Sunday, July 15, 2018

What's the most famous car in the world? Dan brought up a great question

Above from the Jesus Prudencio famous car trivia game

What are the top 10 most famous cars?

What are the qualifying factors?

Who is to be polled? People in general? Just car people?

I'll take a stab at guessing some, they aren't all Hollywood tv show or movie cars.

Richard Petty's Superbird
split window 63 Vette
Bullitt Mustang
A Charger from Fast and Furious
a 70s Countach from the posters that every teen seemd to have in the 70s and 80s
Model T?
WW2 Jeep?
60s Land Rover?
Tail fin Caddy?
57 Chevy?
69 Camaro?
65 Mustang?
Lightning McQueen?
Barris' Batmobile?
Herbie the love bug?
Hirohata Merc?
Munster's Coach?
So Cal hot rod Kong?
Duane Spencer Duece?
007s DB5?
Ghostbusters Ecto 1?
Back To the Future DeLorean?
American Graffiti hot rod?
Mad Max's Falcon

not many vehicles can make an entrance to Goodwood by jumping a ramp onto the course

in 1987, Manny Powell of Columbus, Ohio, traded a wooden end table for a 1969 Camaro that had been mired in mud for years. He cut the body into 29 pieces and slowly reassembled it in miniature

the idea being to show off his killer Chevrolet V-8 with a Weiand blower. He figured the smaller the car, the bigger the engine would look. Manny’s mini won more shows than races

Back in 1987, I was hunting for an old car to put my big block motor in so you could see the motor. While hunting one day, I stumbled across an old 1969 body sunk in the mud of an old barn. I asked the owner what she would take for the car, and the next day she stopped by my yard sale and traded it with me for an end table.

I wanted everybody to see my killer motor, so I cut the car down small enough to see it. I measured the driveshaft before taking out my saw and cutting the body into 29 parts, not realizing it would take the next 10 years to put it back together. I worked a full-time day job and worked on my car at night.

When I first started I went to Jegs and bought a roll cage kit and a 24-foot, 2x3 steel frame that I took home and narrowed to fit the car. It has a 1963 Chevy van straight axle in the front; a beefed up 10 bolt Chevy rear end with Mosher axles; a 350 turbo transmission; and a 454 motor with a 671 Weiland blower and two 650 Holley carburetors. Once I got it running, I drove it for three years, winning a lot of trophies at car shows.

The car is only 4 feet 10 inches wide in the rear and 3 feet 7 inches in the front. It’s 13 feet long and 3 feet, 1.5 inches tall. This is the world’s smallest drivable 1969 Camaro.

Norman Johnson's Upside-Down House, a gimick to drive traffic to Sunrise Golf Village. There similar, but right side up, houses were for sale. It was the 1st gimmic upside down house, and started a thing around the world of copycats for tourism

above 1966, a photo from an extended family member's really old slides, or photos. They took a vacation in 1966

Norman Johnson was the founder, developer, and mayor of Sunrise Golf Village, at the I75 and I595 by Ft Lauderdale on the edge of the Everglades.  Gov. Farris Bryant appointed Mr. Johnson its first mayor, even though he was not a resident of the village and never would be

In 1960 an Iowa-born developer with big dreams paid $9 million for 2,650 acres of land in southwestern Broward County, approximately six miles west of Fort Lauderdale.

Norman Johnson decided to call his community Sunset Village. But the few residents who lived there, mostly retirees, complained that Sunset sounded too final, so he named it Sunrise Golf Village.

Norman’s plan was to subdivide his land and sell plots to northerners who wanted to build a Florida home. The problem was no one had ever heard of Sunrise, since he’d just created it. Getting the word out to prospective buyers was proving to be a challenge.

That’s when Norman came up with a great marketing idea. He would build a model home. But this wouldn’t be just any old model home. He would build an upside-down house. And furnish it. And even put an upside-down car in the upside-down carport.

