Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Moldy Marvin's next show, July 21 at LACR

Saturday July 21st 2007 Los Angeles County Raceway!
It's Moldy Marvin's 8th Annual Rat Fink.Party and Kustom Kulture Extravaganza

here's a link to a gallery from the 2006 show

Shell and Dow busted for fixing prices on tire rubber

EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes busted 5 companies for colluding to rig prices of rubber ingredients used in tires, Shell was fined €160.9 million and Dow €64.6 million.

Best hot rod phrases

Those aren't oil leaks, my musclecar is just marking it's territory.

That isn't an oil leak, it's HORSEPOWER SWEAT!

And I was just told by Tris, that BFG has a TV commercial that has 30 seconds of a car spinning the tires, and the shrieking sound is all you hear, afterwards, the voice over comments "it isn't the tires screaming, its the asphalt!"

1922, when a new banked racetrack was built, 60 degree banks, used very little, and abandoned

Photo journal of Big Daddy Don Garlits museum

Speed fest 2006 gallery link

Don't do this, I hit a dip in the road too fast, again.

Only 5 inches above the pavement. The lowest point on the car is the drain plug

JB weld to the rescue! Again! Seals like a weld job.
Much less expensive than a new 8 qt oil pan. (about 150 for another deep one that I'll just peel open, but Ray Barton Racing makes the only one to buy that's shallow, wide and lots of capacity... ) $400 from Milodon , no picture. 21010
Wedge 1 Line Static Total: $395.38

What the heck are the attachments on these hubs?

I was reading something about ultra accurate mileage measuring, maybe that is what these do by counting the revolutions

Uh, ok... sure.... Inferiority complex? In a WS-6 owner?

How worried about door dings is this guy?

Just opened barn, in Portugal, about 200 cars, about 40 years of dust on them

About 58 high quality digital camera pictures, of 180 cars

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Aston MArtin just minding it's own business in the empty far end of the post office parking lot

Snap On has a cool magazine too! this is coming out quarterly, but can be viewed online in PDF format, look the bottom left of the forementioned website email them at volume 3 Spring 2007 is dropped off at smog shops, and anywhere else you see the Snap On Truck make deliveries, like EXP tires.

SEMA members list of websites, contact info

Canadian Based Muscle car magazine online or subscription... hmmm

Look for this magazine, it's great

MuscleCar Power. Here's a discussion thread that describes it well, but the link just deadends at, and doesn't show the car magazines website at all. hmmm.

However, I bought one, unlike those discussing it, and here's what I've found that contradicts the thread, the issue is 4.99 plus tax, and has no credits in the header page about Tom Shaw or Greg Donohue... so what is going on? Whatever the deal is, it's a better magazine than Hot Rod or Car Craft, and has very, very, little advertising.

Heavily recommended

Here's the website of it's publisher, who appears to be just as slow at IT as Primedia, and doesn't yet list MuscleCar Power magazine as something they make or take subscriptions to... hmmm also

Monday, February 19, 2007

Race car with studded tires, frozen lake, exhibition

Cool new website

The King is dead, etc etc etc. Dorks killed Motor Trend Classic, after 24 issues

These uncanny "trend" spotters are getting out of the ring, and pissing me off. I frickin loved my Motor Trend Classic every issue. Some fricking executives have decided for reasons unknown, that they couldn't keep that one title going.


For media inquiries contact: (so I have)(and will print the reply if they have any)
Elliot Sloane
Sloane & Company
570 Lexington Avenue, 24th FloorNew York, NY 10022
Telephone: (212) 486-9500

So here's why I'm bent out of shape. I just renewed my subscription, and that doesn't just imply, it guarantees! that they knowingly had requested m,ore renewals of a soon to be cancelled title. ? They also published the November / December 2006 issue without a mention that it was the last.

I realized one was late (yesterday) and called just an hour ago to find out if I'd mistaken the renewal amount, or forgot to send it.. etc etc etc was it my mistake?


They haven't even mass mailed out information about the cancellation, or what they intend to do with the money they hold in good faith that they are going to produce the issues YOU the subscriber have already paid for. MuscleCar Review pulled this stunt last year. I sent the check and subscription card in, they mailed a form letter in return, that referenced that they were returning my check.... but the envelope wasn't sealed on arriving in my post office box, and no check was returned, nor did the customer service dept come through with anything after having them on the phone.

Motor Trend's customer service was cool, but you have to go over all your info, like anyone is going to prank with anyone elses subscription.... wtf... and after confirming all the mailing address, phone # etc, we get to the fact that they'll apply the next 12 issues they owe me of MTClassic, to any other title (135) they produce. So the ladies were nice on the phone, heck, I feel sorry they have to deal with pissed off customers... that's all that gets me to call customer service of anywhere. Complaints. You are sure to find that the complaint department doesn't accept calls, emails, and so on, just letters in the mail.... ever hear of the dumpster? "Made of recycled materials"? Complaint letters, I'm sure.

