Tuesday, January 17, 2017

2 weeks after purchasing his 1969 Boss 429, Bill parked it, over an engine warranty issue. When he sold it in 2008, it still only had 775 miles on it.

here is a good example of how to take a good photo that represents the cars best features by using the camera lens to manipulate the image, and the setting the car is in to prevent any distractions from causing your eye to wander from the car. I bet you like one of these photos more than the other.

How had this car come to exist 40 years later without seeing 1,000 miles? After buying and driving the Boss 429 for less than two weeks, the exotic engine seized up. Bill wanted a replacement, he demanded (and lawyered up) for a S series Nascar derived Boss 429, not the lame T series the factory switched to in order to save money.

But by that point, the factory was only installing the T-series and not the S-series as used in Bill's Mustang.

 Bill insisted on getting an S-series replacement. The disagreement eventually ended up with lawsuits and lawyers before it was settled in Bill's favor.

In the meantime, Bill had ordered a '71 429 SJC Mustang hardtop. With the Boss in storage, he simply tucked the replacement engine away with the stored car and kept racing the newer Mustang. While he never thought about it as a collectible, he told Ed he knew the car was special since the factory had discontinued production. It became simply out-of-sight, out-of-mind. His wife never even had a ride in it, until it was brought back to life and drove into the 2008 Forge Musclecar Classic car show at Marriott MeadowView Resort's convention center

Owning a speedshop and gas station, he was busy enjoying the life, and sorta forgot to do anything with the Boss 429.

But as soon as it saw light, and collectors lost their mind, and a blank check was written, it changed hands for only the second time. I believe this will show up at auction after auction the rest of our lives.


Only 118 "R" Code 428 CJ Mach 1 Mustangs were produced in 1970 with the white stripes and Shaker option

powered by the rare Super Cobra Jet 428 ram air, packed with Le Mans-spec cap screw connecting rods, special crank, flywheel and damper and supplemented with an external oil cooler, power steering, power front disc brakes, and Drag Pack rear

only 2 white shaker hood scoops produced


skip the first minute, then turn up the speakers! Then jump to the 2 minute mark, and watch that train fly by, and again at 5:45

What is that?

Brewsters are better with Woodlites

Ralph Marano owns every Packard concept car made, save for one—the Predictor—which is permanently displayed in the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend

Ralph is one of the premier living Packard collectors, not just in this country, but in the world. His collection numbers 85 classic automobiles, every single one of them 100-point concours quality. If you've been to Pebble Beach, Amelia Island, Meadow Brook or the Glenmoor Gathering in the past two decades, you've run across one of Ralph's prizes at some point, and probably more than once.

The Marano collection is one of America's greatest. And unlike some collectors, Ralph doesn't try to hide what he's got. The glassed-in building in Garwood is his private museum.

Among the most sought-after Packards are those with custom-built bodies, especially from Darrin. Mr. Marano said he was the only collector to own a Packard Darrin from each of its years of manufacture, 1937 through 1942.

Mr. Marano has owned some Darrins with celebrity provenance.

In 1985, he acquired a 1942 Darrin 180 Victoria driven by George Peppard in the television series “Banacek.”

In 1989, he traded cars and cash for a ’38 Darrin that Al Jolson commissioned for Ruby Keeler.

His red ’37 Darrin 120 convertible Victoria was originally owned by Clark Gable. “Gable didn’t like its running board option, and sold it back to Darrin, who sold it to Errol Flynn,” Mr. Marano said.

Show cars were important to Packard, helping to project an image of a company able to compete with the advanced styling of larger automakers. Mr. Marano decided several years ago that he would try to acquire all of the extant Packard show cars. He now owns a 1952 Pan American two-passenger design study; the ’53 Balboa; the fiberglass-body Panther of 1954; and the 1955 Request.


The Funniest Things Bored Students Have Drawn in Their Textbooks

see a lot more, which aren't vehicle related, but are even funnier at http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-student-drawings-in-textbooks/michaelchoi

a recreation of Wizard Smith's 1922 Essex intercity record holder. Why the nickname Wizard? Well, he lived in Oz. What else would you nickname a speed demon in Oz?

Wizard Smith had specialised in town to town records on open roads in Australia and NZ .


Steven Tyler, has a Hennessey Venom Spyder, and is auctioning it for charity this Friday (Jan 20th 2016)

The 1,451-horsepower twin-turbo V8 sold for 1.3 million USD new, and is one of only 12 to Venom to exist, but the only convertible

Janie's Fund aims "to bring hope and healing for many of our country's most vulnerable girls who have suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect."

