Well we are back in the shop repairing the snail and adding all the things we wanted to do last year. On our short list of items to do:

  1. Change the clutch. She started slipping in the spring and has gotten worse. Parades, lots of people and a heavy shell have taken a toll on the tiny little motor and clutch.
  2. New dash board. We will now have a speedo, gas gauge, oil pressure and engine temp. Now I can finally answer the question of how fast do I go.
  3. Heater. Yes we will have heat at our feet and wind in our face. Going to install a 12v plug for my MC vest too!
  4. New lighting. More LED’s to replace some of the juice sucking lights we have now and better night lighting for the playa.
  5. 85 amp Alternator. The old generator was just not keeping up at low speeds with all of our sound gear running.


Lauren checking her notes to make sure we order the right parts.


Christopher taking a beer break after a long night in the guts of a snail.


The new dash! Thanks to John Bock for the vintage dash plate.

Motorama at Pixar

Once a year Pixar has a car show called Motorama and invites the friends and family of Pixar to show off their cars. My wife Kyrsten Mate has done the sound design for several of the Pixar Movies including The Incredibles, and Ratatui and we got invited to show our Snail Art Car the Golden Mean last week. Great campus and plenty of wonderful cars.

Pictures of our day at Pixar’s Motorama


Beautifully restored engine


Tatra v8


What a parking spot! we had to do a bit of 4 wheeling to get there! the kids loved shooting the fire.




Zolie screaming with delight “Nemo!”

Thanks to Jay and Gary and all of Pixar for a wonderful day!

More Pictures

Beer Circus at Lagunitas

The Boiler Bar & Theater


above photo by R. Dusty Rhodes


Ta Dah

Wow that was a hoot! Great performers EVERYWHERE. You couldn’t spill your beer without hitting some amazing talent.

Big hand goes out to Tony and crew at Lagunitas for hosting such a fun free event!


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R.Dusty Road’s story

R Dusty’s pictures


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