Saturday, September 08, 2012

David Lozeau, artist. Nails this painting, the frame is incredible

Ace Of The Kicking Mules

http://www.davidlozeau.com/ 

Once, Indy cars were towed to the grid with lawn and garden riding lawnmower tractors

thanks Jay!

The Hydra car in the movie Capt America, the work of the Tron Uprising Lead Vehicle designer, Daniel Simon






go full screen on the below video


found on http://www.jalopyjournal.com/?p=16967

famed auto designer Daniel Simon to pen up a concept and then built the car to his design using a truck chassis and a Ford V-8 for power. The end result is part Duesenberg, part Hot Rod, and all sinister.

By plot, the car is 6-wheel drive, powered by a 16 cylinder fighter plane engine, and the fastest vehicle ever made

from http://steampunkvehicles.tumblr.com/page/23 I found
and posted it a couple weeks ago

His website, and more Captain America vehicles, and Tron Uprising vehicles at http://cosmic-motors.blogspot.com/

You might remember my posting some of his Tron vehicles in 2010 http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2010/10/tron-legacy-artwork-by-artist-daniel.html

The British Car Club Council of San Diego has a website... and some cool stories posted on their blog


story and info from http://sandiegobritishcarday.org/blog/?p=19

A MG owner told his Magnette specialist friend about this car, so off to inspect a car,  pre-purchase, and this California rust free example was pulled from the garage.

Millicent is the original owner, and finally decided to part with her Magnette (MG with 4 doors)

My first impression was how absolutely complete and unmolested the car was. Little “Magnette” details like the clock were still there, the very special rear view mirror, the beautiful MG-octagoned intake manifold, all the wood trim was intact. But, I was there to look for rust. I looked, and I looked. Just like the A’s most of us are familiar with, there are just places where you absolutely know there is rust on a Magnette—stills, bottom of doors, bottom of spare tire “well”, boot floor, wheel wells, “dog leg” areas by all fenders, lower sections of fenders, etc. I checked ‘em all. Totally rust free. I couldn’t believe it! The bottom of the car is clean—not really even surface rust. 

with the original Bill of Sale, the original Owner’s Manual, the original factory warranty from Nuffield, and lots of other history

the Magnette is a rare beast, and going to a new good home of MG lovers. I was hoping that the article would say how long the car had been off the road, but it doens't. Just that the engine was removed, and the car was on blocks

the Ferrari GTO in 1963, racing as they were made to, captured as art with a powder coated laser cut stainless artwork, only 6 to sell


to buy one, email Paul Chenard the Canadian artist from Halifax, Nova Scotia and of http://automobiliart.blogspot.com/ 
(902) 443-5394

Featured artist on the editors page of Automobile Magazine for his book http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2011/07/artist-paul-chenard-has-made-sweet.html

The whole piece is 25"x 10" 
Everything that you see in black on the piece has been actually laser-cut out, even the Cavallino Rampante of the N.A.R.T. logo!
$1500 plus shipping. Payment can be made in person at the Goodwood Revival, or instructions will be given by email, receipt of payment is the guarantee of acquisition. Paul will have his laptop with him at Goodwood and checking emails regularly

Of the 10 made, 2 are being brought to Goodwood to sell, one is going to the UK company Historic Car Art to sell, one to Hortons Books to sell, and the remaining 6 will be available through emailing Paul, or going to his website http://automobiliart.blogspot.com/

Friday, September 07, 2012

Did you know that some museums and car insurance companies have awesome magazines?

 Above, the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles

Below, the Hagerty car insurance company monthly. (Awesome)
You might consider these when you think about contacting large numbers of car collectors and car enthusiasts for your stories, ideas, and advertsing

So mad at the cops for arresting him, he came back for vengeance, and got it by crushing ALL of their vehicles with his ultra tractor




According to police, 34 year old Roger Pion, was on a stolen Case MX 255 8 wheel farm tractor, angry about his arrest for resisting arrest and marijuana possession last month, when he was rolling across their vehicles - five marked cruisers, one unmarked car and a transport van.

