Beautiful Women, Cars, and Jokes. What else is there?
by The Keeper February 20, 2015

 

It’s totally normal to leap off of a Switzerland mountaintop, right? Well, if you’re Brandon Mikesell then… yes!

 

Check out this stunningly beautiful slow-motion video of Brandon’s recent wingsuit flight as he descends at an alarming speed through the Switzerland countryside. Unbelievable.

 

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by The Keeper February 19, 2015

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The extreme bitch-ass cold that has been plaguing the Chicagoland area lately is expected to back off for the upcoming weekend. Don’t get me wrong, it’s February so it’s still going to be cold out there, just not deathly cold. And believe me, that’s a good thing.

 

I’m greatly looking forward to getting together with friends this Sunday to watch the 57th annual running of The Great American race, the Daytona 500! I just finished watching the Budweiser Duels, which are used to set the field for the Daytona 500. The first Duel was won by Junior and the second by Jimmy-Fucking-Johnson. The big surprise was Danica Patrick who was able to race her way into the 500 despite getting wrecked by Denny Hamlin. The field is now set for the big race on Sunday—I can’t wait!

 

Well, enjoy today’s non-amateur photo as well as the usual Friday double babes and double jokes!

 

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Keep, I realize that the photographs from your readers are taken by amateurs, so this one of mine wouldn’t technically apply (I’m a part-time photographer) but you’re welcome to use it if you like. Think of it as payback for all the free entertainment that you provide. -Doug

 

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by The Keeper February 18, 2015

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I ended up leaving the warm safety of my home office yesterday to venture out into the cold to run a few errands and stop by a client’s business. When I started out just after noon, it was cold but not as bad as I expected. I finished up by 3pm and as soon as I went outside, it was immediately apparent that conditions were changing drastically. The temperature had dropped into the single digits, the wind was gusting, and the horrid white stuff was falling from the sky. By morning it’s supposed to be even worse with the temperature falling to a brutal record low of -9 degrees! All I keep saying to myself is—only six more days ’til Florida!

 

I found the following story yesterday about an incredible 1969 Camaro Z/28 that has been sitting in a basement enclosure for the last 35 years. It’s being called “a very, very high-end survivor car.” It just blows me away that cars continue to show up like this… enjoy!

 

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Basement ’69 Camaro Z/28 Found

 

“Somebody let loose a juicy tidbit about an original ’69 Z/28 in a basement.”

 

Skip Lecates found this Camaro the same way he found the Yenko Deuce that appeared on the cover of Hotrod magazine’s Sept. ’12 issue (“Mission Accomplished”), by talking with muscle heads in his area. He determined that the owner was a very private individual. Instead of knocking on his door with no invitation, Skip asked “a friend of a friend” who works with the Camaro’s owner to “talk to Larry and see if I can get in to look at the car.”

 

Skip knew asking if the car was for sale would probably get him nowhere. Larry had purchased his Z/28 brand new when he was just 16 years old. Obviously he was attached to the Z/28.

 

After a couple years, Skip finally got an OK to come out to Larry’s house and see his Camaro. No harm would be done. Skip was a Camaro guy who just wanted to look.

 

This car must have stayed in the basement for most of the last 35 years.

 

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“I don’t know how many cars he had underneath the house there,” says Skip.

 

Most of the cars were covered. So they were not classic barn finds in the sense of being neglected. Larry peeled back a car cover to reveal his original paint Z/28, Hugger Orange with deluxe houndstooth interior. Skip has owned many Camaros, but he had never seen anything like this Z/28. The car had obviously been well taken care of since new. He believes the Z/28 originally wore Firestone Sports Car 200 tires, which the owner removed and saved. They were stored in the basement with the Z/28.

 

The odometer showed 21,229 in 1978. Now it has 21,672, 35 years later. This car must have stayed in the basement for most of the last 35 years. Apparently the owner always had another car to drive. When the Z/28 was new and the owner drove to work, Skip says he drove another car. The Z/28 led a sheltered life.

 

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“That’s pretty much what the car is,” says Skip. “I mean, this guy put a battery in it and saved the original. He put another battery in it; he saved that battery. He put a water pump on it; he saved the original water pump.”

 

The paint wasn’t just original. It was “stellar,” Skip says. Rust? The car was “not even thinking about rust.”

 

All he could see were some very minor paint touch-ups here and there, as if they were applied with a matchstick.

 

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Was this basement Z/28 one of the best time capsules left in the world? Skip says, “There’s no doubt about it.”

 

The car wasn’t for sale. However, Skip let Larry know that he wanted to buy the Z/28. Larry was not ignorant of Z/28 prices. He knew what he had. He also, obviously, liked the car.

 

However, this past year Larry called Skip. Larry had decided to sell the Z/28 that he bought brand new.

 

“If you want to say he kind of lost interest, you could say he lost interest in it,” Skip explains. “And the winter we had up here last year was a little on the harsh side. He said, ‘I think I’m moving south.'”

 

That’s how Skip scored big-time with one of the most sought-after muscle Camaros, a ’69 Z/28, Hugger Orange, that is “a very, very high-end survivor car.”

 

Skip did not waste Larry’s 45 years of excellent Camaro care. When he sent the original water pump out for repair he told the shop, “Do not do anything to the exterior of this water pump.”

 

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Skip removed the bottom of the Delco Energizer blacktop battery and fitted the original case with new cells.

 

The 302 is original down to spark plugs, spark plug wires, hoses, and belts. At this writing, Skip was preparing to fire up the 302 and get the Z/28 operational for the first time in many years.

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