Saturday, April 23, 2016

Volkswagen W12 Syncro mid-engined concept by Giugiaro

cool photo of the blackbird

even at work, he's never far from motorbikes... Ewan McGregor

Harry Hunt from Dearborn, Michigan who was an Army driver in New Jersey during the WW1, and drove Eddie Rickenbacker around on base when he returned from Europe.

Thanks to Les for sharing these photos and story, of his grand dad!

The FX, built for the nephew of the Sultan of Brunei, it's new home is the Marconi museum in Tustin Ca

completed in 1995, towards the end of the car collecting craze that the Brunei collection was the epitome of, but, towards 2000, the fortunes collapsed and the fast and loose finances were exposed to have been pulling many millions from an oil company owned by Prince Jefri, and that company was found to be 6 billion in debt, and the Prince had taken about 14 billion from the countries oil fortune.

One example of his lavish and ludicrous spending was a yacht named to offend his conservatively religious brother, and it's life boats. Tits was the name he put on the yacht, and the lifeboats were cunningly named nipple 1 and nipple 2

the loader got very lucky, he's only a moment away from tipping over into the crusher, but a very thin margin of balance kept him out of a deadly outcome

Dodge WC 57 Command Reconnaissance

I think that if you're keeping tally of your brood on the back of your van, you might expect commentary

the army forgot how to attach parachutes... damn, you ask them to get one tiny thing right, instead, you get 3 Humvees smacking planet earth at 9.82m/sec squared

The 173rd Airborne Brigade is investigating what went wrong during an airborne drop that resulted in three Humvees free-falling to their destruction, as depicted in a widely-shared online video.

On April 11, the Army conducted a heavy drop and personnel airborne operation as part of exercise Saber Junction 16 at Hohenfels training area in Germany. About 150 supply bundles, vehicles, communications equipment and indirect weapons systems were dropped, according to Army spokesman Maj. Juan Martinez. But three Humvees slipped from their rigging as their parachutes deployed. plummeting hundreds of feet to the earth.

Barracuda at Sebring in 66

AJ Foyt and a Grand Sport Corvette

Friday, April 22, 2016

Steve McQueen at the Cotati regional SCCA meet in May of 1962, where he drove a 356 Porsche

Steve McQueen, Feb 1962, Austin Healey Sebring Sprite

The last it was seen was an article in the 1963 Sports Car Graphic, article by Jerry Titus. It was sold to a guy who even drag raced it at Half Moon Bay in 1963, and set a record. It was hanging around the track when a dragster went out of control and ran into it, cutting it in half.

early 60s sports car races with all Corvettes in the leading lineup

Steve McQueen and James Garner, both liked the mini

even the fields of cars in private junkyards are flooded in Houston

"Let's ride motorcycles!"

EMF, rarely heard of car maker from 100 years ago, with cool cloth fenders, easily and quickly removed for racing, or washing

1950 Buick Roadmaster Custom Wrecker.

the current owner is trying to flip it and get 45 thou

Harper Honea and Clark Burr were a couple of friends who often worked together in the town of Susanville, California, so when Burr decided to go into business as a Buick dealer in 1948, he enlisted Honea’s help in building the dealership on Susanville’s Main Street.

It wasn’t a big Buick dealership — the two of them alone apparently did all the construction work on the building, and Honea was the dealership’s only full-time mechanic.

A couple of years later, Honea and Burr found themselves with a pair of wrecked Buick Roadmasters, both 1950s, both originally sold through the dealership, according to Darell Honea, Harper’s son. So over the course of the next few years, Honea pieced the cars back together, shortened the greenhouse, and added the bed, boom, generator and motor to turn the Roadmaster into a wrecker, all according to plans Burr had engineered.

Just why do British car sales companies think us Americans want recycled infographics? Look at this shit the lazy bastards sent me

You can tell right away they are British, they spell the word Customisability with an "S" when we know it is only correctly spelled with a "Z"

Then, they forget to check the fine print, and say a Dodge truck gets 3 different GM engines. Oy vey!