Bruce Johnson said his father was driving along Car Row -- 36th Street in Miami -- in mid-1960 when the promotional idea he needed popped up in front of him. As he pulled closer to what he assumed was an accident, he saw drivers stopping to gawk at a car placed upside down in a car lot.

By July 1960, the Upside-Down House had been built for $11,500 on Sunset Strip and opened to the public. Furniture and fixtures were bolted, nailed, wired, glued or welded in place, a Pontiac convertible was parked in the carport and shrubs filled a planter in front of the home -- all upside down.

``We needed something really outstanding that would attract people into our subdivision,`` Mr. Johnson said in 1985. ``This brought the people out, plus they were talking about Sunrise and found out where it was. The only problem was you had to change the plants every two months, because they`d turn around and start growing toward the sun.``

The media ate it up! They wrote stories that made the house sound like one of the seven natural wonders of the world, right up there with the Grand Canyon. Life magazine published a full-length feature complete with photos.

When the car was being turned upside down, a chain broke, and the back fender was crushed

 Billed as a land developer's operation, Mr. Johnson and fellow developer, F.E. Dykstra designed and built an upside-down house to attract prospective property buyers.

In 1961 there was a population of 350, by 1967, there were 4300, and in 1968 there were 7400 by extensive annexation, by 1971 there were 15,000 population

Development was nothing new to the Iowa-born Mr. Johnson. He was training as an Army Air Force pilot when World War II ended, and soon after his discharge he moved to Davenport, Iowa, where he built 200 homes before moving to south Broward in 1948.

One of his first ventures in Florida was constructing the Adobe Hacienda motel in Hollywood. He ran the inn, which still stands, for 10 years before selling it.

A short time later, he bought a small private airport and began developing several hundred homes in his Look subdivision, between what is now Johnson and Sheridan streets and Dixie Highway and Interstate 95. He used the airport runway as the community`s main street, his son said.

His Plantation Isles subdivision followed in 1957, and he moved his family into one of the first homes he built. He later was president of the Plantation Chamber of Commerce.

Sunrise came next. He built the state`s first ``true`` condominiums, developed his village and was mayor from 1961 until 1967, when John Lomelo was elected to the post. He set up an office on a road he had named Sunset Strip -- after his favorite television show, 77 Sunset Strip -- and had the Postal Service number the building 77 even though it was out of sequence.

Later, Johnson was an owner/operator of Miami-Hollywood Speedway, and built the Johnson Presidential and Phantom cars... excalibur ugly things, built over 1980s Camaro donor cars

Well, thanks to all that answered so fast! It's a a Biscúter (Spanish spelling for the pronunciation of BiScooter) - a microcar manufactured in Spain by Auto Nacional, SA, from 1953 to 1960

it seems to be a little resort cart, in Marbella Spain, due to the other photos it was found with

Well, that's embarrassing

Saturday, July 14, 2018

ending the week colorfully

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018

there are some really amazing cars in this video... kick back and enjoy!

1952 Studebaker Manta Ray concept car

In 1953, Glenn Hire and Vernon Antoine debuted their space-age inspired concept car - the Manta Ray - in Los Angeles, California.

Both men worked in the jet aircraft division of the North American Aviation Company and wanted to incorporate the swift flowing lines of a jet fighter plane into their car's styling, so they started a 1951 Studebaker Commander

The nosecone they scratch-built by first making a wooden pattern and then casting a 1/4-inch shell. The fiberglass body they molded in 14 sections. And the triple taillamps they nabbed from a 1952 Lincoln.

Soon after the debut of their car Bob Yeakel purchased it and began working with Glenn and Vernon to offer the Manta Ray to the public as a limited production car.

It was featured in the February 1954 issue of Rod and Custom by Dean Moon , and also appeared on the cover of Motor Trend in July, 1953 and other magazines such as Motor World, Mechanix Illustrated and Popular Science.

