Friday, August 18, 2017

Back when real cars ran in races, with their tops chopped off. Imagine racing with convertibles now?

nice pace car Camaro

Larry Shinoda concept art

Looks a lot like the Maverick or the early 70s Comet to me. But it's a 1964 Chevy concept, the XP-813

Honda manned up, and quietly mentioned that it was the bikes fault why McGuiness crashed at the 2017 TT

Honda did eventually confirm that John himself had quickly fed back to the team that the throttle had either stuck or opened unexpectedly.

After the rather loud explosion of rebutted ‘Guy Martin retirement’ news released by MCN, it might raise the odd skeptical eyebrow that it was also MCN that announced – just hours later – the official confirmation from Honda that it was an error with their bike which caused John to crash.

Honda Team Manager, Jonny Twelvetrees released today in a statement that after having extracted and reviewed the data from the ECU on McGuinness bike, they can now confirm that it was a setting on the ECU race kit software that resulted in the throttle, unexpectedly, blipping.

Speaking about the incident, Twelvetrees had this to say,

“Although at the time there was a long delay in getting the data from John’s bike due to the ECU being damaged – the ECU had to be sent all the way to the supplier in China to extract the data from it – we put in a countermeasure of a new spec of ECU for the TT to ensure the problem wouldn’t happen again.

McGuinness has been diagnosed with a compound fracture to the bottom of this right leg Tibia and Fibula, and four broken vertebrae and three broken ribs in the accident at the NW200

Dream Factory Blow, a company in Japan that can make a stock vanilla van or truck look like a classic (Thanks Burkey!)

they manufacture high quality plastic kits to transform A Honda van into a 70's Dodge van, amongst others.

skip the first minute, of course

Mihai and his wife and kid are going all over with their Ural, and stopped by the factory... and wow, were treated to a rebuild for free! (thanks Larry!)

and even met up with the Zapp family I posted about

after 70k of road they stopped by the factory for a gasket... but were treated to a complete tear down and rebuild!

On his epic summer adventure Mihai and his family recently visited our factory in Irbit to see where his Ural was born.

Unknown to him we had arranged for his bike to get a full work through, giving it some love after over 70,000 kilometers on the road.

"I told them I only needed a gasket for my alternator and the small switch to turn on the rear brake lights. Then in 30 minutes my bike was completely apart and the guys started replacing all sorts of stuff on it.

I was there with my eyes wide and could not believe what is going on... I kept adding up the parts in my mind, counting everything they replaced, and started freaking out at what it would cost..."

"They saw my face and started smiling. Relax! It's on the house!

We stood there in disbelief, really, it's beyond my ability to put into words... it's the biggest surprise I've had since I bought the bike. I just want you to know that this means a lot to us, and we are deeply thankful for this. I still can't believe what happened. A thousand thank you's for that, and I still feel it's not enough."

FedEx managed to hang on to their very first delivery van, a '73 E150, which they display at their corporate headquarters in Memphis Tennessee.

So many mopars are being held in captivity waiting to be released from their oppressors who keep them strapped down in a small box so they can't move or breathe. If we don't help...who will? Won't you please help. #driveyourmopar

One Mustang with no air conditioning, 1st owner had it 50 years, it then it went across 50 states, in 50 days, for it's owners 50th birthday after being divorced for 5 years

It's original owner died, and his widow sold it. But, she sold it to a unlucky guy whose wife is a total PITA, who refused to love this car because it wasn't her shade of red.

Seriously, she told her husband to get her a red classic Mustang. When he found this perfect in all regards 67, she refused to drive it due to it's color - and he had to sell it, it then spent 8 months on a used car lot.

Then the woman above, Monica, bought it and took it on a trip from her home in Connecticut to her dad's home in Seattle

Thursday, August 17, 2017

A couple of cartoons from Thacker. Thanks Tony!

"Of course! October 28 - the West of England Trial.... And come to think of it, my wife's birthday too"

"And were you at Thruxton when Tony Godfrey and John Holder won that glorious 500- miler?"

A couple cartoons from a 1980s motorcycle cartoonist, Shobba (thanks Tony!)

GM Design's Camaro Z427 concept car was photographed shortly after it was completed in the fall of 1969. The ZL-1 powered Camaro appeared at several racing events, but was never officially shown to the public.

the cut-away '59 Impala SS display Chevy built for the auto show circuit.

Notice that the display includes multiple sets of earphones that allowed show-goers to learn about all of the technical features in detail.

1957. The four wheel drive Suburban was part of the build program for the Civil Defense agency.

Stay to the right except to pass

Some say that all of those signs have the same default password. They rarely get changed, because so many people have to use them. And it is easy to reset the module to the default.

others say Utah DOT has control interfaces that a central dispatch uses to update these overhead signs. They run all up and down the I15/215 corridor. They're used to alert of accidents and as of lately, little catches phrases. All done remotely on a computer, they cannot be set by the side of the road. Updates have to be called in.

Finally turned up somewhere after SEMA, the EQuadoline is in Monterey

At the 2015 SEMA

Ever wonder what this would look like at a dragstrip if the driver was out to see just exactly how fast it would go the 1320?  I do.

The drag strip tractor of Art Nordstrom, a common sight in the 70s and 80s at the Sioux Empire Fair Racetrack, Huset’s Speedway, and Interlakes Speedway dragstrips

In 1969, Art Nordstrom built a one-of-a-kind Ford 8N tractor used to push-start sprint cars. It was a staple around Garretson, S.D.-area racetracks from 1969 until the last Cheater’s Days race at the Sioux Empire Fair Racetrack in the early 1990s. Art also was an official at Huset’s Speedway and Interlakes Speedway and the tractor was his way to get to the wrecks fast. During races, Art would fly down the back stretch or front stretch going at speeds up to 100 miles per hour, putting on a show for the crowds. With his wife and kids, he spent every summer weekend at the track.

