Monday, June 27, 2016

The city of Warren Ohio is now making purple parking spots, reserved for wounded veterans only. That is damn cool

Although this is the first purple parking spot designated for combat wounded veterans in the city of Warren, officials say there is more to come. In fact, they will be putting one at every city building.

Stadium trucks, looks like a more fun race than anything else I can think of.

lawn mower drag racing

The MINI Motoring Journal, another cute and kitschy marketing item from MINI that sets them apart from the ordinary

new Go Pro mount for bikes and paddles

a 2011 Mini doing 8.51 in the 1/4 mile at 150 mph, and 7:70 and 175 mph on nitrous

it's all about the cubic inches. 550 of them, 900 hp.

Hellava good place to watch a race from, the camera in the middle of a car making a record setting pace on the Isle of Man TT, in the Subaru's Isle of Man Time Attack WRX STI

the Nashville museum, Frist Center for the Arts just opened a car exhibit, and the Lincoln Indianapolis Boano Coupe is on display. Made for the 1955 Turin Auto Show, the exterior is classic Italian redesigned 50s American luxo barge, but the dash - is amazing

If the only photo you were to see was the above, you might be thinking, "how interesting, and unique, they spelled out the model "Indianapolis" across the dash, That's nice. The wrap around black contrast stripe was also a good design choice aesthetically... "

But you wouldn't appreciate the fine work involved in making the hideaway instrument panel until you see this photo

Henry Ford II commissioned Carrozeria Boano to prove that Ford’s products could be as stylish as concepts being produced by Chrysler and Carrozeria Ghia. The decision is subjective, as the roof wasn't straight, the fenders were an inch different in length, and the panel gaps around the hood were pretty bad. But it's an incredible 20 footer. During restoration a half a barrel of lead filler was removed.

The display from May 27 through October 9, 2016 entitled Bellissima! The Italian Automotive Renaissance, 1945–1975, will be on view in the Center’s Ingram Gallery, Nashville Tennessee,
celebrating the visual dynamism and spirit of innovation characterizing Italian coachbuilt cars, concept cars and motorcycles produced during the post–World War II economic revival.

Guest curator Ken Gross has chosen 18 vehicles and three motorcycles from private collections and museums that are among the finest examples of Italian automotive design.

1950 Cisitalia 202 SC
1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic
1955 Maserati A6G 2000 Zagato
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO

1946 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 S
1952 Lancia B52 Aurelia PF200 Spider
1953 Alfa Romeo BAT 5
1954 Alfa Romeo BAT 7
1955 Alfa Romeo BAT 9
1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica

Custom Coachwork Designs for Italian and American Automakers
1952 Cunningham C3 Continental
1955 Lincoln Indianapolis
1963 Chrysler Turbine Car

Advanced Mid-Engine Cars
1963 ATS 2500 GT
1966 Ferrari 365 P Tre Posti
1968 Bizzarrini 5300 Strada
1970 Lamborghini Miura S

Wedge-Shaped Automobiles
1955 Chrysler Ghia Gilda
1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero

1957 Moto Guzzi V-8
1973 MV Agusta 750 Sport
1974 Ducati 750 Super Sport

probably the only time a SR 71 was on the freeway

According to, the SR-71 seen in the photo – serial number 17958 – was retired in early 1990 and flown to Robins Air Force Base to be decommissioned and placed in the base’s Museum of Aviation. To get it from the hangar to the museum, however, it had to be towed, apparently down U.S. 129, the only four-lane highway we see in the area.

when an over privileged teen borrows moms Porsche, it results in one horrible decision after another, mostly caught on camera

Turns out that the driver was a teenager who “borrowed” his mother’s SUV and took it for a joy ride until he smashed it into another car causing the teen—who also doesn’t have a driver’s license—to panic.

However, the police did charge the teen for driving unlicensed and hitting a parked vehicle.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Frederic Sausset took back Ines Taittinger on his car after the brakes of her car broke down at Mulsanne !

Sam Schmidt wanted to drive a car again, Arrow Electronics wanted to get the word out about their Value Added to Life department, and Pikes Peak just sat there as a challenge to them both (thanks Steve!)

Sam Schmidt once raced in the Indianapolis 500. He raced in the big one three times before a testing accident at Walt Disney World, of all places, rendered him a quadriplegic.

Schmidt is paralyzed from the chest down. He’s been in the chair for 17 years.

He will steer his car, the specially equipped No. 5 Arrow Electronics Corvette, by turning his head to and fro, activating sensors in his hat. He will speed up and slow down by blowing and sucking through a tube.

“Fifteen years ago, doctors told Sam Schmidt he’d never move his arms or legs again. They didn’t say anything about driving.”

That was the inspiration behind the SAM Project, and the SAM car.

SAM is an acronym for Semi-Autonomous Motorcar. It’s also short for Samuel. That its driver has the same first name was not a coincidence.

Arrow Electronics is a Fortune 500 company with headquarters in Centennial, Colorado. It has around 17,000 employees and annual revenue of $23 billion. It specializes in distribution and value added services relating to electronic components and products such as computers. It has an aerospace and defense division, and other divisions.

