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OLEY FAIR & CAR SHOW

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It’s that time of the year again when the famous Oley Fair is going on.  This Fair has been here for many years, and even since I was in the Oley Senior High School, which is now gone to make room for a Park.  The Fair has not changed all that much since way back when I came here as a Teenager.  The displays offering different products for sale are about the same, just more modern.  This area has lot’s of History and farmland, so there are a few tractors and farm equipment on display.  The teenagers still come here, just like I did, but now it’s a different generation.  The food is just great and always has been.  People come here just for the food and walk around to see what’s new.  Farm animals are here also.  Cows, pigs, sheep, and lambs are here to be judged for best of show.  I think they all look good!

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This is just one of the pieces of farm equipment for sale.  New Hollard tractors are one of the ones that are popular to buy because they are made better.  Of course, the price goes along with it.  Farm tractors such as this run in the price range of $50,000!

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Along with the Fair, there is most always, a Car Show with quite a number of beautiful restored ole’ cars back from the ’50s & ’60s.  This is one of them.  The Man behind the car restored this 1938 Coupe himself.  It took him more than 10 yrs. to do all this!

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Just one of the number of T-Birds for show.

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The Image for this T-bird does not do it justice.  This was one beautiful, restored car!

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Looking from the rear.  Notice the Tiger tail.  It was a Tail to show he has a Tiger in his gas tank from Esso Gas.  Now, long gone.

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The mighty Pontic GTO with it’s 383 cid engine.  I remember this car well.  You could “light up the hides” with this muscle car so easy!  It would go like hell!  This is when gas was just 32 cents a gallon!  Remember that?  Cars like this will never be built again, and I find it a shame.

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This is the last one I’ll post.  I just love cars from the time I was in High School.  They bring back so many memories for us all.

Thank you for stopping by.

Les

LIGHT BOX PHOTO’S

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Taken from my Model Collection, the 1967 Ford GT500

It took me 3 different times to photograph this Model.  Each time I did this, a terrible “yellow” tint was in the background.  I hated this.  Could not get rid of it, until I found out that you can set your camera for different types of Light.  I didn’t know that.  So, I checked it out on what I was told.  I was using my home made “light box” for the Image and also was using normal lighting from 2 different lamps that I had around the house.  The Lamps work good, but have a bad problem showing a “yellow” tint from the Tungston lightbulb.  This is where that horrid yellow comes from.

After checking on how to change White Balance on my Nikon, I set it to a brighter balance.  Then on my 4th try, this is what the camera showed.  No more yellow tint.  I, of course, did some small enhancement with Lightroom CC, but it was not much.  There is also something else.  Don’t forget to change your camera back to the original settings, or you’ll be reminded quickly.

GREAT CARS OF THE 50’S.

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I know.  I have not Posted anything for a few weeks.  It’s that time of the year again when it’s just too cold to out there “snooping around” with my camera’s for something to Post about.  This seems to happen every year like this.  So, I thought that I’d start Posting on things that are more personal in my Life of 70 years.  There has been allot that I can reflect back on.  I’m hoping that the Followers that I still have will stay with me.

So, when the weather outside is just too cold, I do like to use my home made “Light Box.”  It’s very simple to make.  Just get a medium-size cardboard box and cut out the sides and top, leaving about an inch around the opening.  This way you have room for light fixtures to give the subject good lighting.  I use 2 Light fixtures on either side of the box.  Get some Poster paper that is the size of the inside of your Light Box.  They come in a variety of colors for you to use.  The Model car above is an example.  Shot with a Nikon D7000 using a White background.  ISO 200, f/14, AP Mode, Tripod Mounted.

This Model is an exact 1:18 scale of the 1959 Pink Cadillac Eldorado.  This Classic Car is just one of the collection that I have.  Built on the Fleetwood Body that started way back in the early 1900’s, the factory was in the town that I grew up in  .  .  .  Fleetwood, PA  The Pink Cadallic and others with different colors were known for their “plush velvet seats”, and the distinctive “tear drop rear lights”.  The Pink Cadillac was the most popular.  Bruce Springsteen’s “Pink Cadillac” is what that song is all about.