When “Janie’s Got a Gun” – which touched on the theme of child abuse – was released in 1989, Tyler was overwhelmed and inspired by the thousands of letters he received from his fans – fans who had experienced neglect and abuse themselves. It prompted him to launch Janie’s Fund – a program to support girls who have been abused and neglected, giving them the resources they need to heal and, as Tyler puts it, “the tools they need to get on in this crazy world that we’ve got.”


1925 Pike's Peak

Yosemite transit bus on a Pierce Arrow Chassis. Service to Stockton, Sonora and Groveland.

1927 Erskine Roadster


the second time in days that I've posted a car with people riding in the rumble seat

Monday, January 16, 2017

Chevrolet partnered with DC to create a life-size Batmobile made out of Lego

The teams needed at least 344,000 Lego bricks – in 17 different shades. The team needed 222 hours to design, and 1,833 hours to build. It was concluded in the Lego Model Shop in Enfield, Connecticut, alongside Lego Master Builders.

Measuring 17-feet long and featuring exclusive stud shooters, the LEGO® Batmobile from Chevrolet was designed to strike fear in the heart of any villain. The vehicle was inspired by Batman’s Speedwagon featured in “The LEGO® Batman Movie,” which hits U.S. theaters on Feb. 10.


Now and then someone wants to learn about the muscle car world, well, here is the glossary from Hot Rod, now online

Some examples:

Boss. Nickname given by designer Larry Shinoda to competition-oriented 1969 Mustangs, reportedly in tribute to his boss at Ford, Bunkie Knudsen. Small-block Boss 302 Mustang was developed for Trans-Am racing. Big-block Boss 429 engine was put in Mustangs to homologate them for use in NASCAR. Also slang for something good: “That car is boss.”

Build sheet. Document generated at the assembly plant showing workers what specific components to install on each car as it went down the assembly line. It is the most detailed record of what is original to the car. Build sheets were a byproduct of assembly, not intended for the public. They were often, but not always, hidden in the car as a way for workers to get rid of them.

C6. Ford code for its heavy-duty automatic transmission, taken from the company’s convention for identifying parts. C6 stands for 1966, the year the transmission was introduced. The lighter-duty C4 was introduced in, you guessed it, 1964. Related: Ford’s trade name for automatic transmissions was Cruise-O-Matic (three-speed) and Ford-O-Matic (two-speed)

Capscrew rods. Ford’s strongest forged connecting rods, taken from the type of bolts used to fasten the rod caps to the rods.

Chambered exhaust. Renowned optional, low-restriction exhaust system available on certain 1968 and 1969 Camaro and Chevelle models, featuring straight-through mufflers and noted for aggressive, louder-than-normal sound.

Clone. Car originally built by the factory as a basic or high-volume model, later modified to resemble a more valuable and desirable model. Example: a base 1969 Camaro built by the factory with a six-cylinder later rebuilt as an SS396.


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probably the best collection of muscle cars and spare parts we are going to hear of, the Don Fezell collection

On April 13, 2012 during the Four-Wide Nationals at the zMAX Dragway, Don became the first racer ever to run an NHRA Stocker in the 8s, posting an 8.954 ET at 153.88 MPH in his 2008, 5.4-liter AA/S Cobra Jet Mustang.

A racer – both on and off dragstrips – since the mid-Fifties, Fezell had a healthy first-hand appreciation for factory-built drag cars of the Sixties after losing to the likes of Grumpy Jenkins. So in 1975 when he started his car collection, he decided to focus on some of the best high-performance machines Detroit built.

Four Z11s of the 57 ever made, are in Fezell’s collection, plus three factory Cobra Jet lightweight Mustangs, a couple lightweight Mopars, a Ford Thunderbolt, and a Super Duty Pontiac.

And then there’s the muscle cars – a Hemi ‘Cuda, an R-code Fairlane 500, and a Camaro RS/SS convertible among them.

read about it https://www.mecum.com/auctions/kissimmee-2017/collections/lifelong-collection-of-don-fezell/page/all/

71 Demon in Australia is restored to a T, and they charged him $666 for registration

only 10,875 miles, and made to appear period correct as a day two muscle car

the 350 was pulled and replaced with an L88, and the original 12-bolt Positraction rear is still in place, but now sports 4.88 gears. The original right-side radius rod traction-control device is still on the car. It runs an 11.88 at about 115 mph, and the trans is an M22


must have scared the hell out of the passenger

1920s Lincoln converted into an emergency response vehicle

Lincoln Tow Truck conversion

getting the campers from the train station to the camp

ZL-1 which was stolen in the 70s and never has reappeared

E type getting some sunlight for the 1st time in 4 decades. Only 52k on the odometer

The Jag was purchased in 1970 as a gift for his wife, who enjoyed driving the two-seater sports car, until she got pregnant, and it was left in the garage after that, as a couple more kids were added to the family

This E-Type was recently auctioned by H and H Classics near London. It sold for about $98,800. The restoration will probably cost more than the car.


