An Unsung Hero: Corey Conyers’ Shop Visit

For every big name shop there’s almost always a group of hard working folks behind the scenes. For 25 years Corey Conyers has been turning out amazing work at shops without much fanfare for himself. It’s not the fault of the guys he’s worked for, the media needs brevity so it’s easier to talk about Tom Hanna’s shop or Cole Foster’s but for the last 25 years Conyers has been one of the behind the scenes folks helping to turn out fantastic cars from these shops.

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Chrome Pipes & Pinstripes Episode 3: The Doctor Is In W/ Guest Jimmy “Doc” Parsons

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Last Weekend’s Show: 2014 NSRA Southwestern Nationals held in Oklahoma City, OK

  • Coverage Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
  • Lots of cars, stockers, mildly customized, hot rods, street rods, wildly customized, a few actual kustoms and everything else you can imagine
  • Spectators everywhere, seems to be a theme this year. Good thing because it means that people are willing to spend money, in this case $15 a head to come to car shows, maybe a new boom in car building is on the horizon as well.
  • Got to spend the day with my buddy Jared. He drove over from Tulsa to hang out at the show and it was great to walk around the event with a buddy that’s not quite as ate up with this whole car thing as I am, gave me a different perspective on some of the cars.
  • After the show I followed him back to Tulsa, had dinner with him and his wife and then I passed out on the couch while the NASCAR race was on
  • Sunday I went over to Doc Parson’s house with the intention of filming a feature video on his hot rod “Rowdy” but the weather was not cooperating.
  • Wemic’d him up and recordedalittle bit for you to hear here on the podcast.
    • Doc Parsons was a racer for more than 5 decades all over the U.S. and abroad
    • Stories that I got to hear but we didn’t get recorded told tales of gold prospecting in Peru, diving on shipwrecks and coming up with artifacts, building a car for some bigger tracks that USAC outlawed before it finished it’s 3rd race
    • his shop was full of racing memorabilia that all means something to him whether or not it means something to the rest of the world.
    • Photo Apr 13, 1 36 59 PM
      Doc’s 1 year in a drag effort was in this car.

      Photo Apr 13, 1 41 12 PM
      One of the vintage photos of Doc and one of his cars.
    • Doc’s “Rowdy”
      The very rare intake with 3 single barrel and 1 2 bbl carb and hidden nitrous plumbing underneath.
      Here you can see the holes drilled in the Halibrand wheels to balance them.

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******** Late in the show I mention a bad pain in my leg, it appears to be a pinched nerve.  No worries! **********

 

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Royboy


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2014 Texas Thaw Part 4

Time for the final installment of the 2014 Texas Thaw coverage! Thanks again to the Torques for putting on another great event. For all of the latest info on the Texas Thaw go to the official website.

PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3 | PART 4

PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3 | PART 4

 

See you at a show,

Royboy

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March Subscriber Giveaway!

If you want to this blog in your email inbox each time the blog goes live, go on up to the top right hand corner of the website and enter your email address. The last day of each month I randomly pick 1 subscriber to win a prize package. This month’s prize is a kustom art piece from Chaotic Customs (shown below), a Royboy Knit Winter Hat & a shirt from Stray Kat Kustoms!

Here's the prize package from Chaotic Customs including a custom painted bowling pin, a Chaotic Customs T-Shirt and a Harvey's Seatbelt Wallet in your choice of trucker wallet on a chain or regular. (Motor Not Included)
Here’s the prize package from Chaotic Customs including a custom painted bowling pin, a Chaotic Customs T-Shirt and a Harvey’s Seatbelt Wallet in your choice of trucker wallet on a chain or regular. (Motor Not Included)

 

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2014 Texas Thaw Part 3

Overall the Texas Thaw was a blast. I did have 1 issue though. At some point during a day long event you might get a bit thirsty or hungry, which did happen to me. So I went over to try The Bomb food wagon’s food, uh damn, long line there. So I went over and got in the longer line for the track’s concession stand. I don’t know what made me choose that longer line but something in my head though since it was the track concession stand that they’d be ready for crowd and they’d get me through the line quickly. WRONG. I was talking with folks so I didn’t realize that it had taken 45 minutes to get up to the order window. Right… well okay I’ll get a cheeseburger, some fries and 2 bottles of water, it may take 15 minutes or so to get my food so a 2nd bottle of water might come in handy. I was 75 minutes short in that estimation. That’s right boys and girls. After paying $17 for a double cheese burger (fatboy upgraded at the window), some fries, and 2 bottles of water, it took over 2 hours start to finish to actually stand in line and then get the food. That’s with 6 people giving up on waiting in front of me before I even got to order. Northstar Dragway, YOU FAIL when it comes to the concession stand. There is no excuse for a wait like that. A.) make a separate line for the folks that only want drinks and serve them out of a big beer cooler. B.) load your grill with burgers when you have a line instead of dropping them when you get the ticket up next. I saw one guy who waited 30 minutes from ordering to get 2 corndogs and 2 nachos, that’s an order that should have been up in about 90 seconds.

