Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Rod Hall. He turns 80 tomorrow, Nov. 22, and just won the 2017 Baja 1000 Stock Full with his Hummer H1 Alpha.

Rod Hall now has a race record 25 class wins
he has more podium finishes than any American off-road racer
one overall win in 1969
the only overall win in a four-wheel-drive vehicle.
and is the only racer who has competed in all 50 SCORE Baja 1000 races.


Laura Kukuk of Petrolicious was invited into the Louman Museum for a private tour

How a 2002 turbo was fixed and improved from 1973 tech, to the expectations we have in 2017 of proper acceleration

Early BMW 2002tii models had a 10:1 compression ratio, but BMW lowered the Turbo to 6.9:1 to compensate for the boost that would come on later, so it really was a total dog until 4,000rpm, and then it instantly quadrupled its torque.

Jack Frederick’s 2002 has been featured in Bimmer Magazine:

“Not only has it been perfectly restored, it’s been subtly improved with the kind of modifications BMW might have made as production went on. The car is smooth, powerful, and utterly intoxicating, it’s the best BMW 2002 Turbo I’ve ever driven, and it makes even the most preserved OEM example seem like a cantankerous old beast by comparison.”

Jack sent the 2002 Turbo to Korman, the noted BMW engine builder and race-prep shop, who rebuilt the engine, replacing in the process the irredeemable standard turbo with a Garrett T03.

But the new turbo was spooling at 2,400rpm instead of 4,000, and there wasn’t enough fuel at lower rpm. So Korman added a fifth fuel injector and consulted with Turbo specialist Corky Bell and the original engineer of the Kugelfischer fuel injection system to accommodate it.

Now the turbo gauge on the dash wakes up down low and it doesn’t feel like a modern, boring, flat torque-curve. The power keeps rising with the revs in the Turbo, it’s predictable as the power rises to an apogee at its 6,400rpm redline

The battery was relocated to the trunk, and an intercooler was stuck in the hole it left behind, lowering the charge temperatures and increasing/maintaining the power.

Jack passioned his money into what amounted to development program for the 2002 Turbo, using some of the original Motorsport engineers.


Bridgestone Winter Drive School in Steamboat Springs, Colorado is the first I've heard of to get training in snow and ice road driving or racing, because it is the only one of its kind in North America.

When you master driving on ice, every other surface becomes that much easier to handle.


I know I'm not the only one....

Moto GP, the Falls Report: 1126 crashes

The annual crash rate continues to increase. In 2016 for the first time there were more than one thousand crashes across all three classes. In 2017 the total increased to 1126

Five riders crashed more than 20 times, with one reaching a new record of 31 accidents. If you had crashed 31 times in MotoGP’s inaugural 1949 season that there’s no chance you would’ve lived.

During the 1949 season the average winning margin was 46 seconds; in 2017 the average gap was 2.11 seconds, with more than half the races won by less than 1.5 seconds. The effect on the riders? the racing is so much closer that they must take big risks to make the difference.

During the 1950s there were 28 fatalities at Grand Prix events, which gives us the jaw-dropping average of a death every two or three race weekends. The 1960s and 1970s weren’t much better, with 25 and 24 deaths.

During the 1980s 14 riders lost their lives. By the 1990s that number had reduced to two, with only one death in the 2000s.  This last decade hasn’t been so good, 3 have lost their lives

Ironically, while primary, second and tertiary safety have improved dramatically (bikes are safer, tracks are safer, riding gear is better and medical care is better), modern racing has increased danger with ever-closer racing created by technical regulations that minimize the differences between bikes, so riders battle for every inch of race track.

MotoGP’s king crasher of 2017 retained his crown from 2016. Sam Lowes crashed his Aprilia RS-GP 31 times (not always his own fault, it should be noted), which was once more than he fell from his Kalex Moto2 bike the previous year. Next was Gresini Moto2 rider Jorge Navarro, who crashed his Kalex 30 times during 2017’s 18 race weekends; then Marc Márquez on 27, Alvaro Bautista on 26, Cal Crutchlow on 24, Sandro Cortese on 22 and Axel Pons and John McPhee on 20 each.

Márquez’s total is without doubt the most remarkable, because only two of his 27 falls came in races and despite the other 25 he won the toughest title of them all.

The total sum of broken bones from those 1126 accidents were six collarbones, three ankles, two fingers, one pelvis, one wrist, one upper arm, one forearm, one fibula and a toe. There were several concussions, a couple of dislocations and numberless batterings and bruisings.


Monday, November 20, 2017

the Line X International Harvester utility truck built over a Dodge chassis, and powered by a Hellcat

AlloyGator, something to keep you from damaging your rims, and making them look a little more colorful too, if you're looking to accent the car paint

A cool new air system Mike came across at SEMA

this airs up, or down, all the tires simultaneously, and equally, with quick connect tubes. The above rolling booth box is set up to resemble the system when mounted in a vehicle... where the quick connects are mounted in tube distance from the tire, and the rest of the system components are right at eye level to get a good look at how simple the entire system is.

Compressor, switches, quick connects, (and pardon my poor memory that I don't recall what else there is) and pressure gauges


oh, here's that form I was looking to share with you bikers...

don't be the moron to die, while ruining everyone's day. If you must die from an act of your own intent, die while saving lives instead

Pebble Beach concours 2017

Glory days

the only Cobra delivered in orange, CSX 2409

Currently on display at The Cobra Experience museum near San Fransisco / Oakland


In the early 1970s, when Drew Serb was gravitating to Cobras, project cars fascinated him. He was not afraid to tackle cars that had been severely damaged or which others might consider written off. Buying a car like this, restoring it and then selling it provided money to buy others. Over the years he not only gained experience in Cobra repairs but amassed the kind of spare parts inventory that other owners dream about.

One of the aspects of the Cobra world that he slowly realized was that as the values of the cars went up, more and more of them were taken out of the public eye. A lot went in private collections. Unless the next generation of Cobra enthusiasts were able to see actual cars they would gradually lose interest in them. That was when he decided he would create a Cobra museum.

The museum is open the third Sunday of each month from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


busting through lake effect snow in 1939

American Graffiti appreciation

Cincinnati public utility truck stolen with worker still in the bucket hanging Christmas decorations

City workers  were using the truck to put up holiday decorations for the city when Dennis Smith Jr. hopped in and drove off, according to police.

Security video recorded about 100 meters from where the truck was stolen shows the employee hanging onto the bucket, apparently trying to get into the bed of the truck.

The worker managed to call his office to report what was happening, WLWT reported. Another city worker called 911.

Cincinnati police used stop sticks to flatten the truck’s tires. Smith was arrested and charged with theft and kidnapping.


Darrell Davis, an author of over a dozen Mopar books (specializing in Max Wedge and Super Stock), and founder of the world's finest 1954 Belvedere collection, which he built a 1954 Plymouth showroom for

he sold the collection of 1954 Plymouths to Jim Benson, who has a Chrysler dealership in Greer South Carolina in early 2013

Darrell also built a replica of a Esso Servicenter

A former drag racer and a technical inspector for the National Hot Rod Association, he retired in 2001 as senior vice president for parts and service at DaimlerChrysler,

1959 fire dept training... but wow, the rigs coming out of the building

FDNY 1943

the Gyro X won the Dean Batchelor Trophy at Pebble Beach

Sunday, November 19, 2017

a 70s street freak version of a Vette

Burkey learned that the guy who built this did it all himself in his parents driveway in '73. From positioning the Hemi between the rails to all the paint and fiberglass