Saturday, July 28, 2012

Be careful, be smart, don't back out of a parking spot. Back into it, and drive out of it to be able to see traffic and prevent collisions like this one has a good variety of cool stuff!

 Above, the  2563 cu in Packard - Bentley
Below, the 2807 cu in BMW Brutus
Both were in the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power in Cheshire, UK from June 15 to 17

this '74 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow is in the 7's

Above, Mean Green Volvo Hybrid beat the Ferrari to the finish line

this GT40 mkII with a Holman Moody 427 was ordered by Shelby American, placed 2nd in the 12 hour Sebring in 66, DNF'd at LeMans and was driven by Mark Donohue in both. It then went on the show circuit, before getting stored at Holman Moody until '70 when it went to the Indy Speedway Museum. Effectively, it's been raced hard and put away, without being street driven, ever.

Baldwin Motion Phase 3 73 Camaro... M22 and Hone OD, with 5.13 gears

Epitome of sleeper, a Biscayne. The Baldwin Motion Street Racer's Special 427 Biscayne to be precise
11 to 1 427,

Miss America VIII, and it's twin Harry Miller V16's. Just 1113 cu in apiece. They were supercharged when installed to set unlimited water speed records in 1933. About 1800 hp each.

the Hagerty magazine Fall 2012 issue has a 6 page write up about it

below, the Miss America IX setting a record at 102mph and the Gar Wood story

ain't that a cool variety? Hell yes.

Gar Wood and his mechanic Orlin Johnson in Miss America IX - a wooden boat powered by a pair of 12 cylinder Packard engines.

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the 1999 McClaren Emergency safety kit for drivers

it included jumper cables, a 1 gallon fuel can with disposable bladders, air compressor, siphon pump, reflective triangle, tow strap, flashlight, flares, first aid kit, fuses, lock thaw, leatherman, latex gloves, coveralls, piloce aid sign, handwipes, and a rag. All fitting in a spare tire area.

Know what else should be in there?  A hand crank radio to listen to while you wait for a ride, 100 dollars, a credit card, a twinkie and a YooHoo. 

literally back from the grave, buried in a backyard to save it, and found with a metal detector. 1899 Orient Autogo now concours

80% original parts, and the rest had to be made. There are only 3 known survivors of this make and model.

Waltham Manufacturing in Massachusetts sold it originally as an engined tricycle for $600, it came with a conversion kit to make it into a four-wheeled vehicle that could transport two people.

A driver would pedal the kerosene-headlighted Orient Autogo to start it, then turn on the engine. The levers include one for the brakes and three for the carburetor

this will be at the Concours of the Americas in Plymouth Michigan tomorrow

Learned about this from the always incredible Vintage Racing League  who links to the source at the Detroit Free Press


photo by Pedro Ferreira, found on the beautiful Cinla's facebook page:

bikes can take a lot of bad weather, and a lot of soap suds. Who knew? I never see rain, much less wet bikes

Thanks Will!

Rare aluminum Ford 9n tractor parts were made, due to tooling delays with the steel parts

Early in 1939, as Ford and Ferguson rolled out the first 9N tractors, a tooling delay prevented Ford from having several of the stamped-steel components available for the assembly line. As a result, the first production run of about 700 9N tractors featured aluminum hoods, timing covers, steering columns, grilles and several other parts, which were then painted gray like the rest of the tractor before being sold. As these tractors continued their working life on the farm, many of the aluminum components became dented or mangled and by then, replacements were available from Ford parts suppliers. Replacement parts in steel, that is. 

The Buick GN gets it's own movie doumentary!

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Next month, Buick performance enthusiasts will get a sneak peak at a documentary film that shines the spotlight on the hottest car to roll out of Flint in the last 25 years when the first 20 minutes of Black Air: The Buick Grand National Documentary will be shown at the Buick Performance Group Nationals on August 4 at the National Trail Raceway in Hebron, OH. The film is scheduled to be released in early December.
Filmmaker Andrew Filippone Jr. has spent four years tracking down Buick GN and GNX owners, racers and collectors, as well as members of the media who road tested the cars, plus the key players responsible for engineering, styling and marketing at Buick and General Motors.
In the documentary, Filippone said he attempted to explore new territory (for a car film), delving into issues of culture, social class, inheritance, and privilege as it related to the turbocharged V-6 Buicks, and away from the usual focus on mechanics and performance.  

Unusual option, a sleeper trunk.. I found a 68 Bonneville, and Dan at Hemmings came across a AMC Hornet

Thursday, July 26, 2012

A batmobile was in the Mark Wahlberg / Jennifer Aniston movie "Rockstar"

good movie, and that goes double if you are a rock music lover or a fan of the two celebs, they did a good acting job in this one, not a business as usual in my comfortable role you already have seen me do in other movies or tv shows.

Corvette's hit the big 60 year anniversary next year... Petersen Museum is going to celebrate!

Friday, March 1 
Corvette Values Seminar- What's your Corvette worth in today's market, and how will it perform as an investment in the future? Find out at this seminar from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Ticket price: $25.
Corvette Racing Panel Discussion- Several iconic figures from Corvette racing history will talk about the car's illustrious racing heritage. 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Ticket price $25.
Corvette 60th Anniversary Gala- Festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. with cocktails, dinner, memorabilia auction, and a panel discussion with some of the biggest names in Corvette history. Only 350 tickets to this special event are available. Ticket price: $125. This event will sell out!

Saturday, March 2 
Corvette Day Car Show-in the Petersen Parking Structure from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Space is limited to 500 Corvettes. Register early to guarantee a spot! Spectator admission to Corvette Day is included with Petersen Automotive Museum admission.
Corvette Restoration Seminar- Learn restoration tips and techniques from the pros. 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Ticket price $25.
Corvette Exhibit- Twenty historic Corvettes will be on display in the museum. This not-to-be-missed Corvette exhibit runs February 27 through March 31, 2013.

These events have limited tickets available and will sell out! Buy your tickets early. All Corvette Day proceeds benefit the educational programming at the Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit educational institution. Event tickets and car show registration are available online or by filling out the attached form.

Petersen Automotive Museum
March 1 & 2, 2013

Car Nut 1 Blogspot has some cool photos!

1957 Vette barnfind

1926 Rickenbacker with Woodlight headlights, the first I've ever seen with them.

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Have you heard of the Detroit Maker Faire?

there is a 500 dollar limit to what you can pay for stuff you get a kids toy faster with

"With a limit of $500 spent on modifying a kid’s Power Wheels car – hacker spaces race for the championship in the 2012 Power Racing Series.
The innovative racing series makes engineering entertaining and approachable. The goal of the Power Racing Series is to advance technology education and encourage people to try something new. (And have a good time, too.)"

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

cool and unusual photos from the Oldie But Goodie Tumblr

Vehicle scenes from the movie "The Artist"

 Great old bus.... in the beginning of the movie the female lead character arrives in Hollywoodland on this bus, in the dvd extras they had the below color image showing the back of the bus. The tires look very 1930's or 40's, but the headlights and front end look quite 1920's. The movie at this point was pre-1929.

 Her big Cadillac, a 1939 I think