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Monday, July 07, 2014

National Historic Vehicle Registry

The first was the 1964 Shelby Daytona Coupe, specifically CSX 2287 which won the FIA championship for Shelby / American racing team for the first time.

The Meyers Manx  prototype, 1964

And the 1938 Maserati 8CTF Boyle Special that won Indy in 1939 and 1940

the short list of cars on the list to be next include the 1907 Thomas Flyer that won the 1908 New York to Paris race, a 1919 Pierce Arrow owned by President Wilson, and a 1952 Hudson Hornet

Draft Criteria for Historic Significance
Criterion A: Associative Value – Event
A vehicle associated with an event or events that are important in automotive or American history.
 1903 Packard “Old Pacific” – early transcontinental traveler
 1953 Ferrari 375 MM – President’s Cup winner Andrews AFB race

Criterion B: Associative Value – Person
A vehicle associated with the lives of significant persons in automotive or American history.
 1932 Duesenberg SJ – Fred Duesenberg’s personal car
1909 White Steam Car – first US Presidential automobile

Criterion C: Design or Construction Value
 A vehicle that is distinctive based on design, engineering, craftsmanship or aesthetic value.
 1948 Tucker (design/engineering)
1925 Doble (engineering – steam)

Criterion D: Informational Value
 A vehicle of a particular type that was the first or last produced, has an element of rarity as a survivor of its type, or is among the most well-preserved or thoughtfully restored surviving examples. 1953 Corvette EX122 (prototype)
1899 Packard (first Packard built)

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Trans Am racing.. I'd forgotten the icons that were making the cars competitive

Sam Posey's Challenger engine was built by Keith Black

Dan Gurney's Barracuda were built by Phil Remmington

Saturday, December 28, 2013

reposted in full, in respect, to spread the recall and to honor the impressive lives of those who dies this year

It’s tradition to look back at the end of each year, both in joy for what we’ve accomplished and in reflection for those who are no longer with us. As in years past, the list of those in the hobby who’ve died in the past 12 months is a lengthy one, and though they’re no longer with us, their memory lives on in what they’ve accomplished over the years.

Phil Remington. If it involved going fast in the postwar years and originated in Southern California, chances are good that fabrication guru Phil Remington had a hand in it. Over the span of his career, Remington was involved in everything from racing hot rods on dry lakes to building Indy cars, Lance Reventlow’s Scarab, Carroll Shelby’s Cobra and even Ford’s GT-40. Remington died on February 9, age 92.

Art Malone. Many of today’s professional racers spend an entire career within the confines of a single motorsport, but Florida’s Art Malone was anything but a one-trick-pony. His career in motorsports began with racing stock cars on local dirt tracks, but when longtime friend Don Garlits was burned in a crash, Malone stepped in to drive the Swamp Rat I. Malone was the first to lap Daytona in excess of 180 MPH, and the last to campaign a supercharged Novi in the Indianapolis 500. Malone died on March 29, age 76.

Dean Jeffries. An artist who painted with a pinstriping brush and sculpted with a shaping hammer, Dean Jeffries is probably best known for his creation of the Pontiac GTO-based Monkeemobile, the oddly asymmetric Mantaray, or Chili Catallo’s 1932 Ford three-window coupe, as seen on the cover of the Beach Boys Little Deuce Coupe LP. A former employee of George Barris (with whom Jeffries had an ongoing feud), Jeffries also painted the “Li’l Bastard” nickname on James Dean’s Porsche 550, and painted the first Cobra for Carrol Shelby. Jeffries died on May 5, age 80.

David Markin. As the former owner and CEO of Checker Motors, Markin grew the company’s portfolio to include an interest in Great Dane Trailers, insurer American Country Insurance Company, and a metal stamping company that supplied the Detroit Big Three. It was this diversity that allowed the company to stay afloat, even after the last Checker Cab was built in 1982. Ultimately, the near-collapse of the domestic auto industry in 2008 eliminated much of Checker’s business, and the company filed for bankruptcy in early 2009. Markin died on May 30, age 82.

