Saturday, May 05, 2012

Magazine cover car... this GTX looks better in person than on paper.. and is stunning

On the way to Las Vegas, I was shocked to be driving through a snowbound Mojave desert

 my first indication that it was very cold in the mountains between LA and LV. Turns out it was 32 degrees in Halloran Pass on the 15 north
 Obviously also going to the Mopars at the Strip 2012

 About the time I saw snow up to and on the freeeway, I started worrying about the traction ahead, because I doubt anyone coming from Southern California has snow tires, winter tires, all season, or anything but summer tires.

 People pulled over to have snowball fights were common

 Snow on the Joshua trees

 in the above photo, all that slush and snow in the left part of the photo? That is all the fast lane. No one was trying to drive in that, it was easily 4 inches deep
Notice that miles along, I'm still behind the same car, nothing was going very fast, no one was passing, and the left lane was a bad risk for ending up in the median ditch. 

a couple intreresting images from FauxReal tumblr (

Barracuda and a Challenger, Cragars and Keystone Classics. I love this look

 the 1970 and 71 Barracuda... my favorite years

The Blue Pete

you're familiar with the plight of the old American cars in Cuba, but had you heard of the Harley's that are kept running? Here's a great story and photos from Southsiders MC after the link

Here is an exerpt of the future book being photographied and written by Gunther Maier, a German Photographer installed in Santa Fe NM.
 Gunther is also looking for an publisher, please contact him at :
 And have a look at his website:

Not surprisingly, many Harlistas keep their motorcycles in coveted spots in the living room or on the patio, not the garage. And toddlers began playing on the machines as soon as they can crawl. Some Harlistas ride the same motorcycles their grandfathers owned before the revolution.

Today only a few hundred remain nearly a half century after the island’s last Harley dealership closed. “They’re an endangered species,” said Jose Angel “Pipi” Perez, a Cuban mechanic who restores Harleys. “They are disappearing.” But Cuba’s hogs aren’t gone yet thanks to the remarkable efforts of a group known as Harlistas. Harlistas have kept their engines running despite decades of hardship and economic isolation. Almost all their motorcycles are at least 50 years old.Yet they find a way to keep them alive, scavenging parts from battered old trucks, lawn mowers and even anti-tank guns.

After the United States cut off trade with Cuba in the early 1960s, Harlistas couldn’t get any spare parts, not even tires or brakes. So they were forced to improvise. One old-school mechanic used barbed wire to fix broken chains, another started cutting up cake boxes to make engine gaskets. That led to his nickname, Cake Box, which sticks to this day.

Harlistas have done whatever it takes to keep their motorcycles on the road, even it means using:
 * Pistons from Russian trucks.
* Chains stripped from the conveyor belts of a pre-Castro Coca-Cola factory.
* Fiat ambulance horns from Poland.
* Exhaust pipes made from tubes ripped from electrical transformers.
* Tires from VW Beetles.
this is only a small part of the entire post I found on the superb
Man, I like that blog!

Nice SS

Fisker in mirror may be faster than it appears

Greystone Mansion Concours is tomorrow!

Hosted by the City of Beverly Hills as a fundraiser for the restored historic setting once owned by the Doheny family, the upscale auto show is becoming one of Southern California's premier car events.

 The daylong event will spotlight more than 150 vintage cars and motorbikes, with the oldest being a rare 1915 Stutz Bearcat ranging up to 1970s Ferraris. "From restored, pre-World War II Mercedes to the first Corvette to race at Le Mans to a showcase of cars produced by Ford, including Hot Rods, Thunderbirds and Cobras." There will also be a duplicate of the 1950s Sunbeam, the stylish open air roadster Grace Kelly used to motor around the French Riviera in "To Catch a Thief."

 The show attracts such celebrities as Jay Leno, former Bond star George Lazenby and Chad McQueen. Two of McQueen's beloved Husqvarna motorbikes will be featured, including a 1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross, which has been verified as a bike the actor not only owned but also raced in West Coast Motocross competitions. "My dad loved the Husqvanas. He would buy them four at a time," said McQueen's son, also a champion racer and collector. "It still amazes me how much he resonates today. People love to see his stuff and he was a real trailblazer when it came to his collection of cars and motorbikes. He knew everything from vintage 1920s motorcycles to every make of racing car."

 Although the event is geared toward its stars of the road, it also offers a rare chance to peek inside the glorious 1920s Tudor mansion set on 18 acres of meticulous manicured gardens with sweeping views over Beverly Hills. While the grounds are now a public park, the inside of Greystone Mansion is rarely open to the public. This year the newly renovated second floor will also be open. 

When: Sunday 10am - 4pm
 Where: Greystone Estate, 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills
 Cost: $108 advance purchase, $133 at the door.
 Free parking with shuttle at 450 N. Crescent Drive in Beverly Hills.


Photo and info from

Thursday, May 03, 2012

miscellaneous things that caught my attention at Mopars at the Strip 2012

 that bottom switch... awesome

 at just the right angle, none of the dashboard instruments show, and it looks pretty good just black and blank

 looks NOS... I wonder if any spare tires out there have ever lasted without ever being used a single time

 serious drag racer tow vehicle... with gaskets on the dash, and many years of attendance decals

 either a Demon, or a 72 Dart. Same body, different taillights. Never seen one with louvers punched in the hood though

 weird to see a 68 Coronet with a nose that more closely resembles a Road Runner

 GTX did not have hood scoops like this from the factory, they should have, these 69 -72 Mopar hood scoops look really good. I don't think it had hood pins either, they look great too!

 This was my confirmation that I was going the right way... on your first time to some place you've never been before, it's pretty nice to have a good indication