Nash Scrambler FV

Last I saw the only remaining Nash Scrambler FV, it was still Sail Blue (yep, that is a Rustoleum color – and I love it) and it was still running with Corinthian Vintage Auto Racing (CVAR) in 2018.  I had the pleasure of driving it for a number of years, below, eventually selling it in 2009.

TDR Wilt Nash Scrambler FV TWS CVAR

#39 Tired Dog Racing, Nash Scrambler FV, TWS, mid-2000’s    Driver: J. Wilt

The original fiberglass was green gelcoat, as evidenced by the photo below.  As recently as 2018, I can confirm the original body is still on the car, still green under the blue.  This is the earliest documentation of the #38 Nash Scrambler Formula Vee at Texas World Speedway.  Driver and builder Weldon Nash is at the wheel.

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#38 Nash Racing, Nash Scrambler FV, TWS, 1970’s     Driver W. Nash

The photo captures TWS at one of the earliest races – the pit fencing is not complete!

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Nash Scrambler Formula Vee (FV)

The TDR archives have (finally) uncovered the archives of the Nash Scrambler FV.  Coming soon will be the history of the last known Scrambler, as told by the builder and driver, Weldon Nash.  When in the TDR stable, it still raced in the original body work.  Photo documentation of the car racing from Green Valley to earliest Texas Motor Speedway events, culminates with the last TDR races in the car with CVAR.

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Anderbock Sighting

Kane shared this information in 2016 … “…The mural is clearly visible in a dark western film called “Kill or Be Killed” (2015). …. seeing that it has only a 1-star rating on Netflix, you may want to fast forward 1 hour, 06 minutes, and 09 seconds into the movie if you want to see the Anderbock Mural….”  Thank you Kane!

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Still Brewing

A quick trip to a family event had me pass the mysterious Anderbock mural on March 9, 2019.  One end of the image is fading faster than the rest – and losing a few more bricks – but for the most part it is fairly stable, if slowly weathering.  Won’t be long until ‘last call’IMG_4333Always worth a trip, and if anyone knows more than we’ve posted in the past – let TDR know!


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Lake of The Pines Loops

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FM 450, FM 250, and FM 161 were the stars of morning, and provided solid reasons to see Hughes Springs, TX twice in one day. Riding as Road Captain for three days of fun, with my son as my wingman, and a group of Star 172 riders, we loaded up our significant others for a KSU at 0900 at the Lake of the Pines Lodge. A scenic loop around the Lake of the Pines, and across the dam, was followed by a run north to Hughes Springs and beyond. The southbound leg saw portions of Lone Star, TX and took us to Daingerfield State Park for a break, and a chance to fill up our camera memory chips. From Daingerfield, we had a great run into Jefferson, with mandatory fuel stop in preparation for the afternoon ride, lunch at Auntie Skinners (always excellent), and a stop at the Route 49 Biker Shop. About 144 miles before lunch, ride time was 3.5 hours with 2 stops.

The Route: FM 729 east; FM 726 to FM 450; 259 to 155; to TX 49 north-stop in Hughes Springs. Fm 161 north to TX 238 south; to 259 to 49/11 to Park Road 17 and Diangerfield State Park. Leaving the park for Hughes Springs (again), FM 250 south to 259, to old FM729 – take 729 past LOTP lodge to TX 49, and head into Jefferson.

The Gator Loop
FM 449 and FM 2208 were the goals on leaving the Route 49 bikers emporium, for a 110 mile loop that includes gator feeding and some DSCN1304of the best roads in the area. Seeing the gators at Gator Park and Petting Zoo was worth the nominal fee, but for the rest of the “zoo”, well, skip out after the gators are fed. The rest of the loop runs from Karnak to Marshall to Diana, back east to Jefferson, then 729 back to base. Even in heat or cold, these are some riding beauties. Ride time about 2.5 hours.

The route: TX 134 out of Jefferson to the Park Road that runs into Caddo Lake. Leaving the Gator park, back north to TX 43; loop 390 around Marshall; FM 449 to 259 north; TX 154 east to FM 2208 just beyond Harelton, TX; to 59, then 49, then 729 to base.

Pittsburg Loop
Find FM 557 out of Lone Star and head to Pittsburg for breakfast. You can take the same way back, or find the other hidden gem in the area and take that back to Lone Star, or as we did, continue on east back to Dallas. And traffic. And work. And….we. are. coming. back.

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A Brewing Question – Anderbock Brew

The ride started with a two day trip through the Texas Hill country, over to Pedernales State Park, then to Lake Travis for some sun bathing before dinner at the Oasis.  The return route the next day was east of I-35 all the way home, and we passed through Granger, TX.  And spotted the Anderbock Brew mural.  A Texas brew not yet tasted?  Do tell more!  And that’s when I hit the information wall.