1957 FORD SKYLINER

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Some of you may recall that I do have a small collection of 1:18 scale models of Classic Cars of the 50’s & 60’s.  This is just one of them.

Built-in 1957 by the Ford Motor Company, the Ford Skyliner was one of the first cars that came out with a retractable roof that folded back into the trunk of the car.  By releasing 2 small clamps inside the passenger compartment, the owner could press a button and the roof would retract & fold into the truck.  It was a nice idea, but it ended up creating problems.

There were many troubles with the roof not folding back correctly, and the owner did not have any trunk space.  On top of this was the roof would leak water when it rained because it didn’t seal right.

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In 1958, Ford Motor Company came out with almost the same thing, but a slightly different style.  Named the 1958 Ford Fairlane Skyliner it stayed into production until 1959, when then it was discontinued.  The Car still remains as one of Fords Classic Cars.

FLEETWOOD AUTO BODY

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The Fleetwood Auto Body shop was built in 1909 in my old Home town of Fleetwood, PA.  Known for being the producer of the Cadillac Fleetwood body years ago this is the place where it all started.  It was the top producer of Fleetwood car bodies and wood that were then shipped off by rail to Detroit for further assembly.  The railroad off to the left is where all the car bodies were loaded and shipped out.  The tracks are still used to this day, but nothing from this old building.  When I was in HS, we used to play around this building just for the fun of it.  I’m also told that the place is Haunted!  Lights come on, strange noises, and voices are heard at night.  The Fleetwood Police have even been called here for strange things that have happened.  They find nothing.

Purchased then by Fisher Auto Body in 1925, it remained in business until later years when the Garden State Tannery took over some of the building that is no longer here.  Where you see the blue buildings in the background off to the right is where the Tannery used to stand.  The Tannery was in business tanning leather until it caught fire and burned to the ground on Dec. 23, 2003.

I remember the Tannery quite well.  The area used to have a bad smell from all the chemicals that were used to Tan Leather and other products they made.  It employed many people of Fleetwood and from the surrounding area until it went up in flames.  It was a bad fire.  Engine Company’s from all of the outside area’s responded to try and put this huge fire out.  There must have been 10 or more Engine Co’s here all fighting the fire, but nothing seem’d to put it out for a day or so.  The chemicals fueled the fire that could be seen for miles away.  Finally, the fire was contained and put out but not without destroying the whole place.  There was nothing left but the brick walls.  In time the fire gutted building was torn down.  Surprising that no one was hurt during the fire.

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This is a Image of the 1929 Cadillac Fleetwood V-8 that was built by Fisher Auto Body, originally Fleetwood Auto Body.  This is a outstanding looking car from day’s gone by.  They just don’t make them like this anymore!  Oh Yes.  This is not my Image.  It’s almost UN-believable that a famous car body came from my old home town!  How bout’ that.

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1949 Ford Sedan

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This was just one of the many great cars from long ago.  No air-conditioning, seat belts, or child proof seating.  An open window was your air that you had.  No FM Radio or Tape Player.  Did not exist in this year.  I was only 2 yrs. old when this car came out.  Of course, there were no colors like this, either.

GO FOR A RIDE?

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A 2016 Chevrolet Corvette.  702 HP engine.  Price?  $114,000

On Sunday there was a car show up at a place called Cabelas, who is a very large Outdoor Store that supplies all kinds of hunting, fishing, shooting, and cloths for the outdoor person.  I’ve been up to this huge store a number of times, and think that the products for sale a very expensive for my taste.  However, most people must not think so.  They do a outstanding business here.

So, I thought I’d take a run up here to see what the Car Show has.  Lot’s of Cars here from the 50’s & 60’s, as well as a few from the present day.  It was nice to walk around and see all these different cars, even though it was very windy.  There were about 40 different cars on display.  Most of them were in outstanding shape and took a long time to be restored back to their original glory.  Alot of money and time go into restoring these old cars.

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A 1963 Chevrolet Impala.

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Thanks for taking a trip back in time.  Remember that all Images are the sole property of Les Barr and may not be copied unless given my permission.

Les