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he went off a 250 ft cliff, and his go pro caught the whole flight, and tumble. The guy survived

August 12th, 2017 by admin

it might not happen the first time, but the 2nd time they show the video, do you get that weird feeling in your gut?

Tingles down your legs?

https://www.yahoo.com/news/biker-apos-gopro-camera-captures-211700009.html

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he went off a 250 ft cliff, and his go pro caught the whole flight, and tumble. The guy survived

Guess what this crazy thing is…..

August 12th, 2017 by admin

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I was emailed by a car model maker who wanted to know about the Howard Hughes Duesenburg he modified to tow gliders, and learned he has the only 1958 Moskvitch in the USA, and wow, what a story

August 11th, 2017 by admin

a retiring sea captain bought a 1958 Moskvitch in Amsterdam, and had it shipped to Los Angeles, where the customs guys bounced it right back… nothing was SAE approved… no lights, electrical, or glass.

But when some Mongo went to forklift it back onto the ship, both forks went into the doors.

Maybe it was a reaction to the Sputnik fear. Who knows.

But the car was taken to a repair shop in Ensenada before the ship headed back to return the car to point of origin, and was going to get the doors fixed.

But it was stolen, and driven into LA. Yeah, complete opposite of what happens to cars in LA, when stolen, and taken to Tijuana.

It was stripped and abandoned in LA, and the cops impounded the hulk, and it went to a junkyard. The junkyard operator thought it was kinda neat, got it running (remember, it was barely ever used since being bought) and when some DMV employee friend asked to borrow a car, and this was the best option in the junkyard, the DMV guy got some paperwork to make the car legal.

Later, another acquaintence in AAA did a paperwork trick to make the car legal, and the Moskvitch was suddenly a legit California titled car.

So it was occassionally used as a backup or loaner car, but as years passed, it sat in the junkyard and rusted. Just hanging out in a corner. Until the junkyard was finally closed as the operator retired, and moved to Hemet (between Riverside and San Diego on the I 15) when it was finally put up for sale in the newspaper.

Then it was finally acquired by Gary, who took it with him when transferred to a new job in Texas, and diligently restored it, even when it was part of a sudden disappearance of all the cars in the paint shop as the owner went out of business, and was found miles away in a barn… and then finally Gary took it to car shows. Such as the one on an Air Force base… where someone freaked out that Gary may have mentioned he was in frequent contact with a parts supplier of communist political affiliation (this was the 80s and cold war paranoia was nuts, just look at the goofy movies we made about that whole era) and the FBI stopped by to ask some questions.

Obviously, the FBI agents realized what a gaffe had been made, laughed it off, and Gary has continued to bring his 1958 Russian car to concours condition the hard way in the many years since 1981.

And since I’m in a hurry to tell you this story instead of waiting for him to email me some photos, I’ll just post this right now. Photos to come later, I hope.

https://www.ttnut.com/russian-american-cars-and-trucks-anyways-t1099-40.html
https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2012/02/19/sia-flashback-auto-adventures-in-a-son-of-moscow/

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I was emailed by a car model maker who wanted to know about the Howard Hughes Duesenburg he modified to tow gliders, and learned he has the only 1958 Moskvitch in the USA, and wow, what a story

Coffee and donuts movie of the day….. Firefighting in the horse-drawn era – the quick hitch horse collar

August 11th, 2017 by admin

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Coffee and donuts movie of the day….. Firefighting in the horse-drawn era – the quick hitch horse collar

Country Classic Cars, along an old section of Route 66 in Staunton, Illinois, burned down last night (thanks for the tip Mark!)

August 9th, 2017 by admin

Firefighters got the call after 8pm last night. Authorities say when the first crews arrived, the building was already fully engulfed.

Motor City Barnfinds, by Tom Cotter (author of Cobra in the Barn) host of the Hagerty Youtube series Barn Find Hunter, book review

August 8th, 2017 by admin

by the numbers
197 pages of content
at least one photo per page… lots of photos.

1st impression, if you like watching the Hagerty Barn Find series on you tube, 23 videos so far

this year, the EAA show at Oshkosh did not get a special edition Mustang, breaking a 8 year string of innovative upgraded Stangs. This year they got a Raptor, and it’s got some cool details

August 8th, 2017 by admin

Ford has raised more than $3 million for the annual event since 2008 by creating collector’s edition vehicles, with the F-22 F-150 Raptor this years special edition.

The finer details are the grill, and the side mirrors have a similar jet plane outlined lights, green and red, for port and starboard. I dig that

The F-22 F-150 Raptor was purchased by Gary Ackerman of Gaudin Ford in Las Vegas, Nevada. The vehicle has found the perfect home in that Ackerman serves as Honorary Commander/Ambassador for the United States Airforce’s F-22 Squadron at Nellis Airforce Base in Nevada.

Nicole Rush, Ford designer, and the Ford design fabrication team headed up interior enhancements. With the loftiest of expectations for unrivaled care and precision, building the F-22 F-150 Raptor was entrusted to Brad and Doug DeBerti at internationally renowned DeBerti Design. Betancourt says Ford could not have asked for a more purposeful execution of its vision than what the DeBerti team accomplished.

http://thegentlemanracer.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=215f7f59f6309dd97ae113d65&id=c2b4d7b8d0&e=afb6b6ebc8
https://www.eaa.org/en/eaa/contribute-to-eaa/eaa-gathering-of-eagles-fundraiser
http://blog.caranddriver.com/one-off-ford-f-150-raptor-gets-even-more-raptor-with-f-22-theme/
http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-ford-f-22-raptor/

to see the special edition Mustangs:

a McKeen, Southern Pacific #7, heading overseas

August 7th, 2017 by admin

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a look back at Top Gear fun

August 6th, 2017 by admin

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a look back at Top Gear fun

John Fitch, far more than just a race car driver, and more than a racing team director. Not only did he date JFK’s sister, he was manager of Lime Rock, inventor of the sand barrel safety barrier saving over 17,000 lives, and a WW2 fighter pilot in the P51 Mustang

August 6th, 2017 by admin

To think of him only on terms of a Gran Prix race car driver is to miss the majority of his astonishing life.

But learn from that. To think of most people in terms of just one thing, is to miss the big picture of their lives, and odds are you’ll have missed the better parts.

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1917. He was a descendent of the inventor of the steamboat, John Fitch. Fitch’s stepfather was an executive with the Stutz Motor Company, which introduced him to cars and racing at an early age.

When WW2 broke out, he volunteered in spring of 1941, for the United States Army Air Corps. His service took him to North Africa, where he flew the A-20 Havoc and then on to England. By 1944, Captain Fitch was a P-51 Mustang pilot with the Fourth Fighter Group on bomber escort missions, and became one of the Americans to shoot down a German Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter.

When Fitch returned to the U.S., he was among many young pilots who’d developed the need for speed during the conflict. He became part of the Palm Springs set, hanging out with Joe Kennedy’s sons including Jack and Bobby, and dating his daughter. But he was increasingly interested in racing and by the 1950s had started to devote more and more time to the sport.

Fitch opened an MG car dealership and also began racing at