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Coffee and Donuts videos of the day! Red Bull Soapbox Race UK 2017, some of the coolest, most fun, and imaginative vehicles yet. Best Jumps, Worst Jumps, and the coolest thing I’ve seen all week!

August 3rd, 2017 by admin

You Gotham Be Kidding Me’s racer © LEO FRANCIS/RED BULL CONTENT POOL

For good coverage of the event, who won and what they brought, see

one of my favorites is the Raptors… and how cool is this? They made an application video to get selected to run the Red Bull Soap Box Race!

that’s the coolest thing I’ve seen all week

Until I saw this!

and the drivers point of view:

and if you’re wanting to attend a Red Bull Soapbox Race, check

The Red Bull Soapbox Race will return to Los Angeles on August 20

If you can’t travel to any of them, but want to watch online, try

they had some extremely odd ideas of what a sports car for the ranch ought to look like. 6 rifle sheaths? Seriously?

March 3rd, 2017 by admin

that Daktari front fender shooters seat is ridiculous, but what is on the drivers side fender?

And a Buick Eight with a fold down windshield?

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they had some extremely odd ideas of what a sports car for the ranch ought to look like. 6 rifle sheaths? Seriously?

Can Am 50th Anniversary book review (one word, awesome)

December 15th, 2016 by admin

The Can Am was a racing series for 9 years, and they did a fantastic damn job of writing one chapter for each year.

There are so many cool things I learned, I can’t even figure out where to start… check the video (notice that WING? Biggest wing ever used)

and the smallest car, which should be compared to a go cart… it had 10 inch wheels, well, it was supposed to, but Firestone ran into problems and didn’t get them made in time. Regardless, the point was to make the smallest race car, for less aerodynamic drag, but… they forgot that the brakes would also be tiny, and that does NOT work well for racing.

When they did get the tires, they were really wide, and you know that tires if over inflated or spun really fast, are going to get stretch in the center… but if they aren’t designed well, and aren’t inflated enough, they only touch the ground above the outside edges of the rims…. that is a big problem too. So, basically they didn’t think this through very well.

Some cars were thought out very well, so much that they were quickly outlawed…. in a race that had been set up as “without rules” because ironically, the race series hadn’t been thought out very well. That is what makes this book invaluable to car guys that love the prime history of 60s racing… it is analytical about what made the race cars better, how they evolved (in cases like the Chaparral) and what was so overlooked, but obvious in hindsight, that was missed when they came up with the notion of unlimited racing.

One word: money. You can’t have unlimited racing, as only the unlimited funding from the largest corporations can compete, and whoever spends the most, wins. It’s not racing if it’s won by just spending the most money.

That is what nails this book for me, as the only book I’ll need to read on the subject of Can Am… it’s so damn thorough! Who won, why, how, and what caused failure. Both in the cars, and the race series itself. Brilliant writing direction that the author took, it’s on point for the reader that likes to learn, and for many people, we learned more about Trans Am racing, F1, Gran Prix, Rally, drag racing, or Nascar… and Can Am was something heard about, but not studied or learned very thoroughly. Then, the comparison of a lap time from one team to another, or year to the next, to show that this or that was advanced significantly, or not at all… that sort of analysis is great stuff to me…. to learn that the best driver that there ever was had a time, but the mediocre car was letting him down, or that the next years advances in engines or tires put him some seconds faster when little else changed. Terrific info.

for example

Vic Elford remembers: “My first impression was, I don’t really see it as very quick, because it just sort of goes around corners. But then of course, when it got down to analyzing it, we found it was going around corners about 12 or 15 percent quicker than anything else would.”

I sure as hell never learned about Can Am til now, but hell, I’d glimpsed so much about it from looking at the drivers, team owners, and hearing about the tracks that I wasn’t coming at this book without some knowledge of those aspects of it, and that is pretty damn cool. It’s a lot harder to enjoy a book where you have to learn about EVERYTHING, like the characters, locations, or whatever.

When it’s just another aspect of the history of so much you’ve heard of already, well… its a damn pleasure to get more info on all of the stuff involved. Tire technology, engine advancement with turbos and injection, wings and aero, and what part the famous racers played in the various teams in Can Am… as I never learned before about the teams, the drivers that were hired like movie stars to play a role, and just as quickly released for other racing venues (F1 for example) or the business aspect of running a teams in multiple race series (F1, Trans Am, Nascar for example) and the effect that had on owners or drivers.

