Friday, December 08, 2006

Like Jay Leno? Heard of his tank powered rod? Car and driver had him race a tank, great writing has a gallery and write up about Jay's tank car

and for a good write up from the shop that works on keeping the tank car in tune:

Thus, we have a tank-powered car conceived by a glass artist (Randy Grubb) and owned by a celebrity with a world-famous chin. This had the makings of a high concept at least as good as Gigli. All we needed for a solid draw was some gunplay and explosions. That's when we called the Army.

Click the link for the 4 page article, it's a great story, well written

In another entry I'm going to show some incredible stuff the Blastolene Special maker's business partner makes... so cool. (Randy Grubb, glass artist, engineer and co-owner, Blastolene Brothers, Grant's Pass, Ore. Michael Leeds, artist and co-owner, Blastolene Brothers, Santa Cruz, Calif.)

Here's a list of the cool stuff Jay garages for occasional fun

Jay Leno's vehicle collection includes 84 cars and 73 motorcycles as of April 11, 2006[1] This is a partial list. The cars are housed in Leno's "Big Dog Garage", comprised of three adjacent warehouses in a Burbank industrial park. It is run by Bernard Juchli and one other mechanic.

1941 American LaFrance triple combination Series 600 pumper V-12 (Firetruck)[2]
2006 Ariel Atom[3]
1916 Auto Car [4]
1909 Baker Electric [5]
1931 Bentley 8-Litre
1926 Bentley roadster (twin-turbocharged eight-liter Bentley engine) [6]
1931 Bentley sedan [1]
19xx Bentley Speed Six [6]
19xx Bentley Turbo R
xxxx Blastolene Special
19xx Bugatti
1937 Bugatti Atlantique
19xx replica Bugatti Type 37A [6]
19xx replica Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic [6]
1955 Buick Roadmaster (originally restored) [7]
2006 R-Cars Chrysler Crossfire I-Cell [8]
1956 Chrysler Imperial [9]
200x Chevrolet Corvette C6[10]
200x C5 Corvette Z06 [5]
1916 Crane Simplex Model 5 Holbrook Skiff [11]
19xx Delahaye[12]
1966 Dodge Coronet Hemi [9]
1992 Dodge Viper
1996 Dodge Viper [13]
1993 Dodge Viper RT10 (first production Viper in black) [14]
1925 Doble steamer[1]
1927 Duesenberg SJ
1930 Duesenberg SJ
1932 Duesenberg SJ (Murphy-bodied) [15]
19xx Duesenberg SJ
19xx Duesenberg SJ
1937 Fiat Topolino[1]
1966 427 Ford AC Cobra [5]
19xx Ford Festiva (Ford Taurus SHO motor and a nitrous setup)
1966 Ford Galaxie [16]
2005 Ford GT[1][17]
1966 Ford GT40[18]
1915 shovel-nosed Franklin (California-built body by Harley Earl)[6]
1915 Hispano-Suiza [12]
19xx Honda Insight
1950s Hudson Hornet[1]
19xx Jaguar XK120 [1][19]
1939 Lagonda V12[6]
19xx Lamborghini Diablo [20]
1967 Lamborghini Miura P400 [21]
1998 Light Car Company Rocket[22]
2004 Maybach 57 [23]
1970 Mazda Cosmo [24]
19xx Mazda Miata [25]
2005 Mazda RX-8
1995 McLaren F1[4][26]
2005 McLaren SLR [4]
1913 Mercer Raceabout [9][6]
19xx MGB Roadster [27]
19xx Mini [28]
193x Morgan Motor Company 3-wheeler [5]
1966 Oldsmobile Toronado (1,070hp) [29][30]
1932 Packard Twin Six 12-cylinder coupe [9]
2004 Porsche Carrera GT[31]
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II (1,000hp Merlin V12, 1,806 pounds of torque)[6]
1958 Saab 93B [32]
19xx replica Shelby Cobra (429 SOHC Ford V-8 under its hood)
196x Shelby Mustang fastback coupe
1968 Shelby Mustang GT350 [5]
1906 Stanley Steamer
1909 Stanley Steamer Model R [33]
19xx custom Tank-Car (1792 cubic inch fuel injected twin-turbocharged V-12 M47 Patton tank engine; est. 1600 hp and 3000 lb-ft of torque) [34][35]
19xx WO Bentley [36]

19xx Brough Superior SS100 [37]
19xx Broughs
19xx BSA Lightning
19xx Desmo
19xx Ducati Hailwood (replica) [38]
19xx fmr bike: Moto Morini 500
19xx Harley-Davidsons [38]
1927 Harley-Davidson with sidecar [39]
19xx Honda 350 twin (first bike)
19xx Jet/MC C18 jet engine (with the C18 Allison Rolls Royce jet engine, used as a bike) [39]
19xx Mammoth (1200cc)
19xx Norton Manx [40]
1908 Pope [39]
19xx Triumph Bonnevilles (1 1964) [41]
2004 Triumph Rocket III
19xx Velocette Thruxton
19xx Vincent Black Shadows (>15) [42][43]
19xx Y2K Turbine Superbike (320hp engine from a Bell helicopter) [2]