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A Little Car News
A Little Car News
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John Wallace sends along a few pix of the Chuy’s
Parade action for 2006.. The Micronuts fielded
three Isettas, a pristine Fiat 500 and Warren
Kodosky’s Amphicar, props a’spinnin’.
Model A Roadster body. Check. ’32 Ford rails and
grille. Check. Moon tank. Check. 392 Chrysler
Hemi. Double check.
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Given that this was our 6 year of participating in
the parade, we were well cared for. The National
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Guard 36 Infantry Marching Band was in front
of us and these “guard babes” were right behind.
Just in case, the Austin Greyhound Club provided
the south bookend. (No. Dogs, not buses.)
Here’s a shot sent to us by Chuck Kichline. That’s
John and Melanie Wallace in the Isetta on the
left, Bill Gaston in his newly acquired Isetta on
the right. More on next page.
Blaster has been placed on 25 South African
vehicles since its introduction.
At 3,900 rand ($655), it offers cheap, dramatic
defense against carjackers. It has yet to be
deemed illegal. South African courts allow killing
if convinced that it's in self-defense. The defense
is not unheard of. In last year's 13,000
carjackings, criminals often brandished weapons
or used them with little provocation.
Andy and Janie Amescua’s red car in the middle
of the pack
The Blaster squirts liquefied gas from a bottle in
the automobile's trunk through two nozzles,
located under the front doors. The gas is then
ignited by an electric spark, with fiery
consequences. Both sides flame at the same time,
regardless of whether the attack is coming from
just one side of the vehicle, or whether passersby
are on the other side. But the breadth and depth
of blast can be modified according to individual
preference.
Firefighters, medical personnel and the police
agree 100 percent "that it will never kill a person,"
Fourie asserted. "This is definitely non-lethal.... A
person is not going to stand there for a minute
while you roast him. It will fend off the attacker,
and that's the end of it."
Warren and Lisa Kodosky heading up the rear in
the Amphicar.
Head over to www.texas442.com/chuys/ for
more parade action.
FLAMETHROWERS LEGAL IN SOUTH AFRICA
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (CNN) -- Crimeobsessed South Africans have a powerful new
weapon with which to stop likely criminals: the car
flamethrower. Casting a man-high fireball,
reportedly with no damage to the paint, the
Inventor Charl Fourie, 33, has filed an
international patent application. He anticipates
thousands of orders nationally and from abroad.
"The demand is huge," he said.
Hey, speaking of South Africa and flamethrowers,
here are a shot Manfried Koster sent us recently
depicting the NASCAR-garage-quality services
offered at a local muffler shop.
Wanna see a minicar soccer match? It’s right
here> www.tinyurl.com/ybpdu8 . Thank you again,
Mr. Graefen!
That does it for 2006. We’ve got an office pool
going on whether the January 2007 ALCN can get
out on time. Merry Christmas and Happy New
Year everyone! … BF

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