Wednesday, February 20, 2008

HooptyRides HQ

We received the unique opportunity to tour Hooptyrides HQ, home of Mr Jalopy. If you don't know who that is, follow the link, do some reading and come back.

Basically, this was as close to a real-life Wonka factory as it gets. Secret location? Check. Eccentric Recluse? Check. Oompa-loompas? Ummm...not really, but he does have one helper-guy helping him out. I was hoping all the other visitors would be eliminated in one way or another, leaving only Daisy and I to inherit the place. No such luck.

Mr Jalopy has managed to acquire crazy-old-hotrodder-guy-who-just-died quantities of junk. While the quantity is certainly impressive it's the quality of his junk that sets Mr Jalopy apart.

A wall of metal containers:

A glass case full of Gauges:

A great collection of large-size jackstands:

He's in the process of Frankensteining two fluid-coupling dynos together, the detailed workings of which he was happy to lecture:

Don't think that just because Mr Jalopy is such a ravenous collector that he's incapable of vetting his possessions (for a price, that is):

There is one problem with the crowd that assembled for the event...they almost all fit the same description. I was trying to describe someone to Daisy on the way home, and it went a little something like this:
"You remember, the guy with the kinda shaggy beard?"
"He had glasses"
"Not helping"

Case in point:

A look around that picture shows the assortment of scruffy-faced gentlemen (and a few not-so scruffy ladies) that were in attendance.

Your reward for reading or scrolling all the way to the end is a set of links to pictures of the event. (The last one's mine)

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