Friday, June 23, 2017

what would Superman drive at the autocross?

57 Chev teardrop

looks like a shepard's wagon, it's labeled 1931

this is one cool old Dodge travelling rv, boat, huge steamer trunk, canvas tent... wow

on this side's running board it looks like an army cot, and portable stove, a pressure cooker, dutch oven and pulley

fantastic little yard art Airstream

wow, it's either a trailer made to look like a bomber fuselage, or a Quonset hut garage. The second one is most definitely a quonset hut type

interesting trailer concept. Sure the Cadamino is interesting too, but I've never seen a conestoga trailer idea like this

a fun old movie about car manufacturing, Gung Ho. Damn, the world view was a lot different in the 80s. Imports, cold war, big hair bands

one hell of a good cast, Micheal Keaton, Clint Howard, Gedde Wantanabe, George Wendt, John Turturro, 

fridges and freezers in commuters

biker pissed off at car, kicks it, and though causing a chain reaction that crashes 2 vehicles, rides off and ignores flipped over truck . Damn, that's cold.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mickey Rooney in a Jeep in WW2, he was drafted and did 2 years of troops entertainment, got a bronze star with clusters

Rooney was trained as a sniper but was assigned to do morale boosting "Jeep Shows" along the front lines. While at the front, he was known to sneak away and as he put it, "Practice the craft that the Army had trained him to do."

tip of the hat in recognition of the many accomplishments of Ron Kelly model a engine rebuilding

Ron Kelley completed his first Model "A" restoration in 1974.

In 1996, Jim Hampton won the Great Race (5000 miles) with a RK rebuilt engine. His RK engine was rebuilt and Dyno tested for comparison with a stock engine in 1994! It's 100% improvement in horsepower was documented in a magazine article the following year. The engine was still performing like a champion two years later!

In 1997, 1999 and 2005 Ron Kelley completed The Great Race with his own rebuilt Model "A" engines and in 2005, Greg Cunningham and his navigator won the Great Race driving a 1928 Model A Speedster with a RK rebuilt engine.

The ONLY Ford 4 cylinder to complete the 1997 Peking to Paris Road Rally (12,000) was a '32 engine rebuilt and prepared for the Prince of Malaysia by Ron Kelley.

Illegal 'recapped' tires cause I-95 crash, and closes north lanes for 3 hours

an illegal recapped front tire on an Allied Movers went flat causing the large truck to hit the interstate guardrail and overturn, blocking all three lanes of northbound traffic.

Florida Highway Patrol said the driver and passenger of the moving truck were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Troopers said 35 gallons of diesel fuel and the victims' possessions that were being moved spilled onto the interstate.

Taylor explained that tread being re-added to tires is an illegal practice usually done on commercial vehicles like the large moving truck, because recapped tires are less than 1/2 the cost of new tires.

FHP is investigating whether the South Florida driver and the passenger who rented the truck or the truck company itself will be liable for the crash.

The Piaggio P.7 was built for the 1929 Schneider cup seaplane races.

The idea behind it was to use hydrofoils instead of floats, which add a lot of drag when you're flying. The engine had two clutches, one would engage the boat prop and when you were going fast enough to be up on the hydrofoils, you engaged the other prop and took off. That was the theory any way. The pilot that tried it said there was so much spray coming off the hydrofoils that he could not see where he was going and ended the test. The idea was scrapped, it never flew.

remember this wheelie kid? Someone finally found a different photo of him, and learned who it is.

It's J.R. Bloom's son out of here in Phoenix. That little car is hanging in the rafters in his garage about 3 miles away from my place. His dad was the track photographer for Beeline Raceway, the photo was on the cover of Rod and Custom, August '67

2018 Demons. They've been allocated, so go preorder yours now... Yesterday was day one of dealerships ordering from the factory. Don't screw around if you want one, it's a one year car. 3300 will be made, 300 for Canada, 3000 for USA

the dealership I work at is getting 5, plus how ever many we buy from other dealerships. If it works like the Hellcats arrival, they will come in slow, a now and then type of thing (special transporters so they aren't stolen or damaged)

and the word is that they are bottom line 90 thou for a dealership to buy. Yup. That's what the factory charges a dealership.

