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A Tale of Two Dusters and Other Stories

A Tale of Two Dusters and Other Stories

by Kirk Swanick
     
 

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In this collection of stories, Kirk Swanick, also known as “Captain Kirk” to his Internet forum friends, tells the story of growing up a gear head behind both the wheels of muscle cars and the handlebars of motorcycles.

It was the ’70s and Kirk was enamored by all things mechanical, not the least of which were his beloved Dusters. In

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In this collection of stories, Kirk Swanick, also known as “Captain Kirk” to his Internet forum friends, tells the story of growing up a gear head behind both the wheels of muscle cars and the handlebars of motorcycles.

It was the ’70s and Kirk was enamored by all things mechanical, not the least of which were his beloved Dusters. In “A Tale of Two Dusters,” an almost novella length story, join Kirk and his colorful sidekicks as he navigates the ups and downs of wrenching and wrecking hot rods, going to school, and growing up on the back of a scrambler. Those of us who grew up in the 1970s culture of muscle cars and motorcycles will relate to the episodes of moto-craziness and find it hard not to grin at the mostly harmless hooliganism of the era.

The second half of this book is filled with colorful stories inspired by riding and wrenching those fun-filled hot rods of the two-wheeled variety. In these stories, Kirk not only relates his experience with the mechanical challenges of motorcycles, but also describes the great rewards granted to those who are lucky enough to ride them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148665359
Publisher:
Lost Classics Book Company dba Road Dog Publicatio
Publication date:
10/02/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,065,338
File size:
293 KB

Meet the Author

Kirk Swanick was born and raised in northeastern Illinois, in the northern Chicago suburb of Mudsville”, also known as Mundelein, Illinois.

Kirk has been fascinated with the “infernal” combustion engine as long as he can remember, or possibly even before that. He began tinkering with things mechanical long before he should have. He cut his teeth on bicycles, which was soon followed by mini-bikes and motorcycle engines. Next came cars, then ultimately aviation (which turned into a career). Eventually he returned full circle back to motorcycles where his passion for repairing and restoring the Japanese import bikes of his youth is only eclipsed by his passion for riding them. He is also an avid black powder firearms enthusiast, shooter, and tinkerer/amateur gunsmith. He resides on a number of black powder internet forums as administrator, moderator, and advisor, as well as a number of motorcyclebased
forums primarily concerned with the bikes he owns and restores. He is also a hunter, archer, reloader and unsung guitar-slinger.

He attended Mundelein High School and after graduation attended College of Lake County for two years until deciding he wanted to make a career of fixing things that go fast and make noise, with aviation earning top billing in that department. He attended Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and graduated from their Aviation Maintenance Technician program earning an AMT degree and receiving his Federal Aviation Administration Airframe and Powerplant license in late 1979. He received his FAA Inspection Authorization in 1984 and has kept it in constant currency since. Presently he is part-owner of Waukegan Aviation Services/Waukegan Avionics, a licensed FAA Repair Station, avionics dealership, and full-service piston aircraft maintenance and service center.
Kirk resides with his wife, son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter in Waukegan, Illinois, just shy of the Wisconsin border, where he loves to spend more hours riding his motorcycles than would be considered advisable by any licensed marriage counselor.

He has taken and completed both the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic Rider Course (BRC) and Experienced Rider Courses (ERC).

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