Saturday, February 27, 2016

terrific ad for Pepsi, why don't Coke and Pepsi advertise with racing anymore?

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Tiny Lund and his NASCAR Grand Touring '69 Camaro.

not a garage queen, this Vette has snow tires

awww! Innocent kids being kids, having a fun race without a cell phone or video game

11 foot 11... pretty easy to understand that is not enough for trucking to pas under. Don't they teach new drivers this important fact?

crash on the 5 Freeway in Commerce left three people dead and several others injured. The fiery collision involving a UPS big rig prompted a full closure of the 5 until Saturday afternoon

the talents behind the Bugs Bunny comics made a Raid insecticide commercial in 1969, Mel Blanc and Tex Avery and the Biker Bugs

a new angle on the photo op of the Munster family car and Dragula

Then and now, about 73 year apart

thanks Steve!

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production has started on the Sons of Anarchy spin off "The First 9"

The spin off revolves on the Mayans making its turf a haven for heroin shooting junkies involving transactions, production, and transfers of the drug and making a lot of dough from its white slavery ring. Currently, production has started under the FX studios. Samcro will be highlighted in the spin-off, The First 9. The series promises tons of action, shotguns, and a lot of drugs and women too.


CBS hopes to make a family drag-racing comedy, Katy Sagal is onboard

The official badass mom of television, Katey Sagal, was chosen as the matriarch. Sagal is best known for her role in Sons of Anarchy, and as Peggy Bundy from Married with Children, and she also voiced the single-eyed space pilot, Leela, in Futurama.

The yet-to-be-named show is about a wife and mother who learns that she was adopted, and that her birth parents are both drag racers.

Brink's participating in the 1943 "Liberty" war bond drive.

Brinks armored car of the future...1946. The A-1000 was a high profile elaborate, experimental armored car for Brinks used at the racetracks and other publicity functions.

1920's REO fire truck used by the Las Vegas Fire Department.

1959 Las Vegas Fire Department.

Brinks armored cars

1958 Chevrolet Apache with the Las Vegas-Tonopah-Reno Stage Line

1930s Union Pacific bus tours of Lake Mead

Howard Hughes and his Lockheed 14 heading to New Jersey, 1935

"Big Bertha", hauled workmen between Boulder City and the Hoover Dam. It was capable of transporting up to 154 people at one time

in 1946, police escorted the fuselage of Hughes Flying Boat through San Pedro, California

Friday, February 26, 2016

The City of Las Vegas Aerotrain

I.B.I. Armored Services armored car on the streets of Brooklyn New York 1980.

Brinks armored car parked at Coffee Don's in LA circa the 1950's.

Dolly Parton (a treasure) had this made and gifted it to Burt Reynolds for his horse ranch (?)

Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson's motorized stagecoach for their wedding 1979.

 People magazine gave it a lot of coverage

Jim Nabors, who sang "Our Love Is Here to Stay" during the ceremony, offered "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing" at the reception. Bert Convy piped in with "Just the Way You Are."

 By 5:30 it was time for the next scene. Burt and Loni boarded a chopper, took off for a friend's 125-foot yacht, The Golden Eagle (anchored off the Florida Keys), then set sail for a 10-day honeymoon cruise around the Bahamas.

A custom-built motorized stagecoach, built in 1979 on an International Harvester Scout frame with a 345 V8 engine and four-wheel drive, seats up to 10 people. This stagecoach was used for Burt Reynolds' wedding to Loni Anderson. The interior was custom-designed by Dolly Parton. It is marked "The Burt Reynolds Horse Ranch" and has the "BR" monogram in multiple places.,,20098964,00.html

The American International Rally of 1959, where even Walter Cronkite was a driver

The 1959 rally ended in Las Vegas, but started elsewhere. Many elsewheres.

The idea was to make it like the original Monte Carlo Rally used to be - "setting off from all four corners of Europe and 'rally,' to Monaco to celebrate the end of a unique event."

 In this case the starting points were Miami, Detroit, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Vancouver, and Mexico City (those last two being the "International" bit), finishing - as mentioned - in "What better place than Las Vegas for a victory celebration or a consolation vacation?" as a writer for the Triumph Sports Owners Association (TSOA) newsletter put it.

"All cars will be timed on Pacific Standard Time, regardless of starting point and cars will leave one minute apart, even though #1 may go from Vancouver and #2 from New York." The Porsche 356A in the above picture started in Los Angeles, as noted on the front fender.

The rally was sponsored by the American Rally Club and sanctioned by the United States Automobile Club and the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile. TSOA noted "The rally will be run in four legs. The first three are the 'reliability' section where the idea will be to get to the checkpoint in the allotted time with no average speed, etc. Leg number four is the 896 mile Santa Fe--Las Vegas 'regularity' run where the fine hand of the navigator is most important." It went "3200 miles of highway driving, the last leg of which will be dotted with hidden checkpoints."

