Saturday, February 08, 2014

New stupid idea from a city govt to slow drivers down, and it isn't going to work

what rubbish. Who elected these morons?

The loopy lines were meant to be a traffic-calming measure on the A811 in Arnprior, Stirlingshire, Scotland

The council’s Danny Gibson said: “These lines were installed as part of agreed speed reduction measures.

“The centre line markings are complemented by red road markings at the side. The combination influences driver behaviour and encourages a reduction in vehicle speed.

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Sam Hubinette is still drifting

200 mph or so is a bad time to let the wind catch you and pull you off your motorcycle... you're gonna slide and tumble a really long way

2 owner, 35 thousand mile California native that never left, 4spd, 1966 GT 350 Shelby Mustang FOR SALE! Yes, your chance to get a race car! Well, all the race car you can deal with on the roads

Best sales pitch you may ever read

2013 GMC 2500 Denali. $45,000. Below Blue Book!!!! Why you ask? This truck may be more loaded than an Irishman in a whiskey-drinking contest, but it is no Sunday driver. It is a ¾ ton, 4-wheel drive, luxury work horse and it was cast from smelted bullet casings and stealth fighters by God’s own iron fist to be rode hard and put away wet. It may have a couple of scratches on it but that is ok. And do you know why? Because it’s a truck. And you’re a man. And together you are Maximus Meridius from Gladiator. And while women may swoon at your kind hard heart and gentile touch, underneath it all you are a BAMF who doesn’t back down from a fight and you have the scars to prove it. Because you sweat pure gasoline, and bleed oil and all you need is your 360hp Vortec chariot to get you to the promise land.

Your boats and snow machines are nothing but a light snack for this 6-speed auto, HD, demon-powered towing machine. With its Z71 Off-road package, you can enter dirt track races while towing your 17,800-lb life-size robot collection and a hot tub full of topless super models, and still win. All while outrunning the cops and mowing down zombies with your Mack truck-resembling chrome front bumper.

More technologically advanced than the Starship Enterprise, this truck will transport you in style while trusting you with all of its secrets. Wondering what your oil pressure is but don’t want go outside to check? Simply consult your smartphone and unveil everything you desire to know. Tire pressure, engine temperature, gas level, oil pressure, can all be summoned and accessible to you alone at the touch of your fingertip. Your friends will start to wonder how you became so wise and the Oracle from the Matrix will be calling to ask you for advice.

With its 6.0 liter V8, this truck will transport you to your destination faster than you can say Bad Mother Fu@#er and will arrive with about the subtlety of a tectonic plate shifting during the 1964 earthquake. Yes people will stare, my friend. Because you are always the winner in the reaux sham beaux that is your life; because rock trumps scissors, paper trumps rock, but a swift kick to the balls trumps paper, every time.

The rear automatic sliding glass window allows you to make sure that the grizzly you killed with your bare hands hasn’t come back to life. Or the sled you loaded up to high mark Mt McKinley hasn’t budged an inch. Since your 6 1/2′ bed is Rhino Lined with ¼” of near bullet-proof rubber, your big boy toys will be safely transported to the fiery inferno’s of hell and back, because that is where you go to play.

But what about the interior you ask? Hundreds of lambs died an honorable death to effectuate leather soft enough to make-up this hulk’s supple interior. The climate can be controlled to subliminal perfection by the shear omnipotent power in your callused right hand. The perpetually-complaining-about-the-cold woman in your life will be happy to know that heat can be generated at the touch of a button that will literally light a fire under her ass. In addition to heated (and cooled) seats, it’s power can be summoned from anywhere on the planet; it’s 8 powerful pistons coaxed into roaring to life for you alone, because you are the Lone Ranger, but Silver has nothing on this faithful steed. Sitting in the command center of this 2013 batmobile black, panty-dropping stallion, you will have more features at your fingertips than that kid David in “Flight of the Navigator,” but you will look like a lot less of a douche, because you aren’t flying a talking space ship 3 yards from the ground. You’re Han Solo, flying the Millennium Falcon, and The Force is for pussies.

Yes, this truck may have more options than a menu at Village Inn, but don’t let its Babylonian luxury fool you. It may have you feeling richer than a Russian Czar but it is about as tameable as a rogue wave and will chew you up and spit you out if you do not give it the respect it commands. But command it you will, and respect you will have because this truck is intimidating. Corvettes, Challengers and other gutless vehicles scurry out of its way, even when it’s in the slow lane. The pilot car in construction sites escorts it through immediately, even when it’s the only vehicle in line. It can out run the cops in 2nd gear, and does. It will park in a handicap space, then tow the tow-truck away. It will be the best man at your wedding, sleep with your bride, and never call her again. Yeah, it’s that bad.

If you like the looks of this truck but don’t think that is worth every bit of $45,000, then do not bother calling. Because this truck is the lovechild of Optimus Prime and Kitt from knight Rider and if you don’t recognize its true potential, than you do not deserve to be at the helm of such an almighty machine.

Skip the dealership, all you will get there is a long-winded sales pitch

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why I don't ugly up my photos with nonsense

15. Watermarks

This tip isn’t in direct relation to TAKING photos, but it does affect the look of photos.

