Thursday, October 27, 2016

the Mach 2 concept car, that I don't think I've ever seen before, but now I see a connection with Ford's desire to buy Ferrari in he mid 60s

the Mach 2 on the road (the one I've seen before)

a look at the variety of Nascar race car seats and dashboards. Innovative ways to make seat bolsters without making a bucket seat

1962 excellence in braking innovation, Nascar style

lighter weight and cooler

misdirected effort

Scottsdale Arizona is having their 2nd annual (never heard of it last year) Grand Prix... though it looks a lot like Monaco with fancy karts.

These 250 pound carts can reach 40 mph, have a 200cc engine, are 8 feet long, and can be left bare metal or overlaid with a wrap

The creators of the Grand Prix promised to embody the spirit of 1920s-era, racing with 32 custom and vintage replica go-karts modeled to look like a race car from the Roaring Twenties, zipping along a mile long course as a benefit. The go-carts feature a six-horsepower motor and can exceed 40 mph.

And these aren’t just any racing karts — they’re modeled after originals from the 1920’s, complete with sleek aluminum bodies and buffalo leather hand-stitched seats.

The all-day event began last year at 10 a.m. with a charity race benefiting Helping Hands for Children, a Scottsdale-based non-profit that supports foster children.

The 21-and-older crowd was able to watch the race from a beer garden and restaurant patrons also watched from the patios of the over 20 eateries that lined the race course.

About 10,000 people attended the free event. The race organizers sold VIP tickets for $79.

Race co-founders Napoleon Smith (executive producer of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies) and Andrew Bracanovich (who also co-founded Mesa-based Vintage Car Co., which created the event's featured mini racers) "We decided to shrink the cars, give them some personality so you're driving lovable pieces of art," Smith said. Smith took the idea to the mayor of Scottsdale and got the green light to hold the race in the downtown area. "We decided to turn downtown Scottsdale into Monaco for a day.

Carts cost from 7 to 23 thousand dollars. (that's pocket change for Scottsdale residents, it's the Malibu/Beverly Hills of Arizona in terms of wealth) or you can buy in for $1200 and share a kart with 5 other drivers.

Race team entrants are comprised of branded karts representing local, national and international company owners, VPs, managers, employees and clientele. You can take part by building your own race team and branding a kart, and it's up to your checkbook to limit how cool that can turn out.

While anyone in the community will be able to line the course on race day, only non-profits will participate in the morning race and only corporate-sponsored teams will drive during the afternoon, Smith said. Teams can have up to 10 drivers, who will take five laps each in the 50-lap championship race.

 While a few local galleries were concerned about the race’s effect on business, organizers expect an influx of tourists will lead to a bump in sales at the businesses that line the course. The producers had to get signatures of approval from all businesses directly lining the event before the city would issue the special-events permit.

Most of the 32 cars that will race in the Grand Prix would sell for about $10,000, although that figure doesn’t reflect what corporations actually pay to be a part of the event. The Vintage Kart Company is working on expanding its lineup to include a larger range of models inspired by classic brands from Ford to Ferrari that could sell for $3,000 to $12,000, Kotloff said.

Companies entered in the race have the opportunity to help design and build their kart, choosing details from paint schemes and finishes to the type of leather on the seats. So far, one company has come in to build their car, Kotloff said. The shop’s crew, Kotloff, and his two teenage sons will build the other 31 cars.

this kid is going to be a lot of troubles and worries for her parents!

Redbull Joyride big air slopestyle

Glamis, about 2 hours east of San Diego, 40 miles long and 5 wide of sand dunes. Due to environmentalists, only 40% of the dunes is open to atvs, and that means it's still the largest sand dunes for off roading vehicles in the USA

The dunes were used to film parts of Road to Morocco, Flight of the Phoenix, Tobruk, Stargate, Resident Evil: Extinction and the Tatooine scenes in Return of the Jedi.

there was always one kid on the block who had to be different

the inevitable win lose scenario

the Barn Find hunter, episode 8

Back when Mercury had muscle

Bill Stroppe's Car Hauler at his facility on Signal Hill in Long Beach, CA.

a Mercury transporter rig, that is perfect for a Mercury race car builder

how they kept the diff gears cool in Nascar

Hooniverse, those guys are crazy, and funny

Closer. VW, passion in every detail

Film student Emmett Sutherland wins the American Society of Cinematographers Student Heritage award for CLOSER, directed by Film alum Zak Marx

the flipping car carnival ride, San Diego 1935

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A very cool photo gallery of a pit at the 1962 Southern 500, everything in place, and a place for everything

He took the doors off to make it easier for him and his wife to get in and drive

Bob Hoover has left us and went on ahead. 1922-2016

One of the greatest pilots that ever lived.

Bob Hoover, a former Air Force test pilot, a World War II fighter pilot, and the only man the FAA should never have screwed with, and they learned their lesson.

In his life, Hoover met Orville Wright, Eddie Rickenbacker, Charles Lindbergh, Jimmy Doolittle, Chuck Yeager, Jacqueline Cochran, and Neil Armstrong, spanning the golden age of flight.

Coolest story I know about Bob:

kick ass concept art from a Russian artist

the 1970 BP Canadian Economy Run overall winner was a 71 Demon with a stick shift, and in the competition Sir Stirling Moss was driving a Corolla.

The results were determined by multiplying each competitor’s actual miles per gallon by the car’s weight in pounds divided by 2000.

There is an account of this event in the November 1970 issue of Canada Track & Traffic.

Four generations of the Gapp family have enjoyed this 1916 Oakland Model 50 V8

Bought by a father of 8 presumably for getting all the kids to town, it was the daily driver for 18 years. Around the mid 30's it was only used for an occasional 4th of July parade, but it was stored until 1987 without any consistent use. Then stored in a sealed crate for 25 more years.