Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Dennis Anderson, driver of Grave Digger, was injured during a show Saturday night, his son says he's getting better and will be ok

Just after the 2 minute 40 second mark, Anderson tried a backflip but there wasn't enough rotation, and it landed on the lid, hard.

Anderson, 56, is one of the most successful monster truck drivers in history, having competed in Monster Jam since 1982. The Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina native has four World Finals titles, three in the racing category and one in freestyle.

During last weekend's show in Tampa, Florida, he attempted a backflip that went awry with the truck landing upside down. Anderson was helped from the wreckage by paramedics before being transported to a local hospital for further evaluation

Just in case they are wondering,  yes, I sure will drive it for the Grave Digger crew until Dennis is well enough. I got it, don't worry. I'm expendable, and will go to the outer limits to put on a great long show for the fans.


Porsche made a touching video for Audi’s racing departure, working off the Audi video that had welcomed Porsche back from their absense

Group brothers, fellow countrymen, and gentlemen racing rivals, Porsche and Audi share a long history of racing against each other in the world’s motorsport competitions.

After the Dieselgate scandal took its toll on the VAG Group, Audi decided to retire from the FIA World Endurance Championship, enabling a heartwarming tribute from its fierce competition rival – Porsche.


the 700 hp ACV 1.1 – the Marines’ first fully amphibious 8×8 tank

After years of prototype testing, canceled programs, and rewritten requirements, contractor BAE Systems has unveiled the first production model of its 34-ton, eight-wheel-drive Amphibious Combat Vehicle at the Modern Day Marine show. BAE and SAIC are competing to replace the Marine Corps’ aging, ungainly, and thinly armored Amphibious Assault Vehicles.

“They designed the 8×8 to be fully amphibious,” Swift said: “a vehicle that could self-launch and recover from an amphibious ship,” able to move at six knots and endure moderately troubled seas (Sea State 4).

“BAE systems circumnavigated the globe looking for the optimum partner,” BAE program manager John Swift told me this morning. They found Italy’s IVECO, a defense subsidiary of famous auto-maker Fiat — which already had a design that met the Marine Corps requirement, the SuperAV.

BAE’s ACV offering is simply an upgraded SuperAV, which is, in turn, an upgraded Freccia, which is an upgraded Centauro. BAE and IVECO took the Italian SuperAV design and tweaked it for the Marines.

Most notably, they added bigger tires, upgraded the transmission, and worked the engine to add 40 percent more horsepower. Those changes allows the ACV to carry more protection, more troops — a full squad of 13 Marines, plus three crew — and more future upgrades, such as bigger gun or add-on armor.

The Italians will make key components but hull construction and final assembly will take place in BAE’s York, Pennsylvania plant.


a very cool souvenir is part of ordering the $400,000 Ford GT, the options brochure is now replaced with this cool ordering kit

Everything is pre-packaged in a box made out of carbon fiber – and it even gets a latch identical to the one found on the Ford GT race car. The interior reveals a choice of eight exterior color options, a plethora of interchangeable stripes, and even replica wheels at a smaller scale. It’s something for the owner to feel connected to – instead of using the online configurator, says Ford – and we agree. Buyers can do things such as play mix and match with the colors and stripes, feel the high-quality materials like leather and Alcantara, and see the vehicle paired to wheels and caliper colors.

“The Ford GT ordering kit is a critical piece in the purchase process,” said Henry Ford III, global marketing manager, Ford Performance. “This high-quality kit is a hands-on tool for Ford GT customers to enhance their ordering experience.”


did the engineers do this deliberately? Or by accident did they make the only car with no need for a key in the last 3 decades

one of the coolest things I've seen on Top Gear... the made in England finale of season 20

I think once a year or every other year, a city, county, state, or country ought to do this, and show it's taxpayers what they are getting for their dollars. After all, it's tax incentives, and it's the infrastructure we all pay for (water, sewer, roads) that allow for those businesses to be in your area.