When it comes to watermarks, the smaller the better. And if you can avoid using them, do. Chances are, unless you are a paid professional, there’s not much of a chance of your photos getting nicked.

But in reality, they won’t prevent your images from getting stolen. They only distract from the fabulous image that you’ve created, because once you’ve slapped a watermark all over it, that’s all the viewer will be looking at.

The only way you can prevent your images from being stolen is to not publish them on the internet.

Jeep vintage advertising

"Mom, I'm ok, don't worry about this" words from most race car drivers at some time. Idris Elba has started a new TV show about speed

and part 2

learned about it from

if Idris looks familiar.. it's probably from seeing him on Thor as the guard/watcher on the rainbow bridge, or the HMFIC on Pacific Rim

Its a hell of a lot more entertaining than that Vinsetta Garage

Friday, February 07, 2014

How many grades of gas were needed? Why 8? Penske advertising Sunoco gas

hill climbing beast

Quicken loans commercial uses the old MichiganTheater/ indoor parking garage

very cool to glimpse another use for this incredible parking garage I posted about last year:

1969 drag racing, Long Island New York... 4 wide, dune buggys, famous Funny Cars, Corvettes, a Shelby Mustang GT 350

Operation snowbound, tractors, dozers and plows... 1948

Some very low mileage cars coming up to auction March 14-17th

a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 Coupe with just 5,900 miles—one of the lowest mileage examples in existence. Finished in original Marlboro Maroon paint and original black interior, the Corvette is equipped with a 427ci V-8 engine producing 435hp and a desirable four-speed manual transmission and boasts a well-documented ownership history. Bloomington Gold as well as Top Flite award winner. Estimated auction value a 1/4 million

 Another low mileage ‘Vette set to cross the block in Fort Lauderdale is a striking 1954 Chevrolet Corvette with just 1,370 original miles, finished in the classic combination of Polo White with a sportsman red interior. This car comes from long term ownership in a well-known private collection and has a fully documented history from the day of delivery, including the original dealer invoice and bill of sale.

a highly original, well-documented 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fitted with Magnum wheels and its original white and black deluxe interior. Boss 429 expert Ed Meyers oversaw the concours preparation of this outstanding original example, which scored consistently high in three SAAC concours events.

for more updates in the coming weeks:

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Clay Smith... aka Mr Horsepower (the Woody Woodpecker cigar smoking logo)

Smokey Yunick once dubbed Clay Smith, “the world’s smartest mechanic.”

 In 1942 Smith bought the company the engine building company he'd been workign at when the owner died, it was renamed Clay Smith Engineering.

 It should be noted that Smith cams were appearing in midgets, land speed cars, Indy cars and even stock cars, but with the addition of his own full line shop, his name skyrocketed along with his celebrity.

 Now building full-on racing engines, Smith’s business was expanding, he teamed with Bill Stroppe to compete in a hydroplane boat race. Their machine was powered by a Ford straight six engine, oil starvation and vibration were two of the terminal problems with that particular motor. Smith solved them both and they won the event.

He took a stocker Mercury and tweaked it to get the best mileage possible, winning the 1950 Mobilgas Economy Run.

 Following up on that success, Ford had Smith and Stroppe prepare Lincolns for the PanAmerican Road race across Mexico. The big Lincolns dominated until the race was discontinued in 1954.

 His crowning achievement was tuning Troy Ruttman to victory at the 1952 Indy 500.

 Roger Ward lost it on the front straight of the Du Quoin Speedway in Du Quoin, Illinois. His car careened into the pits, striking Smith and killing him. Smith had been Ward’s own crewchief in years past and the accident shook the steely Ward so hard he nearly walked away from auto racing forever.

Clay Smith, another gearhead guy you should know.

info from a well written piece on

LS6 and LS7 still in the factory crates, on Craigslist

454 LS6 and LS7 big block NOS Motors - $10495 (owensboro ky)

innovative way to load logs... not safe, but hands free. Some evolution on this on it could be quite the invention

Buy a Dodge if you don't like the smell of buring rubber, you'll outrun the smell! (The Little Red Wagon and Boynton 426 B/FX D100 truck)

This video is a Dodge promotional film and the first 2:50 is about the Little Red Wagon, but Boynton and “The Barn Door” are front and center from 2:50 on!

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this is funny, getting your POS to whomp on another POS

Red white and blue has some seriously high jumping skills. It's all done by 3:20, no use watching them screw off after that

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Generic used car sales pitch for Craiglist

-I am the 14th owner, not really but I don’t know. First owner barely got it dirty and engaged the warp drive once.
-I have remedied this excessive caretaking with long roads and a pile of fun.
-The motor uses a little oil. How much? I don’t know, I’m not collecting statistical analysis points. I check the oil, I fill the oil, I drive. Not enough to bother me.
 -It leaks a little oil. How much? Not enough for me to care. It has a gazillion miles, Poindexter! If you have a vehicle with 220K NOT leaking or burning oil, it’s empty!
 -The little (insert engine size) starts and runs like the proverbial champ. I haven’t upgraded because I had plans: Had planned a big block, posi, bug catcher etc etc. Life got in the way – it ain’t happening. -The stickers on the right rear window stay. My daughter’s idea, take it up with her.
 -(insert aftermarket performance parts company name) stickers stays as well. They are awesome, so there.