The intended mark up per car is 5 thousand dollars.

The real profit on each and every one is around 30-50 thousand depending on individual factors like desperation for example, aka how much a buyer wants to acquire one.

Other dealerships are already offering Demons for 30 thou over MSRP to sell to a dealership that wants to buy their allocated Demons. This sets the market value at 120k at a minimum, the way I see it.

Would a dealership part with one for less to make nice with a long term customer that buys a new car a year? Maybe. But when you consider that a new 300 only gets about 4 thou in profit, and a new Jeep Grand Cherokee is about 4 k of profit, a dealership can make a lot of profit per sale on each Demon.

Regardless, if you actually have to have one, don't screw around with the dealership, cut a check, nail one down as yours. Screw around and you'll be left in the cold and have to settle for a used Hellcat

looks like a pinstripers working roller tool box and supply cabinet!

perfect 50s family cars? 1950 Plymouth Suburban and 57 Safari. Only 2 doors, kids couldn't accidentally open the doors

Don't just take my word for it, I learned it from Jay Ward, " I also have a ’57 Pontiac Safari station wagon. That’s what we take the kids to school in, and it’s a family car because there are no back doors for the kids to fall out of!"

Hella and Automotive Lighting busted for fixing automotive lighting parts prices, fined $29.8 million

The European Commission on Wednesday slapped German auto parts companies Automotive Lighting and Hella KGaA Hueck and Co. with a $29.8 million fine for colluding to fix prices for automotive lighting parts.

The commission hit the two companies with fines after a third cartel participant, Parisian auto parts company Valeo, brought the scheme to the authority’s attention in January 2012, a commission representative told Law360 on Wednesday. For alerting the commission, Valeo dodged a more than €30.5 million fine.

here's a new attack on red light cameras... in the situation where a city changed the law, to profit from the fines, and lower the amount of evidence needed "legally" to charge drivers

Phenix City, Alabama (can't Alabama people spell phoenix? Did they make a word up?) 
“For-profit entities cannot be afforded the ability to do the police’s job for them,” plaintiffs said in their complaint. “This practice amounts to an unlawful grant of police discretion to defendant Redflex, and the profits they obtained are ultimately gained through a blatantly unconstitutional practice, which has deprived plaintiffs and class members of their civil rights.”

The red light camera program kicked off in 2012, the same year, according to the plaintiffs, the city adopted the ordinance allowing a civil rather than criminal penalty to be levied against owners of vehicles found to have run a red light.

and now the powers that be in the state of California judicial system want to do the same thing with the laws, and make money. 

Want to know what "Too fast for conditions" is? This cop blasting through a 30 mph at 50 to 80mph

that right there is a 30 mph sign, one block before he ruins EVERYONES day, and costs the taxpayers one expensive cruiser.

FYI, when I went through the police academy, the law was with lights and siren on, you still have to drive so safe no one gets hurt, and you're only allowed to be 10 mph over the posted speed limit.

This is exactly why that was police procedure and policy. Doing the speed limit, of course, is the law, and the police are not immune to all the laws, expecially the damn ones about public safety. Which happens to be their SWORN OATH duty to obey.

police inflicting damage on innocent bystanders just pisses me off immensely.

all the competition for rims and lack of focus has killed off Center Line Wheels. Costing nearly 175 apiece for 15 x 8... well, who the hell is blowing that much on rims, frequently enough to keep them in business?

too many rims, not enough customers, and too many varieties in inventory that don't sell.

Overhead, lack of day two upgrades, and ridiculous competition...

Say it anyway you like, in any perspective, and it won't matter.

Center Line, one of the coolest looking rims in the 80s, is out of business.

