The Normal People (video)

The Normal People from Daniel Soares on Vimeo.  Doesn't get much better than this.


the club coupe

No matter whether you're a metalhead, an avid comic book reader, or a hot rodder: There are those holy grails in the hobby that not only add spice to your dreams but also can really fuel your ambitions. The 1932 Ford 3-window-coupe is one of them.

Fred, a member of the Cheaters Car Club of Geneva had been on the lookout for a new hot rod project for years, and of course, being in a club like that, there's plenty of inspiration around. So, it doesn't come as a surprise that Fred's been working on all kinds of Ford products, ranging from Model A sedans to traditional roadsters to wild 1960s inspired model Ts. But unlike many of us, he didn't work on those projects one after another, Fred chose to tackle all of them at the same time. Unfortunately, this didn't turn out too well. And a few months ago, Fred decided to sell everything, with the exception of one roadster project.

Now Fred not only had regained some peace of mind, but also some space and some bucks. And all of a sudden, he came across an ad on the Swiss equivalent of Craigslist. Some collector, only a short drive from the Cheaters club house, was selling a beautiful and bone stock 1932 5-window-coupe.

Fred went to check it out and made an offer, but as they couldn't agree on a price, Fred went back home.

Fred was in good spirits when his phone was ringing. It wasn't the seller of the deuce coupe though, but one of his fellow club members. He was telling Fred about a 1932 3-window-coupe being for sale in Paris, France. And well, I don't have to roll out this story any further to explain to you what decision Fred came up with.

There isn't too much known in the history of this 1932 Ford other than it's been in several european hot rod clubs. It originally was imported from the US by a member of the A-Bombers from Sweden before it got sold to a good friend of Fred, a member of the Loud Mufflers club in Paris. And now it's in the possession of Fred, a Cheaters Geneva member.

One of the previous owners already had put in a French flathead but since the car had been sitting for a while, Fred decided to go through the mechanics, especially the brakes. He and his girlfriend Hélène had been planning a two-week road trip through Switzerland and since there might be one or another steep climb and some downhill sections on their way, good brakes are a good idea.

It was on that very Swiss cross-country road trip when Fred and Hélène stopped at my place for a weekend's stay. Many beers and laughs later, on the Sunday morning just before they wanted to hit the road again for the next stretch of their trip, I came up with the glorious idea of doing a photo shoot with the 3-window-coupe. It probably had struck me during the night that there has been a beautiful 1932 Ford sitting in my driveway for two days...

So, just when Fred and Hélène were putting their bags into the trunk, I asked them, hey guys, watcha think, wanna do a photo shoot? I mean, right now? As they are some of the nicest and loveable people, they didn't turn down my brilliant idea. Of course, I promised them to be done in 15 minutes. And I was done in 15 minutes. Not much time but enough to capture some of the soul of this gorgeous little machine.


kustoms, hot rods, and olive trees

Being a family man, it keeps getting harder to make sure everyone at home is happy. And it just gets worse when it comes to choosing a destination for a weekend trip or a family vacation. Luckily, there are guys like Max Trono who know how to throw a party. A party that doesn't just appeal to the kustom or hot rod guy but also to his wife, his kids, and his friends. It's called the Kustomweekend and it's usually held sometime in May, consisting of a car show, pool parties, surf band concerts, soap box races, flea market, barbecue and much more. Okay, I guess you get the point. There's something for everyone. And best of all, it's situated in the heart of Tuscany, Italy, in the beautiful Chianti region just south of Florence.


the world's fastest movie

I know, there hasn't been much going on here lately. But as they say, work always gets in your way. Or sometimes it's just life itself. Anyway, a few days ago, a charming letter made it through the firewall in my brain. It mentioned a movie project. A movie about several things very dear to my heart: speed, passion, perseverance, love.

And best of all, there was a link to the trailer of that movie. I watched it immediately, not only because it's only a few minutes long. I watched because it grabbed all of my attention. It gave me goosebumps. I was thrilled. But there was also some fine print: the movie doesn't exist –– yet. Unless I and you and some other fellas out there get their shit together and send some funds to make all of this happen. So, here's what you gotta do: Follow this link, enjoy that beautiful trailer, and show some support. I sure will.

Kickstarter: The World's Fastest