Plus, it's a prime opportunity for those companies to showcase their wares, works, accomplishments, achievements, and to let people know what they need in terms of job requirements, openings, etc,

I had no idea Mammoth Mountain had such a long trail down

for a wild ride video, before the mild cool video

Get a look at this smooth downhill gravity run

wow, close calls. Some vehicular, some not, who cares

the Z11

when the Z11 debuted in late 1962, it was a dichotomy of firsts and lasts for Chevrolet's drag racing efforts. It was the last of the full-size lightweights, thanks to GM's 1963 self-imposed anti-racing edict, and it ran the last W-headed race engine, but it was the first to possess the magic cubic-inch displacement - 427.

Built in three batches, the initial 25 Z11 Impalas were released on December 1, 1962. The first car arrived at Ammon R. Smith Chevrolet in York, Pennsylvania, near Christmas 1962, for the already highly successful team of Strickler and Jenkins, who had first met at a nearby drag strip years before.

Under the hood was a revised W-series engine. The stroke was increased from the 409 by .150-inch using a forged-steel 3.65-inch stroke crank to make it a 427, while the bore remained at 4.3125 inches. Forged connecting rods were employed, and forged domed pistons pushed the compression ratio to 13.5:1.

Factory-designed cast-iron headers were installed, but were generally quickly swapped out for steel-tube headers. The aluminum water pump, fuel pump, lines and filter and the rocker covers were also specific to this engine, and a deep sump oil pan was used. The 427 was underrated at 430 hp.  It ran 10.90s at 128 MPH,

Jenkins painted the engine semi-flat black to dissipate heat more quickly. Though the Z11s were delivered with an alternator, he installed a generator with a quick disconnect wire and a short belt from it to the water pump. This allowed him to run the generator as an electric motor to turn the water pump and circulate the water to cool the engine when the car was shut off.

He also painted the underside of the car and the suspension white. His reasoning was said to be to reflect the rising heat from the track and also to make it easier to see while working on the suspension.

A complete race package, the Z11 didn't rely on the powertrain alone to get the job done; there was a weight reduction plan, too. An aluminum front end included the hood, hood catch, front fenders, grille filler panel, radiator support panel, fan shroud and front and rear bumpers, as well as their brackets and braces. No radios were installed and most of the Z11s were built without sound deadener or a heater. Don related that Jenkins had told him the inner fender wells were steel in '63, so he swapped them for the aluminum '62 pieces. All totaled, the weight-saving measures reportedly shaved a few hundred pounds from the Impala. A heavier-than-stock battery was installed in the right rear of the trunk to aid in weight transfer.


2 weeks after purchasing his 1969 Boss 429, Bill parked it, over an engine warranty issue. When he sold it in 2008, it still only had 775 miles on it.

here is a good example of how to take a good photo that represents the cars best features by using the camera lens to manipulate the image, and the setting the car is in to prevent any distractions from causing your eye to wander from the car. I bet you like one of these photos more than the other.

How had this car come to exist 40 years later without seeing 1,000 miles? After buying and driving the Boss 429 for less than two weeks, the exotic engine seized up. Bill wanted a replacement, he demanded (and lawyered up) for a S series Nascar derived Boss 429, not the lame T series the factory switched to in order to save money.

But by that point, the factory was only installing the T-series and not the S-series as used in Bill's Mustang.

 Bill insisted on getting an S-series replacement. The disagreement eventually ended up with lawsuits and lawyers before it was settled in Bill's favor.

In the meantime, Bill had ordered a '71 429 SJC Mustang hardtop. With the Boss in storage, he simply tucked the replacement engine away with the stored car and kept racing the newer Mustang. While he never thought about it as a collectible, he told Ed he knew the car was special since the factory had discontinued production. It became simply out-of-sight, out-of-mind. His wife never even had a ride in it, until it was brought back to life and drove into the 2008 Forge Musclecar Classic car show at Marriott MeadowView Resort's convention center

Owning a speedshop and gas station, he was busy enjoying the life, and sorta forgot to do anything with the Boss 429.

