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Friday, August 27, 2010

From the FIRST MATE's


Since 1975, the Eville Iron Street Rod Club
has put on one of the largest street rod events in America!

It is called The Frog Follies Street Rod Show and begins today thru Sunday at 2PM. Everywhere you go in the Evansville area, you will see these classic vehicles in parking lots everywhere like the photo below (click on photos to enlarge the images).
As I was driving my son to work this morning we saw several Model T's and I mentioned that they used to call these older vehicles "horseless buggies"... Phillip said, you mean "horseless carriage" and I said that was right and that I think that the term "car" came from "carriage" and that "automobile" meant self-moving. Then, as Phillip will do, he asked how did they come up with the term "truck?" Of course I did not know and was not sure if I was correct about the origins of "car" & "automobile"... so, to the Internet & I Googled my way around to learning a few things! I found a nice article "The History of the Automobile" that gave me a lot of info! I was exactly right about the origins of "automobile" but was off a little on the term "car" (from the site): "The other popular name for an automobile is the car. The word car is derived from Celtic word 'carrus' - meaning cart or wagon." And for the Phillip's of the world here is two more word origins I found ~ "Vehicle" Origin: Latin vehiculum, from vehere, to carry. "Truck" Origin: < ? L trochus, a hoop < Gr trochos, a wheel, disk:
Above is a 1937 Packard from Benton, Kentucky and below is a pretty little car from 1936 from Illinois.
If you would like to go to the Vanderburgh County (Indiana) 4-H Center to see the bulk of these some 3,000 to 5,000 cars on display, it is only $5 to get in. Not only is the fee affordable, this money plus money from concession stands go to a lot of charitable causes with a large amount going to Easter Seals to help Evansville's Rehabilation Center. Go to the Frog Follies website: http://frogfollies.org/ The 2010 Frog Follies will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday at the 4-H Center, just west of U.S. 41 North on Boonville-New Harmony Road. Admission is $5, free for those age 12 and younger.
If you would like to send me some photos from this year's Frog Follies, I will select some to be posted next Wed.
My email addy is: jgw.mylines@gmail.com

- Photos taken & submitted by JGWest

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