By 1959 it somehow made its way out to a used car dealer in Topeka, Kansas, where collector L.L. “Peanuts” Lacer of Junction City, Kansas, first came across it. “Dad was a rare one,” Lacer’s son, D.E., said. “He was always buying weird old cars that nobody wanted, then never driving them.”

Peanuts traded a Volkswagen and a Crosley for the Manta Ray, then brought it back to Junction City where he stuck it in a warehouse and then never touched it until the day he died in 1990.

In the years between Yeakel’s purchase of the car and its migration to Kansas. First, possibly related to Hire and Antoine’s production plans for the car, the Studebaker V-8 was swapped out for a dual-quad Cadillac

His son then took it on as a project to get it back to running condition, with some help from an automotive restoration student at McPherson College, though he decided to leave it unrestored for the time being.

“The day’s coming to put it back to gold, but that’s not anytime soon,” he said. “As it sits now, it’s just the way my dad got it – it still has the original tires.”

 The showing of the Manta Ray at the 2016 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance marks the first time in over 60 years it has appeared in public.

Because here is the far less cool looking version, you can now compare a good custom to a bad one

Field washing machine. New Guinea 1943.

all the power in the world won't matter if you can't drive for shit. Here's one 1100 hp example why you should avoid racing idiots, on narrow roads

Friday, July 13, 2018

the Z/28 on Mosteller's Garage in Chattanooga was a warning for 34 years to the local teens to not street race.

Sadly, a couple young guys were racing a truck, on July 7th 1978, and contact between them at high speed caused the car to flip up and out, and wrap all the way around a telephone pole, still embedded. The roof touches the floor, the hood and trunk lid touch each other.

the story on the 69:
Rivals at Central High went to go race.  A 56 Chevy truck that hadn't been beat and the other was this 69 Z/28 , with two boys 16 and 15 years old,  the driver lived in Hixson and the passenger lived near the lake off  Kings Point Rd

They started at Germantown headed East on South Terrace.

They were followed by a guy in a Road Runner, his story:
As we topped the hill, I backed out of it because of the traffic light ahead. The Camaro was slightly ahead and hit his brakes just as the truck was changing lanes. (the road is said to have a bump in it) The truck clipped the bumper of the Z-28 and it simply went into the air sideways. I estimate they were going around 90-95 mph because I was still doing 80 and slowing down.

The car slid on it's passenger side right into the pole instantly knocking out the power in the area. The sound was like a sonic boom. The truck slid just off the road onto the sidewalk.

The driver was hanging half out of the car and the passenger was bunched up in the floor, they were both removed and taken to East Ridge Hospital. Other than being bloody, they were intact and really did not look that bad.

The headlights were still on and the radio was playing and that made it kind of spooky.

The fire department pried open the trunk and tore into the back seat to see if anyone was in the back seat in spite of us telling them nobody else was in the car. The wrecker tried several times to pull the car off the pole with no luck. 

They cut it top and bottom.

The driver of the truck was brought up on charges of vehicular homicide. The police began a major crackdown on drag racing after this ending an era that had gone on since the 60's.

In those days Brainerd road was the place to be on Friday night. We would cruise all night, park in Jubilee parking lot and drink beer, do burn outs, head over to the drive in and check out the cars, go to the Cotton Patch... just had a lot of fun.

East Ridge Tn, South Terrace, intersection of Belvoir Rd and South Terrace and that was the 2nd pole before the on ramp to I-75.

One of the kid's mom said this:
As the mother of one of the boys, I can tell you what really happened. 

On July 8, 1978, several boys had gotten together in East Ridge and when it was time to go home, they all left and went down South Terrace.
 In the Camaro were 2 boys, the driver being 16 ( going to Hixson High) and the passenger being 15 (going to Tyner). They had gone to school together at Ooltewah in the past. 

The truck and the Camaro, got their bumpers tangled on South Terrace right at Bacon Trail. The Camaro spun and went airborne and hit the telephone pole top first and wrapped around it - tail lights to head lights. 

They got the boys out by 2 wreckers pulling the cars apart and they were taken to Erlanger ER. They were both dead at the scene. 