Okay enough of that bitching. I had to say it out loud and I had to say it where it will show up in google searches.

PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3 | PART 4


PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3 | PART 4

 

See you at a show,

Royboy

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March Subscriber Giveaway!

If you want to this blog in your email inbox each time the blog goes live, go on up to the top right hand corner of the website and enter your email address. The last day of each month I randomly pick 1 subscriber to win a prize package. This month’s prize is a kustom art piece from Chaotic Customs (shown below), a Royboy Knit Winter Hat & a shirt from Stray Kat Kustoms

Here's the prize package from Chaotic Customs including a custom painted bowling pin, a Chaotic Customs T-Shirt and a Harvey's Seatbelt Wallet in your choice of trucker wallet on a chain or regular. (Motor Not Included)
Here’s the prize package from Chaotic Customs including a custom painted bowling pin, a Chaotic Customs T-Shirt and a Harvey’s Seatbelt Wallet in your choice of trucker wallet on a chain or regular. (Motor Not Included)

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$1000 Up For Grabs! Click the link for more info!

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Thank you to the first 2 sponsors of my site, quite frankly the only 2 that I’ve asked to sponsor the site so far. If you’d like to help sponsor Royboy Productions and provide the koolest car show coverage to folks worldwide, click here to ask me about it.

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2 Month Warning: Vintage Torque Fest

For the last few years the Vintage Torque Fest put on by the folks of Vintage Torque DVD‘s on the first weekend of May. I give promoter John Wells a lot of hell for changing the date of the show because it now means the show conflicts with the Stray Kat 500. Since I do not own a flux capacitor equipped Delorean (which wouldn’t fit the criteria of either show) I must choose. 9 hours each way or 3.5 hours each way… Sorry John.

But just because I can’t make it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t bust your butt to get there. Go here and find out all of the info. Here’s what I saw the first 2 years.

2010

Click here to see the gallery if the slideshow below does not appear.

2011

Click here to see the gallery if the slideshow below does not appear.

Last year Dan went and brought back this report.

Thanks to John Wells and Vintage Torque for sponsoring the New Blood Award!!!!

See you at a show,

Royboy

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March Subscriber Giveaway!

If you want to this blog in your email inbox each time the blog goes live, go on up to the top right hand corner of the website and enter your email address. The last day of each month I randomly pick 1 subscriber to win a prize package. This month’s prize is a kustom art piece from Chaotic Customs, a Royboy Knit Winter Hat & a shirt from Stray Kat Kustoms!

Here's the prize package from Chaotic Customs including a custom painted bowling pin, a Chaotic Customs T-Shirt and a Harvey's Seatbelt Wallet in your choice of trucker wallet on a chain or regular. (Motor Not Included)
Here’s the prize package from Chaotic Customs including a custom painted bowling pin, a Chaotic Customs T-Shirt and a Harvey’s Seatbelt Wallet in your choice of trucker wallet on a chain or regular. (Motor Not Included)

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$1000 Up For Grabs! Click the link for more info!

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Thank you to the first 2 sponsors of my site, quite frankly the only 2 that I’ve asked to sponsor the site so far. If you’d like to help sponsor Royboy Productions and provide the koolest car show coverage to folks worldwide, click here to ask me about it.

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2014 Texas Thaw Part 2

The day turned out quite nice weather wise. I should have spent more time shooting when I got there but there were people to see, stories to tell and memories of a fallen friend to share. The sun came out and gave me a decent little sunburn, I wandered the pits seeing old friends, meeting new ones. I have to say I dig this event. The cars are cool, the people are cool and the money goes to the USO/Unite for Troops.

PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3 | PART 4

PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3 | PART 4

See you at a show,

Royboy

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March Subscriber Giveaway!

If you want to this blog in your email inbox each time the blog goes live, go on up to the top right hand corner of the website and enter your email address. The last day of each month I randomly pick 1 subscriber to win a prize package. This month’s prize is a kustom art piece from Chaotic Customs, a Royboy Knit Winter Hat & a shirt from Stray Kat Kustoms!