A Triumph team was sponsored by Triumph with one car being driven by Walter Cronkite with Stu Blodgett navigating. Denice McCluggage also drove for the Triumph team, with Eleanor Halmi alongside in what they called the "Coupe des Dames."

Cronkite made it as far as Tennessee, where he drove into a fog, then into a lake, his car rolling over twice on its way into the water. Although he and his navigator walked out unscathed, their Triumph drowned. After losing himself and his car in the Tennessee fog and water, CBS took him out of the game. He was too valuable a property to be deriving around in a sports car crashing into lakes.

In addition to the Triumph TR3s/New York and the Porsche 356A/Los Angeles, three Corvairs/Detroit, which is kind of cool, since new 1960 Corvair had just debuted on October 2, 1959 and the Rally started October 13!

 Also competing were an Austin-Healey Sprite/Los Angeles,
-Morris Minor Traveler/Los Angeles (or San Francisco, since the owner was from Santa Barbara),       -Lancia Flaminia/San Francisco, Citroen DS/(California),
-a Fiat/Los Angeles (San Diego), and a
-1953 DeSoto/Mexico City (Sinaloa)!
-Aston Martin DB2/4/San Francisco (the final run into Las Vegas required an average speed of 63 mph, but they got some bad low-octane gas and the detonation and over-heating had them limping into town, and then home to San Francisco where the Aston had to get an expensive engine rebuild)

And I got an email from Tom, the son of the Aston Martin owner:

My dad did quite a bit of rallying in the 1950s in a Triumph TR3, a Morgan, and eventually this Aston Martin. I think the Rally must have been kind of a bummer for him, not that he was especially competitive, but it would have depressed him to get the bad gas, and then he told me that once he'd limped into Las Vegas, some drunk a-hole in a Thunderbird bashed into his car in the parking lot, so one more reason to get it restored after the event.

So who won? Les Scott/Ted Sparks in a 1959 Rambler/Los Angeles. A Rambler. They were a mere 33 seconds off of perfect. They won those huge trophies and split $2,767 between them.

In the fourth car were Doug Kennedy/Alex Thompson.

Kennedy was the editor of "True" magazine, so the entire Triumph team was made up of New York media personalities (Denise was, of course, a New York sports writer, and Halmi was also based in NYC, as were Cronkite and Kennedy).

69 cars started and 60 of them made it to Las Vegas. Besides the aforementioned Saab, Corvair, and Triumph teams, other factory teams were fielded by Mercedes-Benz (drivers were Rudy Claye, Jim Simms, and Dean Mears), Rambler(!), Jaguar, Volkswagen, Austin-Healey, Citroen, and DKW.

It was a 3,200 mile course and Los Angeles-based cars took the top five spots.

The second-place T-Bird was only 42 seconds of of perfect - they HAD to have been hovering on the winner's bumper - finishing only nine seconds behind. And the third-place Fiat must have been hooked to the T-Bird's bumper, finishing only one second later.

A 1959 Corvette was used to lay out the course, although the guy running the Sprite noted that a "Volkswagen had been used to check the route during the planning stage and had made it in good shape." This thought comforted him after Maxine Royer (wife of the Rallymaster Don and one fine rallyist in her own right) opined the she admired their (the Sprite's team) "courage in tackling the event in a little car." The Sprite ran on Pirelli recaps.

Thanks Steve! Steve did all the research (as he often does, that great guy!) for the info, all I did was find the color photo of the Porsche!

Thanks To Tom H also! For the photos of his Dad's Aston, and the map, and the family history info!

the new GT 350 comes with carbon fiber rims, but, it's not the 1st time non metallic rims were used in hi-po cars

the 1989 Shelby CSX came with Motor Wheel Fiberride compression molded fiberglass rims. 15".

But they were only 2 pounds lighter than aluminum. So, what reason was there to pay more for them? None

Jan 2016 Automobile magazine

The Beatles enroute to concerts in armored trucks

who, and how, they got the Ford Mustang to get the SCCA's blessing as a sports car

Chuck Cantwell, the project engineer and GT350R test driver, he was the driving force behind the design and production of the street and track-attacking R model.

“The object of the GT350 program was to beat the Corvettes in SCCA racing,” Cantwell explained. “So we had to first get a car the SCCA would accept as a sports car.”

The R’s (some 34 production models were built in all) would go on to win the SCCA’s B Production title in 1965, 1966, and 1967.

As for Shelby, “Carroll didn’t get involved with things too much. He kept track of what we were doing, but he didn’t meddle,” Cantwell recalled. “He was a good person to work for in that regard.”

In 1968, Cantwell could see the end coming. With Ford taking over production of the cars and Shelby rapidly losing interest, it was time to move on to a new challenge. Cantwell eventually left Shelby American to work for Roger Penske as team manager for Trans-Am cars and general manager of the race shop. He later joined Mark Donohue’s Porsche 917/30 effort

2016 Muscle Car Review

the benefit of carbon fiber rims, only 60 pounds saved of unsprung rolling weight gives a noticeable improvement in acceleration and stopping

Feb 2016 Car and Driver