Tuesday, August 20, 2019

one of those professional "whoops!" moments you hope no one saw

my guess is that this is an airbrush artist's own car, because this is amazing work

cool photography

Gary finds a lot of interesting stuff... like this news about a shock in the pickup bed, no, not a Midas, not a Monroe, and not a KYB

A New Yorker returned to her vehicle after a normal trip to the grocery store to find a dead body in the bed of her truck.


Niagara County Sheriff's Office Press Release: On August 16, 2019, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office was notified of a deceased male in the bed of a pickup truck at Tops, 3949 Lockport-Olcott Road, in the Town of Newfane.

Initial investigation revealed that a female operator left Wayne County this morning enroute to Niagara County. The female reported that she traveled through Wayne County, Monroe County, and Orleans County before stopping at Tops in Wrights Corners. The female reported that upon finishing her shopping, she opened the tailgate of her truck to place groceries and noticed the deceased male inside the bed.

The female was not able to identify the male, nor has the Niagara County Sheriff's Office been able to positively identify him. The Criminal Investigation Bureau and Crime Scene Identification Unit responded and are investigating with the assistance of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and the Monroe County Sheriff's Office

.The deceased male was taken to Erie County Medical Center for an autopsy by a county coroner. The investigation is continuing and no further details are being released at this time.


The Ford 1976 factory-equipped Bicentennial Option

this 1970 Mustang Boss 302 hasn’t be fired up and driven for 25 years, so the owner finally let it move onto the next owner

Rant part 2, a carry over from yesterdays rant about telling me I've made a spelling error. Well, Dennis woke me up to a very annoying thing that commentors do, send me links to other sites about things I've already covered.

Dennis pointed out (quite astonishingly) that a design artwork I posted yesterday was the Norseman (sank and was lost with the Andrea Doria https://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2016/01/the-chrysler-norseman-prototype-lost.html  )

Well, that's quite amazing that he could pick out what car it was from the one silhouette painting.
I wasn't paying attention to what cars these drawings became, I was doing a lot of blogging yesterday, last night, and today, and hadn't even gone back to look over the previous work for this week so far.

So, you know, golf clap for nailing that, I'm stunned that a car that rarely shows up in anything, as it was lost 63 years ago, was identified. Stunning actually. So, I'm amazed, I bet you readers are too

However, why must he commit the heinous act of sending me a link to some other website?  (wikipedia - because he seems to have believed I wouldn't know what the Norseman was)

I think that covered it quite well. Don't you? No need to be aggravating and send me a link to some other site. That's nearly an insult. Don't you think so? Rubbing my nose in the fact that you'd rather learn about something I've covered, from any other site but mine? Party foul.

While on that topic, I do believe just yesterday I pointed out something  https://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2019/08/billy-o-caused-me-to-realize-something.html about letting me know what a wonk you think I am for committing a typo.

He is causing me to think it's either time for a new rule, or time to walk away from this blog if readers are going to ignore that I've already done a fine job of posting about something, and send me a reference from some other website.

I mean, what's it all been for? !! ? if you'd rather throw in my face that you look at Wikipedia for info that I've already covered?

Seriously? Show some decorum and etiquette sir! One ought not rub my nose in it.

So, my solution, is to ponder instituting a new rule... anyone that commits a faux pas like he just did (not the first time) should do so with a Frappachino from Starbucks. I'll simply believe that honorable gents such as all of you will have the grace to donate a 5 spot to the cause and I'll go get the delightful cold caffeinated and choclafied beverage to sooth the sting of the egregious affront.

Anyone thinking I'm being fair, and taking such an affront with a tall cold frappy is being a good guy, let me know. Anyone who thinks that requiring a chocolaty cold wonderful apology is too much? Let me know.

It's either going to cut down on the bullshit I have to read while moderating commentary, if people feel they'd rather not comment at all (hey, I do have some more blogging I'd rather do in many cases) or, it's going to keep me far more alert with good old frappys and the caffeine they deliver. 

Ever hear of a David Brown tractor? Of course not. The only time you hear of David Brown is when people are talking about Aston Martins

Best known for his ownership of Aston Martin from 1947 to 1972, David Brown became managing director of the family firm, David Brown Gear Company Limited, in 1931.

He first turned to the manufacture of tractors in 1936 in collaboration with inventor Harry Ferguson, building the Ferguson-Brown tractor at a plant in Meltham Mills, West Yorkshire.