But as soon as it saw light, and collectors lost their mind, and a blank check was written, it changed hands for only the second time. I believe this will show up at auction after auction the rest of our lives.


Only 118 "R" Code 428 CJ Mach 1 Mustangs were produced in 1970 with the white stripes and Shaker option

powered by the rare Super Cobra Jet 428 ram air, packed with Le Mans-spec cap screw connecting rods, special crank, flywheel and damper and supplemented with an external oil cooler, power steering, power front disc brakes, and Drag Pack rear

only 2 white shaker hood scoops produced


skip the first minute, then turn up the speakers! Then jump to the 2 minute mark, and watch that train fly by, and again at 5:45

What is that? A 1937 Stubaker 3 window coupe (thanks for the answer guys!)

Brewsters are better with Woodlites

Ralph Marano owns every Packard concept car made, save for one—the Predictor—which is permanently displayed in the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend

Ralph is one of the premier living Packard collectors, not just in this country, but in the world. His collection numbers 85 classic automobiles, every single one of them 100-point concours quality. If you've been to Pebble Beach, Amelia Island, Meadow Brook or the Glenmoor Gathering in the past two decades, you've run across one of Ralph's prizes at some point, and probably more than once.

The Marano collection is one of America's greatest. And unlike some collectors, Ralph doesn't try to hide what he's got. The glassed-in building in Garwood is his private museum.

Among the most sought-after Packards are those with custom-built bodies, especially from Darrin. Mr. Marano said he was the only collector to own a Packard Darrin from each of its years of manufacture, 1937 through 1942.

Mr. Marano has owned some Darrins with celebrity provenance.

In 1985, he acquired a 1942 Darrin 180 Victoria driven by George Peppard in the television series “Banacek.”

In 1989, he traded cars and cash for a ’38 Darrin that Al Jolson commissioned for Ruby Keeler.

His red ’37 Darrin 120 convertible Victoria was originally owned by Clark Gable. “Gable didn’t like its running board option, and sold it back to Darrin, who sold it to Errol Flynn,” Mr. Marano said.

Show cars were important to Packard, helping to project an image of a company able to compete with the advanced styling of larger automakers. Mr. Marano decided several years ago that he would try to acquire all of the extant Packard show cars. He now owns a 1952 Pan American two-passenger design study; the ’53 Balboa; the fiberglass-body Panther of 1954; and the 1955 Request.


The Funniest Things Bored Students Have Drawn in Their Textbooks

see a lot more, which aren't vehicle related, but are even funnier at http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-student-drawings-in-textbooks/michaelchoi

a recreation of Wizard Smith's 1922 Essex intercity record holder. Why the nickname Wizard? Well, he lived in Oz. What else would you nickname a speed demon in Oz?

Wizard Smith had specialised in town to town records on open roads in Australia and NZ .


Steven Tyler, has a Hennessey Venom Spyder, and is auctioning it for charity this Friday (Jan 20th 2016)

The 1,451-horsepower twin-turbo V8 sold for 1.3 million USD new, and is one of only 12 to Venom to exist, but the only convertible

Janie's Fund aims "to bring hope and healing for many of our country's most vulnerable girls who have suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect."

When “Janie’s Got a Gun” – which touched on the theme of child abuse – was released in 1989, Tyler was overwhelmed and inspired by the thousands of letters he received from his fans – fans who had experienced neglect and abuse themselves. It prompted him to launch Janie’s Fund – a program to support girls who have been abused and neglected, giving them the resources they need to heal and, as Tyler puts it, “the tools they need to get on in this crazy world that we’ve got.”


1925 Pike's Peak

Yosemite transit bus on a Pierce Arrow Chassis. Service to Stockton, Sonora and Groveland.

