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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Ryan, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. Kona Cruisers
    Joined: Feb 4, 2007
    Posts: 1,074

    Kona Cruisers


    NOW about living in Hawaii.

    RANT ON...

    From my time living on the Big Island....

    Hilo is the most rained out Drag strip venue in the Nation... Not opinon, thats a fact.

    I had friends who would run the jet cars over there, He'd book room sat and sunday night because 80% of the time Sat or Sun got rained out and it bumped over untill Monday.


    I got the old Island Chevrolet to donate 1500 $ , My dads shop Honokohau Machine to Donate 500$, My personal buisness in Hawaii (Kona Cruisers : I rebuilt old FJ40's) 500$. And a earthwork buis (forgot name) to do 2 weeks with 8 guys at 50% rate.. over 6 years ago.( and I was just a small fundraiser maybe .5 % of total raised as of 2008) I understand that is nothing towards the total cost, but there was lots of state money invovled too.

    The county and State approved land usage but fucking Bill Gates and Michael Dell , Oprah and the rest of the guys at the world most Douchy neighbor hood keep challenging different enviro studies and such... (This is 6.5 miles from the closest house... 8.5 from theirs... IN THE MIDDLE OF A DESOLATE LAVA FLOW)

    Forget buying cool stuff here or on ebay and ship it there with out having to have a relay point ...

    I had a set of 16x11 ansens shipped 185$ POSTAL service. Not UPS or Fed EX...not including the amount i paid to get them to a Hamber in Cali..

    Cost of living... 2012 AVG elec rate... 42.47 per KWH...

    Crazy gun laws..

    RANT OFF...

    You get to cruise EVERY Day...
    You cant beat the view.. ( I moved to Alaska better view IMO... but not most peoples)
    Kona side you can ride motercycle every day to save on gas...
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  2. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,044

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    Honest to god, I could care less about any of that stuff simply because the ocean owns me. When I'm old and dying, I will be living in Kauai. Just me, a roadster, my surf board, my wife, and the ocean... That's all I'll need.
  3. Kona Cruisers
    Joined: Feb 4, 2007
    Posts: 1,074

    Kona Cruisers

    Sorry for the rant. I just got so disenfranchised by the time I left I am a bit jaded. I decided to move, sold my shit and moved off island 11 days later... I do miss my long board and spear fishing gear. It lives with my best friend in Koloko. The Folks are spliting time snowbird style between here (AK) and Kona...

    Never forget the rich people there rule the islands.. I'm not talking 1%ers... I'm talking forbes top 75ers...
  4. No matter how fast they go in the quarter mile... it still is not fast enough to jump to the next Island!!!

    When I was stationed at Hickam AFB... the coolest thing about it was I was stationed on a tropical Island!

    The worst thing about it was that I was stationed on an Island... needed a boat or an airplane to go anywhere from that postage stamp.

    With all my wandering time cut to nil... I Learned to surf, scuba and wind surf.

    I'd show up for my afternoon formation (2nd shift) wet and with sand pouring out of every orifice!

    Loved it!
  5. zipoleon
    Joined: Dec 19, 2006
    Posts: 281


    It is the Ventures, period
  6. afaulk
    Joined: Jul 20, 2011
    Posts: 1,189


    Thanks Ryan cool video and music. Back in the 60s I wore blisters on all my fingers learning the licks to just about all the Ventures tunes. Skinned all my knuckles bending wrenches too.
  7. The cover of Walk don't run is not the Ventures. There's way to many covers in my collection to guess who that is. It's not one that I own. If it is the Ventures, it's sure not a version I ever heard.
  8. 5CHERO8
    Joined: Feb 22, 2013
    Posts: 71


    In 1992, my late wife Patty Piantanida and I were invited to Hawaii to reopen the road course at Hawaii Motorsport Center. Patty and I were both National Chief SCCA Stewards so as a team, we had the credentials to officiate at the track. I was Chief Steward and Patty was Chairman Stewards of the Meet. We found the track in pretty good shape, although we discovered that the fire extinguishers had net been certified for a few years. As I recall, things went pretty smoothly, although there was a crash involving a car that had been rented, and the owner wanted the Stewards of the Meet to grant restitution, which, of course, they could not do. Patty and I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend in Hawaii. Patty was on chemotherapy at that time and passed away in 1995. Tom Piantanida
  9. Skeezix
    Joined: Jan 10, 2007
    Posts: 846

    from SoCal

    I posted my dads drag shots here and on this website Hawai'i 1949

    It's a flash page so you may need the iSwifter app or a PC since apple and adobe don't play together
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2013
  10. BrandonSilva
    Joined: Aug 5, 2008
    Posts: 170


    Nice!! Perfect timing for this thread ryan! I'm heading to Oahu on saturday! gonna spend a week there....I'll hunt that old track wife will be thrilled :eek:
  11. Lucky444
    Joined: May 14, 2006
    Posts: 1,151


    I'm always amazed that whenever there is a thread about Hawaii, a passionate debate about what's good or bad about living here ensues.

