Archive | August, 2012

Top 5 Made In America Muscle Cars

We are setting ourselves up for failure attempting to name only 5 classic Made in America cars but instead of completing a longer list we want to know your favorite muscle car and why. Just put your choices in the comments. If you own a muscle car send us a picture at –  photos(at) We will post it.

1966 Chevrolet Camaro Made in America

1966 Chevrolet Camaro

1. Chevrolet Camaro – 1966 – $2,466

The Mustang and Camaro had a fierce rivalry starting in the 60’s. Both were fast and great looking on the “strip.”

The first generation Camaro was based on Chevy’s compact Nova. It was rated at 140 horsepower but an RS/SS convertible powered by a 396 was provided by Chevy as a pace car for the 1967 Indianapolis 500. Motor Trend reported that its SS-350 did a quarter-mile in 15.4 seconds at 90 mph.

In 2009 Papa John’s owner, Papa John Schnatter, paid $250,000 to get his original Bumblebee-striped black-and-gold 1971½ Chevy Camaro Z28 back home again. He also gave all customers who owned Camaros a free pizza the day he got it back.

Boss 301 Mustang Made in America

1969 Boss 301 Mustang

2. Ford Boss 302 Mustang – 1969 – $3,720

To compete with the Camaro, Ford launched the Mustang in 1964. It did not have the power of the Camaro so Ford created the Boss 302 engine which topped out at 14.6 seconds for a quarter mile at 98 mph.

The car’s “Boss” nickname was immortalized when its creator Larry Shinoda was asked what project he was working on, he answered “the boss’s car” because the project was a secret.

Ford Thunderbolt Made in America

1964 Ford Thunderbolt

3. Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt – 1964 – $3,780

Only 120 were produced for the sole purpose of drag racing. It ran a quarter mile in 11.61 seconds at 124.8 mph. The first 11 produced were painted Vintage Burgundy and the others were Wimbledon White.

The car was street legal however Ford included a disclaimer mounted in the glove box warning the owner it was not really a safe car for the average Joe to drive.

It is a popular Hot Wheels car and appears in the Xbox360 game Forza Motorsport 4.

1967 Chevrolet Corvette

1967 Chevrolet Corvette

4. Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray – 1967 – $4,240

The 1967 model was the last of the second generation Corvette after 5 years of working out the kinks. To keep up with the current fad a black vinyl cover was offered on the model.

In May 2012 Neil Armstrong’s 67 Corvette was discovered in an old barn. He received the Corvette along with all the other astronauts December of 1966 as part of a program initiated by Jim Rathman Chevrolet in Melbourne Florida. It was put on eBay with a reserve of $245,00 and sold for $250,090

1949 Cadillac

1949 Cadillac

5. Cadillac – 1949 – $3,050

It was the newly redesigned engine that made this year’s model explode in popularity. It was fast and good-looking. It also became a symbol in America that “you were a success.” This Caddie was a new sensation on race tracks.

In 1949, “Uncle” Tom McCahill reported in Mechanix Illustrated that “With this engine, Cadillac, despite its large size, out-performs just about every car being made.”

In Conclusion

Americans love their cars. We posed the question on our Facebook page asking fans to guess which Made in USA cars would be on this list. We had fans of the Challenger, Bandit, 67 Malibu SS, 55 Chevy, Shelby Cobra, 65 Mustang, and 70 GTO among others. Add your favorites too.

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3 Strikes and You Win

Houston TWBA Bowling 1971If you get three strikes during a bowling match with your friends and family you are likely to win. If you are in a PBA league then you better try for a “six-pack” which is slang for six consecutive strikes.

Bowling started 2,000 years ago in Egypt but the game and rules we know today were established in New York City in 1895.

The biggest secret of bowling is health benefits. Bowling is a great weight bearing workout since you are walking and lifting a heavy 6-16 lb ball for a decent amount of time. It is also a great way to hang out with others since movement and talking leads to more stimulating conversations. Bowling taps into our primal way of bonding with others.

There are a few risks such as dropping the ball on your toe, back issues if you don’t bend your knees when lifting the ball, and getting your fingers stuck in the ball. However, the benefits outweigh the risks unless you are prone to accidents. In that case you can just keep score.

Bowling is also a fashion statement. How often you you get to wear a multi-color shirt and shoes and not get stares?

The color of ball you choose allows for some color therapy and the glitter ball is a must.  So, what do those ball colors reflect about you and how can they help improve your game?

Red – Stimulating, raises blood pressure
Orange– Stimulating with emotions and sexuality
Pink– Romantic and charming, can create physical weakness
Yellow– Power and ego, happiness
Green– Love, sense of responsibility, restful
Blue – Calming, physical, strong, steadfast
Purple– Forgiveness, compassion, understanding, mysterious, nobility
Black– Elegance, sophistication
Brown– Wholesomeness and dependable
White– Cleanliness, purity, cause headaches for some people
Silver– Glamorous, distinguished, graceful aging
Gold– Wealth, prosperity

Knock Down the Kitties

Knock Down the Kitties

Bowling Kitty Toy Set

The Bowling Kitty Toy Set we offer is not exactly regulation PBA but it’s fun. You get 6 little kitties and a wooden ball to play knock down with your kids. The game teaches hand-eye coordination and counting. You may be grooming the next bowling champion, but sadly bowling was only a demonstration sport at the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics so don’t expect a gold medal.

Get one now and try for a six-pack.

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A Pancake By Any Other Name is Still a Pancake

USA Made Pancakes Pan - BarnyardCombine a little eggs, flour, milk and baking soda to magically create a simple food which can be enjoyed anytime of the day. Pancakes were an early American staple and are still as loved for breakfast as is bacon and eggs. Add a few blueberries, pecans, bananas or strawberries and you get some very fancy cakes. Top with whipped cream and it becomes dessert for breakfast. Even football players host “pancake night” to raise money for various causes.

The simple pancake is know by many names in the USA such as hotcakes, griddlecakes, johnnycakes and flapjacks. The early American prospectors lived off of sourdough pancakes and bread and as they panned for gold. It took just a little flour and water to keep the natural yeast alive. Today the sourdough pancake is a favorite meal in Alaska.

USA Made Pancake PanNamed after the US silver dollar coin, we celebrate the silver dollar pancake with our Garden Bugs Griddle Pan and Barnyard Animals Pan. The shapes add fun and no one can resist a plate of mini pancakes topped with Vermont maple syrup. They can also be frozen for an instant breakfast during the week.

“Come, thou shant go home, and we’ll have flesh for holidays, fish for fasting-days, and moreo’er puddings and flap-jacks, and thou shalt be welcome.”
— Shakespeare in All’s Well That Ends Well, Act II, Scene I

Get Flippin’ and Order One Now.

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