Here's the prize package from Chaotic Customs including a custom painted bowling pin, a Chaotic Customs T-Shirt and a Harvey's Seatbelt Wallet in your choice of trucker wallet on a chain or regular. (Motor Not Included)
Here’s the prize package from Chaotic Customs including a custom painted bowling pin, a Chaotic Customs T-Shirt and a Harvey’s Seatbelt Wallet in your choice of trucker wallet on a chain or regular. (Motor Not Included)

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$1000 Up For Grabs! Click the link for more info!

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Thank you to the first 2 sponsors of my site, quite frankly the only 2 that I’ve asked to sponsor the site so far. If you’d like to help sponsor Royboy Productions and provide the koolest car show coverage to folks worldwide, click here to ask me about it.

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2014 Texas Thaw Part 1

March 1, 2014 marks the second time that I went down to Denton, TX to the Texas Thaw put on by the Torques Car Club. The 1/8th mile Northstar Dragway was again the host for the 7th time. The car show area was overflowing just as last year and the drag pits were as well. Lots of vintage steel on hand for show and go.

PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3 | PART 4

Hell of a long drive!


PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3 | PART 4

See you at a show,

Royboy

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March Subscriber Giveaway!

If you want to this blog in your email inbox each time the blog goes live, go on up to the top right hand corner of the website and enter your email address. The last day of each month I randomly pick 1 subscriber to win a prize package. This month’s prize is a kustom art piece from Chaotic Customs (shown below), a Royboy Knit Winter Hat & a shirt from Stray Kat Kustoms

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Here’s the prize package from Chaotic Customs including a custom painted bowling pin, a Chaotic Customs T-Shirt and a Harvey’s Seatbelt Wallet in your choice of trucker wallet on a chain or regular. (Motor Not Included)

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$1000 Up For Grabs! Click the link for more info!

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Thank you to the first 2 sponsors of my site, quite frankly the only 2 that I’ve asked to sponsor the site so far. If you’d like to help sponsor Royboy Productions and provide the koolest car show coverage to folks worldwide, click here to ask me about it.

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3 Events, 2 States, 1 Day, I Must Be Crazy

This weekend should be fun one. There are 3 events going on this weekend that I felt I must be at. I’m taking vacation from the day job on Friday afternoon so that I can head out on trek to cover 3 events in 2 different states in 24 hours, oh and then there’s the bit of the extra state of Oklahoma that I have to drive through to get to the 3rd event. I must be crazy.

The plan is to load up all of my gear in the daily driver and head first to Park City, KS for the Park City Chill. You can find out more info on the show in my 1 Month Warning post on the show here. Usually the show takes a few hours to cover but then again I’m usually there on a Saturday, I’m hoping that the Friday afternoon timing will mean less spectators. At this point I know quite a few people at almost any show that I go to so I do get a bit slowed down talking to all of my friends. Not a bad thing except when time is tight. Maybe since it’s Friday more folks will be at work :).

After that I’ll head downtown into Wichita towards the Go Away Garage for the Artist At Large & Friends Art Show at 5pm. Amazing artists from around the country have turned in work to be on display for the show and locals that are attending have been encouraged to drive their cool rides to the event. Since I really don’t want to show specific pieces of art here, I will probably only take a couple of establishing photos inside of the crowd and general display. Outside I’ll do what I can to show you what shows up, but the weather is looking iffy so we’ll see what shows.

Once I’ve had my fun at the Go Away Garage, it’s back in the daily driver and southbound again. I’ll trek off into the night headed into Oklahoma, somewhere I will get tired and grab a hotel. Fully rested and ready to go again on Saturday I’ll finish the trip to the Northstar Dragway in Denton, TX. If you’ve driven south down I-35 into TX and seen a big salvage yard on the west side of the road, you just missed Northstar Dragway, it’s just between CTC Auto Ranch and the railroad tracks. The event is the Texas Thaw put on by the Dallas Chapter of the Torques Car Club. The Texas Thaw is a vintage drag race and car show event put on to raise money to send care packages to our men and women in the armed services over seas. A great event for a great cause. For more into on the show go to the official site here and be sure to check out my coverage of last year’s event here.

Earlier this year Big Ken of the Torques asked me if I was interested in doing one more special edition of my Calendar For Charity project featuring photos of the 2013 Texas Thaw. The Calendars are as of now in my possession from the printer and will be in the official booth of the show on Saturday for sale! If you are attending the show, there are only 75 copies in existence so if you want one, get over to the booth to get one as soon as you get to the show.

