Orange 1968 Chevelle SS 396 Idling in the Driveway
My friend Brian's 68 Chevelle SS 396 2 door post. 427 4-speed idling.
Piranha-Alone We Survive
Hell House, Berkeley, CA 1988 It was 1988, Baloff's Hell House on San Pablo was in full effect, four floors of skidly, debauchery. Exodus's Pleasures of the Flesh had been out for barely a year, Metallica's Garage Day's Re-Visited was months old and they had just finished ...and Justice For All. Eddie Van Halen and George Lynch guitar tones ruled rock and James Hetfield's signature rhythm crunch was cherished by metal guitarists. The S.F. Bay Area was in full effect. All we cared about was partying hard, jamming and girls. Ego's and guitar tone set the standard. Speed, weed and alcohol were more common than food. Unknowing newcomers to Hell House would lose cameras, microphones, and jewelry to the house to further ones sustenance. Dope dealers that fell asleep would wake up missing their precious stash. It was a band urban survival compound. It was like a heavy metal version of Lord of the Flies. James Hetfield, Jim Martin, Jason Newsted and a like would always hang out and jam. I remember Baloff turning Flotsam and Jetsom on to speed when they were looking for coke after a Stone gig. Ruthie's Inn in Berkeley where Slayer had debuted in make-up and Suicidal Tendencies made their Bay Area impact was winding down, but The Stone in S.F. and The Omni in Oakland were big parties. If it was a glam show or a metal show, there were always five hundred to one thousand people in attendance. These were times of our lives. This whole East Bay scene was such a hot spot for metal with Metallica, Exodus, Laaz Rockit, Ruffians, Heathen, Death Angel, Forbidden, Mordred, Legacy, Testament, Bacchus and Ulysses Siren. Interestingly enough I had gone to El Cerrito High School with Paul Baloff (never saw him), Mark Whittaker, who had co-produced Metallica's first two releases, Laaz Rockit's Aaron Jellum, and East Bay guitar wizard Brian Kehoe (Mirv, Jerry Cantrell, Kehoe Nation). I did my first gig with him. I bought my first bass amp from Les Claypool as he graduated from Blind Illusion to Primus. Green Day were kids only miles away getting ready to take the world by surprise. Work defining punk bands like Attitude Adjustment were kicking ass, pumping out multiple vinyl releases. The Bay Area was on fire with talented bands. I had already moved on from Heathen, and was jamming with some cool dudes from Brazil (one dude Eddie who became Sepultura's road manager for a while) and was living with Rob McKillop the bass player of Exodus in Berkeley. I started playing with Piranha after I noticed their bass player opening a Testament show at the Stone was struggling. After checking them out at the Berkeley Hell House rehearsal, I realized their bass player Al Voltage was actually a very good guitarist. I talked to the band, auditioned and did well securing my spot. I was very Iron Maiden influenced at the time. In fact after the photo shoot by Tony Mottram, I took Tony, Bruce and a couple others out for a ride in my Firebird. Bruce took us to sushi in S.F. and gave me 20 guest spots at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View. I assured Dickinson I would bring lots of girls... Because of Fred Cotton's friendship with James Hetfield Piranha was able to record a demo produced by James Hetfield for Mechanics Records. He was frustrated by the experience because he had just finished and Justice for All and was tired of the studio, as well as having a hard time getting drum and guitar tone. Bobby Gustafson from Overkill showed up out of the blue to the recording session. It seemed he just wanted to be around Hetfield. Bobby was a total Hetfield clone back then. What a trip. I remember getting pulled over by the CHP with Hetfield, Baloff and Baloff's dog Level in the car on the way home. The cops were amused by Level the wolf. I flew out to New York to meet with Mechanics Records only to find they wer not impressed with the music and frustrated they could not use Hetfield's name. The demo would not further Piranha's career...
1962 Pontiac Catalina Super Duty 1 of 1
Rare all Aluminium 389 Dual Quad engine, built exclusively for Mickey Thompson. This is the only known running example. *SOLD!*
1969 Firebird - 11 second pass
1969 Firebird 400 - standard build Pontiac 455, TRW pistons, 10:1 compression, hydraulic cam, 2400 stall converter, 3.42 gears, street tires (trim rings pulled for racing), Quadrajet carb, full Exhaust system, no traction bars (leaf springs clamped), and no Nitrous. Final pass (back in 1998) was 11.69 @ 116 mph.