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Folks Of Interest The Ben Thomas Affair

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, May 11, 2016.

  1. Ryan
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    Ryan submitted a new blog post:

    The Ben Thomas Affair

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    Continue reading the Original Blog Post
     
  2. Tom davison
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    "Accolades" to you and your "attorney". Thanks for re-posting.

    To those without the book...get it!
     
  3. flamingokid
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    It looks like the U.S. of A has added another skilled craftsman to its ranks :)
     
  4. DDDenny
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    What happened next will stay between me, Ben, and the four stooges, but it’s like I said – Ben is a man’s man of another generation.

    Aw man, just when it was get'n good!
    Ryan, you are a good judge of both character and metal.
    Great story and welcome aboard Ben.
     

  5. Ryan
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    It's funny... A lot of people have asked me about the factualness of this and other stories I've ran with hints of hooliganism. I actually just found an error in this very story. It wasn't "Sunset" Beer that Ben and I bought, but "Sun Down" Beer.

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    My fact checker isn't worth a damn...
     
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  6. Tim
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    Couldn't think of a better fit, at least style wise, of people to be working together. Here we thought Atomic hq couldn't pump out any more cool and then you guys do this!
     
  7. Jungle Jalopy
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  8. BLAKE
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    If I remember correctly, that was a pretty good day!

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  9. Cool story and even cooler car and it's owner.
     
  10. Good on ya mate,,, in my terrible Ausie accent
    Never made it South,, next time
     
  11. Ryan
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    God... We ARE a due a road trip....
     
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  12. What happened next will stay between me, Ben, and the four stooges, but it’s like I said – Ben is a man’s man of another generation.
    i am guessing something to the effect of;
    "i kicked old green teeth straight in the knee" Charlie Danials "easy rider"
     
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  13. louisb
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    Just make sure he puts the steering wheel on the right side of the car.

    --louis
     
  14. WiredSpider
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    It is on the right side of the car
     
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  15. von Dyck
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    What! No finned aluminum heads. This flatty looks great as presented. Nicely done.
     
  16. Mr Bent.T

    Look after him for us.
     
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  17. tfeverfred
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    It's always cool to meet "real" people. Nice roadster.
     
  18. Ryan
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    Here's the goofy bastard as of about 5 minutes ago:

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  19. Great story - awesome roadster.
    Ben looks like a perfect fit to your team.
    All the very best for all of you guys.
     
  20. MCQ
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    Guys a Man of his word, helped me realize my traditional Hot Rod dreams...
     
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  21. mgermca
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    "The year is 1947, an ex-serviceman returns home to Southern California. His old '32 Ford Roadster is removed from the shed, and the guts of a wrecked '39 Mercury sedan are transplanted in, giving more power, braking and top speed, essential for the dry lakes racing career he will embark on. He outfits the motor with products from the growing speed equipment industries catalogues, and races his car against fellow car club members and the clock. The car also serves as daily transport for him in the mild So Cal climate, the loud twin exhausts upsetting the locals still not used to the returned soldiers need for peacetime thrills. The era immediately following WW2 in Southern California was the time frame and inspiration for me to build an accurate recreation of a stripped down, dry lakes racing, late forties street roadster. Something of a time machine, so that a drive down the street or across the state could become a journey back sixty years.
    Rancho Deluxe is my full time business, building traditional hotrod classics and components, and assembling period correct cars. The Rancho Deluxe roadster is my expression of a true Hot-Rod, a time machine back to when innovation was hand built, and the true test of man and machine was flat out across the Lakes"

    -Ben Thomas
    Rancho Deluxe:
     
  22. I've met this cat a time or two. Ask him about his Tucson connection. Ben, You never call anymore.
     
  23. thommoina33
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    I think we finished that night with Ryan splayed over my pool table and a drained liquor cabinet.
     
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  24. BLAKE
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    To be fair, Pro-Level Hip-Hop Karaoke™ can take a lot out of a fella...
     
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  25. pictures?
    video?
     
  26. pwschuh
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    Without a YouTube video, it never happened.
     
  27. Ryan
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    Australian rules pool, gangster rap, and mixed drinks in a can... It was all terribly hard to cope with man. I'm still not certain just how we made it past that night - much less back to the states.

    But remember when that one dude told Martin that his skin would make a nice lamp shade?
     
  28. BLAKE
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    Yep... but, in all fairness, he had a point.
     
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  29. Atwater Mike
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    Mmmm, Ryan... "My attorney and I had just entered the realm of Fear and Loathing, in O-Z. Unsure, I rechecked my surroundings. The four thugs had turned into giant alligators...
    "My attorney recommended another Sundowner..."
     
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  30. HOTFR8
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    Another great guy and Hot Rod Craftsman has been lost to Australia but I am sure he will make a great home in the US. Rancho Deluxe was always a great place to visit.
     

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