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November 19, 2012


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Maureen Lang

For anyone interested, there are many, many more photos of the wonderful vehicles (& folks) at this year's Mason's Cruise In available for viewing through this link:

Mason's Hot Rods Gallery


Nice profile! Autos are a long way from where I started - nuclear engineering - but I hope Allen Mason and the family survive this downturn also. You might have him check out some historical auto facts on this blog run by a friend:


1940 Ford pick up truck congratulations to you husband, looks gorgeous.


I'm a lefty northeast liberal reluctant vietnam vet(never was in a situation where I had to discharge my weapon in combat, though) who reads sic semper tyrannis regularly. I haven't been able to think of anything clever enough to post there, but I just checked out the Athenaeum and your car music playlist totally did me in from my populist right flank. I wanted to compliment you on your good work. Happy Thanksgiving.


Hi Maureen,
A very (belated)Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours. And thank you very much for a great read about some great folks, a wonderful cause, cool songs and some sweet rides. Missed you!


Mike & I thank you for the posting on Mason's. You linked one of my favorite car songs "Hot Rod Lincoln" and here are the lyrics. Thanks again for writing this.

Hot Rod Lincoln by Charlie Ryan

Well you've heard the story of the hot-rod race that fatal day,
when the Ford and the Mercury went out to play.
This is the inside story I'm here to say,
I was the kid that was a-drivin' that Model-A.

It's got a Lincoln motor and it's really souped up,
and that Model-A body makes it look like a pup.
It's got twelve cylinders, and uses them all,
with an overdrive that just won't stall.

It's got a four-barrel carb and dual exhaust,
4-11 gears, she can really get lost.
Got safety tubes and I'm not scared,
the brakes are good and the tires are fair.

We left San Pedro late one night,
the moon and the stars were shining bright,
everything went fine up the Grapevine hill,
we was passin' cars like they was standin' still.

Then all of a sudden, like a flick of an eye,
a Cadillac sedan had passed us by.
The remark was made "there's the car for me,"
but by then the taillights were all you could see.

Well the fellers ribbed me for bein' behind,
so I started to make that Lincoln unwind.
I took my foot off the gas and man alive,
I shoved it down into overdrive.

Well I wound it up to a hundred and ten,
twisted the speedometer cable off the end.
I had my foot keyed clear to the floor,
said "that's all there is, there ain't no more."

I went around a corner and I passed a truck,
I whispered a prayer, just for luck.
The fenders was clickin' a guardrail post
the guys beside me were white as a ghost.

I guess they'd thought I'd lost my sense,
the telephone poles looked like a picket fence.
They said "slow down, I see spots,"
the lines on the road just looked like dots.

Smoke was rollin' outta the back,
when I started to gain on that Cadillac.
I knew I could catch him, and hoped I could pass,
But when I did, I'd be short on gas.

We went around a corner with the tires on the side,
you could feel the tension, man what a ride!
I said "hold on, I got a license to fly,"
and the Cadillac pulled over and let me go by.

Then all of a-sudden, the rods started knockin',
when down in the dip, she started a-rockin'.
I looked in my mirror 'n' red lights was blinkin'.
The cops was after my hot rod Lincoln.

Well, they arrested me, and put me in jail.
I called my pop to go my bail.
He said "son, you're gonna drive me to drinkin'
if you don't stop drivin' that hot rod Lincoln."


Hi Maureen,
One of my favorite car songs is "Motor Head Baby" by multi instrumentalist, singer, songwriter Johnny 'Guitar' Watson. I couldn't find his version but I found the Chuck Higgins' band take (ca 1952) - which features Johnny Watson, then known as Young John Watson on piano and vocals, who would have been 16 or 17 at the time. Jimmie Vaughan, Stevie's older brother would also later cover the tune. John was a dear friend and I had the privilege of recording with him. He was a profound influence on many artists such as Etta James, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Miller, Sly Stone, Stevie & Jimmie Vaughan and numerous others.

Bluegrass giant and Virginian Ralph Stanley did a radio spot for Barack which ran in the state. (Some of my fellow liberals seem to have been shocked.)

Maureen Lang

Hi taters,

Motor Head Baby's great! Thanks for your post.

Also, I'm a fan of the Stanley Bros. from way back- saw Ralph over at Royce Hall the last time he was in L.A. His voice is still exquisite. When it came out I emailed that radio spot he did for Obama to just about everybody I know. Ralph's one of the coolest guys around.

To all who have posted comments- thanks for all your responses, links, etc. If you have any more links that are vehicle or music related, please keep 'em coming. Lyrics to favorite songs are good, too. The ones I've looked at so far are superb.


I'll just take you up on that, Maureen. Some video links to favorite car songs and road music follow.

Rocket 88 by Bill Haley and the Saddlemen

Chevrolet by ZZ Top

White Line Fever by Merle Haggard

Six Days on the Road by Taj Mahal


All cool links JFF! Ah, Rocket 88, the Ike Turner/Jackie Brenston classic. Bill Haley does a wonderful job.
Man, I love me some Merle. "White Line Fever" is sheer poetry.

Here is the inimitable 'Wicked Pickett' - Mr. Wilson Pickett, singing 'Mustang Sally' live in '66. The tune was penned by Detroit's own Sir Mack Rice.

And Albert King doing "Cadillac Assembly Line"

Charles I

Thanks for the cool car stuff and links. I happened to come across Ron Mann's film 'Tales of the Rat Fink', the story of funny car designer Ed "Big Daddy Roth" Not really a car nut, but it reminded me of all those models we used to so excitedly make and decorate, the chrome, the little decals your little fingers had to get on just right. . . then we'd blow 'em all up in Fire Cracker Day.

Joe Chaisson

Nice to see from their website that Mason's Hot Rods weathered the economy storm. Thanks for posting this on SST!

How has the restored pickup workd out?

Maureen Lang

Joe Chaisson,

The '40 Ford pickup purrs like a kitten & runs like a dream. Thanks for asking- it's a wonderful ride & great fun to drive.

11:06 p.m....dishes are done, company has hit the hay...time to wish one more very Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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