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Archive for October, 2017

I found the radial engine Plymouth truck at SEMA, wow… with the little tug tractor

October 31st, 2017 by admin

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I found the radial engine Plymouth truck at SEMA, wow… with the little tug tractor

the PPG booth was still getting set up, but this is a great Happy Halloween post (better photos will get posted later)

October 31st, 2017 by admin

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the PPG booth was still getting set up, but this is a great Happy Halloween post (better photos will get posted later)

perhaps the most unusual 3 wheeler I’ve seen

October 31st, 2017 by admin

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ok, I’m going to post a lot less this upcoming week, and not until late in the evening, so, stand by for

October 30th, 2017 by admin

SEMA COVERAGE!

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Well, shoot, I wouldn’t want one, but… I gotta say, this is a pretty cool idea

October 30th, 2017 by admin

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Well, shoot, I wouldn’t want one, but… I gotta say, this is a pretty cool idea

Mark Donohue’s book, the Unfair Advantage

October 29th, 2017 by admin

In 1974, Mark Donohue retired from driving at the height of his racing career, and wrote a bio-documentary – “The Unfair Advantage,” a candid and revealing book about his journey through the world of auto racing — from amateur SCCA races in his own ‘57 Corvette to teaming up with Roger Penske in 1967, winning the 24 Hours Of Daytona, winning the Indy 500, dominating the 1971 Trans Am, and the 1973 Can Am

Things I learned or was impressed with:

when buying a 54 Chevy station wagon to tow his Elva race car, he rigged up a fogger system to deter people from riding his back bumper with high beams on. Using a reservoir of diesel fuel going into the engine through the vaccuum line of the windshield wipers.

He learned early in racing out of his own pocket that other racers could simply run him out of money by “challenging” his motor, which required a tear down and then, a rebuild. The rebuild cost $300, so he sent the SCCA a bill, they sent him a check for $125, he replied with a demand for them to rebuild a 350 for $125.

The increasing number of challenges inspired Mark and his engine builder Lou, to adapt to the effort to bankrupt him, and so they used the SCCA meeting to rebuild the engine in front of all other racers, and there was no challenge to have the engine examined that next race.

Downshifting while scrubbing speed and slowing down into a corner was discovered to be a bad idea. It upset the balance of the carefully tuned front to back brakes, and only one shift is needed, the next gear you’ll need to accelerate out of the corner.

the Mark Donohue edition of the Javelin came about due to politics, Mark needed a specific rear spoiler made, but AMC would only do it if Mark signed off on selling Javelins with his name on them, as AMC had to build 2500 of them to “homologate” them. They had better than normal engines, with 4 bolt mains and open pot heads.
The kick needed to get publicity for them came from Penske who bought the 1st 18, and Sun Oil Co hired young women to drive them around the USA to Sunoco gas stations on a “beautification” campaign, checking on the cleanliness, professionalism of the employees, etc.

The Javelin had a bad oiling problem under acceleration, and they blew up engines constantly, until they adapted an oil pump from one to two rotors, where one simply scavenged oil and put it where the second would use it as engine oil supply. Cured the problem

Speaking of problems, in 1971, Mark’s Lola lost the race due to the roll bar. Yes, the roll bar was the cause of the failure, as it was a hastily added piece to meet the new requirement by the SCCA, and due to the hast it was built with, and lack of clean and professional interior, it was the scale that flaked off that clogged the fuel tank vent, which kept fuel from flowing out of the tank.

The difference between Formula A and Formula 1 was that the engines in A were 5 liters

absurd engine upgrade, 413 into an intrepid

October 29th, 2017 by admin

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don’t go to the dark side Kermit

October 29th, 2017 by admin

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don’t go to the dark side Kermit

drag radials and a TransBrake have never been offered on a production car; until now… but they didn’t win an award. The Power Chiller did. All 3 come on the new Demon Challenger

October 28th, 2017 by admin

Popular Science magazine awarded the system one of its 2017 “The Best of What’s New” awards.

It’s not the gas but the oxygen that goes boom in your engine; stuff more air into your cylinders, get more power. To achieve the SRT Demon’s crazy acceleration, Dodge’s necromancers of speed flow the breeze over what is essentially an air-conditioning compressor before the supercharger crams the air into its V-8. Colder air holds more oxygen, creating a bigger boom and, eventually, 840 glorious hell ponies.

https://www.popsci.com/top-automotive-innovations-2017#page-4
http://moparconnectionmagazine.com/2018-demons-srt-power-chiller-wins-2017-popular-science-best-of-whats-new-award/

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drag radials and a TransBrake have never been offered on a production car; until now… but they didn’t win an award. The Power Chiller did. All 3 come on the new Demon Challenger

This Zamboni advertising idea by BBDO New York features the Gillette Fusion and makes this ice skating rink pretty smooth

October 28th, 2017 by admin

The Boston Bruins rolled out their Gillette Fusion Zamboni for the final two games of the regular season and three playoff games, reports Darren Rovell of CNBC’s SportsBiz. It’s also worth noting that Schick did something similar with its Quattro razor at a hockey game in Australia.

the Schick Quattro Zamboni was done by J. Walter Thompson Sydney advertising agency in Australia in Mar 2008.

http://blog.creamglobal.com/right_brain_left_brain/2009/04/gillette-the-best-an-ice-rink-can-get.html
https://www.coloribus.com/adsarchive/ambient/schick-quattro-zamboni-11552305/

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This Zamboni advertising idea by BBDO New York features the Gillette Fusion and makes this ice skating rink pretty smooth