Thursday, December 14, 2017

Stiffspeed never disappoints, there is always cool cars to see, mostly race cars

the factory kit car / Mopar race cars of the 70s

a Conestoga wheel stander


Blackhawk Nugget tool boxes, first advertised in the 1930s

the Davis Motor Mine rail car

The Davis Motor Mine was originally an old drift mine between Queen City and Port Wine

This, is Playboy Marfa. Yeah, I never heard of it either, but Larry L knew exactly what it was! How? No idea! A 40-foot tall neon Playboy bunny sign and a black 1972 Charger

Jalopnik ran a story on it 6 years ago, it seems Playboy's marketing team commissioned the piece as part of their attempts to "reviv(e) the brand for a younger generation" who probably don't have much use for the magazine thanks to the wide array of free Internet porn readily available to them.

Well, they pissed off the locals, who got the idea that it's as much an advertising piece for Playboy as it is art, and that hurt the feelings of all the delicate sensibilities of the tender artists.

Not only were the local water lillies all in a tizzy, the great state of Texas couldn't handle the magazine symbol, and ordered Playboy to remove its sign. Yeah, Waco happened, twice, but a bunny? Hell no.  The Texas Department of Transportation said it’s considered an advertisement and can’t be placed by a U.S. highway.

It was moved to the Dallas Museum of Contemporary Art, where it was to be located for one year of display, but was so appreciated for some reason, it stayed for 3, despite... and get a load of this...

 here’s Peter Simek on Playboy Marfa-

 There is something frivolous and frustrating about this piece. If you take a step back from the dry intellectual pat-a-cakes over the nature of the work of art, you see it as merely a trite, depressingly idiotic piece of consumer kitsch, a muscle car on a tilted pedestal facing a neon bunny. At best the piece is itself an example of art-parody, a self-effacing admittance of art’s own branded triviality, pandering consumer cool with a nihilistic swagger. It’s a conversation piece, but a dreadful and depressing work of art.

Who the hell is Peter Simek? Among other things he's written, he did an article on the culinary epicures of the California coast.  Yes, I had to look up wtf that means. Epicure? = Perfect gift. Seriously, great food was not a phrase he could use? SMH

Somehow, they missed the Prada Marfa "art" and couldn't establish a link to the advertising nature of

this consumer centric pop stand, if you can believe that!

This is a permanently installed sculpture by artists Elmgreen and Dragset, by Valentine Texas, and not, ironically? Marfa.

Apollo 15 astronauts and their rides

might be a wheelchair, or something else useful... but it's certainly a complimentary mini van

Dallas FD looks like they are sliding their ladder truck on ice across the freeway

rear steer is a cool looking thing

In case you didn't know, you can't pass a bus with the flashing red lights and stop signs out - without points off your license and a fine... and you might hit a kid. So Stop.

Just a public service announcement.

Carry on

act like an idiot, pay the price.... in front of a crowd of young people waiting to make you famous on youtube

other than getting married, picking up a new sports car must be the coolest thing you can celebrate until the bill is due

This one of the few street cars produced by Bill Thomas, (#007), for Alan Green Chevrolet. Alan's wife drove it on the street, but it was also raced for a time, on track and strip. It has been fully restored to original street configuration, and was for sale in Hemmings, for $795,000.. One of only 12 original Cheetahs left in existence

Happy kid with a pedal car

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

coffee and donuts video of the morning, fixing up a 2CV ( I like to watch a nice quiet documentary about fixing a car)

and it quickly sets me straight that it takes more than disassembly and reassembly with new parts to properly get one back to running right, and reliably.

This restoration was entrusted to the Atelier 2CV of Bareggio, the owner, Guido Wilhelm, has been in a 2CV since he was a boy and knows the model in every detail.

The starting point was not to modify a Citroën 2CV already in order, but to save a car that otherwise would have been scrapped: a 1982 2CV originally registered in the province of Turin.

50 years after hitting a deer, and never fixing their Fury, a son was motivated to restore his parents car while they are still around to enjoy using it!

while they were in Palm Springs, their car collection in Canada burnt to the ground. They were insured by Hagerty, so I think they'll be fine... but a couple of the cars they collected are irreplaceble

He's 13, living in Canada, and needs a 51 Windsor for a parts car so he can fix up his 1951 Chrysler Windsor... how cool is that?

he talked the owner down to 300 bucks, and bought it from a grandson who inherited it after it was bought by his grand-dad from the original owner who used to haul milk with it.

After assessing the car, Liam put an ad online. “I need a parts car or parts. It would be good to have a parts car so, if anything breaks in the future, I have a source for replacements. I have had only had a few responses. One person has doors and the other lives too far away.” Liam says.

Apart from some assorted parts, his big need is for quarter panels that are the rear fenders. His have had rust issues and contain a lot of body filler.

It's in pretty good shape! But he's still going to need a parts car... anyone who can help him out, he can be contacted at

zipping around Bathurst in a XYGT

and this next car needs a better steering ratio, and new motor mounts or a chain... to keep that motor from twisting so far clockwise!

Amsterdam's mayor and court make the beer bike illegal. Pot and prostitutes? Still legal... wtf?

The resistance of the Amsterdam hospitality industry was strong, but now the canvas seems to have fallen for the beer bike. The Council of State confirms a previous court decision that prohibited the driving beer tapping.

the late Mayor Van der Laan banned the thing in the busiest parts of the city center.

Maybe "drive around" is what the sign should say instead of "drive thru"

when that tank absolutely positively needs to become slag, use only the best, Phosphorus Missiles by ACME. Also, don't try to invade Israel. They ain't fuckin' around

do NOT get into a fight with a weakling in an excavator. Remember, he has an EXCAVATOR!

there is some major road rage in all parts of the world, but, only in Russia does it seem everyone has a dash cam!

Keeping your racing in the budget, with a lawn tractor instead of the million dollar multi engined tractors

Wow, mini jeep and trailer

63-year-old farmer in Germany used his tractor and drove over six speed cameras. Cost to replace, 600,000 euro

Seven years in prison for American Volkswagen CEO

VW top man Oliver Schmidt got the maximum prison sentence of 7 years last night, because of the consumer's cheating.

The 48-year-old Schmidt was the highest boss at VW's American Environment and Engineering Office and is therefore seen as the main responsible for the dieselgate scandal. A few employees, including Schmidt, had set up a super secret fiddle cave next to the head office, to which only a few people had access. Schmidt sits since March 2017 in a US federal prison in Michigan, in August he pleaded guilty of two crimes - fraud against the US and violating the Clean Air Act .

In short: it was inevitable that Schmidt was hanging, the question was just how long. The judge was not exactly mild, and sentenced him to the maximum seven years in prison and a fine of $ 400,000. Quite a punishment for what is in fact a victimless crime , but perhaps also played a part that Schmidt refused all cooperation in the initial phase of the investigation.

not turned over since 1982, this matching numbers 1 of 13 1971 Phase III Nugget Gold GTHO Ford Falcon finally came out of storage from the original owner in Western Australia

The highest price paid for one of these factory super stock Australian muscle cars was 683,000 way back in 2007. This one was extimated to auction for over a half million of course, but the bidders weren't having any of that, and stopped when it hit 430k, making it a no sale as the museum was looking to bank a fortune with their reserve price


TV placement isn't ideal, but damn, the blue fur was a cool touch

the recreation of the 1903 Packard Gray Wolf, built using original drawings from the Packard factory obtained in the 50's by Dick Teague.