-Why are you selling? I can’t justify owning it anymore. Motorsickles, kiddos, work, travel, and beer have consumed my time and money. Someone else needs to appreciate the (insert car model name) for what it is: awesome mechanical artistry.
-What’s wrong with it? Small oil leaks. Cosmetic issues. And it’s pissed it has been neglected and parked. It needs rescued.
 -Will you sell me the [engine / tranny / rear door / axle / etc.]? No. I’m not in the salvage business. Buy the car. Love the car. Give the stang a home.
 -Will you take [insert ridiculously stupid low number here]? No. If I wanted [ridiculously low number] I would have asked [ridiculously low number] Want a cheap car? Get your kid that lowered tuner piece of stuff honda project down the road. I think I’m plenty cheap for this bad mofo.
 -Why is it not stock? Because I bought it for a daily driver with the intention of turning it into a fire breathing street machine. I haven’t had the time to do so. So I am selling it.
 -Can I put a 6″ lift and giant tires on it? I don’t care. But be sure to use quality components and for God’s sake – get it aligned after.
 -Would this make a good car for my daughter? Hell. Yes. Not only a good car, a learning experience. Introduction to vehicular maintenance.
 -Can you deliver? Within reason. I’d drive it a 10 miles or so. But really, you should come get it. Look it over. Have a beer. Etc.
 -Will you take a check / cashier’s check / Western Union Transfer / Nigerian Promissory Note? Would you take a ball peen hammer to the forehead? No. I’ll take Cash. Period. Bring cash or don’t show.
 -Will you ship to -? No. See above.
 -No, really, all I have is [lowball dollar amount]? That’s great, I don’t care. Unicef ain’t running this deal, and until they do I want $7000. Why? Because I don’t HAVE to sell this little beauty. Truth be known, I’d rather keep it.
But if it’s going to a good home – I will sell. Unless you’re mean – then no sale.

Adapted from a often used Craiglist ad that has sold Chevys, Fords, etc etc from Montana to South Carolina found on

they ran out of snow, but still had to find something to do with their snow mobiles

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The best bike tricks I've seen in a long time, with Danny MacAskill

above, he is rolling backward, down the hill... until he decides to get back to two wheels... somewhere below that next bend in the road. I've never seen anything like it. Astonishing

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speed trap warning is given the green light by judge, overbearing - power tripping Ellisville Missouri police subdued by the 1st ammendment Free Speech provision

According to a federal judge in St. Louis, flashing your headlights to warn of upcoming speed traps is a legally protected form of free speech and is therefore protected by the First Amendment, says Fox 2 News. The ruling came after police in Ellisville, MO, pulled over Michael Elli, a retired man with a clean driving record, for flashing his lights to warn motorists that police were using their radar guns ahead.

Elli sued the city, and the American Civil Liberties Union joined him in the suit shortly thereafter.

ACLU attorney Tony Rothert, "In our view that's speech that's protected by the First Amendment and it's also good for the public because it tells people to slow down, to use caution. That's never a bad thing."

screen shots from war documentaries in the movie "The Fog of War"

Gene Wilder in "the Silver Streak"

Rebel Machine sales training video

History of the Buick tri shield

the Great Gonzo's motorcycle

Grand National Roadster Show car with a cool dash

Skip the first thirty seconds, then watch a sped up version of the super bowl

Hey! A vote for a B25 restoration is a vote against the terrorists! if you don't vote, the commies win, and you don't want the damn commies to win!

So two little clicks, one here:

and then one right on the button :

Do it for Uncle Sam, do it for your grand kids, do it for apple pie! But make that damn number grow!

Bitchin warbird photo from

a bit too strong on the brakes!

Skip the first 20 seconds. Nothing happens... then, I was surprised!

Thanks DWrenched George!

Ford Motor Company, 1926-1946

"It barely broke even"
"there were 10 college grads in the whole company"
"they didn't have a market research organization"

Bob McNamara, The Fog of War
1st president of Ford not a member of the Ford family, quit after 5 weeks to be JFK's Sec. of Defense

Snowmobile video clips

award winning advertsing, don't text and drive, you can either see the letter you're punching or the thing you are about to hit,

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Tuesday, February 04, 2014

the unique genius of Boris Artzybasheff's anthropomorphized machines

hit and run... but that coward left behind his calling card! Even cops can track down this moron.

Jaguar makes some good commercials lately

car jokes

What car does a Proctologist drive? A brown Ford Probe.

 What’s the good thing about Fords? They come out of the factory with the problem circled.

side mirror fixes

GM's lunar mobile geology lab

Making a car in the present day

From the 15 second to the 1 minute 30 its intriguing. Especially the welders at the 25 second mark.

After 1:30 is just propaganda for a car that will be known forever more as a rental car

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