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Friday, July 7th, 2017

The Virginian . . A Classic Speedboat

Virginia native Jim Williamson is no stranger to the water. Born in Radford, his mother took him to Claytor Lake often. “I’ve been water skiing since I was 7,” he says. “Just about every month we’d come to the lake, even in the dead of winter.” The water craft of choice on cold days was

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Friday, May 12th, 2017

The QE II Buggy

When Alan Neely gets near an auction that has a buggy come up for bid, it’s likely he’ll raise his number. The black buggy dubbed the “Charles Dickens” sitting on the side of his hotel, the MacArthur...

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Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Restoring a 1938 Chevy sedan

When Todd Ratliff was growing up in far southwest Virginia, his grandfather nicknamed him Hot Rod Todd. Todd had caught the car bug from his grandfather, a car salesman, and his father, who loved to tinker with...

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Friday, November 11th, 2016

like father ~ like son

Text by Karl H. Kazaks | Photos by Tom Wallace   When Johnnie Self Jr. was in high school, he loved playing football for the Christiansburg Blue Demons, and he loved driving the car his father let...

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Thursday, September 15th, 2016

The 50 Cent Ride

Text and photos by Nathan Cooke   When exploring Blacksburg, you often notice three things: maroon and orange outfits, gray limestone aka Hokie stone and city-style buses. Blacksburg Transit (BT) is responsible for most of the public...

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Monday, July 18th, 2016

Fly Yellow Ferrari . . . beauty, class and power

Watching Dr. Daniel Hurd drive his 2001 Ferrari 360 Modena is to experience the sublime. In every sense, the machine gives the impression of being a mechanical marvel. Its engine, even at low RPMs, emits a persistent,...

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Thursday, March 24th, 2016

The Glamour Car of the Year

  Text by Karl H. Kazaks Photos by Tom Wallace “Instantly, instinctively, you know.” So says the narrator of a 1959 television ad for Ford’s new top-of-the-line, full-size car, the Galaxie. As a boy, Curtis Nolen saw...

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Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Riding the Past into the Future

Text by Karl H. Kazaks Photos by Tom Wallace You can tell a lot about people by the possessions they keep. Raymond Bishop owns three VW Beetles – orange, burgundy and black – which conveys something about...

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Monday, September 28th, 2015

Tony Royal – Aero L-29 Delfin

  Text by Karl H. Kazaks Photos by Tom Wallace With his sinewy build, trim mustache, clear blue eyes and collected manner, Tony Royal comes off as a man of action. Put him in a flight...

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Thursday, July 16th, 2015

A Sweet Car with Checkered Details

Text by Karl H. Kazaks Photos by Nathan Cooke Reginald Davis knows what it’s like to feel a calling. He’s been a devoted religious man since 1977, when, as he says, “I met the Lord.” For the...

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