How Checker kept the bills paid and employees busy after the taxi making days were through

Checker remained as a world-class automotive parts supplier for 27 years after the last taxi was produced in July of 1982.

Six months after the car line went down; the Peoples Republic of China called Checker wanting to order 5,000 units per year, indefinitely. Too late.

While Checker had large, medium, small, and automatic presses, the equipment was underutilized. This was recognized by top management and others in automotive supply, and during the mid-Seventies it was seen as an opportunity to expand into the automotive supply market.

By 1976 Checker started running several contracts for General Motors.

* F-frames for Camaro and Firebird, 1976 – 1988
* Chevy Blazer and Suburban tailgates, 1976 – 1992
* Chevy Suburban sills (below the doors), 1976 – 1996
* Chevy Stepside box (front and side panels, tailgates, fenders), 1976 – 1988
* GM bus frames, fenders, & hoods, 1978 – 1990
* Chevy & GMC large truck fenders, 1976 – 1990

GM, G-van rear doors, large and small, 1984 – 1996
G-van hoods, and cowls, 1984 – 1996
G-van roof rails, 1984 – 1996
J-car steering outrigger assemblies, 1984 – 1994
S-10 Blazer tailgates, and cowls, 1986 – 1998
Chevy CK truck tailgates, 1988 – 1998
M-van sliding doors, 1984 – 1992


Bruce Gordon, broke the round the world bike record by 10 days, and on a recumbent

He hit a jaywalking kangaroo.... and seems to have been able to get away from it without a pummeling, as I imagine a roo would be hopping mad at a bicyclist for the assault. The collision did break one of his fingers though.

The previous record was 163 days, he broke that by 10 days

he rode a Bacchetta Corsa on average 117 miles a day, Bruce did the ride solo and unsupported.

Gordon rode through New Zealand, Australia, Greece, Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, England, the United States and Canada.

If Guinness World Records accepts his submission, Bruce points out that he'll establish a number of firsts among the small group of globe-girdling record holders: He'll be the first to break the record on a recumbent; the first to break the record going in a East-to-West direction (Time zone changes assist on the number of hours of daylight to bike); and, at 48 years old when he started, he'll be the oldest cyclist to break the record.


90 mile beach, Northern New Zealand, is a public road

That must be unique... how many countries allow any motorist to drive on a beach... for one thing, then how many treat the beach like a road, not a place to vacation or get some sun and surf?

Ninety-Mile Beach is the fabled strip of sand that stretches from Ahipara to Scott Point, five kilometres south of Cape Maria van Diemen. Truth be told, it is actually 88 kilometres long.

This beach is officially a highway, but is really only suitable for 4WD vehicles and is safe to drive only at specific times of the tides. Rental companies won’t allow their cars on the sand, mostly for safety reasons.

In 1932 the beach was used as the runway for some of the earliest airmail services between Australia and New Zealand. It is sometimes used as an alternative road to State Highway 1 north of Kaitaia.

There is also a WW2 army tank under the sand close to Where Smiths base was, which was lost when doing some exercises during the war.


It was also a very accessible place for early land speed racing, just like Ormand and Daytona beaches.

Two Australian racing drivers , Norman "Wizard" Smith and Don Harkness combined to build a car to attack the world land speed record , and would use the Ninety mile beach in NZ .

The 1st car Wizard Smith took to 90 Mile Beach in 1930 was a revised version of Harkness special. It was built on a Cadillac chassis with a Rolls Royce 18.3 ltr 360 bhp V12 Eagle aero engine bought for $80 from air force surplus.

Renowned motoring journalist Pedr Davis wrote a two part history of Wizard Smith, (Wheels, March and April 1958)

"The real Story of Wizard Smith " by Steve Simpson, published by Murray book distributors, Oct 1977 ISBN 85566 356 1

notice that in the bottom photo above, and the photo below, it had a radiator added

Harkness had stuffed a Rolls-Royce Schneider Trophy aero engine and also added tail fins and the whole thing was painted gold, with the driver in his open cockpit looking like a man sitting up in bed.

it was trying to beat Sir Malcolm Campbell's flying mile record, 246.9 mph, but there just wasn't enough patience. So much arguing among the team wasted weeks while Smith and Harkness publicly questioned each other's intelligence, integrity and ancestry, and the newspapers made hay and sold copies

Harkness had designed and built the car specifically to break the world ten mile record which was held by Seagrave, the car did that at 164.084 mph

After that, the car was scrapped, and the Rolls Royce engine was installed in the basement of the Bank of New South Wales head office, 341 George St., Sydney, powering an emergency generating plant.

When (rarely) fired up, it shook the building, and sent fine jets of water everywhere from its vast number of small, inter-cylinder water hoses. Sadly, it was scrapped in the 1950.