Jegs confirms it, "Unfortunately for all of us automotive and truck enthusiasts Center Line Wheels recently has ceased operation and is currently no longer in business. JEGS has a limited inventory of many styles and sizes of Center Line Wheels in-stock at drastically reduced pricing ready to ship today."

$280 a rim? Gtfoh. Nope. And that is why they are outta business. How does a rim they've been making for 30 some years still go for what you used to be able to buy a pair for? 25 years ago when I last bought a set of 4, I paid around 120 apiece. I know the costs of a lot of things go up, but not when it is already designed, molded, stamped, engineered and tested. Sure, some things like distribution and other incidental costs have risen, but the making of it? That is subject to efficiency of scale. Am I wrong?

Dodge / FCA announced a plan today to attempt to keep dealerships from marking up Demon's. Will it work? Will a dealership actually sell a Demon for MSRP around $90k?

Dodge said that its earliest production run of Demons will go to dealers who promise to sell them "at or below" the manufacturer’s suggested retail price.

Dodge will demand a notarized “acknowledgment document,” signed by both dealer and potential customer, that includes their agreed-upon contract price.

Those Dodge dealers finally have a gold mine, and they’re essentially being told by the parent company – which, by the way, is legally forbidden to dictate pricing to their independently-owned dealer franchises – that their Demon profits will be capped, or else.

But isn't it obvious that some will repeat what we saw with the Hellcat? Bought for reasonable prices, and sold for immediate profit to the 2nd owner who was more desperate and less able to obtain a Hellcat through a dealership.

So, why can't the dealerships set their own prices, and profits, at reasonable market prices (crazy profit in all reality for a Demon) instead of seeing a buyer drive off the lot and flip it for 50 thousand dollars profit. Do you have any idea how many lousy Dodge cars like the Dart and Aspen a dealership has had to move to make a profit at all? Compasses, Patriots, Caravans, 200s, etc on a Mopar dealership are sitting for months and months.

someone already tried selling a Demon on Ebay for $250,000. No one took them up on it.

the Ford F100 Western Nationals... I've never heard of it before, but it's an annual Anaheim truck show in early June

Cadamino hay hauler

hauling the race car with a period correct rig

interesting what happens when they reversed the COE process

And Torque Truque? Thanks for reposting so many of the images you find on my site, and never giving a found on link credit. Since you've stolen so many images from me but will credit all other websites you find things on, I'm claiming every damn images you post but don't give a source credit and link to. That's right, every one you leave blank, is mine. Choke on it you lazy bum

Burning Man rhino truck

Workmen repairing toll booth area (previously destroyed by out of control truck) badly injured by flying rebar after truck's brakes fail as it approaches toll booth, in central Mexico, at the La Marquesa toll booths.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Jeff Westphal won pole position at this year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours, he's the 1st American in the race’s 45-year history to win pole position and he did it in an American car, with an American-owned team.

Westphal raced the No. 704 Traum Motorsport SCG 003C at this year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours. The SCG 003 is American racing enthusiast Jim Glickenhaus’ idea of the perfect track and street car, and the SCG 003C is its racing-only version.

This year was the SCG 003C’s third attempt at the Nürburgring 24 Hours, and while they didn’t finish, they certainly proved that an outsider to the European racing scene can break in and be the fastest.

The team quickly learned that there’s nowhere they could test that could come close to simulating laps on the Nürburgring with the same mix of harsh bumps, hills, fast sweepers and tight corners. Replicating the ‘Ring’s over 8-minute laps anywhere else was impossible.

So, the team had to spend a lot of time testing and racing at the Nürburgring, Westphal estimates that he got around 450 laps at the ‘ring before this year’s 24-hour race, participating in about five races there a year with between six to eight hours of seat time in each race.

