Saturday, February 21, 2015

the Ferrari 375mm owned and raced by Briggs Cunningham in the 1954 Le Mans, the two huge air intakes on its hood cooled the heat exchanged for the water cooled brakes

the Ferrari ran as high as sixth for drivers John Fitch and Phil Walters until a broken rocker arm slowed them down, the car eventually succumbing to a failed axle bearing. After the race, Briggs and Alfred Momo paid a visit to Enzo Ferrari to discuss the broken rocker arm. Ferrari refused to acknowledge Briggs’ assertion that a faulty part had been the main culprit in the Cunningham Ferrari’s failure to finish the race. Briggs was incredulous. It was the last business ever between the two men.

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you can tell what is of value by what people steal. Money, jewelry, expensive things... my blog content, for example. Seriously. Take it seriously (these thieves do) some steal every post

On the other hand, it's nice to know that anything I post will get distributed far and wide on other websites too... it's basically being syndicated, and anytime I post about a charity that needs help, like yesterday with the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer, and the PA 59  Santa Fe locomotive that needs restoration... those posts to help out charities get extra traction and distribution because of the websites that rip me off.

Last year I even had fun with this problem. Some of the sites that rip me off use computers to steal my content, and never have a human look at it, so I posted something that said "this content is stolen, for the full force of awesome content, don't look at this stolen content, you're only seeing a cheap imitation, and you deserve the best! Come over to Just a Car Guy . blogspot .com and get the pure wholesome car guy effect without any censorship or byproducts!"

It looked like this:

but if some of you could advise me a tiny bit... am I just letting my ego run over my reality? Yes /no.
Is my content just fine, but not exactly valuable? yes /no

Here is the recent example of reposting that they are copying my content. Irony.

Le Monstre of Briggs Cunningham, a 1950 Series 61 Coupe deVille, and a brief synopsis of Briggs Cunningham

At the end of World War I, Cunningham's uncle street raced a Dodge Touring car that was powered by a Hispano-Suiza airplane engine. Briggs would accompany him on many of these races, thus fueling his interests for automotive racing.

Cunningham was a wealthy man. His father, who passed away when Briggs was only five, was the founder and president of the Citizens' National Bank and a director of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

He married the grand daughter of Standard Oil's co-founder.

Briggs went to Yale, and his classmates and friends from that time were pivotal in some ways to his successes. One friends father was the head of Chrysler engineering, and came through with new Hemi engines when Cadillac withdrew engine support, powering the C1 and C2 Cunningham cars.

 The Collier Brothers also were college friends,  and were race car drivers for Briggs and founders of the Automobile Racing Club of America, which is where Briggs met Luigi Chinetti, winner of the 1949 Le Mans, who invited Briggs to race in Le Mans in 1950 with the pair of 1950 Cadillacs.

Cunningham amassed a collection of automobiles that included the first Ferrari in the United States, sold to him by Luigi Chinetti, and a Bugatti Royale, one of only six made. When moving his collection to his new museum in Costa Mesa, the parking lot was washed out by a rain storm, and his friends and connections in the right places jumped in to help, with a rescue mission mounted by the U.S. Marine Air Corps, which laid sections of perforated landing strips to facilitate the movement of vehicles over the mud and into the building.

When it was clear that the museum was a financial loss, and always would be (as most museums are) he sold it all to Sam Collier, nephew of his racing friends.

Sam Posey states his own entrance into racing came when he (at 16 yrs old) and his mom were given pit passes by the Cunningham team to the 1959 Sebring race.

He participated in some vintage racing with his 1914 Mercedes, and joining him were Today Show founding host, and inventor of the morning talk show format, Dave Garroway with a 1937 Jaguar SS, and Charles Addams (Addams Family cartoonist in the New Yorker) with a 1932 Alfa

He invented racing stripes, nearly all his race cars were white with blue racing stripes down the center... Carroll Shelby was so impressed he inverted the colors for his race cars looks with the GT 350 Shelby Mustang, and GT 500

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terrific photography of Jacques-Henri Lartigue

see anything you like? 1959 Le Mans

there is going to be a restoration, of the Santa Fe Chief, Alco PA 59. Built in 1948, repaired in 1975 and sold to Mexico, repatriated by the Smithsonian in 2000

here's what she looked like fresh and clean

not too clean, nor fresh.

an assembly photo when they were installing the engine

Here is what it looks like now... and they are ready to get to work on a restoration. It's sister was restored by expert Doyle McKormack

and that proves it can be done,  and Doyle is ready and willing to help out a lot... and the Association of Tourist Railroads and Railway Museums is on the case and the locomotive is at the Frisco Texas new Museum of the American Railroad just North of Dallas. They are building a new restoration facility and museum, and have some really cool trains

they have a Big Boy,

and 10 Pullman cars, Frisco 4-8-4 No. 4501, Pennsylvania Railroad GG1 No. 4903, Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4018, UP Centennial diesel No. 6913, and Santa Fe doodlebug No. M160.

this must have caused a hell of a headache... the rails are not headed in the same direction as the locomotive

a collector has made a matched set of the Sox and Martin race cars and hauler

this Belvedere GTX the only car that was actually titled in Buddy Martin's name; this car has full documentation as well as the original Certi-card."

