a show last Sunday on a hot afternoon in the midday sun and Fido definitely had it figured out because he was in the shade of a classic MG.

This was an MSCC Star of the Day moment with a musical soundtrack.

AUGUST 15 MSCC STAR OF THE DAY: THE PEAK OF SUMMER FOR OLD IRON-A RETRO ROD

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There is nothing like a sunny summer day to draw out the classic iron. The most obvious reason is classic iron runs better in August than January.

This retro-rod was on the street yesterday and it stole the show on a beautiful August afternoon.

The chances of seeing this old classic on the same street in January range from “are you insane?” to “get off the cheap drugs”.

This MSCC Star of the Day is a summer ride-it likely hasn’t been a winter ride since Herbert Hoover was President.

That’s why August is such a classic month for classic iron.

AUGUST 14 MSCC STAR OF THE DAY: 63 CHEVY WAGON-WHAT USED TO BE COMMON…50 YEARS AGO

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There was an era called the mid-1960s when the sight of a ’63 Chevy wagon was not the kind of experience that you’d put in your memorable moments file.

These cars were pretty common back then because it was a Chevy and it was a wagon.

Think 1963 version of the 2013 soccer Mom SUV.

Add “fifty years later” to the equation and you have an MSCC Star of the Day because ’63 Chevy wagons are pretty much extinct in 2013 traffic.

AUGUST 13 MSCC STAR OF THE DAY: INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER-FROM THE FARM TO THE SHOW

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IHC trucks were known for their brute force around the farm or on a construction site.Nobody bought an International for looks because these trucks were for work, not prom dates.

Most of these trucks were used up and sent away to their last job site-a recycling yard where they were the guest of honor.

Some of the old corn-binders met kinder fates after the working career was over and ended up restored retired in stock form.

Other IHC trucks went into another world on the show or track circuit after someone inserted a giant motor under the hood.

This MSCC Star of the Day is classic example of how well a new post-retirement career can work out.

AUGUST 12 MSCC STAR OF THE DAY: CLASSIC 3rd GEN ‘CUDA- A SALUTE TO CLEAN LINES

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The E-body Mopars took the performance side of Dodge and Plymouth and grafted the engineering to some of the cleanest lines in the industry.

There’s a reason early Challengers and Cudas are still a hot item over 40 years later-they’ve gone from cool car of the past status to automotive icon.

There are three characteristics of automotive icons: The first one is their popularity when they were in showrooms , the second is a booming aftermarket parts supply and the third is an insane resale value.

The 3rd Gen Cuda has all three.

This MSCC Star of the Day was at a car show last Saturday and it was surrounded by admirers-automotive icons do have that effect.

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