Skip the first 11 minutes of sitting in the pits. And for Pete's sake, millions of dollars of race car, and this shit video is the best they could do? What is that, a crappy old cell phone, Why they hell couldn't they buy a Go Pro?

did anyone think that whole Fast And Furious trend was over a decade ago? Nope, now racers are loading up on go faster aero bolt ons and hitting Road Atlanta, and other tracks in a series called Global Time Attack

with all these dams, splitters, diffusers and wings I'd guess these owners must be getting past 120 mph

The Global Time Attack is comprised of a team of leaders in the tuner, time attack and traditional motorsports fields. The first North American time attack was back in 2004. (just after Fast and Furious)

Staffed by the crew chiefs from the early days of the Honda FWD drag movement and the event coordinators of the world’s most successful tuner magazine.

other tracks are Willow Springs,  just a couple weeks ago and coming up Auto Club Speedway in Fontana (Los Angeles)  on July 16th, and October 16th   and Button Willow in November 9th

cutaway Corvette, and it's a 1953. Newly crafted over the past 2 years it will be on display at the annual Bloomington Gold event until this Saturday June 24th at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Mackay and his crew built the cutaway car on the earliest Corvette chassis known, #003. The chassis was discovered in the mid-1970s when Phil Havens found it under the body of a 1955 Corvette he was restoring.

The #003 car was used for durability testing, including a punishing 5,000-mile test over Belgium Blocks. Chevrolet Engineering Department Work Order, #19013-27, issued on Aug. 20, 1953, instructed that the frame be changed. So it survived.

Sam Folz, president of the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS), identified the chassis as 003 and confirmed it as the oldest Corvette chassis known to exist.

For the ’53 cutaway, Mackay used the body of a 1954 Corvette parts car. He summed up the work that came next: “It took a tremendous amount of designing, researching, documenting, hunting, measuring, cutting, bending, splicing, and engineering.”

Mackay left the windshield and grille intact, and then he made “floating” elements: the left-side headlight, taillight, fender emblem, body side molding, horn, armrest, and ashtray. “It looks really cool displayed at dusk, with one headlight and taillight floating in air,” he said.

It was at Amelia Island Concours earlier this year, but I never heard anything about it

A couple of years ago, he found an L88 1969 Corvette at a machine shop and did something similar  to showcase the work he and his Valley Stream, NY are famous for

decades of pinstriping behind him, and still working all the time, one of the guys who walked with giants, and was in the Von Dutch - Roth lettering and pinstriping party video

if a pair of boobs was what they were looking to hire, they'd get rejects from MTV reality tv series.... so, how clueless do you have to be to look like this in your video applying for a Hoonigan job with Fiat?

Am I correct, that this is the WRONG way to try and get into car racing? Think about it for a moment. That's not skin tight lycra or spandex, that's body paint

I've posted far too many morons, I'm not even shocked anymore that people will get naked to get a job.

Anyone else remember Archie Bunker using the term boobs? Decribes a pair of idiots. Yep, I learned that word from the tv show in 1976

Landslide leaves engineers clueless how to clear Highway 1 in Big Sur

Stand there and stare all you like, but that dirt ain't moving without a couple of construction crews

Robb Moss, a professor of civil engineering at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo said the best-case scenario for getting the road open would be putting in a stretch of asphalt, at least temporarily, on top of the slide once the area dries out come summer. That option, though, is contingent on soil tests to determine whether the mountainside is secure.

“Hopefully, this season you can get in a couple of lanes,” he said. “But if it’s not remaining stable in the long term, you have to look at a more expensive fix.”

A condemned bridge over Pfeiffer Canyon, which has prompted a second closure of Highway 1 north of the recent slide, is expected to cost $26.5 million to replace. Several other landslides along the highway around Big Sur will cost millions more to clear.

court rules in favor of car owners, so... big middle finger to police bullshit, and politicians who wrote up impound laws as kickbacks to police unions and tow truck companies. Eff YOU! 4th amendment rights rule!

