Saturday, January 23, 2010

"I used more STP than the other guys" that is what I call great advertising

Mario Andretti, ain't that cool!

He was there, Denis Scott... and photographed the dragsters during the heyday of the early 70's, lucky!

Above from the photographer, Denis Scott, the Chi-Town Hustler driven by Ron Colson (which is featured in Mopar Action this month)... offset the driver to lower the roof because the driver wasn't over the driveshaft hump.. and was just restored and cloned. One for the museum and one for the road to tour with at nostalgia events. The Coil name in the owners.. is Austin Coil, you know, the crew chief and tuner for John Force throughout John's astounding career.
The immediately above I found on Skylar's facepage, and Denis was looking through here and let me know that he was the photographer, and filled me in a bit about his photography career, and sent me a couple more:






From Denis, "I was hired by the Chi-Town people to shoot that Hustler photo. I believe that was sponsored by Snap-on tools, I remember the Snap-on girl was there.

I was actually working for hot rod magazines then, Drag Racing USA, I did a lot for them. I was also the track photographer for Rt 30 dragway back then, can you believe that I did this attached poster in 1970!

It was a long career, I travelled all over the USA and Canada shooting big races for magazines in the glory years of drag racing, lot's of fun, but not a lot of money.
But I don't regret it, I used to drag race before all of that, my favorite car I built was my A/A 39 Fiat. These two attached photo's are of my Fiat, but not when I was racing it.
I actually seen it in the pits at the track I was shooting for a few years after I sold it, I shot it sitting there and made these photo's in Photoshop.
Come to think of it, I didn't sell it, I traded it for a 32 Ford 3 window finished street coupe, I miss that also.
This 40 Ford was mine also, why do we sell these things??"

http://www.denisscott.com/ is his website, but he already said the dragster photos aren't there (DAMN!)

Abandoned stuff website


the LeTourneau electric arctic land trains has a great write up recently on http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2009/11/19/54-wheel-drive-the-letourneau-electric-arctic-land-trains-that-put-australian-road-trains-to-shame/

Above, the Kee Bird, which was the subject of an awesome recovery effort when private funding got it up and running, and moving, but old electrical wiring shorted, and the whole thing burned to cinders on film while a documentary was being filmed, it is so worth seeing!

Von Dutch invented lace painting, Watson perfected it

image via: http://customsickles.blogspot.com/

From Rod and Custom Oct 96, page 125:
One night while laying in bed, Larry Watson's thoughts jumped back 10 years to a long "pow-wow" with the legendary Von Dutch. He had told Watson about the time he lifted up a doily laying on his workbench and the bitchin' design that was left, from the overspray in the shop. Dutch liked it so much he cleared over the imprint - and would tell everyone this was his favorite area of the workbench.

bet you didn't know that! Watson used the idea to try something new, it was on Doug Carrey's Grand Prix and won best paint in the '67 L.A. Sports Arena Custom Car Show.

The rare supercharged Graham

Looks mundane, packs a punch. You would admire the old car, think some old guy has a cool 4 banger or maybe a flatthead under the hood, but drool to see an original supercharger if the cowl came up

1931 was the last of the Detroit Electrics, and 80 years later no one has perfected another

How real construction workers load a Bobcat onto a truck

video

Friday, January 22, 2010

Watson, Roth, Road Agent and the model photoshoot, I found another photo from that shoot


The above came from a post a couple weeks ago about the website Magneticbrain: http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2010/01/finally-50s-and-60s-blog-about.html

A Westergard customized 32 roadster was found and they tried to sell it on Ebay, reserve not met at $72k


Harry Westergard modified cowl and Auburn dash. Cowl mods are from a 1937 Cadillac LaSalle All work done in lead. License plate was recessed. Has a 1946 ford Flathead. Via: http://autoculture.org/?p=443

Smokey's Chevelle is for sale! (You know, THAT one) (Where can a guy sell a kidney around here for some dough to buy a legendary car?)


via: http://autoculture.org/?p=790 This was the car that Smokey was supposed to have driven off from tech inspection when they were pissing him off, and left his fuel tank behind... on the hidden fuel supply

Now that is straight from the May 1968 Motor Trend article on Daytona 500, referring to the qualifying



Like photography of Bonneville racers? Here's something cool, helpful, and makes me feel better about car guys... Alex is helping a friend

Fellow blogger and photographer Alex Maldonaldo has started an initiative to help out his friend who was diagnosed Hodgin's disease, a type of lymphoma cancer. In order to raise the badly needed funds to cover the medical bills, Alex is selling some of his beautiful photos. Click here to find out more.
Via Marc at http://lowtechblog.blogspot.com/2009/10/more-than-great-photography.html

A photo with a story,

Go to http://lowtechblog.blogspot.com/2009/12/picture-with-story.html for the whole story, but in a nutshell, Marc found a post card years ago, then met the son of one of the guys in the photo... wow, and it's a great photo!

4 times ordinary crazy, rocket powered Lincoln stunt car tried to jump a river


Via: http://www.theworldsbestever.com/category/cars/

Dedication/coolest job ever. Balboni, the Lamborghini test driver for 40 years

Via: http://www.theworldsbestever.com/category/advertise/page/4/

Reason to wear the helmet and elbow protection



Via: http://stipistop.com/

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Coolest thing we'll see this week, off roading just got more awesome

This is called the Chainlink Extreme according to the vidoe title.

10 dollars, junk laying around, welding and time.

A couple guys who work as snowmobile mechanics took the stuff that had been laying around the shop and made this .... applause! http://www.automotto.org/entry/snowmobile-mechanics-turn-station-junk-into-snowmobile-chopper/

$600,000 worth of bad driving, aka, rich people hate their cars


See many more from a Russian site, use Google toolbar to automatically translate it for you, :http://www.autosite.com.ua/news_article_14597.html

2010 California traffic ticket fines, they don't make sense relatively, but indicate that the state looks at these fines as revenue, not as a deterent

If you are looking for 2011 fines: http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2011/02/new-california-traffic-laws-and-fines.html

Traffic Tickets Fines (01/06/2010)

Failure to notify DMV of address change within 10 dayd..................................... $214

Failure to provide evidence of financial responsibility (insurance) ....................$796

Failure to stop at a red signal. ..................................$436
Failure to stop at a stop sign. ....................................$214


Unsafe Speed, 1 to 15 miles over the limit.................$214
Unsafe Speed, 16 to 25 miles over the limit...............$328

Passing a school bus with flashing red signals............$616

Drive using wireless phone not hands free, First offense ....................$148

Drive using wireless phone not hands free, For each subsequent offense. ...............$256

Drive while wireless device to send, read or write text.........................$148

Minor drive using wireless phone.....................................$148

Parking in a bus loading area ...................$976

Violation of disabled parking provisions, first offense................$976

Violation of disabled parking provisions, second offense...............................$1876

Unlawful material on vehicle windows...........................$178

Adequate muffler required ................................$178

Mandatory use of seat belts...............................$148

Mandatory use of child passenger restraints.....................$436

Headsets/Earplugs over both ears.....................$178

Motorcycle safety helmet requirements.......................................$178

No evidence of current registration...................................................$256

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Free cars, ones they gave away in the late 60's in contests and drawings








2 Shelby GT 500's were given away... kinda has me wondering what happened to them, and the other give away cars.