Monday, October 8, 2007

Fleet week - San Francisco

Angels in the Bay !!

Very few things are more awe inspiring and breathtaking (..not to mention deafening) than seeing a jet fighter pass less than 1000 feet over your head. No less, when the flight team performing these maneuvers are the world famous "Blue Angels". That's exactly what I experienced this weekend in beautiful San Francisco.

It was Fleet week and the navy brought out their top guns and ships and bombers to cavort in the sky above the city. It really made me proud of being in this country and see such a fantastic mix of aerial dare-devilry and renowned landmarks (Golden Gate bridge, Alcatraz, etc) on the same stage...

I took a few pictures for you to see, but nothing can express the sheer thrill of watching the Blue Angels live !! The entire airshow part of the fleet week celebrations included aerial demonstrations by the Navy's Blue Angels, Team Oracle, and the Air Force's F-16 Demonstration Team!

For those who don't know who the blue angels are,
have a look at this video. (Nice Van Halen soundtrack) ;)

Here is the website

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

A New Car !

Another day, Another set of wheels...

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love cars. Now I may not be wealthy or get paid seven figures, but I do my fair share of jumping in and out of cars based on my mood and circumstance.

When I was little, my dad used to change cars every few months... We were in the middle east and American cars were the rage. He had everything from Pontiacs to Chevys to Japanese cars. My dad still changes his cars every 2 years or so... I seem to have caught the bug from him..

Imagine this.. I have bought/sold
7 cars in the last 4 years. I currently own 3 cars. A 99 Dodge Durango, a 77 Corvette Stingray and my latest car (And commuter) a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse.

Here are some pictures of the new car, 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse
(I bought it on 18th September 2007)

It will be a fun commuter car, i guess...
Bought it from the Tracy Auto Mall off Naglee road.


Wife with her latest car (99 Durango)
(currently own)

My Corvette Stingray and I (currently own)

Wife with our previous car (99 VW PASSAT)
- sold Sep 2007

My much loved previous customized 99 Durango
It was the shiznit... was sad to sell it..
- sold Aug 2005

My First Dodge (2002 Dodge Intrepid) - sold Oct 2004

My trusty Jeep (1997 Cherokee Laredo)
- sold Sep 2003

Hopefully, many more to come...

Monday, August 20, 2007

Tracy - Glass on the Grass

The Tracy, "Glass-on-the-Grass" Corvette show !!

Been looking forward to this all year. Golden State Corvettes put this show together in Lincoln Park in Tracy.

There were about 50 Corvettes of all shapes, generations and hues ! Really a beautiful day. And the weather was really good too !
As usual, this roving enthusiast took a few pics... :)

(About 62 pics) -
click here.

PS: My friend and neighbour Ken, (Seen with his 2 daughters) won 3rd place with his vette in its class.


Thursday, August 9, 2007

Hot Air Balloons over Tracy.

I have always been Fascinated by Hot Air Ballooning !

Woke up this morning and went outside to pick up the morning paper (Tracy Press :-) Looked up and saw two hot air balloons in the sky.

Now, being a former resident of Santa Clara, I never really saw one up close, let alone in the open blue sky, so I was pretty excited.
Ran inside to get my camera. Took a few pictures !

I am going to book my wife and me on one of those air tours of the valley !!! Anybody want to join me with their spouse / significant other ?


This is the Tracy site I found:
CLICK Here for the website
Professor Muldoon's Hot Air Balloon Company

P.O. Box 1208

Tracy, CA 95378-1208
Phone: (800) 822-3333
(209) 833-9014

Let me know, My wife and I are going next weekend
(18th Aug '07)

God, I love this country !

Monday, July 2, 2007

Mr Ed's Mufflers - Good job!

A muffler and pipe welding recommendation !
Mr Ed's Mufflers, Tracy CA
(Off East 11th St)

I've been learning over the last few months, that Tracy is a very self contained and self sufficient little city, Very little that you need, cannot be found right here in town.

The Exhaust pipes on My Dodge Durango were rusted from the mufflers till the chrome tips. The previous owner apparently drove it up in Tahoe in the snow a lot. I did the mufflers on my Corvette last year from a guy in Santa Clara who put in Dual Flowmasters and angled chrome tips. Now I didn't want to drive all the way to the bay area just to do the pipes on my truck, so I thought I'd search locally.

Sure enough, I found this highly recommended place off East 11th st called Mr. Ed's Mufflers. The guy who worked there was so polite and no-nonsense and charged me fairly for dual pipes, Y-pipe and welded on Chrome tips. He did the job in 3 hours flat and did it with a smile. He did originally want me to replace the mufflers themselves, saying they might be rusted, but wanted to get it up on the lift to make sure.. either ways, he told me, "We don't charge you for stuff you don't need over here :-)"

A Before and After Pic.

Before (Click to expand) - - - - - After (Click to expand)

Anyone who wants a good job done, for a great price and with a smile, visit Mr. Ed's. I'd definitely recommend him. Contact and location below.

Website :
Location : 23910 S Darrigo Way, Tracy, CA 95304

Cheers all, and a very Happy 4th of July !

Monday, June 25, 2007

Random Tracy Roadster...

Summer time is Driving time in Tracy...
(..and for that matter, everywhere else in Sunny California)

I see some really nice Hot rods and Classic cars on Tracy streets from time to time. Infact nearly every second house I see, (when their garages are open) seem to conceal some 4-wheeled treasure or the other.

I saw this Hot Rod yesterday. Notice how the engine is wide open. This guy was really letting her rip and enjoying himself. Kudos to him (whomever he may be) for the hard work put in.
(click to enlarge)
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I also saw a beautiful Orange early 70's charger a couple weeks ago, (Truly beautiful) but I didn't have my camera at the time. I did however find some pics from the internet to show you what I mean
(click to enlarge)

Does Tracy have any local classic car clubs ? Or do I have to wait till august for the Glass on the Grass show (or the tracy classic car show, I think) to find out ?