So, these luddites eliminate a great magazine I've previously lauded here, in other postings, but you can still find that the website is active for Motor Trend Classic which is;
"About Motor Trend
Motor Trend, a PRIMEDIA publication, was founded in 1949 and has a circulation of 1.1 million and a total readership of 7.1 million. Internationally recognized as the world's number one automotive authority, Motor Trend is one of the leading brands in automotive publishing. The Motor Trend brand is comprised of Motor Trend Classic,; Motor Trend Radio; Truck Trend; Motor Trend International Auto Shows; Motor Trend en Espanol; and the renowned Motor Trend Car, Sport/Utility and Truck of the Year Awards program."

This is directly copied from the website
on the 19th of Feb, 2007 at 6:48 PM, California time.

No mention that MTC no longer exists

No mention that MTC no longer exists (in the press release page) which states The editorial is approachable and involving except when they are not approachable about the demise of the magazine. Morphadites.

No mention that MTC no longer exists (on the Motor Trend Classic webpage of the Primedia website) nothing about how the magazine is kaput.
the Editor in chief Angus MacKenzie did a video on how cool the magazine WAS, and it is here, and the magazine was the best. WAS, the mooks killed it and haven't stepped up to say so in a single medium available, print, press, or video. the git Angus says "subscribe at so you don't MISS A SINGLE ISSUE!" HA! you putz, wanker, etc. And 'ya know he's familiar with the brit term "WANKER". putz (in the marvelous Walter Matthau line to Jack Lemmon in Grumpy Old Men "Putz!")

HE ends his promo with the line, "This is one fun ride (pause for dramatic effect) that you don't want to miss."

I'm throwing down the gauntlet to the whole crew from the former MTC, who've axed a damn good title. And given no notice. I've been a subscriber to Motor Trend, and about 5 other Primedia publications, maybe more than 5... and that one title was better by far, than Motor Trend. Lets see, Street Rodder, Hot Rod, Car Craft, Automobile

News on the head execs of Primedia New York Post September 18, 2005 Peter Lauria

From Teds Garage, what happened seems to be the big dogs left the Primedia empire and got rich, then.... the whole Primedia empire goes up for sale... figures,-Motor-Trend-For-Sale.html

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Barney Oldfield, American icon, record setter

 the above is a 33 Chrysler with a custom body

the above is a Christie front wheel drive
 the above is a Marmon... with Barney's name brand tires
each of the above photos were found on a really good website for brass era race cars

Barney Oldfield was the first man to drive a car at 60miles per hour (100 kmh).

On Memorial Day in 1903 in New York, Oldfield drove a mile in a minute flat in another match-race victory. Two months later, he powered the car to a mile run in 0:55.8 and that was enough for Winton to hire Oldfield, complete with salary, expenses and free cars.

His accomplishments led to the expression "Who do you think you are? Barney Oldfield?"

In 1910, Oldfield bought a Benz, in which he broke all existing speed records for the mile, two miles, and the kilometer in special runs at Ormond Beach, Fla. After that, he was able to charge a whopping $4,000 for personal appearances, something he didn't mind at all.

Once suspended by the American Automobile Association, the sanctioning body of the day, because of his "outlaw" racing activities, much of Oldfield's legitimate racing career was lost during his prime.

One of those was testing new race tracks, like Iowa's Valley Junction Board Speedway, One Mile Race Track. Barney Oldfield was one of the first drivers to test out the new track. On July 25, 1915, Oldfield averaged 103 mph at Valley Junction Board Speedway, so remarkable was this speed due to the fact that the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway didn’t show those speeds until four years later in 1919.

However, he competed at Indianapolis after being reinstated and his best finishes were fifth in 1914 and 1916. Additionally, he ran the first 100 miles per hour lap in Indianapolis history.

He helped found the Fisher Automobile Company, was a developer for Firestone tires, beat Winton (the founder of the Winton Car Company) in a Ford (by Fords requesting him as the driver), and had been inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, the International Motor Sports Hall of Fame, and the Motorsports hall of fame of America.

Legend, pioneer, innovator, icon.

Cars in Barns On the left menu, click on sleeping beauties

I found the name of the photographer from getting the book, "Cars in Barns"... some of the pics are in that book, along with the story of how the photographer found this storage barn with millions of dollars of rare / priceless unknown cars like the Cord 812, Bugatti's, etc

SC / Rambler and Ambassador wagon