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    It's a busy weekend for me, there are numerous events on this weekend and Saturday afternoon has the weigh in for a fishing competition at a waterfront bar on the island.
    I know that a lot of you have been to St Pete Beach but do any of you remember the Pelican Diner at the north end of Gulf Boulevard, it was an original. There were better places to eat but I went there at every opportunity, just to sit in there at the counter watching your eggs being cooked and reading the 'old car' section of the newspaper was just like being in a movie.
    Some real estate guy bought it about five years ago with dreams of selling the land for millions, all he did was destroy a land mark and he lost money! The Diner building however was fortunately bought by a collector and for the last few years I have seen it parked next to two old warehouses where he reputedly houses a fabulous private car collection!
    This weekend he advertised an Antique Sale at the warehouses, it was an opportunity too good to miss.
    I have been to a few Antique and Collectors fairs before in the US and they are very disappointing to say the least (overpriced crap would have been a better description) and this one didn't disappoint in the crap department but I did get to see in the Warehouses and the old Diner.
    These are the pics that I took of his collection of Road and Advertising Signs a couple of old Gas Pumps that I would have liked to buy and some of his old cars and projects.
    I did go with Sue to the Bar in the afternoon, we went by boat it was brilliant, sun, live music (Jimmy Buffet and Reggae) and Margaritas.















    THE OLD ST PETE BEACH 'PELICAN DINER'






    SOME PROJECTS PARKED AROUND THE PROPERTY








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    great photo's I agre wuold like to take the pumps and signs home

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    Oooh heck! Need 'em!

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    woowww, went to St. Petes a few years back with Karen and the kidz, what a great place, remember going to a restaurant and the waitross telling us how safe it was at night, and eating at Craggy Bills, sat next to two New York cops, and the turtle's on the beach at sunset yeah right, at the time at home Bristol Rovers were playing Cardiff City for a play off place, went for a walk on the sunday looking for a Brits paper, first i saw a 23 T on the street then found a car show in a precincts parking area................happy days and Kar and the kidz were still asleep...............

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kustomkulture View Post
    woowww, went to St. Petes a few years back with Karen and the kidz, what a great place, remember going to a restaurant and the waitross telling us how safe it was at night, and eating at Craggy Bills, sat next to two New York cops, and the turtle's on the beach at sunset yeah right, at the time at home Bristol Rovers were playing Cardiff City for a play off place, went for a walk on the sunday looking for a Brits paper, first i saw a 23 T on the street then found a car show in a precincts parking area................happy days and Kar and the kidz were still asleep...............
    I used to be a regular at Crabby Bills, the guy who shucked the Oysters was a Demolition Derby driver. We would sit at his end of the Bar and he would give us the best Oysters and I used to buy the beer, Ice House! We both ended up trashed on many occaisions, how he never cut his hand off I don't know. We went to watch him race a School Bus one night, Crabby's gave him a few bucks for gas so he painted it green with stenciled red crabs all over it. It was Redneck central, we loved it.
    The shopping centre where you saw the car show was over the street at Dolphin Village perhaps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SG57 View Post
    I used to be a regular at Crabby Bills, the guy who shucked the Oysters was a Demolition Derby driver. We would sit at his end of the Bar and he would give us the best Oysters and I used to buy the beer, Ice House! We both ended up trashed on many occaisions, how he never cut his hand off I don't know. We went to watch him race a School Bus one night, Crabby's gave him a few bucks for gas so he painted it green with stenciled red crabs all over it. It was Redneck central, we loved it.
    The shopping centre where you saw the car show was over the street at Dolphin Village perhaps.

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    yep, sure was, so many trailers though all decked out with checkered floors etc, nice surprise though on lovely sunday morning, is Crabbys still there, great food and the kidz encouraged to draw on the walls...........

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    Yes Crabby's is still there, they have had a quiet couple of years but seem to be getting back. We went there about a month ago, it was OK. As you say a great place for kids!

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    Stayed in St Petersburg a couple of years back. Didn't know about the Pelican Diner. Looks great.

    But if you're over there, the Sunshine Dragstrip is well worth a visit.

    http://www.sunshinedragstrip.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dig these feet View Post
    Stayed in St Petersburg a couple of years back. Didn't know about the Pelican Diner. Looks great.

    But if you're over there, the Sunshine Dragstrip is well worth a visit.

    http://www.sunshinedragstrip.com/
    Plus one .....even chucked a hire car down it one time....
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    Quote Originally Posted by KerbycrewGary View Post
    Plus one .....even chucked a hire car down it one time....
    Don't tell Hertz.......
    We raced a rental at Sunshine and Desoto the same week , went a couple of rounds in the street class , I think it was Alamo we had some kind of Mercury (Ford Orion).
    We tried to get something more suitable from Ugly Duckling Car Rental , the guy made excuses to us saying he didnt have anything with a V8 in
    I think our "Garlits" t-shirts gave it away , and the fact that we only needed it for Friday and Saturday night
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