In the post-war era David Brown Ltd was one of the UK’s largest tractor manufacturers but its owner’s subsidisation of his beloved Aston Martin could not be sustained forever; when the sports car maker was sold in 1972 the tractor division was bought by Tenneco International, which re-badged its products as ‘Case’.

And there you go, Aston Martin, Ferguson, and Case and what they have in common, take that James Burke!


Trivia - 1969-1986 Aston Martin Vantage and DBS V-8 and Lagondas used the Mopar 727 transmission

Ever hear of Rexzine? It's the curious material that Bentley once used around their car bodies. Mysteriously, no one knows exactly what it was.

See how whatever isn't fenders and hood is a material that looks like leather?

Early Bentley’s came with a fabric body called Rexine. When world-renowned collector Peter Livanos found his 1929 open tourer with body by Vanden Plas, the car was in sorry shape. To make matters worse, no one knew the recipe for Rexine—it had been lost for decades after fabric bodies fell out of favor—so restorers turned to other fabrics as replacements.

But, says Graham Moss, a Bentley restorer spent years tracking down the right mix to produce Rexine. And just as he honed in, his friend and Bentley historian learned of an existing, long unused Rexine machine in an abandoned English factory in the process of being demolished.

Long story short, Hartley’s Bentley was the first to receive a brand new, period correct body.



when Elvis married Priscilla in May 1967, this limo was a wedding present. Only has 109k miles, a 462, and needs a bunch of work to get back in shape, but sold for 150k this past weekend

this 66 Continental is noteworthy for being a rare factory-backed limo constructed by Lehmann-Peterson that was one of the best of its time.

Just a nice limo the Presley family used for several years around Memphis before it was later purchased by noted Chicago car collector Tom Petrozzini.

Petrozzini used it for family affairs and business meetings on occasion, but eventually put it in storage, where it sat gathering dust for decades until it was rediscovered after his death in 2014.


By the way, most of the high dollar cars weren't selling, the sellers still think it's 2017 and that prices are still rising, and they are trying to go out with record profits... but too late. Sales are down 34% at this weekends Pebble Beach Mecum sale, and those Ferrari 250s aren't pulling 22 million dollars anymore. The high bid was 20M, and that was 2M short of what Dana Mecum wanted for his '59 Ferrari 250 Monza. The average price is down, the median price is down.

So, if you're an investor who is looking to find out when to dump your investment car? You better hurry, prices are falling 

FYI at the Pete: 10 of James Hetfields cars will be on display along with Metallica artifacts and memorabilia next Feb

and in addition to the new exhibit announcements and car donations, the Petersen officially welcomed two new board members to its team of automotive luminaries. Hong Kong-based businessman and notable car collector Wiliam E. Connor  and Dr. Wolfgang Porsche was appointed as an honorary board member. Dr. Porsche is the youngest son of Ferdinand Porsche

Along with the new board members, the Petersen announced four new Founding Members: the Otis Booth Foundation, Tom Malloy, Phillip Sarofim and James Hetfield. Founding Members are top-level museum donors. (Otis Booth Foundation donated 5 million)


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Ken Block and friends take some Crown vic taxis around a rally cross course - for fun

These are called "cross kart", or RX2, or ARX3, and it looks to me, is what we'd rather be zipping around in than a rally car that costs a 1/4 million and needs expensive parts. Also, it looks like a lot more fun than an indoor racing go cart

so if you have some great unused back woods dirt roads,

or gravel quarries,

or empty fallow fields

I think your only going to look at those locations with regret from now on, wishing (like me) that you had one of these, and some buddies with these, a day off work when you can all get together to goof off, and some gas.

But, it might just be cheaper to build your own, if you're a welder, with a 750cc engine and sequential gearbox from a Suzuki GSXR750 or some similar chain drive rocket. These weight about 650 lbs

It looks like, with very little research, that these cost around 40k in the USA, and the Semog is a European race cart, but these are built in the USA by Fast and Speed, Crosskarts USA,  Lyfe Motorsports / Sierra Cars, and called the CrossKart or ARX 3. You can even rent them at track days for $100 minimum - that's 25 per lap, 4 minimum - bring a helmet that is up to spec (good lord, you know you have to buy a new one every so often because some asshole keeps updating the stupid things in some minute way, then claiming the old ones he just thought were the best thing ever are now unsafe? Fucking mook is not wasting HIS money buying us a replacement)

The ARX 3 is a new introductory-level rallycross machine with 200hp six-speed at 900lbs and 0-60 at about 2.8 seconds.