Law enforcement must provide a valid reason to hold people's vehicles and cannot automatically impound them for a set period.

The unanimous ruling on Wednesday by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a California law that requires police to hold impounded vehicles for 30 days.

Judge Alex Kozinski, writing for the panel, said the law violates the Fourth Amendment prohibition against unreasonable seizures. He said police cannot continue to hold a seized vehicle without some new justification.

Sidenote, this has a tangental issue fixed, sueing the city or state because you are a citizen has been tossed out, until now as the 9th cc has ruled unanimously against the 1909 law written so only property owners could sue.

The 1909 law authorized taxpayer suits only by a state or local resident who “is assessed for and is liable to pay ... a tax therein”. This all stems from the lawsuit against the police abuse by impounding cars being brought by an apartment renter, and not a home owner. Yeah, the police union and tow truck companies tried to get this lawsuit tossed out based on the technicality that a home owner hadn't filed the suit, based on a snippet from a law written 108 years ago.

fwiw, I've never had a car impounded, never been arrested, etc. But I've been pissed about cops abusing their power and seizing peoples cars for a long time. I posted about a corrupt city tyranny where the police specifically picked out illegal aliens cars, (and I'm completely against illegal aliens in my, or any other country, as they are intruders, and the USA has several legal ways to get in, visit, tourist, work in, or become a citizen of.... violating that is an immediate get the hell out imo)
impounded the cars of the illegals, and then sold the cars to raise money. The tow truck company was owned by the police chief's brother.

Bell California made 3/4s a million dollars a year in impound release fees.'

"It got really bad in 2008, 2009," Jimenez said. "They weren't hiding it. They were directly asking for these impounds. Some officers were being called in and asked to impound cars. They would keep these stat sheets on us and it would say how many arrests, how many cites we've written throughout the week, month and year.
"In these stat sheets the number they were really looking for was impounds.... That's not the way police work should be measured," he said.
Officer Gilbert Jara, president of the Bell Police Officers Assn., said officers were called in and told to increase impounds.
other places have created tow zones just to tow and impound cars, yes, painted one in, then towed the vehicle

and in 2015 the shit hit the fan in national publicity when Detroit lost its damn mind

LAPD Chief Beck's police officer daughter told him about impounding a car in the middle of the night, leaving a pregnant woman and her family to walk through the darkened streets of the Rampart division.

“So that helped me realize we’re doing this wrong,” said Beck. “We have a system set up here that is penalizing people we should be protecting, and that’s when we started to change the impound procedures.”

So, he implemented a decree that prohibited 30-day impounds of vehicles in some cases, arguing that undocumented immigrants unable to get driver’s licenses were unfairly burdened.

Back in 2014 U.S. District Court Judge Thelton Henderson ruled that police violated the constitutional rights of an unlicensed driver by impounding his truck for 30 days without a warrant.

“For many people, the use of a car is essential for such necessary activities as getting to work and purchasing food; the loss of a vehicle for 30 days can cause significant disruption in a person’s life,” Henderson wrote.

The city argued that its 30-day impound policy was legal because it was allowed by state law. The judge ruled that being allowable by state law does not mean it does not violate the Fourth Amendment right around unreasonable search and seizure.

Toyota MegaCruiser built for only 3 years.

 The largest 4WD ever built by Toyota. introduced in 1995.

Like the Hummer, it was designed primarily for military use with the Mega Cruiser seeing duty as infantry transport, a light prime mover for heavy mortars, and mobile Surface-to-air missiles in the Japan Self Defense Forces, and by police and fire/rescue departments,

 The military version as the BXD10, and the civilian version is known as a BXD20.

 Civilian uses incurred expensive taxes imposed by the Japanese government for dimension regulations and annual road tax obligations.

Exclusively sold in Japan, a limited number were sold to civilians. This vehicle was intended to test designs that would eventually make their way into mass-produced Toyota SUVs (like the Land Cruiser), but was financially unsuccessful for Toyota.