Nitro is in the Air…

Waving the Honest Charley banner, Army Armstrong boils the hides en route to debuting his brand new “Joker” ’67 Nova in the IHRA Prostalgia Class at Rockingham, NC this past weekend. Nitro Nostalgia funny cars have become the new “bad-boys” on the drag racing block with spectacular side by side action at over 250 mph and high 5 second quarter mile times being the norm for a typical pass.

Fan response to the new class has been overwhelming as race enthusiasts can really identify with the muscle-car-on-steroid type appearance of the various body styles, names, paint schemes, etc. that make this class unique. Novas, Camaros, Vegas, Corvettes Dusters, Mustangs, etc….all have late 60’s early 70’s styling cues and big time horsepower (we’re talkin’ 4,000+). The open style pit-area where fans can interact with the crews, drivers and purchase merchandise from their favorite teams leaves a lasting impression on anybody from ages 8-80. We’re glad to see Army representing the Honest Charley Speed Shop and we hope to see the Joker up close and personal sometime soon!

Road Trip!

There’s nothing better than hopping in an old hot rod and taking a road trip, especially if it’s with your best buddy. Chuck Yaeger did just that with his ’33 Ford coupe, making the trek from his hometown of Macomb, Illinois to Fort Myers, Florida. The springtime trip made for a great ride, and his friend David Riley was in the passenger seat to help him enjoy it.

Chuck Yaeger's '33 Ford Coupe

Chuck’s three-window coupe features a fiberglass body, and sits nice and low over a set of polished Americans and BFGoodrich radials. Under the steel three-piece hood is an LS1 engine with a few modifications to easily put it into 400hp territory. Behind the fuel injected engine is a six-speed manual transmission, with a 4.11 gear set out back. Talk about a hot rod that’ll get up and go–this one will definitely pin you back in the seat.

Chuck's coupe looks right at home in front of Honest Charley Speed Shop
Chuck’s coupe looks right at home in front of Honest Charley Speed Shop.

Chuck and David hangin out at Honest Charley
That’s Chuck Yaeger on the left and David Riley on the right.

The duo said that temperatures were barely over freezing when they left Illnois, but with sunny skies and temperatures in the 80’s they’ll have a great ride home. They picked a great day to stop by Honest Charley Speed Shop and we grabbed a couple of shots of them before they hit the road again.

A Deuce in the Showroom?

You bet! We got motivated by all this warm weather and sunshine and set up a new display in the Honest Charley showroom. If you’re in the area, you need to check it out. We keep enough stuff in stock to build a complete hot rod in a matter of hours. The Brookville roadster body is really a nice piece with uniform panel gaps and flawless panels–it wouldn’t take much bodywork to get this one ready for paint! It never hurts to change the scenery once in a while, and we knew how to spruce up the show room for our walk-in customers. Check it out!

Old Man Winter

Chattanooga, TN has strange weather patterns, but this winter has certainly been one for the books. Very cold temperatures and more snow than we’ve had in over a decade is enough to send most folks into shock. Of course, everyone has to stock up on milk and bread prior to any snowfall, but relearn their snow-driving skills. Other parts of the country are being pounded with heavy snow, but hot rods are still being built, even in the coldest of climates. Just fire up a good ‘ole kerosene heater and get to work, right? Well, sometimes it’s not that easy to get motivated.

This hot rodder in Ohio will have a hard time digging out!

This hot rodder in Ohio will have a hard time digging out!

Chattanooga, TN Snow--Not quite as severe as our neighbors to the north, but fun nonetheless.

Chattanooga, TN Snow from last week--Not quite as severe as our neighbors to the north, but fun nonetheless.

Regardless of the temperatures, winter is the perfect time to rebuild a hot rod, or at least perform routine maintenance while driving season is on hold. And if you choose to drive your hot rod in this wild weather, don’t say we didn’t warn you that donuts are addictive.

There’s A First Time For Everything!

Some folks might think the crew at Honest Charley Speed Shop is stuck in the past, and they’re probably right. But hey, who wouldn’t want to be stuck in the glory days of hot rodding, when Deuce roadsters casually roamed the earth, and Flatheads ruled the racing world? Today, things are quite different, even though the ’32 Ford still reigns supreme in most hot rodder’s minds.

Double Exposure Deuce

Technology is more abundant than ever, and it gives Honest Charley a chance to reach out to its customers in a new way. We’ve had a website and online store for a while now, but our latest endeavor is the BLOG! And no, we’re not talking about a scary creature from a ’50s movie or the sound you make after a hard night on the town. This blog will keep you up to date on the happenings at Honest Charley and hopefully entertain you at the same time, so check back often for updates.

Monte Carlo, Honest Charley Customer Car

Here in Tennessee, the temperatures have dropped and the leaves are changing colors, so it’s time to hit up the last few shows of the year before winter sets in. Cold weather is the perfect time to make a few changes on your hot rod, be it a simple modification or a complete rebuild. It’s also a good time to find a deal on an old car or even a motorcycle, as prices generally drop with the temperatures. In fact, you may want the best of both worlds, which is Honest Charley’s Famous Flathead Motorcycle.

The Flathead Motorcycle starts with a hard tail chassis, and it features a springer front end for just the right amount of vintage flavor. The focus point is the Flathead engine, which is a Ford V8-60 model, updated to modern standards to keep it reliable and efficient. It may not be highly modified, but the 136ci Flathead makes 60 horsepower and has plenty of torque to get it rolling. A custom direct drive transmission, a coolant recovery system and a fuel range of approximately 100 miles makes for a dependable bike, while the undeniable exhaust note is what hot rodding is all about. Just imagine a ’40 Ford with straight pipes and you get the idea.

Honest Charley Famous Flathead Motorcycle

These bikes are totally street legal, with the required lights, mirrors and horn, and it even has a 12-volt charging system, complete with a Delco alternator. This may not be the right bike if you plan on riding in traffic everyday, but it’s definitely an awesome cruiser with looks and sounds that will draw a crowd everywhere you go. Check out the link on the Honest Charley home page if you want to learn more about the Flathead Motorcycle–it’s a great combination of hot rod and motorcycle artifacts, and it runs as good as it looks.

That’s all for our very first Honest blog, but check back frequently to see progress on our project cars, and all sorts of cool stuff.