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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.

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You can see some of the book at

Cuba’s Car Culture, book review

October 10th, 2016 by admin

Tom Cotter (author of the barn find books …In A Barn) and Bill Warner (founder of the Amelia Island Concours) have made the most complete book on Cuba’s pre-Castro car and racing history and today’s current problematic economic and automotive situation, that we are likely to ever need. Seriously, I think this covers the topic, the problem, it’s cause and effect so thoroughly, that I doubt another ever needs to be printed.

take a look through Hot Rods archives… online

September 22nd, 2016 by admin

they were there for a bit of everything, drag racing, Bonneville, Pike Peak, and baja racing

http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/search/2/image?artist=the20network&excludenudity=true&family=editorial&sort=best#license

I believe the whole reason that Getty images has all the digital versions was that the company that now owns Hot Rod, and the photos in the filing cabinets, wanted to make money from everything and anything in the Hot Rod legacy, and so they went into business with Getty. Getty takes all the original photos and makes a high quality digital scan, now creating a database of the images that is searchable, will never deteriorate, and is infinitely duplicateable… and the other side of it is that they can now try and sell the shit out of all those old photos. Meanwhile they are online for interested poeple to look through, and get completely engrossed in while wasting many hours looking around.

the isolation of a parking lot attendant sitting in his booth, inspired Tom M Johnson to start a photo journey around Pittsburgh

July 6th, 2016 by admin

Pittsburgh is a commuter city with marginal public transportation, so most people drive into the city from surrounding suburbs, and thus need a place to park. Around downtown there are many parking lots, some large and corporate, others small and privately owned.

Rob is having a kickstarter for his book of photos taken while cycling solo around the world

November 13th, 2015 by admin

Rob spent 4 years cycling through 30 countries, across 3 continents, taking photos along the way

Now he’s put the photos together in one book, and the stories in another and launched a kickstarter

69 Superbee used for advertising? You clever guy, you have my attention. Gettting a good photographer to take marketing

October 18th, 2015 by admin

these are the photos of

I found a blog of service garage and gas stations about 90 years ago in France, and calendar girls (remember wayyy back when service bays had Snap On or Playboy calendars?)

February 3rd, 2015 by admin

A long time ago, gas was delivered in tin cans, and it looks like the delivery boy lost his cart load just as the camera clicked, judging by the guys running towards it

very unusual to see the photos of the inside of service stations

same place above and below… the old man in the center doesn’t move

For many more

Great news! The uber talented Stefan Marjorham is releasing a movie in Feb 2015 about the Beast of Turin! Here’s a preview!

December 2nd, 2014 by admin

http://stefanmarjoram.com/fiat-s76

the FIAT S76 – also known as ‘The Beast of Turin’ or 300hp FIAT. At 28.4 litres, the four cylinder engine is the largest ever purpose-built car engine (there are cars with larger aero engines, and the 2nd largest is 5 liters smaller, in Chitty I).

Two cars were built. This car uses the chassis from one and the engine of the other. The gearbox and bodywork have been made using original drawings and photos. Stefan is also making a film about the story of the car and the reconstruction. Stay tuned to

San Francisco, 1906 earthquake and present day, photo mashup of then and now, by artist photographer Shawn Clover

October 12th, 2013 by admin

Since 2010, San Francisco photographer Shawn Clover has been working on a striking series of then and now composite photos of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. To create the series, Clover collected archival photos of the earthquake’s aftermath. He then replicated the photos himself, down to the location, camera position and focal length (to the best of his estimation). The resulting composite photos hauntingly combine stark images of the earthquake’s devastation with modern scenes of life in San Francisco.

found on

old ambulance or hearse?

July 19th, 2013 by admin

found among the photos on