Walt Arfons. In the mid-1960s, Walt Arfons, his half-brother Art and Craig Breedlove were the biggest names in land speed racing on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Walt Arfons is credited with creating the first jet-engined dragster, and with brother Art (with whom he had a tenuous relationship) campaigned a dragster known as the Green Monster. Later, with Goodyear sponsorship, Walt Arfons would campaign a series of cars called the Wingfoot Express, while brother Art ran against him in evolutions of the Green Monster land speed record car. For three days in 1964, Walt Arfons held the land speed record of 413 MPH, before it was recaptured by his brother, Art. Walt Arfons died on June 4, age 96.

John Chun. Few patrons of the Chun Mee Chinese Restaurant in Delano, Minnesota, knew that proprietor John Chun had a past that involved working as a designer for Shelby American. Credited with styling the 1968 Shelby G.T. 350, and with designing the now-iconic coiled-cobra logo for the brand (used with minor variations to this day), the soft-spoken Chun later worked as a designer for Chrysler and for Tonka Toys. Chun died on July 6, age 84.

Phillip Caldwell. For decades, the unwritten prerequisite for running the Ford Motor Company was a surname in common with the founder, Henry Ford. In 1977, Henry Ford II terminated Lee Iacocca, appointing Phillip Caldwell to the vacated position. One year later, Caldwell was named president, and in 1980, he became the first chairman of the company outside of the Ford family. Under his watch, Ford would launch such memorable vehicles as the Fox-platform Mustangs, the 1983 Thunderbird and the Pinto replacement, the front-drive Escort. Caldwell died on July 10, age 93.

Cal Worthington. An iconic Southern California television pitchman, dealership-owner Cal Worthington elevated the act of selling cars to an art form. Typically clad in Western attire, complete with cowboy boots and a 10-gallon hat, Worthington would introduce his dog Spot in nearly every pitch. One time, Spot was a hippopotamus, another time Spot was a gorilla, or a chicken, or a lion; in fact, the only consistency to Worthington’s beloved ads was that Spot was never a dog. Worthington died on September 8, age 92.

Eiji Toyoda. When Eiji Toyoda joined the Toyoda Automatic Loom Works in 1936, the textile equipment manufacturer had already produced its first automobile, the AA. As Toyoda rose through the company ranks, there was even talk of a joint venture between Ford and Toyota; however, World War II prevented this from occurring. In 1950, Eiji Toyoda was sent to the United States, to learn the manufacturing methods behind Ford’s successful River Rouge plant. His observations (and ideas for improvement) would later form the basis of the Toyota Production System, or kaizen (change for the better) manufacturing. Toyoda was instrumental in bringing the Japanese brand to the United States, and later established new manufacturing facilities (such as the former NUMMI plant in California, a joint venture with GM) around the world. Toyoda died on September 17, age 100.

Hal Needham. Best known as the stuntman or stunt coordinator behind such car-guy movies as Smokey and the Bandit, Cannonball Run and Stroker Ace, Hal Needham’s resume included participation in over 300 movies (10 of which Needham directed) and 4,500 television episodes. His early years were spent in poverty, as the son of a sharecropper in the deep South, but Needham would go on to success as a paratrooper during the Korean war and later, as Hollywood’s best-known stuntman. In his 30-year onscreen career, Needham reportedly broke 56 bones, twice suffering fractures to his spine. Needham died on October 25, age 82.

Other notable deaths in 2013 included fuel-injection pioneer Stu Hilborn, Indy 500 mechanical genius George Bignotti, former Chrysler executive Stephan Sharf, author A.B. Shuman, Tucker collector David Cammack, Edsel designer Roy Brown, Crane Cams founder Harvey J. Crane, F1 driver and Le Mans champion Jose Froilan Gonzalez, photographer Jae Bueno, racing driver and team manager John Coombs, hot rod innovator Fred Carrillo, Vanishing Point director Richard Sarafian, Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club founding member Bob McEwan, and motorsports manager Ken Gregory. -

entirely from Kurt Ernst at

PS, holy moly... Kurt doled out some incredible cool praise when he included Jae Bueno among these giants of industry and innovation

Friday, November 16, 2012

the 1958 Gran Prix of Cuba color photos

 there is a very unusual car in gold color above... anyone know what it is?