Art was inducted into Huset’s Hall of Fame in 2010 for his work with the Street Stock Class and racing and promotion of racing in the Midwest. The Nordstrom kids had the tractor retrieved from the shed, where it had lain dormant for 10 years, and surprised their Dad with it at the racetrack.

Darned if I know... too many tractor bodies, and not enough tires, so they conjoin them?

you already know how this will end. Badly

illegal alien deported to Mexico 15 times in the past 15 years drove drunk in San Diego again, caused a crash (felony DUI hit and run) that put a boy into the hospital ICU with head injuries.

A mother, father and their 6-year-old son were returning from a trip to Disneyland when, according to the survivors’ family, a man in a pickup truck turned a corner, smashed into their car and sped off.

The crash happened on a Saturday in San Ysidro (San Diego's southern most area on the border with Tijuana) The family was a block away from its home when their car was struck by a truck that blew a stop sign.

The 6 year old spent 3 weeks in the hospital with a fractured skull, and returned home. His child safety seat was the most impacted location of the car.

Somehow I don't think this is going to prevent a ticket

Royal Oak, MI – The Royal Oak City Commission unanimously voted to make it a civil infraction to have music or noise coming from vehicles that can be heard 50 feet away. The penalty for exceeding the noise limit is a $100 ticket.

Royal Oak is a hotspot for motorcyclists and people with souped-up rides, particularly in the summertime as Woodward Avenue is lined with people out car-watching and Downtown is filled with visitors.

The City of Royal Oak, which is centrally located during the Dream Cruise, received complaints from these residents. They also heard complaints of the motorcycles that frequent downtown Royal Oak on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

In response to the complaints, in July of 2016 the city council passed a loud vehicles ordinance, under their disorderly conduct statute (Sec. 278-35(q), that states that any unreasonable noise that is plainly audible at a distance of 50 feet that disturbs the peace and quit of other persons is subject to a civil infraction and a fine. If, in the officer’s opinion, the noise causes “public danger, alarm, disorder or nuisance” the penalty is a misdemeanor and a fine up to $300.

This ordinance is plain violation of the state law that states a vehicle shall not be operated on a highway with a speed limit greater than 35 miles per hour if the total noise exceeds 82 DBA at a distance of 50 feet.

State law also plainly states that any city ordinance that is not identical to the state statute is unenforceable (MCL 257.707e(2).

City attorney Mark Liss said the new ordinance was modeled after one in Farmington.

“We have always had an excessive noise ordinance, but it was a misdemeanor punishable by a $500 fine and required proof that someone was exceeding decibels of acceptable noise,” Liss said. “The police department only had one piece of equipment to use to obtain those findings.

“This is an easier one to prosecute because it is just a civil infraction and only requires writing a ticket.”

Might be a mafia dumping area, a pond 20 feet deep was found to be hiding one car, and many barrels, on the bottom. A body was found in the car... no word yet on if there are body parts in the barrels.

On Aug. 15, divers contracted by Michigan Department of Transportation to clear a pond of barrels of unknown origin found what seems to be a 73 Buick Electra 225 with human remains inside at the waters' bottom.

By the week's end, forensic scientists will examine the remains to determine who the person was, police said.

The man-made, 20-foot-deep pond is located between I-75 and Saginaw Auto Recyclers.

It was created sometime during the construction of the nearby Zilwaukee Bridge, said MDOT spokesperson Jocelyn Hall. That time frame places the pond as being built between 1979 and 1988.

this makes the 5th car I've posted about that was found underwater with a body in it...

A 69 Coronet was pulled out of a Florida canal, two teens went off a road after a concert in 78.
A lake in Oklahoma had a couple cars pulled out, both had simply went straight instead of around the corner, a 69 Camaro and a 55 Chev, bodies still inside.
And a 68 Catalina missing since 72 in a fishing lake in North Carolina
Guy in a car in the pond behind a funeral home

A fault found in just one engine has grounded almost all of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) warplanes due to fly at airshows across the UK this summer.

Yesterday an issue was found with 'a pin' in the Hawker Hurricane's Rolls Royce Merlin engine.

 The BBMF said the plane, along with its iconic Spitfires and Lancaster Bomber which share the same engine, would not be flying as a 'precaution'.

The fault has already caused huge disappointment for hundreds of thousands of 'warbird' fans hoping to see the BBMF, which takes its planes all over the country during the summer.

He said: 'A routine inspection has highlighted a fault with one of the Merlin engines in a Hurricane aircraft. 'We are currently investigating the fault and as a precaution, flying of Merlin engine powered aircraft has been paused.

Andy Patsalides, from Biggin Hill Airport, said the BBMF were a 'crowd-pleaser' and it was disappointing the squadron, which was formed at the airport 60 years ago, might not be there to celebrate the airport's centenary.

Natalie Wood

Rollerrennen, the 24 hour scooter race, on a dirt track in Germany south of Hamburg- seems to be in the same fun category as TROG, LeMons, etc. Happens next Friday, Aug 25th (Thanks Astericx!)

team names are fun too:

Grip Sluts,  Nooby-Racing, team low budget, and the best one? Your Mom's Favorite Team

The Lamborghini Centenario Tractori. finally someone made another fantastic racy tractor, I love these, and in the last couple of years several have come out of obscurity

Lamborghini will be building five tractors with the Centenario name, each with a price of approximately $266,000.

It's been a couple years since the Massey Ferguson hot rod tractor:

and the Allis Chalmers

or the 1954 Ferguson

and Jack's racing Fordson

but nothing beats the Ardberg hot rod '59 Massey Ferguson tractor with super size Cragars