Anderbock Brew,  Est. 1958. The Finest of American Brews.  Never heard of it.  Neither has the internet.  So I called City Hall, spoke with Janine, and found out she had not heard of it.  Really? Work there, live there? So how about I talk with the mayor?  Absolutely!

I telephoned and spoke briefly with Mayor Jerry Lalla on August 14, 2012 and heard that “.. the vacant land was an old mercantile building, which eventually became a beer pub, with the mural painted on the inside.  That building is no longer there, and I am not sure if it was a beer brewed in the pub, or if it was just the name of the tavern.”

Research: I thought next to check Polk or Cole city directories, but just didn’t have time to ride the Roadstar to Austin or Georgetown to do the research.  Back to the internet.  What we find is evidence of a Nu-Icy soft drink mural that pre-dates the Anderbock Mural, and when one knows to look for it, it is visible still.  Also, dated photos on Flickr and other sites pin down the Anderbock Brew mural dates somewhat.

And here is a timeline that might help illuminate the history of the Anderbock Brew mural.

2003Texas Chain Saw Massacre filmed in Granger.  Doesn’t apply, but movies are a part of the town history.

2004 – the Nu-Icy mural is (still) in place in August 2004.  Nu-Icy, a soft drink, was apparently bottled from the late 20’s to sometime in the 50’s.  When you get to comparing the photos, please note that the adjacent awning is thin and at a low level.  Also, notice the mortar line at the top of the mural – it is the same today.  This photo is by Erik Whetstone, August 15, 2004, and can be found at:

2007 – September – the first evidence I found of the Anderbock Brew mural.  The awning is in the same position, and the bottle from the Nu-Icy sign is clearly visible, as are the mountains at the base.  The new mural appears relatively fresh in this photo.  The source of this is photo is shown below.  Other photos can be found from January 2008 that replicate this picture. (2008).

2010True Grit is filmed in Granger.  The awning is raised to reflect the design of the movie town, and the mural is enclosed within the Livery & Stable on the set (at right edge of photo). Filming started in March 2010, and the facade(s) were still in place in December 2010.

So much for the movie having anything to do with Anderbock Brew….  photo from

2012 – August, the mural is fading, but still vibrant enough to get us to pull the bike over and drag out the camera.  The bottle from the Nu-Icy is about lost, but the mountains in the mural are still visible.

Next trip:  A few interviews to see find out about the 2004 to 2007 period in Granger, TX.  And that, my friends, is a reason to ride!

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Bastrop – August 2012

Bastrop State Park:  An $8.00 entry fee for two allowed us to tour Bastrop State Park, home of the Lost Pines.  Lost indeed, after the wildfires of 2011. A year later, and on our first visit, we saw towering black matchsticks that rise above green, ground level vegetation that is ‘starting over.’  Fire damage aside, the place is still beautiful – lakes, camping areas, trails, CCC cabins.   We saw it previously at Possum Kingdom Lake, and again here – random buildings and areas that the fire spared for no apparent reason.  Homes and barns untouched, while surrounded by blackened trees.  Burn lines that stop as if drawn with a (long) ruler.

Buescher State Park:  Park Road 1C is 13 miles of park road that connects Bastrop State Park to Buescher State Park, and the Ranger suggested this one to us.  Ride it, it’s a bucket list road.  To find it,  you really have to drill into online maps – or – you can just listen to the Ranger.   Not a bad idea to always ask the Ranger what is a ‘must see’ when you check in.   Take note of the radio aerial in the lower right of the photo. This is a practiced photographer shooting back over her head without looking.  Wonder where she learned that?

The Route:  From Austin, 71 east to Bastrop.  This is a heavily traveled road.  FM 969 (MLK in Austin proper, FM 969 east of 183) is north of 71 and could be a good alternate.  Continue east through Bastrop, and the entrance is right there at the highway intersection.  After riding Park Road 1C, you exit onto FM 153, and a right turn will take you back to 71, and another right turn takes you back to Bastrop.

If you have already eaten breakfast at Maxine’s on Main Street  as we had, grab 95 north and start the trek home.  Yes, Maxine’s made Texas Monthly.  And now, I know why, AND I have the t-shirt.  Or rather my photographer has the shirt.  Per the manager, it was the first Maxine’s t-shirt sold to the hungry public.  Really! I saw the box being ripped open.

