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      Whiteknuckler Blog

      They don't make things like they used to… but we do!

      So what do all these cars, trucks, bikes, and racing things have to do with a leather goods company?

      Truckers, riders, rodders, and ranchers know what a whiteknuckle experience is, and this is why we say that our line of leather goods and accessories is hot rod and horsepower inspired. Much of our inspiration comes from the design era when things were made differently and well, frankly, better. We can't reproduce the cars of the classic horsepower era but we can make things as they used to be for our line of leather goods and accessories!

      In our blog, you will find a collection of stories, articles, and themes that turn our crank so to speak, and tie into classic design language synonymous with our American-made goods!

      Enjoy!

      Early American Steel History: 1901-1950

      Early American Steel History: 1901-1950

      Steel built many of the modes of transportation and pieces of infrastructure we see in America today. The rapid development of steel technologies, pushed forward by companies like U.S. Steel, put America on a path for the massive growth of American cities – and American vehicles. We'll explore the early history of the use of steel, the companies involved, and how steel shaped America.

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      Bigfoot: The Original Monster Truck

      Bigfoot: The Original Monster Truck

      Necessity is often the mother of invention. This holds true when it comes to the birth of the original monster truck, Bigfoot. This customized, off-road truck was the OG of the monster truck movement and was responsible for adding an entirely new faction to motorsports history.

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      American Automotive History 1930 to 1950

      American Automotive History 1930 to 1950

      By 1930, the American automotive industry was getting revved up and was on the verge of big changes. In the previous decade, many competitive automakers had risen up and many had failed. The remaining companies like Dodge, Chevrolet, and the “Big Three” —  Ford, GM, and Chrysler — were working on ways to appeal to new demands and processes.

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      Good at Being Evel: The History of Evel Knievel

      Good at Being Evel: The History of Evel Knievel

      One name undoubtedly comes to mind when you think of the word daredevil: Evel Knievel. From humble beginnings to flying high across TV screens worldwide, Knievel defied death as a stunt cyclist for decades. Breaking more than bones, he also broke numerous records throughout his stellar career.


      In addition to being known as a daredevil, Knievel wanted to be known as a man of his word. He put his life on the line more than once simply because he said he would, and he did not want to disappoint his fanbase or himself for not following through, even when he should have focused on his well-being. Evel Knievel proved to himself and the world time and time again that while his bones were breakable, his spirit was not.

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      History of the Gasser

      History of the Gasser

      Gasser can have a lot of meanings, from an amazingly funny joke to a person who is loud and likes attention. The automotive world has a completely different kind of gasser. We'll explore the history of gassers – which is a term for modified cars. We'll look at how the gasser came about and what makes them a part of automotive history as well as what is happening with them today.

      One of the general themes of 1950's and 1960's automotive history was the desire to go fast. The question was often a matter of how to increase speed. A “gasser” involves a few modifications to an already produced vehicle. Racers would replace engines – or at least part of the engine — with one from a vehicle with a bigger, more powerful motor. These motors also ran on gasoline, which sounds very normal today, but at the time, it wasn't uncommon to run a vehicle off some form of ethanol or even nitro.

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