Saturday, March 17, 2018

Coffee and Donuts video of the morning, Shelby pitches the Cobra, the GT 350 and the GT40

some photos have been scanned and put online by cretins who couldn't do the world a favor and label them, so those of us interested in the image could learn something about it

I bet this would be a huge traction advantage

without looking it up, I guessed that this was the Napier Railton, I was wrong, it's the Henry Segrave Sunbeam but that's not what's important... check out the truck hauling it, and the dual rear axle thing. A 1927 Super Sentinel

Super Sentinel Rigid Six Wheeler.

same photo that Alamy would like to charge money for. Assholes.

and the 1927 Sunbeam

Double-geared Super-Sentinel wagon in November 1927 and known as the DG.  These were originally all supplied on solid rubber tyres.

The six-wheeled DG6 proved most popular from the start outselling the DG4 two to one although the cheaper Super-Sentinel continued to be supplied for another three years.

Following the Salter Report in 1933, the government introduced new speed limits and a licensing system for commercial heavy goods vehicles and their operators. In 1934, tax on fuel oil was reduced while road tax on steam waggons rose to £100 a year. The costs and conditions attached to the new licences and vehicle duty were contentious as they were based on axle weight and could be very expensive. The new charges drove the heavier steam traction vehicles off the road in favour of the lighter internal combustion lorries.

The Kia Stinger GT is remarkably nearly as fast as a Mustang GT... seriously, is Ford even trying? When a Hyundai is nipping at your heals, it's effing time to pump some iron and get a bit more muscle

Car and Driver has tested both, and found that the Kia pulls a 12.9 1/4 mile.
They found the Mustang was a 12.6.

Then they had both in a drag race and the Kia won. Of course, that's somewhat down to racing experience and ability of the drivers... but, it shows a clear lack of dominant ability by the Ford.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

In 1959, Americans James Conway and William Curtis launched Shamrock Motors in Tralee, Kerry. Canadian racer Alvin “Spike” Rhiando was hired to design the Shamrock, which allegedly looked so much like a Ford Thunderbird that it was nicknamed the “Irish T-Bird.” The Shamrock prototype was reportedly powered by a 1.5-liter, 53hp Austin A55 engine, had four-doors and a fiberglass body with removable hard top. Varied reports indicated that as many as 10 cars were built.

If you want to learn all there is to know, and see every photo every taken (not many) of the Shamrock, see

John Wayne in the movie Hellfighters, in a 6 wheeler

to me this qualifies as a crime against the car... some things just shouldn't be done

the moment they see this collectors are going to be making their own and claiming they've got the original that Carroll used

How'd they get that in there? It's not photoshopped

dual gate or auto stick, makes me wonder if any Hurst shifters had one word names

Friday, March 16, 2018

go home excavator, you're drunk

The season finale at Riverside, the final race of the Trans Am 2.5 Challenge, had no trophies. The winner was given an old fishing hat by SCCA Race Steward Joe Henderson

The season finale at Riverside turned out to be the final race of the Trans Am 2.5 Challenge.

Morton wins Riverside, with Peter Gregg 2nd

For winning a Riverside, John Morton was awarded an old fishing hat by SCCA Race Steward Joe Henderson. It seems that the SCCA, with their fantastic organizational skills, forgot to have trophies made for the race.
The SCCA's Executive Director would not even approach the winners podium.

In fact things were so bad the O-2 series ended early for lack of interest. The 2.5 Challenge continued alone

“There is no race queen, no trophy, no celebration at Riverside,” wrote Wilkinson. “In the embarrassing scene in the winner’s circle, Joe Henderson, the SCCA series steward, presents John his old fishing hat because no one has provided a trophy.”

Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren movie about a last cruise on the open road in an old RV

just stick the landing for max points.

Hot rods vs fairgrounds cruisers

Graham pointed out something interesting about a car Darryl photographed. It's painted in the colors of a tv station sports dept

Above, thanks to Darryl!

which got me to thinking... how fun it would be for the news vans of a cities tv channels to have some race challenges.

So, if the Ron Burgandy movie people were looking for a new idea to add to the next movie's big fight scene between news depts of the many tv channels in San Diego... that might be a fun one

Peter Gregg, SCCA Trans Am winner of 1969 (under 2 ltr), 73, and 74(overall winner due to format change), successful Porsche race car driver, successful Porsche dealership owner, and at age 40 married a 25 year old piano playing, horse riding, art director turned racer. A life of tragedy. No joke

Peter Gregg was a Harvard grad of English Lit, a navy Air Intel officer for 4 years at NAS Jacksonville while simultaneously becoming a race car driver who became the International Motor Sports Association`s all-time winningest driver. The year before mustering out of the Navy he won an SCCA race with a Vette, and then went racing a 904... while still in uniform.

He was one of America's greatest and most successful road racers with 152 wins out of 340 races he started.

He was an atheist who stumped the press, who asked how he'd won 3 sequential 24hrs of Daytona, with "It's because I'm right with Jesus"

He owned the 2 most prestigious Porsche dealerships in America, in Atlanta and Jacksonville (bought after leaving the Navy), and a Mercedes Benz dealership (bought 3 years after the Navy), partly because his 1st wife was so wealthy that she let him do what he wanted, and then go racing.

He became rich enough to be placed as director of the Jacksonville Natl bank

He drove for Peter Brock in the BRE guest car in 1972, and raced in Can Am 1973

He co-drove to win the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1973, 1975, 1976, and 1978.

And he had a problem. He was a barely tolerable ass at most times. He lined up his dealership employees shoulder to shoulder, military style, and sidestepped down the line, having each employee step forward, state their name, and income, and then he decided if they were still worth that.