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Luckenbach – The Pilgrimage

Luckenbach – It’s always strange to roll into a place that is known as a party town at about 0900 mid week.  But we needed to be there for something in our Texan DNA. And being just down the road, it was time.  And was it quiet, peaceful, enjoyable.  Only two other bikes this Tuesday am, both super bikes being ridden by men old enough to know that, well, to know that, a cruiser might increase their longevity.  The store took its toll on our wallets.  The bar had two patrons, one drinking beer the other coffee. The porch had two confident resident cats, and chickens that had just vacated the store.  Have to go back when the place is jumping.

Old Tunnel State Park – Ostensibly this was the reason to be in this part of the State, to see the daily bat flight.  The park is located “just a piece down the road” from Luckenbach, on the OSR (Old San Antonio Road).  But our timetable was backwards and I was not going to wait 7 hours.  Next trip, next trip, always leave something for the next trip. (Old Tunnel State Park)

LBJ Ranch – National Historical Park  (LBJ Link)  When you ride with Vets, LBJ is a name that gets a strong response.  Being 750 pages into the four part biography of President Johnson, by Robert A. Caro, I had to see the park.  It is worth the trip, the two dollar entrance fee, and the time to drive the ranch.  Even if we missed the party by one day (see photo).

LBJ’s early political career spans an incredible epoch in the history of the Texas hill country.  Caro, in The Path to Power, depicts life in this modern day Mecca for Texans, from the 1920’s forward.  He tells of the destruction of the land and the incredible poverty of the entire hill country region in the early 1900’s.  LBJ was instrumental, from his seat in Congress, for the coming of electric power to Johnson City in November 1939 – friends, that is only a generation ago.

Pedernales Falls State Park – Mid week is the time to see our state parks.  Wish someone had told me that years ago.  A picnic and rest stop, below the falls in the swimming area, provided cool shade and cool rushing water – on a day that had already reached 98 by noon.  Quiet and solitude.  Not willing to hike back up the hill to the parking lot for a swim suit, we made do.  A hint, riding ‘under gear’ should always look like swim wear, just in case you need to cover up in a hurry. Take Ranch Road 2766 east out of Johnson City, dodge the deer, and enjoy.  Five dollar entry fee, cool patches to buy, and even the parks roads are fun.

FM 1431 – Marble Falls to Lago Vista.  29 miles of a great road that runs through the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge.  On a lark, we grabbed 10th street in Marble Falls, which turns into FM 1431, and found a gem.

Hills, curves, sweepers and I found myself actually horsing the Venture just shy of scaring my passenger. It is one of those turn-around-and-do-it-again roads.

But at 29 miles, and 100 degree plus heat, we settled for a bottle of water and fuel.  A short and painful (compared to our wide open ride so far) route through suburban hell got us to The Oasis on Lake Travis for dinner.  There is bike parking up front, so ignore the parking garage!

Never tell if we stopped at Hippie Hollow first.

Day completed with a mundane run into Austin and a well air conditioned hotel room.

The Route:  Head east out of Fredericksburg on 290, stop and open your map and your eyes.  It is all within 60 miles of you!

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FM 965 and the Willow City Loop

It is our favorite part of the state, for reasons ranging from life friends that share their fabulous land with our family, to the raw geology of the area, and, then to the roads.  Three days, no schedule, and no fixed destination beyond this, the starting point.

FM 965  will run you right up to Enchanted Rock.  Having climbed it several times in the past, we elected a drive by, and dodging the cattle, headed straight to the Willow City Loop, south of the intersection of Hwy 16 and FM 965.



The Willow City Loop – The sign for the loop gives a rider notice of about 150 feet, and we knew what we were looking for, and still had to u-turn.  The miles of this loop are public road through all private land, largely unfenced.




Breathtaking, even for those that know the area.  Second gear all the way, simply to sense all you can.  It traverses all of the elevation that you see as you turn in.




The Boot Fence – We found this art near the south end of the Loop.

In the early morning sun, it screamed for a camera better capable of capturing the image.

All this, before breakfast in Fredericksburg, TX.

The Route:  Out of the metroplex west, to Highway 16; Hwy 16 south to Llano.  Hwy 16 south to FM 965, harass the cattle, then south to the Willow City Loop.  Hwy 16 south to Fredericksburg.

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Open Road Murals – Texas Barn

A February ride took the Wings and Things pair of bikes south of DFW to the Athens, TX area.  The grass will tell you all you need to know about the warm winter we had in 2012.  Located south of Athens proper, and south of the intersection of FM 1615 and CR 404, this photo was taken at speed on CR 404. I like the barn art for its simplicity, and the photo for its composition.  Put these two roads on your touring bucket-list.

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