On Monday, after I depicted what it would look like if professional stunt driver Spanky Spangler jumped my beaded fire truck over the Charles River, a man named Brian emailed me. Brian happens to be a Hollywood stuntman, as well as Kaptain Robbie Knievel‘s bodyguard. Robbie Knievel has set at least 20 records jumping his motorcycle, while following the footsteps of his daredevil father, Evel Knievel.
In Brian’s email, he had said that Robbie is scheduled to jump next week in Raleigh, NC at the North Carolina International Auto Expo. Turns out that Spanky is Robbie’s Stunt Coordinator, so he’ll be there, as well. I was thrilled to hear this, and I asked Brian to tell Spanky that I mentioned him… Well, today, Brian sent me another email. He said that he spoke with Spanky and that he said to try to get someone to seriously look into doing a promotion. Spanky would love to jump in Boston, and he’d put on a great show=:)
So, how do we get Spanky Spangler to come to Boston? We need Ernie Boch, Jr.‘s car dealership to do a promotion of some sort. It’s been awhile since we had an event like this here. The last time I can remember was in April of 1998 when Bubba Blackwell jumped his bike in front of the Harley Davidson/Buell dealership in Everett, MA. Over 30,000 people watched as Bubba cleared 20 cars on his Harley XR-750 and broke a record that was previously held by Evel Knievel. I think it would be cool if either Spanky or Robbie could come to town and jump for a Boston Firefighter’s Benefit… perhaps at the New England Patriots home opener at Gillette Stadium??
Bob Kraft, here’s what it would look like if Spanky Spangler jumped his car over a row of vintage fire trucks. Pretty cool, huh?? =:)
Also, take a look at my beaded 1943 Chevy fire truck
. First, I added another piece of sterling silver wire around the windshield. Then, I replaced the railing on the truck bed with a twisted piece of wire. (I was really improvising there..) Next, I created the 2 roof lights. They are made out of 20 gauge sterling silver wire, and beading on Ultrasuede. After I created them, I stitched them to the back of the piece.
Lastly, I designed the side view mirror, and this took quite awhile. I stitched sterling silver bugle beads to both sides of a piece of Lacy’s Stiff Stuff. Then, I stitched it to a piece of 20 gauge sterling silver wire. I also used a sterling silver earring finding for the small circular mirror; I’m not sure I like it, but there it is… Then, I slipped the ends of the wire in between the seed beads, and stitched the whole thing into place. What do you think?? (Click images to enlarge)
Can you believe there are still a few more details to add before I move on to the Dalmatian??=:0