When I mention Larry Shinoda, what comes to mind? Boss 302? Designer? Corvette? Rupp Super Sno Sport Gurney Westlake V8 powered snowmobile? How about mechanic to a dentist, on the race tracks?

Yes, Larry Shinoda did a hell of a lot of things REALLY effing well. He was Dr Dick Thompson's mechanic on the SR2 and the Sting Ray. 1959-60, SCCA racing.


this Hitachi excavator was abandoned in the New Zealand woods 16 years ago when it broke down... and this guy knew about it. Now, if he can make it run, he can have it

Either Netflix really sucks at getting the word out (they just don't advertise) or everyone is turned off by how ridiculously love story ("I'm not a mom, I'm not a wife... I'm a racer") driven this show appears to be, and how close it could have came to being a real life "Death Race"

the first words you hear from participants in a race should not be "I love you!" "I love you too!"... they should be "Start your engines" or, "Oh say, can you see..."

What we really want is  - get in, sit down, shut up, and drive. Like so:

Starts tomorrow on Netflix. 

nothing that adds weight and slows it down...

Monday, August 19, 2019

Coffee and donuts video of an old Cat getting sheared apart

Scooter 1, asshole in a cage 0

how to lose weight using beer

nice woody truck

studio design art found on Dean's Garage

Wayne Cherry, from Art Center College all the way to VP of Design at GM

The large front doors made it easy to get into the front; however, access to the back seats was through counter-opening ‘gullwing’-type doors. A real innovation, however, was the hidden exterior handles - a feature that wouldn’t become part of mass-produced models until decades later.

Cherry was a motorsport fan, and with the accentuated long tail and forward seating position of the 5.08-meter-long SRV, it’s clear he drew inspiration from the Porsche 917-LH, which had competed in the 1969 Le Mans 24 Hours. Similar to the 917s, Cherry also provided mobile aerodynamic aids for the SRV. But instead of ‘flaps’ at the rear, like the Porsche, there was a pedal in the cockpit that could adjust an aerofoil in the nose section. At the same time, an electrically operated levelling system was provided for the rear axle. Also interesting was that it was possible to pump and re-distribute gasoline into different tanks, to ‘trim’ the SRV like an airplane or submarine

The SRV was shown again at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show and hit the auto show circuit over the years, including attending the 75th anniversary of Vauxhall in 1978. Surprisingly, it took until 1978 for Cherry, Taylor, and the rest of the team to come up with another buzz-inducing design - the Equus, a roadster with a front engine. Meanwhile, the SRV was placed in the Heritage Collection of Vauxhall, where it testifies to the fact that, once given carte blanche, the Vauxhall design studio could compete with any of the other established car design studios. For Wayne Cherry, who GM had entrusted to head the Luton Design Centre in 1975, the SRV signalled the start of a long and successful career with GM. In 1983, he led the design team of Opel, another GM Europe subsidiary, from Rüsselsheim am Main, Hesse, Germany, and in 1991, he returned to the USA to take the design lead position for Chevrolet and Geo. By 1992, he was promoted to worldwide vice-president of design. On 1 January 2004, Cherry retired, after 42 years at General Motors.


GTO Judge proposal by George Camp

there's a poll, or discussion, going on about what production car had the BEST sport stripes @ the facebook page "Cars: Classic, Contemporary & Concept"


I think the Camaro and the Challenger nailed it for best design, and best variety. Vipers did really well too, but only for the modern cars. 

Billy O caused me to realize something when he pointed out I misspelled Saunders

39,830 posts.... so far. There are going to be misspellings. Plus, I've been doing this a while, and could lose it at any moment. So, in summation, choose carefully how many times and why, that you'd like to send in corrections to something like spelling errors.

Especially if it's Monday morning and I haven't had coffee. In which case, you'll ruin the warm happy fuzzy feeling I've produced from a morning of blogging cool fun stuff. In other words, I'm just barely keeping an even keel, need coffee, not corrections. So, if you know a coffee store that could be my next home, with wi fi, and a soft place to sit for hours and hours, tell me that, instead of correcting spelling errors

Mondays - they are like that.

I think a need another weekend, and SEMA, and coffee. And a forest. There just aren't any forests in so cal.... and it's been about 8 years since I've even driven through a forest. I haven't walked through one in about 20 some years. Maybe I just need a good sized lake and to go fishing. With coffee. For bluegill.


Imagine how cool 1970s cars would have been if this had made it to production and motivated the other car makers to improvise to keep in competition with it from a design and style point of view