 Wow, in the above photo are a lot of cool things, firetrucks, fuel tankers, a pre 1958 Shell Station, a ww2 jeep, racing t bird, lots of great old cars and trucks, and a great trailer
images from thanks to Kurtis Grant who tipped me to them

More coverage with an entirely different gallery of images at 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Pinstripers, artists, Kustom Kulture icons, and cool cars. Sound like a movie you want to see? Here's the teaser/trailer/preview

Dirk "the Pixeleye" Behlau and Jesper Bram (Danish pinstriper and artist) spent a year going from California through Europe in search of the coolest Kustom Kulture people and events on the planet. Picking the brains of living legends, up and coming artists and builders within the culture. The guys sought out some of the hottest Kustom Kulture spots and get some of the worlds best car and motorcycle builders, tattoo artists, pinstripers, custom painters and pin-up models to share their tricks and experience.

Artists in the movie are:
Dirty Donny, Frank Kozik, Dan Collins, Robert Kruse, The Pizz, Coop, Kutty Noteboom, Cole Foster, Von Franco, Bob Spina, Arie Van Schyndel, and Doug Dorr in America.

Across the Atlantic
Big Pete (Fin),  MAZE (Ger), Pekka Wizzz (Fin), Tifa DeLeone (Swe), Nefarious (UK), Blaster (ITA), Empire 32 (Fra), Von Sven (Swe), Jackhammer Speedshop (UK), Baron’s Speedshop (UK) Vince Ray (UK) Yak El Droubie (UK) Jussi Alasalmi (Fin) Tin (Fin) Michael Perrech (Ger)

And music by
The Dynotones, Vince Ray and The Boneshakers, The Go Getters, The Bonnevilles, and Orchid

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Some famous great hot rodders passed away this summer

I could have posted another photo of him on the Chevy V8 powered motorcycle, Black Widow, but this Allison aircraft engine powered tractor "Double Ugly" is a new one to me

EJ Potter, The Michigan Madman, found a rare Allison dual-V12 24-cyl bomber engine and made a tractor pull tractor called “Double Ugly”

EJ Potter, the Michigan Madman

 He took a Harley Davidson frame and put a small-block chevy engine in it, sideways. This engine had Hilborn injectors and burned Nitro, and was producing about 500 Hp. It was started by having a couple guys hang on from the side, and it was pushed with a truck. When the engine fired, the assistants lifted the rear of the bike (these must have been some strong guys!) and put it up on a wooden stand that kept the rear tire, a 10” wide racing slick, off the ground. When the christmas tree said go, E. J. would rev the engine to 6000 RPM and the assistants would push him off the stand! It did a wheelie about half-way down the strip, and did about 160 MPH in the quarter mile. E. J. tried to find a small, light clutch for the thing, but he never found anything that would work. He tried helicopter clutches, but even they didn’t quite do it. The rear wheel was coupled to the engine with a huge multi-width roller chain. Well, one day he reached the end of the strip and closed the throttle, and nothing happened - the throttle was stuck! He cut off the magneto, but a very hot engine (no radiator, just the thermal mass of the water in the block) burning nitro at wide open throttle doesn’t need much ignition! It kept right on running. He hit the brakes (dual caliper aircraft brakes) and that slowed him to about 150 MPH, but he could feet the handle retreating under his grip. There was no fuel cutoff! As he was approaching a line of trees at the end of the strip, he took the only action he could think of, he jumped off! He slid on his rear until it burned through his chaps into his skin, and then did some somersaults. Amazingly, he ended up being able to walk after all this, and followed the new gap into the forest to see what became of his machine. All he could find was an engine block! Nothing else recognizable.”

photo from!

video from

Carroll Shelby

Big Willie Robinson

Jim Nelson (Dragmasters)