    I guess it's that kind of place, you either love it or hate it. Like anywhere else it has its ups and downs. Certainly the cost of living here is the highest in the nation and Honolulu can be a crowded mess, but when you get out to the neighbor islands, the pace and environment changes dramatically. I grew up on Kauai and it will always be a special place for me.

    Back to the issue at hand...thanks for sharing that film Ryan. Total time warp, island style.
  12. Jungle Jalopy
    Joined: Mar 31, 2010
    Posts: 200

    Jungle Jalopy

    Um, not really, "Kona Cruiser". I haven't noticed rich folks ruling anything around here.
  13. Chrisbcritter
    Joined: Sep 11, 2011
    Posts: 1,837


    "Walk, Don't Run" is definitely somebody's (maybe even the Ventures'?) re-recording - and no, it's not "Walk, Don't Run '64" either, but Jørgen Ingmann's "Apache" was the real deal.
    And to the owner of the film: See if you can get your money back from whoever made the transfer - they could have focused it much better and they should have cleaned the dirt off the print before running it.
  14. JimPunkrockford
    Joined: Feb 18, 2008
    Posts: 1

    from Hawaii

    i don't want to get any hopes up but we may be having an SCCA autocross event at Vidinha. let the scores get settled, road course style. :)

    i guess bikes aren't invited but seems you might have a bike powered car coming along. looks super badass
  15. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 3,094


    The Hawaii Motor Rebuilders Coupe know as the Wiki-Wiki Deuce is bitchen!

  16. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,200


    Thank you for the video,or as they say in th islands,Mahalo.
  17. V4F
    Joined: Aug 8, 2008
    Posts: 4,075

    from middle ca.

    when I was there , the track was way slick . hard to go fast ........
  18. Deuce Lover
    Joined: Feb 15, 2009
    Posts: 665

    Deuce Lover

    Ryan thanks for that.I was born and raised here on the Big Island and left when I was 15(1959).Retired back here a couple yrs ago 12 mi north of Hilo.Remember the days when the old Fords and others drove the streets here as well as the Jalopy races.Read my profile.Any Hambers visiting the Hilo side give me a heads up and we can meet to"talk story".
  19. Kona Cruisers
    Joined: Feb 4, 2007
    Posts: 1,074

    Kona Cruisers

    Then you arent involved in getting the track going on the Kona side. Haualalai and its resident homes are the reason it hasn't gone any where.
  20. CalGasser
    Joined: Apr 11, 2005
    Posts: 795


    You guys were really lucky! Sad as to what's happened to HRP - kinda brings a tear to your eye don't it? Sad part is it's just sitting there and not being used for anything. At least let the locals use it so it's not wasting away.
  21. 296ardun
    Joined: Feb 11, 2009
    Posts: 4,206


    Great video, noticed towards the end the Glass Slipper makes an appearance, then remembered that there was a story in HRM in '57 about some California cars that took the ship to Hawaii to race: Glass Slipper, Nesbitt Orange dragter of Maurice Richer, and a couple of others....probably the only video of their appearance...

    (The 32 Ardun-powered 5-window wound up in Montana when the Hawaii-based owners moved there to attend college, but when they still lived in Hawaii they took it to the NHRA Nationals where they won the long distance award...wonder where it is now?)
  22. 6t5frlane
    Joined: Dec 8, 2004
    Posts: 2,384

    from New York

    Did a little recon mission in 88 on my Honeymoon and also fould this place
  23. Special Ed
    Joined: Nov 1, 2007
    Posts: 5,906

    Special Ed

    When folks on the mainland used to ask me about the (higher?) cost of living in the Islands, I'd explain to them that I'd never had to buy any shoes, or socks, or coats, or jackets, or sweaters, or pants, or pay for any heat or a/c, and many other trade-offs. It all ends up being relative, doesn't it? ... Plus, you can grow your own lilikoi, guavas, papayas, bananas, pineapple, or anything else that nature produces, year 'round ... :)
  24. customrod48
    Joined: Oct 10, 2010
    Posts: 201


    I ran a '57 chev in Oahu some where outside Pearl City back in the late '60's early 70's while serving at Pearl Harbor............those were the days............
  25. CalGasser
    Joined: Apr 11, 2005
    Posts: 795


    Did your 57 have a tilt front end with gate hinges? I remember seeing a service man with one in Pearl City - where I'm from.
  26. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 24,904

    Jalopy Joker

    Hawaii - Drag Racing - dreams do come true. Aloha

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  28. customrod48
    Joined: Oct 10, 2010
    Posts: 201


    no tilt, it was lime green 2dr ht
  29. Got a point there!

    I ate on base... slept on base... rented the surf boards... scuba gear and wind surfer from base for "pennies to the tourist dollars"!

    My biggest expense was gasing up the Honolulu rent a wreck Toyota!:eek:

    If I did eat off base "Patty's Place" in the mall had a very reasonable buffet.
  30. BruceWheelerDealer
    Joined: May 19, 2012
    Posts: 7

    from Maui

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