No wonder they lost the war! Details people! You have to fix the damn details! And damn Lucas electrics! You have to fix them too! are the people that made this bullshit. Just so you know. 

fantastic how they disassembled this plane for transporting, why they didn't fly it there is odd. Maybe this was for a convention or some indoor show

This image shows a P-40 B/C loaded on a flatbed trailer at the Buffalo Airport. Likely taken sometime during the winter of 1940–41, this image isn't from the Life Magazine collection.* I included it to show the earlier method that Curtiss used to transport finished aircraft to the airport for final testing, checkout, and delivery to the Army. Before the crush of production orders hit in 1940, loading the aircraft on train or truck (as shown here) was efficient enough. But after production increased, Curtiss quickly outgrew its Kenmore Avenue plant, and had to think of creative ways to eliminate bottlenecks in its overtaxed production process. Instead of train or truck, Curtiss test pilots simply flew newly minted aircraft right off the assembly line, using the parking lot of the factory as a makeshift runway.

Thanks Steve!

Tony Stewart speaks about safety regarding lug nuts not all getting installed during pit stops, Nascar old fart France loses his mind, hits Stewart with 35 thousand dollar fine. Stewart should have called France a booger head moron while he was at it

"For all the work...and all these other things they want us to do for safety, we can't even make sure we put five lug nuts on the wheel," Stewart said on Wednesday, April 20th. "This is not a game you play with safety and that's exactly the way I feel like NASCAR is treating this. This is not the way to do this."

"It's however many you think you can get away with," Stewart said. "So we're putting the drivers in jeopardy to get track position. It's not bit anybody yet, but I guarantee you that envelope is going to keep getting pushed until somebody gets hurt."

Seriously, consider, the damn lugs are inches longer than stock for safety! It's a Nascar regulation that the bolts a wheel is attached to be a couple inches long so loose nuts and loose wheels will make it back to the pits instead of killing spectators in the stands! What jackass forgot that, and decided fewer lug nuts on extra length safety studs, was logical? Morons.  Even the stud hole on a NASCAR wheel has a deeper chamfer, or bevel, on the outer edge than on the inner edge. This creates a tension on the lug nut similar to that of a lock washer, preventing it from loosening.

Can you tell what it was that Brian France thought should be censored enough that he put everyone else under his gag order with a "Behavior Policy" : conduct guidelines highlighted in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rule Book Section 12.8.1, actions that could result in a $10,000-$50,000 fine include disparaging the sport and/or NASCAR's leadership, or verbal abuse of a NASCAR Official.

Oh, there it is, pointing out that Nascar has their head up their ass. Pointing out clearly that they aren't concerned about the safety of drivers and fans (can you recall the recent coverage last August about the lug nut issue? )

The Sprint Cup Drivers Council released a statement Thursday night on Tony Stewart’s punishment from NASCAR, supporting the three-time champion and announcing it would pay his $35,000 fine.

The statement reads:

“We as drivers believe Tony has the right to speak his opinion on topics that pertain to a sport that he has spent nearly two decades helping build as both a driver and an owner. While we do not condone drivers lashing out freely at NASCAR, we do feel Tony was in his rights to state his opinion. We as a Council support him and do not agree with the fine. Therefore, we fellow council members have agreed to contribute equally to paying his fine.”

Up until last year, NASCAR had officials who would go over the wall with teams during a pit stop to make sure they hit all the lug nuts. This year the officials were removed and the onus to hit all lug nuts was put on the teams. The debate over whether the reward of having a faster pit stop is worth the risk of having a loose wheel has been a big one this year. It's not unusual for a team to only hit four nuts, but three is extra risky. "There have been a lot more loose wheels this year," Copp says. "[Drivers] can't stay out if they feel something loose because they don't have those extra lug nuts."

Grand Sport Corvette at the 1967 24 hours of Daytona (that hood... busiest one I've ever seen!)

Shelby GT 350 at the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona... testing lights? Or the pace car during the dark hours? No info came with the photo

1967 24 Hours of Daytona, quite an attention grabbing display to put a woman on, while she has on long sleeves but bare legs. Goofy damn 60s fashions