But was that a sudden departure from his previous lifelong personality? The previous summer, he'd crashed while driving through France, to avoid an crash while overtaking an ox cart on the road in front of him, and suffered double vision and migraines afterward. That's brain damage folks. 

The Greggs first met in July 1980 at a party, and initially bonded over a him challenging her to a race after dinner. Deborah had never actually raced. He challenged the group to a spin behind the wheel of his Porsche. Deborah took him up on the offer, and they were off -- she in his Porsche, he in a friend's BMW -- on a late-night drive through Jacksonville's deserted downtown streets.

Her dad was a retired WW2 and Korean War bomber pilot--B-24s and B-29s

Their relationship progressed quickly, and they married within 5 months.

Together, they shared a home in Jacksonville, Fla., where Gregg owned four car dealerships and the Brumos Racing team. He had organized the team and used it to win a record 47 IMSA GT races.

Deborah was left with four auto dealerships, worth an estimated $19 million, Peter`s racing team and a shattered life.

However, just 9 days after they married, Peter Gregg committed suicide with a .38 on a deserted beach south of Punta Gorda, near their home, leaving a note that, essentially, told his wife his death had nothing to do with her.

He had changed his will in favor of Deborah, and left her a note telling her not to blame herself for what he had done.

With the help of her business partner, Bob Snodgrass, Gregg was able to keep her husband`s holdings intact. She was still in dire need of emotional resuscitation, so seven months after her husband`s death, she enrolled at Bob Bondurant`s driving school

It has become a way of life for Gregg, 32, a rookie on the SCCA Trans-Am series. A veteran of IMSA`s various circuits, co-driver with lyn St James, Gregg is the newest member of Jack Roush`s successful Lincoln-Mercury factory team, spearheaded by series point leader Scott Pruett and Pete Halsmer.

Before August 1987`s 66-lap race at Lime Rock (Conn.) Park, she was ranked third in the point standings, thus becoming the first woman to break into the top five.

A life changed dramatically by a guy she knew for a couple months.

A guy who was 7 when his mom left to buy him a birthday cake, but on the way home she set it down on the subway platform and stepped in front of a train.

Like I said... a life of tragedy. He had manic depression before that was common enough  for drs to be educated and experienced enough to diagnose or treat. I doubt meds were tested and approved to the point of selecting the best one for a person based on some trial and error (needed to find the one each patients brain chemistry reacts the best with).

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Fifty Years with Car and Driver By Marty Padgett

kids love to play on planes, and tanks, and boats.... playgrounds have been gifted with some cool stuff to please them accordingly

This pair of colorful ex-Soviet Army tanks are permanently caught in the crossfire, so to speak, in front of the Great Patriotic War Museum in Kiev, capital of the Ukraine.

captured from Egypt in the 6 Days war in 1976, on a playground in Israel

in Copenhagen

This retired warrior was one of thousands of OT-62 TOPAS amphibious tracked armored personnel carriers developed jointly by Poland and Czechoslovakia and produced between 1963 and 1972. Now resting in peace at last, this basic variant of the OT-62 TOPAS has retired to the pastoral Benesov District of the Czech Republic's Central Bohemian Region.

The most famous playground tank of Omsk – with a T-62. In the village of Chernoluchye, near the city of Omsk in southwestern Siberia.

the small city Kiryat Shmona,in Israel is most well known for attacks by Katoesja rockets that are fired from Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon.

This USAF Lockheed T-33A “Shooting Star” ,Serial Number 53-5421,it is on loan to the Town of Los Gatos by the United States Air Force and it is located in the Oak Meadow Park. The aircraft has been in the playground area since July, 1974.

F7U Cutlass Fighter Jet in the Wheaton Regional Park Playground in the 1960s

a real Grumman F9F-2 Panther jet flown by the U.S. Navy in the 1950s, was originally installed in the park in 1960.

Air Force pilot Ted Tanner brought it to Costa Mesa more than 50 years ago.

“It was a hell of a deal,” said Tanner, who paid $1 to take the jet off the government’s hands. “I doubt I spent more than $500” to move the plane from a Tucson junkyard to Costa Mesa.

His service group, the Costa Mesa Exchange Club, bought the fighter jet used in the Korean War from the government in 1960 with the condition that they transform the plane into a playground landmark. His club refurbished it for the Lions Club Fish Fry parade weeks later, and installed it at Lions Park at 570 W. 18th Street that same year.

we used to have nice things in America.... and then we stopped caring about the country and went into deficit spending to get the most impressive toys for the military who hasn't won a war since WW2.

In the early 1960s, an old Washington DC police impoundment lot for abandoned vehicles was an eyesore in an impoverished Shaw neighborhood that had few amenities for children, until attorney general Robert Kennedy spurred an effort to build a playground there.

Funding came from the flamboyant head of D.C. Transit, who chaired the nonprofit National Committee on Playgrounds for Young America and raised $150,000 to build the playground, which was designed by John Carl Warnecke, the architect who designed John F. Kennedy’s grave at Arlington National Cemetery.

The Air Force donated two T-33 training jets, the Army a tank. A 64-foot tugboat — the Blue Horizon III — was towed through the city from the Navy Yard and deposited in the playground. There was a World War II-era landing craft. There were two streetcars. (Chalk had access to plenty. The last one had rolled three years earlier.) There was an 1876 Baldwin steam locomotive called the Jupiter that had spent its career hauling bananas and coffee in Guatemala.

by the 70s, malaise had set in, and the park was a criminal mess after dark. Soon it was trashed, and recycled by removing the planes, and sending the steam locomotive to the Smithsonian, where no one is allowed to climb on it ever again.

Galvar liked the next post about the jets in the park, and shared with me that where he lives there is a playground with a car for kids to play on (Thanks Galvar!)


It was there for decades, a long time ago it was GAZ-67B and now they put a UAZ 469. Kids love it.