>High Octane


I began watching auto-racing on television with my father at a very early age. My father used to drag-race when he was young (and he lives in Indiana), so he loves watching Nascar. And, if there was no Nascar on TV, it seemed there was always some race going on somewhere in the world. My father told me about the rules of the race, the drivers, the weather conditions on the track, and the probability of a crash occurring. And, when a crash did occur, he would explain to me in great detail exactly why it happened. All I know is, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that CAR+GASOLINE+VELOCITY+HEAT+CRASH=DEADLY INFERNO.


Here’s one example of the above formula:

July 31, 1994
German Grand Prix
Hockenheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Jos Verstappen, a Dutch Formula One driver, was a member of the Benetton F-1 racing team.

During a pitstop, the re-fueling went terribly wrong. Gasoline spilled onto the heated car, which resulted in an explosion of flames.

Verstappen’s visor was open on his helmet, so he walked away with burns on his nose, but at least he was able to walk away. After witnessing that, other drivers were sure to keep their visors closed during pitstops=:0

Gasoline is a flammable liquid.
If you must have gasoline around the house:

*Always store it in approved safety containers.
* Always have a proper fire extinguisher and know how to use it.
* Always keep the minimum amount of gas required.
* Always store the container in a cool and well ventilated area. Keep it away from any source of heat or sparks such as water heater, electric motor or car engines.
* Always store the containers in the garage or shed rather than the house.
* Never carry gasoline in the trunk of your car.
* Always keep gasoline away from children.
* Never syphon gasoline by sucking the hose; gasoline can be fatal if swallowed.
* Never use gasoline as a cleaner, a charcoal starter or a solvent.

If you or your child should ever swallow gasoline, then:

* Move the child away from the gasoline source; then secure the gasoline safely.
* Call your doctor or Poison Control Center immediately, or call 911.
* Never induce vomiting.
* For gasoline on clothing – remove the clothing and dispose of it carefully.
* For gasoline on skin – use lots of warm soapy water to reduce the risk of chemical burns.

If you do have a gasoline fire and don’t have a fire extinguisher:

* Stay calm
* Get everyone away from the fire
* Call the Fire department by dialing 911
* Never use water to put out a gasoline fire

Now that you’ve read the fire safety lesson for the day, I’ll show you what I’ve accomplished on my 1943 Chevy fire truck. First, I finished beading the hood. Then, I took a piece of 20-gauge half-hard sterling silver wire, and bent it to the shape of the windshield. It is now the molding that goes around the window. If you’re wondering why I used sterling silver, well…it was all I had on hand that would work. So, that means I must use it for other parts of the truck, as well.

After I stitched the wire down, I continued beading around the windows of the truck. You’ll also notice that I cut off the two little lights that were on top of the truck. I’m going to make them out of wire and seed beads, then stitch them on later. And, when the time comes, I’ll do the same for a side-view mirror, as well. One step at a time…

17 thoughts on “>High Octane

  1. >You know, Corky, I have never been to a race. I would love to go see one in Loudon, NH, though. My father says you have the best seat when you watch the race in your living room, but I know there’s no comparison to actually being there=:)

  2. >Beadin’ Gram, just knowing that makes it all worthwhile for me to stay up ’til 3am doing my blog posts. LOL. I love to hear when people are learning from my blog, especially children. As always, your comment is much appreciated=:)

  3. >I must tell you that two of my grandsons are great fans of yours. They come for overnights with us every couple weeks — and they started viewing your site with me when the Divas was in progress. Your fire safety reports have been most interesting to them — and good lessons. They are looking forward to next weekend with us and catching up on the Chevy fire truck. Boys love dogs and fire trucks 😉

  4. >Good grief, woman… how DO you find the time to bead, research, write, photograph AND work???? Thanks for all the educational things you post, and for the encouragement you are offering kids to get involved with the fire truck… which wil be another marvel of beadwork!

  5. >Travelled on the A6 to A67 on my way out of Stuttgart up to points north many times. Never witnessed this on the autobahn, although some accidents you knew an ambulance wasn’t going to be called…..Auto + speed + other autos + speed = disaster x percentage of time.Great job on the beading!

  6. >Ah “Du hast, Du hast mich, Du hast mich gefragt und ich hab nichts gesagt” … ;)”You have, You have asked, You have asked me and I have said nothing …” Good that you don’t like them, either! ;)I think it’s about a proposal of marriage.What about Nina Hagen? Is she still famous over there? I like her and she sounds strange, too. 😀

  7. >Nina, I didn’t know where Rammstein got their name. Thanks for sharing that. Every once in awhile, a strange band from overseas has their 15 minutes of fame over here. I only remember one song that wuz popular- ‘Du Hast’…I never really liked Rammstein, either. They DO sound strange, almost a little like disaster. LOL! And Deirdre, I did think about the possibility of the silver tarnishing, and I think it will be OK. Afterall, this is a vintage truck. I think it will add character to the piece when the silver color dulls=:)

  8. >I am afraid that I don’t watch car racing much, nor am I lucky enough to have a dad explaining those in details to me. Anyway, you work is amazing, indeed.

  9. >Those photos are so frightening – its amazing to think that he walked away!May I ask you about the silver wire – I totally understand about using what you have on hand, but are you concerned about it tarnishing? On the piece I am beading (or more accurately ignoring), one reason I know she is sitting on the shelf is because I’ve used gold beads which must be lined with silver. They still look great on the doll (tightly sealed in plastic) but on a wall hanging that I used them for – the bright beautiful gold, has turned into a much duller bronze-hued shade. Or are you using tarnish free SILVER?

  10. >I am not so interested in car racing so I can’t remember this although I must have witnessed it in TV at that time.Regarding German fire accidents: Maybe some of you know the band Rammstein, I think they were quite popular in the USA. I can’t understand why! *lol* I have never liked them so much!!! They sound strange. But they are named after an air-show disaster in Ramstein.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramstein_airshow_disasterI was only 8 then but all my life I have associated the word Ramstein/Rammstein with something horrible. Due to the fact that other people have felt similar about this word, Rammstein chose this name, I guess. Here is the (boring) song about that catastrophe:http://noctulius.imeem.com/music/UufqUvj9/rammstein/

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