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a big budget grudge match is going to be part of the Gas Monkey Garage tv show, between Kurt Busch and Joey Logano, next Monday, at Charlotte Motor Speedway, on Discovery Channel

November 17th, 2017 by admin

Busch had GMG build up a Pantera,

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

1969 Charger 500, the vary rare and highly sought after aerodynamic homolgamation special didn’t have nice rims. It got crappy hub caps. From a Monaco or Polara… because this press fleet car wasn’t going in front of the press with dog dish hub caps.

July 18th, 2017 by admin

Getting the Hemi meant that the car would get 15 inch rims, but the highly desireable Kelsey Hayes cast center styled wheels were recalled for being lemons, forever after known as the “Recall Wheels” They broke under normal use. So?

So they looked around at what they could do to make it look half decent, for a 15 inch steel plain rim, and voila. Right out of the parts bin. The Deluxe hub cap.


http://www.hotrod.com/articles/first-1969-dodge-charger-500-remains-amazing-unrestored-condition/
and the trivia is from this months Muscle Car Review letters to the editor, from John Shoe, August issue, 2017, page 8

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1969 Charger 500, the vary rare and highly sought after aerodynamic homolgamation special didn’t have nice rims. It got crappy hub caps. From a Monaco or Polara… because this press fleet car wasn’t going in front of the press with dog dish hub caps.

the Cars 3 roadshow came to San Diego today, and will be at Belmont tomorrow until 4pm also

June 7th, 2017 by admin

there is a movie coming out this summer that might be a race track centered story. Logan Lucky

April 26th, 2017 by admin

Trying to reverse a family curse, brothers Jimmy and Clyde Logan (Channing Tatum, Adam Driver) set out to execute an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

after retiring as a banker, he started a garage for pro-touring cars, then he founded FM3… the company that produces the Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car…. then, he went for a ride at Spring Mountain and suddenly having a ultra competitive AMX was a necessity

April 1st, 2017 by admin

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after retiring as a banker, he started a garage for pro-touring cars, then he founded FM3… the company that produces the Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car…. then, he went for a ride at Spring Mountain and suddenly having a ultra competitive AMX was a necessity

99 year old Gladys Stroud enjoys wheeling around Las Vegas in her 2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue, and says the secret to long life is cigars, sex, and scotch. No argument here!

March 27th, 2017 by admin

She came into the world on March 31, 1917, six days before the U.S. entered World War I and at a time when the maximum speed limit in most American cities was 10 mph.

While it’s fascinating to learn that the hamburger bun was invented in the year of her birth, it’s even more wonderful to be in the company of someone who has been around for a century and still has the good health to really enjoy life now.

Returning to New York after high school, she graduated from business school and met her first husband, Arnold Bazell. Their second child, Frank, a Green Beret, was killed in Vietnam in 1965. He was awarded the Silver Star for Valor.

Her only prescribed medications are for mild cases of high blood pressure and acid reflux. She also takes a few vitamins.

After parking the Olds the other day in her Peccole Ranch neighborhood in west Las Vegas, Gladys half-ran into her house to play mahjong.

Have you heard of a gourmet burger and craft beer joint with a Ford theme? Ford’s Garage, opening up several locations in Florida since 2012

March 3rd, 2017 by admin

onion rings on an old fashioned oil funnel? Right on

https://www.facebook.com/fordsgaragebrandon
http://fordsgarageusa.com/

And you can read a good write up about it at

convertible Super Bee with yellow stripe tires, the 1968 show circuit car

February 23rd, 2017 by admin

The origin of the name, “Super Bee”, has its basis in the “B” Body designation pertinent to Chrysler’s mid-sized cars, including the Road Runner and Charger.

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.

https://www.facebook.com/CanAm50th/

You can see some of the book at