Friday, November 18, 2016

Horse carriage stored Duesenburg was stuck in the "barn" for 54 years

Phil Cade bought it in 1941 for $450, it was his wife's daily driver, then he took it racing, then put in a locked three-story brick carriage house in 1950.

The brick building was a true time capsule, the names of horses are above the stalls from the time when the building was home to horses, the walls of the carriage house are lined with racing posters from the 1940s,

Phil had started rebuilding the engine in the 1950s, but some time in the early ’60s, he lost interest in the project and left the straight-eight next to the car in pieces.

The paint on the Derham convertible sedan body had been stripped in the 1940s, exposing its aluminum construction, though the fenders retained their aged maroon color.

Mr. Cade took it racing at Watkins Glen after the family moved to Boston. He stripped the black paint off the Derham convertible sedan’s aluminum body, removed the fenders and top, and painted the number 10 on the car’s side. In Shappy’s opinion, “the car didn’t look like a race car at all.” However, in 1949, the car placed 28th in the annual race at Watkins Glen.

A member of the Guinness brewing family, and company director, Kenelm Guinness was also a race car driver, engineer, and inventor of the KLG spark plug

His older brother preceeded him into car racing, so Kenelm went along as the ride along mechanic on the Darraq that set the world's record for speed on Saltburn Sands in the year 1908.

His 1st race as driver was the 1907 Isle of Man TT, then he went on to the Belgian GP.

Life was good, and racing was great, but what are those without a pub to sit around and chat with friends? So he bought a disused pub, The Bald Faced Stag in Putney, London which first was opened in 1714 by a pair of blacksmiths. 300 years later, it's a poofy restaurant that bear no resemblance to a pub that's been around racers, blacksmiths, or history.

His 1912 experience with shoddy spark plugs led him to invent his own, the KLG. It used mica as an insulator, an improvement over porcelain.

From 1913 to the late 20s he was a driver for Sunbeam, along with Segrave and Campbell. kenelm set the worlds land speed record in 1922 in a Sunbeam, 350 Hp on Brooklandsof 207 mph

His spark plugs were in great demand in WW1 aircraft, and he was asked to resign his miltary duties after the battle of Dunkirk to continue his plug work and improvements. He later sold the business to Smiths (more famous for instruments)

1956 guided tour around Le Mans

Thursday, November 17, 2016

the 2017 "heritage colors" are announced for the 2017 Challenger (Charger only has one more, "Maximum Steel")

The Challenger colors will include
Yellow Jacket,
White Knuckle,
Pitch Black,
 Go Mango,
Octane Red,
Contusion Blue,
Green Go, and
Destroyer Grey.

The Charger will get all of those colors, plus Maximum Steel.

Color names in the rest of the Dodge line are
 Blu By You, Stout Brown, Bomber Brown, Vice White, White Noise, Olive Green, Blood Orange,  Go Mango, Bruiser Gray, and 3 shades of black (ridiculous) Pitch Black,  Black Onyx, and DB Black

The Wyoming Tech van build and celebration of the 50th anniversary of Wyo Tech, to revel in that 70's shagadelic cruisn' van vibe while using a new Ford Transit van, that students, graduates and instructors customized as part of a “Chop Cut Rebuild” feature

I never saw this ad before, with the Carroll Shelby school of driving van

Amazon Prime.. 20 dollars off on 18th of Nov 2016.

you also get the first month free if you choose not to continue, because they have a 30 day trial.

They also stream Top Gear's seasons 2-17

Soon, very soon! Well, they may even be available right now, I hear that they are available 00:00:00 GMT, which is 7pm East Coast of the USA time


Top Gear = TG
The Grand Tour = TGT
Top Gear Two = TGT

Or is it just me seeing things that aren't really there?

The series will air weekly on Amazon, episode 1 is from Southern California, USA. Episode 2 from Johannesburg in South Africa

Subsequent episodes will be released weekly every week for the next three months.

Cambergang, Ocean City, Maryland ... it's a thing there. Just to annoy cops and get impounded (it seems) by violating some obscure law about too much camber

Photos from too damn many places to list. Inspired by:

Clarkson, Hammond, and May an interview with the LA Times and a moment of goofing off

Guy Sabran

Not much info about him on the internet, he was a French illustrator with the majority of his work being childrens book illustrations and mens magazines. The bulk of his art was published from 1947 to 57.

7.8 earthquake struck New Zealand, followed by a 6.3 aftershock

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

the most subdued and simple car I've seen from Welder Up

I never thought I'd see an old Alfa like this at SEMA

I wonder how well this would do in sand, snow, or mud

having a fridge in your booth? Nice!

making a booth look like a garage is a common theme at SEMA, but this was a cool way of doing it

Yakima had yet another cool outdoorsy booth this year (but I didn't see any smores)

One cool booth was the Maxxis tires booth, done up in a cool outdoor theme

Saldana's 1950 D100 shop truck was in the Mopar booth