The car was taken to Mosteller's garage and placed in their lot. There were so many teens who knew them both that went to see the car that they pushed the fence down twice, so Mostellers put the car on top of the building to keep their fence in tact.

They just buried this car after the 34th anniversary of the crash, in 2012 buried the whole car.

rarely seen 67 Ford Galaxie

Thanks Mario!

Every town has that one guy.

European Willys fire fighting jeeps

Kleenex warning... 15 yr old just wanted a car to connect him to his dad, any car his dad had ever owned. His dad who was an LT in the Army, and kia in Iraq, 2003, when the kid was 9 mo old. (thanks Allen!)

Full backstory /  making of here:

Planting trees in potholes to protest the city politicians ignoring the condition of the city roads, is widespread, in many cities, and a good idea! Fills in the hole, and warns drivers to avoid the area, while visually condemning the mayors!

so THAT's how they do that... I've heard, but "this is the first time I've seen" (HA! Eff you "curious") how the turbo's operating from the back of a car are integrated into the system

Happy 50th to the Super Bee, the forgotten Dodge creation with a wider variety than any other car I can think of. Seriously. Why can't the marketing morons at Dodge glorify the Super Bee on it's 50th anniversary? Lame'os!

They were amazing, as in one version they had a factory fiberglass lift off hood... I don't recall another American muscle car that ever had a lift off fiberglass hood. And the Bee's was flat black paint for 10-15% better heat transfer. As Jesse Pinkman said, "Science, bitches!"

and it was the largest hood scoop of any car in the muscle car era that I can think of

and it's one of two cars I know of that used the wheel cover advertising method.

They were factory sponsored national touring drag racers, on both the USA and the Canadian sides of the border

They were a new trim level in 1968, and had a bitchin 3 piece tail light, that looks something similar to a bumble bee's black striped tail, and were given the black tail panel bolt on piece (Coronets got the silver/argent color instead) and look especially on point when a Super Bee was yellow with black tail stripes

And they were the choice for the NFL team, the Cincinnati Bengals who made the famous Butterscotch Bee color combo

They even had some funky gasser art work, and Ed Roth mistook a Dart for a Super Bee in one t-shirt design

and it showed up in advertising for teen girl fashion

 (Teen, April 1969) for the whole gallery

They made a comeback about 4 years ago, and here's an homage to the billboard decal too

They are all over, even on the island of Japan

There were Mexican Super Bees that resemble the American Demon body of 1971,

and the 1972 and 73 American Duster body, where they had the twin hood scoop, and the Challenger dual snorkle

and this one looks like the American 76 Aspen and some person liked the variety of Super Bee hoods that he (barf, puke) doubled down and put the twin scoops on a "Power Bulge" 1969 383 Super Bee hood

There were Super Bee boats... yes, Chrysler Super Bees. So, can you think of a car company that ever pulled a car model name and put it on their corporate boats? No. I don't think anyone else owned a boat company, the Harley fiberglass ones don't count, that was a motorcycle company

They were even raced in Nascar

and they won a national contest for model car design

They were an answer to another cartoon character's popular namesake muscle car

one company made this, and they are now out of business, so, if you bought one, you're lucky and now have a very rare piece of shelf art

from what ever year, country, car body variety etc etc applies, they could be ordered with a 318, 383, 440 4 barrel, or 440 with a 6 pack, or the hemi, or the modern 6.2 liter (whatever, I don't give a shit about new Mopar engines that didn't get a name like Hellcat, or Demon)

and the Bee immediately inspired rip offs by other marketing people for the

it even had a plush toy... which there were only 3 photos that I've ever found to prove it existed at all. No one seems to know what happened to it, but I'm certain they only had one custom made for the 1969 Dodge Coronet line brochure

and they personified a marketing publicity move... the "Scat Pack"

hat tip to Mopar Connection Magazine website guru Kevin Shaw for reminding me of the 50th anniversary