NASCAR Race Week

It’s race week here in Fontana, CA. Not sure if you were aware of this, but the Auto Club Speedway is just down the street from CAPD headquarters. It’s pretty awesome when there’s some racing or qualifying going on, we can hear it at our offices. Nothing like the smell of burning rubber in the air. I stopped by the Auto Club Speedway Administration office the other day and saw this awesome statue/plaque in their lobby. It was very nicely done!

Then I noticed the Woody looked very familiar. Yes it is… a 1:18 scale Maisto 1948 Chevrolet® Fleetmaster™ “Woody!”

this woody had a trailer with the famous Jimmie Johnson’s ride in tow.

Whenever race week comes around, I see so many NASCAR big rigs heading to the track on the freeway or side streets close to headquarters. So here is today’s Freeway Foto of Digger and his buddies shot on I-15. They were lookin right at me!

So I will be attending my very first ever NASCAR event this Sunday  for the Pepsi Max 400! I’m looking forward to it.

I got nothin… (Freeway Fotos)

So sometimes it happens, we get busy, workin the day away, and then BOOM, it hits us….we haven’t posted yet today! What do we post? We have so much new product coming out, but can’t show it all just yet! We are kickin butt here, preparing for Fall Toy Preview in Dallas right now, so things are kind of crazy. We’re working on our catalog and banging out the rest of 2010/2011 product. So when we’re crunched for time, we rely on our good ol’ standby, “Freeway Fotos”.

But wait, what about all this new product? Like I said, there is stuff going on, that I just can’t talk about yet…so here’s a tease. I know… brutal.

Here’s what Jake has to say about it…

Freeway Sighting Dead Man’s Chest

While doing research recently on big rigs I came across the Dead Man’s Chest on

And I just happen to spot it on the freeway, not to hard since the owner is located close to CAPD.

TRUCK NAME: Dead Man’s Chest
OWNER: Jessica Martinez Trucking, Mira Loma, Calif.
MAKE/MODEL: ‘89 Peterbilt 379
ENGINE: Caterpillar, 425 hp
TRANSMISSION: Eaton 18-speed
PAINT: Tangerine over silver brass/black; lettering by Wild Bill
GRAPHICS: Isaac Espinoza, Infectious Designs Custom Paint
INTERIOR MODS: Chrysler Towncar front seats
EXTERIOR MODS: Alcoa wheels, custom visor and rear light bar

Freeway Fotos: Something Different

Normally I’m all about the cars, new, old, American muscle,Japanese, and even some exotics you know the usual suspects of awesome. I do love the look and the freedom of motorcycles on the open road. I would love to build a bike one day maybe after the 67 is done, just have to wait and see.

So on the way into CAPD I saw this bike on the 60 and had to snap a few pics of it. I really like the less is more on this bike, and how it’s set up. The rake is just enough not crazy, the bars are totally do able, not like ape hangers over your head. That’s cool for some dudes I’m not a fan but do what you like. The back tire isn’t so wide it looks like it should be on a car, another plus one in my book. No front fender, simple black paint, just enough chrome to pop, you can actually see the cables! It’s a machine and I personally like that you can see that side of it. A real classic look in my opinion, this bike looks great today and will still look great 25 years from now.

Some may find this bike bland and not flashy enough, it’s not hip with the current trends. How many more bikes need realistic flames really???

Freeway Fotos: What’s your dream car?

I took this pic a few weeks ago, we were out getting dinner and I spied this old Chevy Truck sitting in someone’s lot (Reminded me of our “Old Friends” line.) Rusted and beaten down a bit, but I could see her potential. She could shine once again with a little attention, sweat, and lots of love. I can’t believe people let these jewels just rust away.

It got me thinking about my dream car. Sure it would be sweet to be rich like Jay Leno and be able to have garages and warehouses full of cars. I mean, there are so many awesome cars out there, I’m sure I could create a lengthy list of cars I’d love to have. However, my dream car, started when I was a young boy. My grandfather had picked up a 54 Chevy Bel Air, he told me when I was old enough, it would be mine. I don’t remember what color it was when he picked it up, but I do remember him painting it Green on the bottom with the top painted White. She was gorgeous. This is obviously not the car, but this is an example of the color combo.

When I was 14 my grandfather passed away and unfortunately, the car I was promised was sold. So this car has always held a dear spot in my heart. Now that I’ve grown up (some would argue that), I’m on a mission to get one (53-54) when I am able to save up some money for one. That is not the case right now, obviously there are other priorities. When I do get one though, I could see it starting something like this.

And finishing with something like this.

So, what’s your Dream Car?

Freeway Fotos: Alaska edition

"Ice Road Trucker" on the way north
"Ice Road Trucker" on the way north

These are probably going to be the northern-most pix to appear in the blog. However, this isn’t on a freeway (I don’t think there are any in Alaska outside of Anchorage) and I wasn’t driving. Instead, I shot the first two from a tour bus on the Park Highway a few hundred miles south of Denali National Park this past Sunday. Many things are bigger in Alaska than in the lower 48, and big rigs are no exception. From the moose bars and extra lights on the front to the double 40-foot trailers, it’s ready for the adverse conditions found in the state.

That "65" is not 'shopped!
That "65" is not 'shopped!

Trucks aren’t the only big thing up in the 49th state. While there are construction zones with lower speed limits up there, in remote areas the work zone limit is the same as the regular speed limit except that the fines are doubled if you’re caught.

Ready for anything
Ready for anything

While there are a lot of “regular” cars and pickups out in Alaska during the summer, many are modified for winter use, too. Here’s one in a parking lot just outside Denali National Park.

Aftermarket bumper – check.

Raised suspension – check.

Never washed – check.

Spikes on top of hood – what the?

Freeway Fotos – Not So Easy

my wife hates freeway fotos. she says they are not safe to do, which is true, and she doesn’t see the point. of course, she does not read the blog, she doesn’t know cars, so what do you want? anyway, i was tracking a cool hot rod the other day, but could not get the shot aligned correctly. i then tried a rearview mirror shot, and got this one

yes sir, that’s a tan leather interior baby – love it?

the other day i played hooky to go to a 12:30 angels – red sox baseball game. on the way, i saw a nice nova i wanted a shot of

not bad, but could i get a better pic of it?

looks about the same as the last one. then i noticed, he was exiting the freeway. damn. so i tracked him, pulled up along side of him, and snapped this just as he was posing for me

and that’s how we do freeway fotos. happy saturday.