Vermont's Orleans County sheriff's deputies working inside their building on Thursday didn't know what was happening until a neighbor called 911. They didn't hear the ruckus outside their former bank building with really think walls, because their air conditioners were humming.

 When police ran outside, the tractor was already down the driveway and out onto the road. Police said they couldn't pursue the man because their cars were crushed.


video and photo found on http://motleynews.net/2012/08/03/lmao-vermont-man-upset-over-mj-arrest-uses-tractor-to-crush-7-police-cars/

coolest dad award goes to: Builder of the Jeep bed

Big Nuts Required

I just found "Hot Rods Of the Dry Lakes Era", and it's full of great magazine scans, photos, and videos







for a lot more: http://hotrodsofthedrylakesera.blogspot.com/ and if anyone has Jimmy's email, send it my way or ask him to email me, please. 

Hot Rod art of the pre war era, dry lakes style, by Jimmy Barter of NSW Australia.




these are just the ones I liked the most for the black and white lithograph look... and accuracy.

he has two cool sites, one of his art, http://jimmybarter.blogspot.com/ and one dedicated to the pre war era hot rods http://hotrodsofthedrylakesera.blogspot.com/

Thursday, September 06, 2012

the artwork of Richard Pietruska



A member of the Automotive Fine Arts Society, Richard Pietruska has won the prestigious Peter Helck Award for 3 years in a row and numerous Athena Awards of Excellence at Pebble Beach. He is a highly respected professor at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and has been teaching for over 30 years.

From http://rpmart.com/ thanks to Jim for sending me the link!

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

A cop dies in Bangkok, and how? By being hit by a member of the 4th richest family in Thailand, the Red Bull owners, and sole Ferrari importer to Thailand


A dented silver Ferrari, a dead Thai policeman whose body was dragged for 200 meters under its wheels, a family driver ready to take the fall for the wealthy 27-year-old heir to the world-famous Red Bull energy drink empire.

The grandson of the creator of the Red Bull energy drink has been arrested for allegedly hitting a police officer with his Ferrari and then dragging his body down a Bangkok street, police said Monday. Police took Vorayuth Yoovidhya, 27, in for questioning in the officer's death after tracing oil streaks for several blocks to his family's gated estate in a wealthy neighborhood of the Thai capital.
In the Thai case, the police officer, who was on his motorcycle, was hit by the Ferrari and his bike was dragged by the car 90 meters (295 feet) after his body hit the windshield and fell on the road, before the alleged driver sped away to his residence not far from the scene, police Lt. Col. Viradol Thubthimdee, who is responsible for the case
The victim, Sgt. Maj. Wichean Glanprasert, was 47.

Vorayuth admitted he drove the charcoal gray sports car but said the police officer's motorcycle abruptly cut in front of his vehicle, said police lead investigator.

Bangkok's top police official, Lt. Gen. C Toopgrajank, said he took over the investigation after a lower-ranking policeman initially tried to cover up the crime by turning in a bogus suspect.

Comronwit led a team of officers to search the compound of late Red Bull founder C Yoovidhya, who was one of Thailand's wealthiest men before he passed away this year. Police confiscated a Ferrari with a badly damaged front bumper and broken windshield

The Yoovidhya family was ranked the fourth richest in Thailand this year by Forbes magazine, with a net worth of $5.4 billion. The Red Bull creator C Yoovidhya died in  March, leaving his heirs a wide range of businesses, including the globally popular energy drink, hospitals and real estate.

The family also co-owns the sole authorized importer of Ferrari cars in Thailand.

Similarly, underage driver Orachorn Thephasadin na Ayudhya, was given a suspended two-year prison sentence on Friday for causing the deaths of nine people in 2010 when the car she was driving collided with a passenger van.