But it was the value-added services that brought Sam Schmidt and Arrow together. Schmidt has a foundation that supports a brain and spinal injury facility at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado, of which the Arrow company also is a benefactor.

The Arrow company provides value-added services for these Las Vegans, and for other injury victims who are sent to Colorado for treatment, rehabilitation and therapy.

Pikes Peak Freightliner

Saturday, June 25, 2016

everything was looking great for the kids, and then the insurance company said, oh hell no, no fun will happen here

Jerry MacLean began building the track in Glen Valley a few weeks ago for some boys who had asked him for a place to ride. He had the boys helping him, those that wanted a place to ride their dirt bikes, and he built it with plenty of tight turns so the kids couldn't build up much speed, and he set up a couple rules for additional safety. No riding shoulder to shoulder, just one at a time, and only after getting their parents consent in writing.

Parents signed consent forms, and the track had barely opened before MacLean hit a road block.

He was told this insurance company, PEI Mutual, couldn't offer him a policy for the route. He said they told him if he went with another company, his house insurance would have to be cancelled.

charging the corners hard, the guy who lifts first loses!

1961 tour de France publicity caravan at Strasbourg-Belfort

Friday, June 24, 2016

Best did an article on the worst rims of the past couple decades, some I have to agree with, others (the VW Daisy) are fine but limited to only being right for one car

Horrible, or maybe just so overused in the 90s, I hope I never see another one of thses

Seriously? I think I just vomitted a little bit

These and a thousand other pimptastic rims are atrocious

then there is the cheap lousy rip offs of the Ansen Sprint. God no, crush them all, now

but the white wagon wheel or American Racing and all the rip offs, can be justified on any 60's or 70s Jeep. Somehow,  it's just right on a Jeep, as long as the tires are huge.

and as long as it stays on a new VW beetle, the daisy is just fine.

and Mario remembered Jeremy Clarkson's rims

1/2 scale Peterbilt cab-over

Steve noticed this little Mighty Mite in the video I posted today

This was the second incarnation of a Peterbilt-built vehicle that started off as a 1/2 scale 1947 Model 344 was actually built by PIE to honor Peterbilts' contribution to PIE, as the majority of PIE trucks at the time were Petes.

The 47 was built in the PIE shop in Salt Lake City and served as am ambassador for PIE and Peterebilt until the early 50's. In 1952, the 47 Conventional was put up for sale by PIE, fortunately there were no takers so PIE had Peterbilt make modifications to the 47 Conventional. Peterbilt lengthened the chassis keeping the original drive train, built a 1/2 scale Peterbilt 350 and added a drom unit to represent the current PIE configuration of truck and trailer. Latter, this same truck would go through another configuration with removal of the drom unit and lengthening of the cab by addition of a mock sleeper (this to give the driver of these small units more room).

The Mighty Mite is a half-scale model of the standard twin trailer linehaul truck used by Southeastern Freight Lines. It was custom built in 1965 to tour the US in the promotion of highway safety. The Mighty Mite is the second of two units built by Peterbilt. The first miniature truck was built in 1947 and is currently owned by Allen Koenig, President and CEO of Midwest Specialized Transportation.

The tractor and two trailers of the Mighty Mite are 32 feet, 6 inches long, 4 feet wide, and 6 feet 6.5 inches high. The unit is fitted with a Mercedes-Benz diesel engine with a top speed of 60 mph. Ninety-five percent of the Mighty Mite’s parts are exactly half scale and must be handmade, therefore costing twice as much as a standard SEFL rig. The two trailers combined have one-eighth the volume of a standard set of twins. Each of the two trailers can carry 5,000 lbs.

Navy Crash Truck USN 274996 as a 1954 Walter-Maxim

hot rod, half suede and chrome, Rolls Royce

some vehicles in the new Fast and Furious have had images released

The story will primarily take place in New York, with production set for the Big Apple, Atlanta and Russia. The crew has already shot in Cuba and Iceland.

have you heard of the new movie, Monster Trucks?

Steam powered machine shop from the 1900s, still in operation

Digital magazine I just learned of

WHOA! Stolen! The mod top Hemi Cuda of Steve Juliano, the only mod top Hemi Cuda, and worth 1.4 million bucks

Last featured in 2014 in Muscle Car Review, it was just this April when it was due to get loaded up and moved from the mansion in Pelham Manor (just North of the Bronx, between the golf courses and the country club) to the collection in Los Angeles, when the security company sent the alarm to Juliano.

Juliano owned Manhattan nightclubs and his father ran the Copacabana in Times Square. His collection of Mopar stuff is unmatched in the world. See the inside of his personal museum here:

Wheels of Progress, cool old 50's movie you probably saw in grade school on a reel to reel projector

the meager start of improved highways. Above, you can see that the Lincoln highway seems to go from Boston to San Francisco. That wasn't planned until 1913, and not accomplished until around 1916

20 years later

 and 20 after that.

In just 40 years roads were thoroughly accessed throughout the USA. This is before the Eisenhower Interstate System