There were only a couple minor things that bugged me, and that’s down to editting… for example, the info and photos about a car should be on the same pages, right? When the “sucker” car is discussed for 4 or 5 pages, but the photos are all 6 or 7 pages further down, for no reason I can see… that bugs me (pages 140-147) and pages 127 -134 are about the death of Bruce McLaren, but the photos are all about the “Shadow” which gets discussed after the photos were all used in the previous 7 pages. But that was the only quibble I had.

You’re going to see the striking excellence of three teams and it’s amazing, the Penske, the McLaren, and the Hall teams. That such a fantastic group of race car engineers and innovators all were vying for the incredible championship win money, it’s competition level was just absurdly high, and then you also had the drivers that were among the best in the world, Gurney, Hulme, Donohue, McLaren, Parnelli, Phil Hill, George Follmer, Peter Revson, Andretti, and Pedro Rodriguez to name a few.

You can see some of the book at

1918 15-ton Couple-Gear gas-electric powered tractor-truck by the Couple-Gear Freight Wheel Company of Grand Rapids.

June 13th, 2016 by admin

the middle guy above, seems to be in the drivers seat below

From 1918 to at least 1922 Fageol designed trucks to replace the mule trains that were then hauling ore out of the mines of the American Manganese Products Company in California. They experimented with different combinations of axles and drivetrains, including the Couple-Gear chassis, which appears to have been the largest. In the end they settled on a Fageol designed six-wheel-drive 10-ton truck towing two 5-ton trailers, built by the obscure Rogers-Unit Drive Corporation.

Good news for North Carolina Marines, the Red Bull Global Rally Cross is going to be on base at MCAS New River in Jacksonville, July 5th

June 9th, 2015 by admin

Semifinals and main events for both Supercar and Lites are scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 5, 11a.m. – 8p.m. Sunday’s scheduled event will be free and open to the public.

Among the drivers expected to compete in the event are two-time Red Bull GRC champion and “Top Gear” host Tanner Foust; 2014 Red Bull GRC runner-up, World Rally Championship competitor, and “Gymkhana” star Ken Block; former Formula 1 drivers Scott Speed and Nelson Piquet Jr.; action sports legends Bucky Lasek and Brian Deegan; and defending Red Bull GRC champion Joni Wiman.

In addition, a limited edition camo-themed Red Bull can will incorporate a design celebrating the MCAS New River race. The can is available through military channels now through the end of July with a portion of the proceeds from cans sold on bases benefitting the Military Warriors Support Foundation.

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Good news for North Carolina Marines, the Red Bull Global Rally Cross is going to be on base at MCAS New River in Jacksonville, July 5th

1915 Franklin series 8

May 14th, 2014 by admin

the box above the running board was well designed, and the lid tight fitting. On the drivers side is the tool box and on the passenger side a battery

an interesting lever arrangement, and you probably haven’t seen one before… as you probably haven’t seen an air cooled old motor before. Franklins were one of the few, and the best known air cooled engines, as it made them great for airplane motors too…

I like the simple double clamp arrangement of the windshields

1915 Franklin series 8

James Garner, Indy 500 pace car driver

May 19th, 2013 by admin

all the pace cars, and all the drivers are at

1920 Kissel Gold Bug Roadster

April 29th, 2013 by admin

above, this looks like a “Fatman” steering wheel. it hinges out of the normal position so a driver with a large belly can get in and out of the drivers seat

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1920 Kissel Gold Bug Roadster

32:07 the movie. This one is for Doug. The wait is over for the coolest race movie

February 17th, 2013 by admin

Great movie!

If you’ve followed lists of racing movies, you know, things like Gran Prix, Le Mans, etc… then you’ll like this.

If you’ve enjoyed movies like Cannonball Run, you’ll love it!

A documentary made out of friendship, loyalty, and respect… 32:07 eclipses the “documentary” style

Multiple motor madness from the 60’s surfaces on the forum as one member uploads cards he’s held onto for about 40 years

December 13th, 2012 by admin

Above, the Odd Couple slingshot, the front engine is a Chev, and the rear is the 3rd hemi to hang in the back of the AA/gas dragster. The Chev never broke in the 2 years that 3 hemis ate dirt

I see two engines in the back, and I don’t remember seeing a double engined wheelstander before. Photo was at OCIR. I think that the drivers side door says M/T chassis. Huh?

photos thanks to Damien from Australia and the blog and found the photos on