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Do you go to Spring Carlisle?

The Spring Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet, Corral, & Auction is held each year in Carlisle, PA. For 35 years this has been the place to go on the East Coast to hunt for that elusive part and to just get out of the house. This year I was flying solo. And, I didn’t really have anything I was shopping for but I still had a good time!The great thing about Carlisle is that you can just walk the acres of vendors and just BS with everyone. People watching should be a sport at these gatherings. If you are looking for a new vehicle you may just get lucky here. You can find everything to fully restored ‘55 T-birds to rusty old ‘62 Ford F250 “Wanna-Be Mater” Wreckers.I think the best time I had this year was chatting with Jeff Mihalko of Restoration Specialties. Jeff runs the Minibike Division at the shop. He also organizes the Minibike Reunion in Windber, PA. This year the reunion will be held on June 15-17.I always tend to gravitate to the weirder items for sale at Carlisle but another f…

A Short Trip to Orange County Choppers (OCC)

If you are in the neighborhood, like we were, why not check out Orange County Choppers? The OCC Showroom and Retail store is a short drive off of I-84 or I-87 in Newburgh, NY. Take the 17K exit off of either interstate to their address at 14 Crossroads Court Newburgh, NY 12550.We arrived at the 9am opening to only a couple other visitors. I do have to say the retail staff was very friendly and helpful. The store has just about any OCC branded item that is available for sale. The prices are a bit high so unless you are a huge fan of the show, you can probably find the gear elsewhere for cheaper. We managed to escape with Peg buying just one souvenir t-shirt. It doesn’t cost anything to just look around!Scattered about the showroom are a good number of themed bikes. I was a little surprised at how nice these bikes actually are up close. For the most part, they are kept clean and dusted. I found the Build-Off tracked vehicle very interesting to look at as well. There is a nice display wi…

What did you miss at the 2012 NE PEZ Gathering?

The 14th Annual Northeast PEZ Gathering was held in Stamford, Connecticut and it had to be one of the best yet! Why was it so special? This year’s PEZ convention included a special bus trip to the PEZ factory in Orange, Connecticut. So you had great people, great PEZ, a trip to the PEZ Visitor Center, and a rare factory tour! Peg is the real PEZhead in the family but I definitely enjoyed myself on this trip.The first thing you need to do at any gathering is pick up your event package. Your package will contain lots of goodies and usually a limited edition convention dispenser. Richie and Mary, our fabulous hosts, were setup early to greet all the arrivals. We made sure to collect all our credentials because we would be on the first bus in the morning.On Thursday, we had some time to catch up with friends and do a little room hopping before the night’s social event. You should really go to the swap party at night even if you don’t have anything to trade. Be social! If I can do it you c…