By on September 28, 2012

Yank Moi, Crank Moi - Yeah, I know, Madame Arsenault would be so, so disappointed, so in her, Mrs. Kowalski's and Miss Bodzin's honor, I suppose that properly speaking it should be "tirez moi, tourner moi manivelle" but I think Mr. Nugent (who may or may not have played at my sister's synagogue confirmation, it was his band The Lourdes (mostly looking and sounding like the Rolling Stones in the Brian Jones era), but he might have already split for Chicago and the Amboy Dukes, I'm been scanning the negatives but haven't yet identified Tedly) would prefer Yank Moi, Crank Moi .

Since I’m the guy who generally won’t take photographs of ’69 Camaros and ’57 Chevys (well, unless they’re really special ’69 Camaros and ’57 Chevys ) and who will walk past 5 “Eleanor” Mustangs to look at one American Motors Hornet, it should come as no surprise that for the past couple of years I’ve made it a point to attend the annual Orphan Car Show held in Ypsilanti, Michigan’s Riverside Park. This year was the 16th iteration of the OCS, which is affiliated with Ypsi’s Automotive Heritage Museum. With a number of century old (and older) brass era cars at the event, it’s not surprising that some of them had to be started with hand cranks. What is surprising is that not all the crank starting cars dated to before World War One. Actually, a couple of them date to the Vietnam War era and later.

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