Cars and Coffee–Katie’s Coffee in Great Falls, VA


Peg and I finally made it out to Cars and Coffee, held every Saturday morning between 7am – 9am, at Katie’s Coffee in Great Falls, Virginia. The cruise-in brings out many area car enthusiasts to BS about everything car related. While the European cars dominate the parking lots, there is a good gathering of domestics as well. Many expensive models show up here including $200K+ Lamborghini Gallardo and Mercedes-Benz SLS models! What a great way to start the weekend.

1963 Cadillac Hearse T-Shirt

New Hearse T-Shirts are available for purchase in our Zazzle store. “Bubba’s Horizontal Limo Service – Haulin’ Ash Since 1963” is a graphic I made starring the one and only Hearsela, our 1963 Cadillac Hearse.

Video Highlights from the 2011 AAF Military Extravaganza

Tanks and Flamethrowers

Peg took some video while we were at the AAF Tank Museum’s Military Extravaganza. Included in the video are scenes from the tank crushing cars and flamethrowers.

Road Trip–Danville Science Center Butterfly Station




We took a little timeout to visit the Danville Science Center’s Butterfly Station in downtown Danville, VA on Saturday. This enclosed outdoor flower garden is setup to showcase flowering plants that attract butterflies. Several different varieties of butterflies were flittering around during our visit. I was using a Tamron SP AF 60mm F/2 Di II Macro on my Nikon D300 to capture these photos. 60mm is way too small to be chasing bugs with; I need a longer macro lens.


Have you ever tried to photograph a bee in flight? It’s not easy. This was the best photo I was able to get of this bee who seemed to be guarding the path to the Butterfly Station.


One of Peg’s favorite landmarks along I-81 is the Endless Caverns sign on the side of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She calls it “the Hollywood sign of the East Coast.” I snapped this photo while at a rest stop.

My Hot Rod Handles Like a Tank

Russian T34 Tank

1918 US M1917 TankHungarian PSZH-IV and M163A1 VulcanIraqi T2S3 HowitzerUS M56 Scorpion1943 German Mk IV PanzerIraqi T-72A Tank

US M60 Patton Tank

The American Armoured Foundation, Inc. (AAF) Tank Museum’s Military Extravaganza was the latest road trip destination for the crew of Bubba’s Garage. The tank museum has a very large collection of tanks and armor, some of it very rare. I was very impressed with the size of all it’s offerings. Also included in the collection is an assortment of rifles, machine guns, sights, and uniforms. This place has something to make any military buff smile. It is well worth the price of admission.





But the real reason we made the trip to Danville, VA was for the flamethrower demonstration. The AAF Military Extravaganza includes the firing of WWII flamethrowers. This year they had two flamethrowers operating. These bad boys are extremely scary! The heat that is produced is immense.


Also featured in the Extravaganza is a tank crushing stuff! While we were there they had a tank crush a car and also flatten a boat. I would have loved to be a passenger for this ride.


Inside for the Military Extravaganza there were RC tank battles going on throughout the day. These RC tanks battled by firing infrared lights. The Tank Museum boasts the largest RC battlefield in the US.