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Fontana Motor Speedway

Posted in Family, Personal, Photography by Bridget Casas on March 7, 2009

We spent the day today out in Fontana and we had a really good time. I took this photo at the late afternoon practice session of my nephew Geoff. My nephew Greg did not have much luck this morning. Some kind of problem with the crankshaft on his car so he was unable to complete practice and will not be able to race tomorrow. It is a beautiful facility and I cannot believe there was one just a few miles away in Ontario that was torn down many years ago.  I will give you a link here if you want to know more about what goes on there. There are NASCAR Races, etc. there.


Geoff Monise on the straightaway…

It was a fun day and I enjoyed seeing Carol and her husband Bill. I think Bill really enjoyed it – he seemed very excited and  appeared to be having a lot of fun. It is now 8:30 on Saturday night – the latest I have ever done a post. I have a lot of photos to go through and I will do a slideshow on my website.  Willie took a lot of photos also. I took over 150 just myself and he probably took twice as many!  I have a lot to look at! Until tomorrow…



A Panoramic Central Park

Posted in Photography by Bridget Casas on March 6, 2009

I was at the park trying out some panoramas. There are four photos in each shot and I think they came out pretty good. It is for an assignment for my photography travel class and I think it was a great idea. I have often thought about doing it but it has been a long time since I have even tried. I have had my Canon 20D camera for many years and yesterday I finally downloaded the software that came with it to do a “photostitch.”  This five week class has been great and I want to thank the instructor, John Clark, for the new ideas I have gotten.


Surf City’s own Central Park…

This is just one small area of the park. It is a beautiful Friday here, though a little chilly. We will be up early tomorrow morning as I need to go to class and then we are going out to Fontana for the VARA (Vintage Auto Racing Association) Route 66 Races. It will be a fun day and I hope the weather stays nice! Our friends Carol and Bill are going but my other friend Cheryl will not make it. I look forward to seeing my brothers and other family members, including Larry and Shelley. Have a fun day!


Early 1930’s Riley Motorcar

Posted in Photography by Bridget Casas on February 13, 2009

We needed to go up to Pasadena yesterday to the shop (FMM). They had two collectors cars there to work on. One was a three wheeled 1949 Morgan and the other was this 1934 Riley. The Riley Cycle Company was a British bicycle manufacturer.  The company built the Riley motorcar from 1898 until 1939. There were many models. They later merged into British Leyland. Today, the trademark is owned by BMW. It is rumored this motorcar was purchased for over $100,000 a year ago.


One model of the British motorcar the Riley…

We had beautiful weather again yesterday, but I do not think it is going to last very long. We will probably get more rain before the week is out. I made a doctor’s appointment for today.  My regular doctor has left the practice and moved up North. I hate having to start over with a new doctor. I hope I can finally get this stomach problem taken care of! Today is Friday the 13th – are you superstitious? I am not quite sure what this week-end is going to bring. I will let you know!


Back at the Shop

Posted in Family, Photography by Bridget Casas on November 16, 2008

This is one of the photos I will be using for my Flash final project. I was going to use it yesterday, but then I got sentimental and used the decal photo instead. I am looking forward to working on the project and I hope I can pull it off. I will post it on my website (can’t put Flash here) when it is done. It is due December 11th, so wish me luck!


They repair and restore English automobiles…. 

Well, Donnan’s vet called Saturday morning and read the pathologists report to me. Bottom line, it was a cyst, originated in a hair follicle and contained a lot of bacteria. If it had burst, it could have caused a lot of infection. There is nothing we could have done to prevent it. As long as all of it was removed, nothing else needs to be done. I was very happy to get this news and really glad that we decided to have it removed. So, we just have to get through the next 8 days and get the sutures removed. Hooray for happy endings! It is very windy and hot here! Have a great Sunday!


Frank Monise Motors

Posted in Family, Photography by Bridget Casas on November 15, 2008

We were up at the shop yesterday to check out the work being done on my MGB. They have made so many changes there since my father died five years ago. I took a lot of photos because I am going to use them to create a website for my final project for my Flash class.  It made me think about some photos I took years ago. I always enjoyed looking at this wall of decals. There were many more added after this photo was taken but they are all gone now. My brother says it is still there, just covered up with new drywall.


I miss this colorful wall with so much history…

They have done so much work and the place looks great – it is just different. There are some things that have not changed and those things make me feel good. We took both dogs with us up there. They did very well, but they like to go in the car. Kyla more so than Donnan. It was hot in Pasadena yesterday- in the low 90’s. That is so crazy for November 14th!


Vintage Auto Racing Association

Posted in Photography by Bridget Casas on November 2, 2008

Early yesterday morning we went to a Vintage Auto Racing Association Car Show in Irvine, CA. They call it “Coffee and Cars,” and have it every week-end. This is my nephew Geoff’s car, an MG Midget. He has been a member of this club for three years and has won a few championships. He is carrying on the Monise tradition of auto racing like his father and grandfather before him. My other brother used to race motorcycles. I guess racing is in the blood! Check out the link to Frank Monise Motors under Business Referrals to the right. You can learn more there.

Vintage MG Midget Driven by Geoff Monise

Vintage MG Midget Driven by Geoff Monise

There are many more images of different cars on my web site. Please go look at them – I think you will enjoy and appreciate these vintage autos. The link will take you to the “What’s New” page. We had dinner at Larry and Shelley’s last night – always a good time. The day began very early and ended very late! The dogs are not too happy because they have been alone a lot. Kyla loves Willie so much. He just walked out the front door and she came into my room here and cried!  She wants him to take her with him whenever he goes out the front door!