1927 Erskine Roadster


the second time in days that I've posted a car with people riding in the rumble seat

Monday, January 16, 2017

Chevrolet partnered with DC to create a life-size Batmobile made out of Lego

The teams needed at least 344,000 Lego bricks – in 17 different shades. The team needed 222 hours to design, and 1,833 hours to build. It was concluded in the Lego Model Shop in Enfield, Connecticut, alongside Lego Master Builders.

Measuring 17-feet long and featuring exclusive stud shooters, the LEGO® Batmobile from Chevrolet was designed to strike fear in the heart of any villain. The vehicle was inspired by Batman’s Speedwagon featured in “The LEGO® Batman Movie,” which hits U.S. theaters on Feb. 10.


Now and then someone wants to learn about the muscle car world, well, here is the glossary from Hot Rod, now online

Some examples:

Boss. Nickname given by designer Larry Shinoda to competition-oriented 1969 Mustangs, reportedly in tribute to his boss at Ford, Bunkie Knudsen. Small-block Boss 302 Mustang was developed for Trans-Am racing. Big-block Boss 429 engine was put in Mustangs to homologate them for use in NASCAR. Also slang for something good: “That car is boss.”

Build sheet. Document generated at the assembly plant showing workers what specific components to install on each car as it went down the assembly line. It is the most detailed record of what is original to the car. Build sheets were a byproduct of assembly, not intended for the public. They were often, but not always, hidden in the car as a way for workers to get rid of them.

C6. Ford code for its heavy-duty automatic transmission, taken from the company’s convention for identifying parts. C6 stands for 1966, the year the transmission was introduced. The lighter-duty C4 was introduced in, you guessed it, 1964. Related: Ford’s trade name for automatic transmissions was Cruise-O-Matic (three-speed) and Ford-O-Matic (two-speed)

Capscrew rods. Ford’s strongest forged connecting rods, taken from the type of bolts used to fasten the rod caps to the rods.

Chambered exhaust. Renowned optional, low-restriction exhaust system available on certain 1968 and 1969 Camaro and Chevelle models, featuring straight-through mufflers and noted for aggressive, louder-than-normal sound.

Clone. Car originally built by the factory as a basic or high-volume model, later modified to resemble a more valuable and desirable model. Example: a base 1969 Camaro built by the factory with a six-cylinder later rebuilt as an SS396.


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probably the best collection of muscle cars and spare parts we are going to hear of, the Don Fezell collection

On April 13, 2012 during the Four-Wide Nationals at the zMAX Dragway, Don became the first racer ever to run an NHRA Stocker in the 8s, posting an 8.954 ET at 153.88 MPH in his 2008, 5.4-liter AA/S Cobra Jet Mustang.

A racer – both on and off dragstrips – since the mid-Fifties, Fezell had a healthy first-hand appreciation for factory-built drag cars of the Sixties after losing to the likes of Grumpy Jenkins. So in 1975 when he started his car collection, he decided to focus on some of the best high-performance machines Detroit built.

Four Z11s of the 57 ever made, are in Fezell’s collection, plus three factory Cobra Jet lightweight Mustangs, a couple lightweight Mopars, a Ford Thunderbolt, and a Super Duty Pontiac.

And then there’s the muscle cars – a Hemi ‘Cuda, an R-code Fairlane 500, and a Camaro RS/SS convertible among them.

read about it https://www.mecum.com/auctions/kissimmee-2017/collections/lifelong-collection-of-don-fezell/page/all/

71 Demon in Australia is restored to a T, and they charged him $666 for registration

only 10,875 miles, and made to appear period correct as a day two muscle car

the 350 was pulled and replaced with an L88, and the original 12-bolt Positraction rear is still in place, but now sports 4.88 gears. The original right-side radius rod traction-control device is still on the car. It runs an 11.88 at about 115 mph, and the trans is an M22


must have scared the hell out of the passenger

1920s Lincoln converted into an emergency response vehicle

Lincoln Tow Truck conversion

getting the campers from the train station to the camp