Saturday, May 03, 2008

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Stunning concept and execution. I'm blown away, here's the exemplary masterpiece of making what you want

Handmade skirts, visor from ebay, and all the rest the hard way. He said he couldn't find a 50's he could afford, so he made his Magnum into the car he wanted.

Look at the next two 1950 Fleetlines to see the influences... but you probably don't even need to. This just pulls off a retro vibe even while rolling on big rims, 4 doors, and new grill design. I predict this will be in magazines.

This made me stop and stare, it's so cool and So-Cal. A '50 convertible Woody Fleetline Chevrolet

Elegant and beautiful '50 Fleetline Chevrolet fastback

The side chrome strips and horizontal curves of the fenders against the vertical curve of the body are so eyecatchingly attractive.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Coolest Demon I've ever seen

702 Hp, supercharged 340.

Mooneyes 2008 photogallery, WOW, they had some unusual stuff there

I think the redesigned vans are very creative and cool, from "Dream Factory Blow"

A funny car racing first, Ashley Force

Ashley Force put a new face on Funny Car drag racing Sunday by becoming the first woman to win a national race in a category that once was considered the last bastion of male superiority.

The 25-year-old did so with a flair for the dramatic, beating her father, drag racing icon John Force, in the final round of the 28th annual Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals to deny him his 1,000 winning round in his 500th NHRA tour event.

She became the first female points leader in class history one race ago in Las Vegas with her third runner-up result.

Australian Hemi Six-Pack Charger R/T I'd love to see in person

A bad idea, but fun to watch on video

How To: Motorcycle Alarm Install

Motorcycle theft rates increased over 135% in the last five years, but the saddest part is that only around 30% of the thefts are recovered. In 2005, approximately 70,600 motorcycles were stolen in the US.

However, all is not lost. Did you know you can actually install an alarm system on your motorcycle that offers similar protection to that of a car alarm? Shock sensors, tilt sensors, siren, starter kill - all of these things can help prevent the theft of your bike.

Mister Jalopy is back to blogging!

I haven't checked in on his blog for a long time, 'cause he stopped for quite a while, after having a real interesting variety of fixing, restoring, or modifying differest things.

Here's a good example of his good writing and an interesting look at a really bad looking designed car, the Nash Ambassador

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Website that finds cool stuff on Ebay, like 60's cars!

1960 Messerschmitt KR200 bubble car
1972 Mini Clubman Estate
1969 Fiat 500
1963 Triumph Herald
are just a few there recently

Burnout video of the week! A pair of customs at Las Vegas dragstrip


Hello Sweden, Hello Finland!

Hello Argentina, Hello Chile!

Great artists in automotive fine art

for the above two, but look around through all his stuff, it's terrific. Richard Pietruska is a teacher at the Art Center of Design, Pasadena... you've heard about that college, it's the one Chip Foose and Dick Teague went to.
I found him and others from looking at One artist, Bill Motta, was the art director of Road and Track magazine. He is the V.P. of the Automobile Fine Arts Society and a member of the National Acrylic Painters' Association.

This will have you wanting to take a trip, and then wondering how to raise the money to go

Terrific snapshot of the determined spirit to win

Hurst wheels

Popular Hot Rodding magazine has a great 5 page article on Hurst wheels, but of course they don't have a word of it on their website, so let me recommend you go take a look at the nearest magazine rack, June 2008 issue, page 48

If you have a fortune to spend on a rare car, here's a interesting bunch

They have an unrestored '65 Shelby GT350, but we've all seen them before, however I bet you've never seen the owners manual, I haven't.

Very odd way to treat a Hispano - Suiza

Hispano-Suiza H6B Landaulet
Graham White chose to discard the drophead coupe bodywork and stretch the H6B's wheelbase by 3ft 6in to 15ft 7in. Entering a period of limbo thereafter, it was still in its lengthened, denuded state when acquired by Peter Hampton in 1966. Apparently inspired by a similarly extravagant Lanchester 40hp-based creation (made to order for an Indian potentate) he had the Hispano fitted with a genuine Brewster Landau carriage body that once belonged to the Woolworth family.
Known thereafter as 'Peter's Folly', this unique car is a true child of the 1960s. Finished in black over yellow with varnished wooden wings, its driver's bench and rear postillion seats are trimmed in beige leather, while the landau itself carries beige cloth upholstery (complete with wicker seat bases and embroidered door panels etc). Still sporting a Brewster & Co, Broome St New York plaque, this 'horseless carriage' is further adorned with fork-mounted nickel plated Marchal headlamps, a combination of SPN Scintilla / Toby Baxton Ltd (London) Diver's Bell rear lights, a CAV horn (nearside running board), Boa-type horn (offside running board) and faux ivory dashboard stocked with Hispano-Suiza instruments. Retaining its trademark Flying Stork mascot, the radiator also wears a discreet plaque celebrating the car's participation in the Grand Prix Concours d'Elegance, Monte Carlo 1927. Driven by Mr Van Dijk on the occasion of his daughter's wedding, the H6B is said to handle surprisingly well. Indeed, it has been credited in the past with "a top speed well in excess of 70mph".

Russian May Day parade of military vehicles

Zeel Design choppers

Games to keep your mind off the drive has several, most of them I've never heard of.

I have used the 'farthest state plate' to keep my mind active and looking around, and when on a long drive with someone else the name game is a fun and competitive way to see who can start the next name with the last letter of the previous full name. ie Jack PalancE to Emilio EsteveS to Steven SpielberG to George Burns. This was a great way to waste a lot of time on watch while I was in the Navy too. It gets competitive when someone has to start a name with a X, Y, or V. Yasmine Bleeth was always a good bet.

Name foreign cars from a certain country was a good one too.

What did you use?

Save the date for Encinitas Cruise, June 19

June 19

Rods & Woodies Classic Car Show 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every third Thursday through Sept. 18, South Coast Highway 101 between H and D streets, Encinitas.
Info: or (760) 943-1950.

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Another cool photographer

Technically true

Mattell is the largest car maker in the world, at 5 million toy cars a month.