Description Theres something to be said about racing a rain-packed blue norther in a Shelby Cobra Roadster. We managed to keep just ahead of the icy thunderstorm harbinger of the cold front. Made it difficult to drive the speed limit all the while knowing sleet was right behind us. ~:0)This Cobra had a house-full under the hood. A Big Block race prepared beat out a tattoo on the road as we fairly roared down State Hi-way 16 from Kerrville headed for Bandera Texas the Cowboy Capital. We took the scenic route to say the least. That part of the road is two lanes and drops hundreds of feet from the high plains into the hillcountry.We passed dozens of ranches. We crossed several streams. All places Id used for hot rod photo backdrops in the past. We couldnt stop to admire them. We had a serious storm to beat into the heart of the hills of Texas. It was exciting. I know I had fun in a Shelby Cobra that could make me old Canon G11 swing out, left and right from its lanyard from the G-forces created in cornering and braking. Woof! What a rush! Ha!This was not the same Shelby Cobra I had photographed after a police chase up the other end of Hi-way 16 up to Bandera a month ago. That was a thrill on its own merit! This Cobra has multiplied horses over that Outlaw Shelby. The owner of the ride said it cranks out something close to 700 bhp thanks to its twin-turbos. And I believe him! This thing could lay a hundred yards of 11s on a long stretch of private road. None of our gang would ever dream of doing that sort of thing on a public road. No Way! We do our racing and performance driving only on fully sanctioned race-ways or on private property. Yep thas what we do thats right ~;0)The print of this Shelby Cobra is so pretty Im giving one to my Valentine this year. Nice big one! Lots of bewdiful detail in it and big enough to see across the game-room. You should get one for yer own self or maybe Ur sweetie or sweety as the case may be ~:0) Viv
Chas Sinklier, VivaChas! Member Since November 2008 Artist Statement The VivaChas! Story
There's a new sheriff in town here at VivaChas! - - - We have a story to tell U about what it is we do with all these cool photos we make. Long-Story-Short, VivaChas! uses half the proceeds from the sale of the Hot Rod images here to make a difference in the world. We got the idea for making giving a major part of our business plan from the book by the founder of TOM'S Shoes, Blake Mycoskie's - "Start Something That Matters" - it's all about integrating helping others in need into Ur business from the very start & that's what we're doing here at VivaChas! ~:0)
The mob here at VivaChas! works out of what we call "The Club House" that is a small building on the property where Chas lives & works - we rely on third party venues for printing and shipping, so the only expenses outside production are web-site related and that's very low. So what sort of donations do sales at VivaChas! support with the "profits" from Hot Rod, Rat Rod & Pickup Art Photographs?
For starters VivaChas! supports the work at World Vision International. There we and U can provide on a monthly basis the money needed by children in the needy places of the world. Right now we're helping a one year old girl in Guatemala - As funds become available more will be done there to supply water and other necessities many of us take for granted. We also suggest U support a child through World Vision urself - here's a link - http://www.wvi.org - That's a great place for U to start helping as well ~:0)
Now for closer to home. About 400 miles North of our Texas Hill Country Clubhouse is the town of Abernathy, Texas just outside Lubbock. There the hard-working staff help kids & teens learn what real love is all about - self-less love and direction for youth is what they do. The Love Shack is a genuine non-profit just as is World Vision - just closer to home so-to-speak - Go to The Love Shack site - http://www.abernathyloveshack.org - and read their story. They step into the midst of a need in their community and make a difference. Help us help them; or help them directly through their site. VivaChas! supports The Love Shack with a monthly donation - - - U could do that as well either directly or by buying Hot Rod or Hill Country Art from VivaChas! ~:0)
Let's face it kids and teens are the world's future. By supporting world relief and regional relief folks, we here at VivaChas! are pitching-in where and how we can. U can jump in where U want - it's up to U ~:0) Our goal is for giving to remain a lasting part of our business plan as it is in our everyday lives ~:0)
That reminds me about local giving. VivaChas! in a focus of global giving, regional giving and local giving provides locally from our own income from VivaChas! - Hot Rodney Hot Rods - and other sources as we think them up in the future! Additionally, I - Chas Sinklier the photographer behind VivaChas! - teach college students about the Way, the Truth and the Light - along with PhotoShop and other Art classes ~:0)
So - when U buy a VivaChas! print, half what we call "the Profit" - above printing & shipping goes to World Vision, The Love Shack and other non-profits as our bit in helping our fellow man. So there U have it. The VivaChas! story as it now stands. We'll be updating it regularly for U - - - now go buy a nice print for Ur own clubhouse, that blank spot on the wall, or as a special gift with a story for someone U know & love ~:0) VivaChas! - VivaTexas! & VivaYou!
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