Wednesday, October 26, 2016

the 1970 BP Canadian Economy Run overall winner was a 71 Demon with a stick shift, and in the competition Sir Stirling Moss was driving a Corolla.

The results were determined by multiplying each competitor’s actual miles per gallon by the car’s weight in pounds divided by 2000.

There is an account of this event in the November 1970 issue of Canada Track & Traffic.

Four generations of the Gapp family have enjoyed this 1916 Oakland Model 50 V8

Bought by a father of 8 presumably for getting all the kids to town, it was the daily driver for 18 years. Around the mid 30's it was only used for an occasional 4th of July parade, but it was stored until 1987 without any consistent use. Then stored in a sealed crate for 25 more years.

the Dec 2016 issue of Hot Rod has a good article on the AMC's competing in the 1968, 69 SCCA Trans Am races

Strange “dealer-installed” parts were being assigned AMC part numbers as racing continued. One was a front-suspension crossmember that allowed for bolting on a Ford Mustang suspension, which featured the antidive characteristics that Javelin suspensions lacked. Also, a front spindle became available that accepted Lincoln disc brakes, which Ford was using in Trans-Am for their superior cooling properties.

In analyzing the 290ci engines, Kaplan wanted a bit more stroke, but the blocks didn’t allow for any more throw. Working with the AMC foundry, retired 290-engine designer Dave Potter came up with a plan. First, 11/16 inch was added to the decks, requiring spacers for the intake manifolds. Then the foundry devised a way to cast the bottom end of the 390ci block, which used four-bolt mains, to the top of the 290, which only had room for two-bolt mains. The two combined changes allowed the use of longer, standard Chevy connecting rods.

In 1969, to lighten the cars, they were acid dipped (against the rules) and Team Javelin tried using fiberglass quarters in an illegal attempt to lighten the car. When the SCCA guys strolled into the pits with a magnet, steel quarters were quickly fastened to the chassis.

For 1970, AMC did the smartest possible thing, they hired the winners of the previous 2 years, Penske Racing with driver Mark Donohue. Penske was so determined to win that there was no Second Place finish bonus in the contract with AMC. When the news was announced at a press conference, Penske predicted the Javelin team would win at least 7 of the 12 races—a risky thing to be offering up having not so much as touched a Javelin race car. Penske was establishing how deep his determination was to win, even bringing back Peter Revson to race the second Javelin behind Donohue.

Rafik's bike is featured front and center in an article in the Dallas magazine Paper City, on a feature about the Haas Motorcycle Gallery at Dragon (Dallas)

Bobby Haas, photographer for Natl Geographic, and recent collector of motorcycles... he bought his first in 2011, had 4 by 2013, and now has 70, is also a senior partner and adviser to a capital investment company. Those were nice, but now he opened a gallery to showcase his motorcycle collection, and RK Concepts was the choice for the front photo in the magazine article... very damn cool

The Grand Tour is going to tape an episode in Nashville! You have until the end of today to get to and register for a chance at a free pass

the 2nd US studio recording location for the brand new Amazon Prime series The Grand Tour is confirmed as Nashville!

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May will be taking their tent to Nashville on November 21st, 2016. Apply for a pair of tickets to join them on their grand tour for a once in a lifetime experience.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

the 1st bellytanker, made by Bill Burke of course, that guy was a legend

1957 Alfa Romeo Giulieta Sprint Speciale Bertone Prototipo

a very cool trailer with a lot of vintage picnic accessories

this cool old 8mm home movie camera on the tripod

the car made by one fortune inheriting racer, driven by another. This Scarab named to advertise a beer is still one cool race car.

The Scarab was conceived by Lance Reventlow, heir to the Woolworth and E.F. Hutton fortunes. Reventlow assembled a team to design and build a car that could humble the popular Ferrari and Maserati racers of the day.

 Chuck Pelly designed the gorgeous body, and Von Dutch laid down the beautiful metallic blue paint and white scallops.

In 1959, the Peter Hand Brewing Co. bought two Scarabs and hired Augie Pabst to drive one. He won the United States Auto Club’s National Road Racing Championship in 1959, and he was national champion in the Sports Car Club of America’s B-Modified class.

Meister Bräuser was a competitor of Pabst Blue Ribbon, and the success of a Pabst at the wheel of a Meister Bräuser-sponsored car did not sit well with the board of the Peter Hand Brewery (who produced Meister Bräuser beer).

Augie Pabst, the great grandson of the founder of the Pabst Brewing Company on his fathers side, and the Schlitz beer company on his mothers side, had a relatively brief racing career, spanning but ten years. But in those years he won numerous races, took two major Championships, and became one of the most popular and charismatic drivers of the day.

Pabst drove for some of the best-known car owners, such as Luigi Chinetti and Briggs Cunningham, and partnered with some of its best drivers, including Walt Hansgen and Roger Penske.

Tim and Pam Wellborn (with that incredible car museum in Alabama) decided to recreate the Rapid Transit System Barracuda

They started with a near perfect 383 Cuda found in New Orleans, stored for the past couple decades, then put on half a car wrap, then painted the color stripes on, then laid black tape lines between the paint colors.

Then they added the speed parts to the passenger side, like the wheelie bar, the half a roll cage, and the tires and rims.

It's going to be at SEMA according to Hot Rod magazine...

Toni Bou

wow, watch this... the difference between your grandfathers generation, and the 20 something generation. Effing cool. That lawn tractor? Superb adaptation for usefulness, and no repetitious trips to the tool shed

On the way to Wheels and Waves

the first and only British sports car to legitimately bear Il Cavallino Rampante, a Sunbeam Alpine

this rare left-hand-drive Sunbeam was raced by Filippo Theodoli, an Italian nobleman whose accounts as an executive for Gardner Advertising Agency included Ferrari and Alitalia Airlines.

