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Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Drenched in Luxury . . . Rolls-Royce

Mickey Hayes, 1964 graduate of Virginia Tech, has the courage to do what most others do not. Several examples from his life prove this. There is his move to the Outer Banks in the 1970s. The region was sparsely developed, and the nation’s economy was in the midst of an oil-crisis economic malaise. He went

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Thursday, September 6th, 2018

The LaSalle Automobile . . . never a Cadillac

Text by Karl H. Kazaks  |  Photos by Tom Wallace In Pulaski, faraway times are not forgotten at the Raymond F. Ratcliffe Transportation Museum. The museum’s artifacts are small and large – ranging in size from a...

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Monday, July 16th, 2018

Mike and Cathy’s Adventure

“We like to travel and cover ground and get in and out of campgrounds quickly,” says Mike Skinner, explaining why he and his wife Cathy bought a lightweight Scamp camper last year. “In the morning, I can...

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Monday, May 21st, 2018

One Hard Working Utility Van Retires

David Hall’s 1966 Ford Econoline Supervan has been many things: a paint van, a dollhouse, a way to get to the beach for vacation, a motorcycle hauler. It has been in the Hall family since it was...

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Monday, March 5th, 2018

Smarty Pants . . . The Car and The Boy

Denny Carlyle has a custom license plate on his 2008 smart fortwo passion coupe: “TPANTS.” At first glance, it’s a little perplexing, but put together with the name of the car’s make – SMART – right above...

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Friday, January 19th, 2018

Because It’s Fun!

When you become the owner of a high performance vehicle, it’s natural to show it off to your friends and family. So when Joan Mitchell, a Blacksburg Realtor (RE/MAX 8 associate broker), got her 2014 Can-Am Spyder...

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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...

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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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