Clark Rand of Missouri assembled this set from careful buys at auctions. Clark presently owns the 1967 Super Stock Belvedere and the 1968 'Cuda of the 1969 World Championship.

Clark created a transporter that was a near replica of the factory-supplied vehicle that the Sox and Martin used.

The truck is a 1969 D700 with cab and toolbox area. The engine is a bone-stock, 413 industrial Wedge with a high/low gear box attached to the four-speed transmission. Other than the paint, it is untouched. In fact, it has survived in such great shape because it was owned by a fire company in Pineyville, Kentucky, and has run up just over 10,000 miles in all those years.

Custom chopper theme bikes, not made to please everyone, some think they are too over the top, but I like a lot of them... here's a new one to me

an example of full display accessorized bagger

Friday, February 20, 2015

Goodguys Rod and Custom Association join with the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer to impact the lives of children with cancer.

 This partnership will provide the Austin Hatcher Foundation with opportunities to educate both children and adults about healthy lifestyles that prevent cancer, as well as provide much-needed therapies, in a variety of cities throughout the United States as well as raising funds and awareness for the Foundation’s mission to erase the effects of pediatric cancer for patients, survivors and their families.

The Foundation provides services to children with cancer, as well as their families, through its cancer care center, Hatch’s House of Hope at no cost to the families. Services are funded solely by the generous donations of supporters.

Goodguys will work with the Foundation at several shows during 2015 by creating awareness for Goodguys members and show attendees by participating in the “AutoCross for Kids”, as well as through volunteering for some of the program’s initiatives.

On Fridays and Sundays car show attendees can make a donation to the Austin Hatcher Foundation and get a ride with Pro Auto Cross competitors on a specially-prepared closed performance Auto Cross course.

During each event weekend, the Foundation also will partner with a local hospital to bring its innovative Diversionary Therapy program to children and families in the pediatric oncology units.... like when Brianne Hager of B's Sweets donated a special cake decorating teaching session with one of the patients at Hatch's House of Hope!

But back to the cars:
The program is designed to help patients, survivors and their families, enjoy leisure time by building and racing the Foundation’s pinewood derby cars, in the process offering a simple but effective diversion from the challenges presented by pediatric cancer. Goodguys will enhance the program by inviting members of the local hot rod community to participate and display collectible cars.

The partnership will kick off at the Goodguys 1st North Carolina Nationals on April 17-19 at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, N.C. Attendees should check the event schedule for special activities and times of the AutoCross for Kids.

 More information can be found at and on the AutoCross for Kids landing page at  and

Or maybe you're going on the Hot Rod Power Tour? Like the Valkyrie Road Warriors, who are raising money while on Power Tour by accepting passengers in exchange for donations to the Austin Hatcher Foundation

Or you might consider donating a car to the Austin Hatcher Foundation Garage,

 like Dan Gurney and (Galpin Auto Sports) Steve Carpenter did, and these two cars raised $330,000
 this Mustang I have seen and posted :

or the C10 barn find that was built up by Chimera Customs, and after making a debut at SEMA was auctioned off....

and in the future, this Suburban will be

after LMC Truck completes the build

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this would make such a cool valve cover racer

if your Camaro is jacked up, and has a snow plow, you might be a redneck

Modernism week trailer show in Palm Springs this weekend.

something went wrong to put this streetcar on the sidewalk

Main Street, Grand Marais, Michigan was a plank road about 1900. It's mighty rare to see a plank road

Wonderful rally car action (especially at 4:25)

terrific photo of a Henderson

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Studebaker tow trucks

Did you know there is a B 29 at the bottom of Lake Mead?

On July 21, 1948, the B-29 plummeted from high altitude down to as close to the lake as possible. Unfortunately, Captain Robert M. Madison lost his depth perception and plowed the huge plane into the lake at 230 mph. The impact tore off all but one of the engines and sent the plane skipping along the lake surface. When she eventually stopped, she began to take on water and started to sink. Fortunately, all of the crew was able to escape into life rafts and wait for rescue.

When it went down the plane and its five-man crew were testing a secret ballistic-missile guidance system known as a "sun-tracker," the highly-classified device, mounted in a dorsal dome atop the bomber’s fuselage, allowed a missile to get its elevation and orientation from sighting the sun.

Lake Mead's water level varies as much as 200 feet, and during a drought like we have now, it's only 110 feet under water.

When ambitious wreck hunters located the plane without permission in 2001, the Park Service began a legal battle to assert custody of the crash site and protect it from mistreatment.

 The NPS claims jurisdiction over the aircraft as it lies within the bounds of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area and is a National Historic Landmark.