Perhaps more importantly, he was also a close friend of Luigi Chinetti, the influential head honcho of the North American Racing Team. After personally taking delivery of the car in England, Theodoli soon put it to work at the 1963 12 hours of Sebring.

As an honorary member of N.A.R.T. for the race, the Sunbeam shared pit space with Ferrari 250 GTOs and the previous year’s Le Mans-winning 330 TRI, and received a number of NART-sourced parts including a 40-gallon endurance fuel tank and a blue bucket seat just like that found in a GTO.

30 years of sitting around in a Matthews Martinque waiting for a new owner to give these twins some love... 354s

who knew Alfa Romeo made vans back in the 30s?

the requirements for the Boy Scouts Automotive Maintenance Merit Badge

1. Do the following:
  a. Explain to your counselor the hazards you are most likely to encounter during automotive maintenance activities, and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, or lessen these hazards.
 b. Discuss with your counselor the safety equipment, tools, and clothing used while checking or repairing a motor vehicle. Use this equipment, tools, and/or clothing (when needed or called for) in meeting the requirements for this merit badge.

2. General Maintenance, Safety, and Registration Do the following:
  a. Review the maintenance chart in the owner's manual. Explain the requirements and time limits.
  b. Demonstrate how to check the following:
      1. Brake Fluid
      2. Engine Oil
      3. Coolant
      4. Power steering fluid
      5. Windshield washer fluid
      6. Transmission fluid
      7.Battery fluid (if possible) and condition of the battery terminals
  c. Locate the fuse boxes; determine the size of fuses. Demonstrate the proper replacement of burned-out fuses.
  d. Demonstrate how to check the condition and tension of belts and hoses.
  e.Check the lighting in the vehicle, including instrument, warning, and exterior bulbs.
  f. Locate and check the air filter.
  g. Explain the purpose, importance, and limitations of safety belts and passive restraints.
  h. Find out the requirements for the state inspection in your state, including how often a vehicle needs to be inspected.
  i. Explain the importance of registering a vehicle and find out the annual registration fee for renewing your family car's registration.

3.Dashboard. Do the following:
  a. Explain the function of the fuel gauge, speedometer, tachometer, oil pressure, and engine temperature gauge. Point out each one on the instrument cluster.
  b. Explain the symbols that light up on the dashboard and the difference between the yellow and red symbols. Explain each of the indicators on the dashboard, using the owner's manual, if necessary.

4. Tires. Do the following:
  a. Explain the difference between tire manufacturer's and vehicle manufacturer's specifications and show where to find them.
  b. Demonstrate how to check pressure and properly inflate a tire. Check the spare tire and make sure it is ready for use.
  c. Explain why wheel alignment is important to the life of a tire. Explain camber, caster, and toe-in adjustments on wheel alignment.
  d. Explain the purpose of the lateral-wear bar indicator.
  e. Explain how to dispose of old tires in accordance with local laws and regulations.

5. Engine. Do the following:
  a. Explain how an internal combustion engine operates. Tell the differences between gasoline and diesel engines. Explain how a gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle is powered.
  b. Explain the purpose of engine oil. Explain the API service code, the SAE number, and the viscosity rating.
  c. Explain where to find the recommended oil type and the amount of oil to be used in the vehicle's engine.

6. Cooling system. Do the following:
  a. Explain the need for coolant in the cooling system.
  b. Explain how to flush and change the engine coolant in the vehicle , and how to properly dispose of the used coolant.

7. Fuel system. Do the following:
  a. Explain how the air and fuel systems work together and why it is necessary to have an air filter and fuel filter.
  b. Explain how a how a fuel injection system works and how an on-board computer works with the fuel injection system.

8. Ignition and electrical systems. Do the following:
  a. Diagram and explain the parts of the electrical system.
  b. Explain the cylinder engine sequence.
  c. Explain the purpose of the spark gap.
  d. Demonstrate how to safely connect jumper cables to your car battery.

9. Drive Train. Do the following:
  a. Diagram the drive train and explain the different parts.
  b. Explain the difference between automatic and standard transmissions.
  c. Explain the types of automatic transmission fluid.
  d. Explain the types of lubricants used in a standard transmission and in the differential.
  e. Explain the difference between front-wheel, rear- wheel, and four-wheel drive.

10. Brake System. Do the following:
   a. Explain the brake system (including anti-lock systems) and how it operates.
   b. Explain the differences between disc and drum systems.
   c. Demonstrate how to check the condition of a vehicle's brake system. After checking make recommendations for repairs (if necessary).

11. Do TWO of the following:

 a. Determine the value of three different vehicles you are interested in purchasing. One must be new and one must be used; the third vehicle can be new or used. For each vehicle, find out the requirements and cost of automobile insurance to include basic liability and options for collision, comprehensive, towing, and rental car. Using the three vehicles you chose and with your merit badge counselor's assistance, complete the operation/maintenance chart provided in the merit badge pamphlet. Use this information to determine the operating cost per mile for each vehicle, and discuss what you learn with your counselor.
  b. Choose a car cleaner and wax product for a vehicle you want to clean. Explain clear-coat paint and the precautions necessary for care. Clean the vehicle, both inside and out, and wax the exterior. Use a vinyl and rubber protectant (on vinyl tops, rubber door seals, sidewalls, etc.) and explain the importance of the protectant.
  c. Locate the manufacturer's jack Use the jack to demonstrate how to engage the jack correctly on the vehicle, then change a tire correctly.
  d. Perform an oil filter and oil change on a vehicle. Explain how to properly dispose of the used oil and filter.

12. Find out about three career opportunities in the automotive industry. Pick one and find out about the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.