Finally after all of that is said and done, it’s a 6 hour jaunt back north to get home. Last year I got home around 10pm and joined some birthday celebrations for a friend at the bar. I think I’ll be headed straight to bed this time. Sunday I’ll get the photos all up on the site and set up to show off for the following 2 weeks. My day job is temporarily changing my job title and I will be largely unavailable for a couple of weeks. I hope to get the Hot Rod Stencil shirts in for shipping in the next week or so, as soon as I can I will have them in the mail for all of you that pre-ordered.

See you at a show,

Royboy

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February Subscriber Giveaway!

If you want to this blog in your email inbox each time the blog goes live, go on up to the top right hand corner of the website and enter your email address. The last day of each month I randomly pick 1 subscriber to win a prize package. This month’s prize is a pinstriped piece from Pinstriping By Lizzie, a Royboy Knit Winter Hat & a shirt from Hot Rod Hill Climb!

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$1000 Up For Grabs! Click the link for more info!

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Thank you to the first 2 sponsors of my site, quite frankly the only 2 that I’ve asked to sponsor the site so far. If you’d like to help sponsor Royboy Productions and provide the koolest car show coverage to folks worldwide, click here to ask me about it.

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2 Month Warning: Texas Thaw

The Texas Thaw is an awesome drag race/car show event held March 1st at the North Star Dragway along I-35 just north of Denton, TX. In 2013 I made my first trip down to the Thaw, what I found was a great selection of vintage drag machines and hot rods that were out taking some passes on the track.

Below is a slide show from that trip, if you don’t see it, click here to see the entire gallery.

See you at a show,
Royboy

A look ahead: 2013 H.A.M.B. Drags

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5 weeks from now folks from all over the country will be rolling towards Joplin, MO to assemble for the 2013 H.A.M.B. Drags

For the last few years (2012, 2011, 2010) I’ve been heading down to the time capsule that is MO-KAN Dragway in Asbury, MO between Joplin, MO and Pittsburg, KS.

This year the H.A.M.B. Drags are going down on Aug. 17th, many like to get to Joplin early and head and hour or so east on Friday the 16th to check out the huge swap meet. So if you’re going to make the trip to the drags you might as well head over and see if you can snag a deal on that one part you need.
So book your room, plan your time off of work and I’ll see you at the H.A.M.B. DragsRoyboy

Event Coverage: 2013 Texas Thaw Pt.3

Part 3!

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

That’s it for the Texas Thaw through my eyes!

Thanks for looking, and remember you can click on any of these photos to see the entire gallery, there are more photos in the gallery than what has been posted here.

See you at a show,

Travis

 

Update 9/17/13: You can also see more coverage and writing in an article I did for Rod Authority here.

Event Coverage: 2013 Texas Thaw Pt. 2

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

That’s it for part 2, see you at a show,

Travis

Event Coverage: 2013 Texas Thaw Pt. 1

I’ll share a bunch of the photos with ya, I don’t want to waste too many words as I’m writing an article about the event so enjoy these photos without the interruption of my writings…

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

That’s it for part 1, see you at a show,

Travis

Next Weekend! 6th Annual Texas Thaw

I’m embarrassed. Next weekend is the 6th Annual Texas Thaw, and it will be the first one that I attend. Sorry to Big Ken, I should have been there years ago.

7 DAYS............ 

 

This is a Run Whatcha Brung pre ’73 drags held at the North Star Dragway in Denton, TX.

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For all the info on the event go here.

And for some coverage of last year’s event go here.

If you’re going to the Texas Thaw, look for the big guy in the red rb hat!
 
See you at a show,

Travis

Friends of Royboy: American Hot Rod Foundation

From time to time this blog will be used to share some info on a site, custom/hotrod shop, or organization that are friends of mine.

This first we’ll feature the American Hot Rod Foundation. I first learned of the AHRF through their page on facebook, a friendship that I’m glad I’ve found. Their feed on facebook is full of fantastic historic shots of historic hot rods and kustoms.

Head over to their site ahrf.com for more than your fair share of historic photos, stories and videos. Just a click on their Legends page on their site will have your mind reeling with all of the info that scrolls down onto your screen.

The Video page has trailer from there fantastic DVD “Deuce” I’ve seen it and I loved it.

Also in their store is the DVD “Slingshot! The History Of Drag Racing Volume 1” Again I’ve seen it and it’s really really good!

This is just a scratch in the surface of this informative and fun website. I’m all about traditional hotrods and kustoms and the AHRF is dedicated to preserving the history of the American Hot Rod.

Give them a visit, spread the word and buy a shirt or DVD!

See you at a show,

Travis