That case caused outrage on social media over how a young girl with an aristocratic family name managed to escape jail and emerged with only a seven-year driving ban.

info and photo from http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/04/us-thailand-justice-idUSBRE8830EM20120904 and http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57506807-504083/red-bull-founders-grandson-arrested-for-allegedly-killing-thai-officer-in-ferrari-hit-and-run/  and  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443819404577632872864023962.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

I just came across a website devoted to showcasing Automotive Art and Artists!

a car that stands out in history, but you've likely never heard of it. It's that rare and uncommon. The 1967 Jaguar Piranha - Gandini designed for Carrozzeria Bertone


first thing I noticed is the spelling variation on the license plates vs the chrome emblem. It's due to a legal issue at the time, and licensing I suppose



In 1967 a concept car based on the E-type was commissioned by newspaperman of the Daily Telegraph in the UK. In less than six months, the car that would become known as the Jaguar Bertone Pirana Coupe, was styled by Marcello Gandini for Carrozzeria Bertone. The fully functional Pirana made its debut at the 1967 Earls Court Show owing some of its styling to Bertone's Lamborghini Marzal concept car and it served as the preview for the styling treatment for the production Lamborghini Espada which debuted just a year later.

 For more than 40 years the Pirana virtually disappeared from view, it surfaced briefly in 2010. It was sold to collector Ed Superfon who commissioned a complete restoration, to a silver metallic finish that represents its original presentation back in 1967. It broke cover at the 2012 Concorso Italiano where it surprised many attendees, knowledgeable Italian car fans, most of whom knew little of its existence.

A book about the Jaguar Bertone Pirana Coupe, just released, contains 13 pages of historical text and images, a specification chart comparing the Jaguar Bertone Pirana Coupe to the Jaguar E-Type 2+2 that served as the donor chassis, and 33 full-page color plates.

 The Jaguar Bertone Pirana Coupe book serves to document this unique collaboration between The Daily Telegraph Magazine, Jaguar, and Carrozzeria Bertone.

It transports the reader back in time when an audacious editor, John Anstey, had the power and budget to commission the building of a dream car.

 Under the able hand of stylist Marcello Gandini and the direction of Nuccio Bertone, Carrozzeria Bertone was able to bring the Jaguar Bertone Pirana Coupe from design concept to auto show star in just five months.

It is a remarkable story, one that will likely never be repeated.

https://www.createspace.com/3970905 to order.


Author and photographer Richard Truesdell has been a full-time automotive photojournalist since 1995. Over the past 20 years his work has been published in Car and Driver, Motor Trend, Road & Track, Cars and Parts, Musclecar Enthusiast in the US as well as Octane and Classic and Sports Car in the UK as well as many other automotive and travel publications.

With more than 1,000 published automotive, mobile electronics, and travel features along with more than 50 magazine covers to his credit, Richard's experience is both comprehensive and wide-ranging.

Since 2007, Richard has also been the co-founder and editorial director of the digital-only magazine Automotive Traveler and its companion website, AutomotiveTraveler.com.

 The Jaguar Bertone Pirana Coupe is Richard's first self-designed and self-published edition. It is the first in what is a planned series that will cover his passions of muscle, vintage, classic, and orphan cars.

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Lyon Air Museum's newest display will be opening with a P51

Some projects start with a part, and take a natural path toward completion, but assembled into a vehicle that is unique, and not ever made into production. What could be a 1903 Overland





from contributor "Uncle Frank" :

It's a complete fake and no such vehicle ever existed.
 
It started when he gave me a Model T klaxon horn which I restored and eventually gave back to him for the project.
 
He had also assembled a stack of parts, bits and pieces of this and that, a pile of scrap metal curlicues, etc and a gorgeous brass bucket style headlight from 1903.
 
Shortly after that, he found a Turn of Last Century opposed twin irrigation pump and knew what he had to do...

Monday, September 03, 2012

A Shelby Cobra Dragonsnake has been pulled out of the barn, probably the last forgotten Cobra Dragonsnake we'll hear of





The last factory built Dragonsnake to be a barn find, spent the last 30 years in a garage in Anaheim. It was raced at Monterey in 1974, then stored away... and the owner just left it alone.

It's one of 2 factory built with the 325 hp Stage III d Competition 289's. Only 6 DragonSnakes were built

Some images from http://www.autominded.com/2813_rare-shelby-cobra-dragonsnake-re-debuts/classic-cars#!prettyPhoto[Gallery]/3/ and some from http://automotive.speedtv.com/article/vintage-rare-dragonsnake-cobra-found/

Best airbrushing I've seen in a long time