Thursday, December 08, 2016

back in the good old days, when dealerships sponsored drag racers, or ran their own race car

this had to be a shipmate that did this dastardly prank

Doug's cross country driving 1934 Packard, who first won 100 point CCCA and AACA judged events,

Of the 58 cars on the New York to San Fran run, only 19 made it, and since Doug built his, and no one else had (trailer queens from auctions) he spent a hell of a lot of time helping out all the other touring drivers.

This car will be featured in the 2017 Hemmings Classic Cars.

I just learned that the multi-billionaire owner of Chick Fil A was a car collector, and the collection was sold off with all the proceeds going to his philanthropic charity foundation. Wow. Respect that.

His collection was incredibly diverse, from Rolls Royce to Red Express to a Brewster. His charity did things as remarkable as build homes for foster kids... when is the last time you ever heard of any one building homes for foster kids? I never have.

Yes, I'm very aware of the religious and marriage views, no I won't allow comments about them, just simply enjoying that this billionaire was a car collector and philanthropist that was VERY family first. How can anyone not respect those things? All the rest is simply argumentative as it doesn't relate at all to this post, and since the guy is dead, there ain't no point in bringing it up.

21 years behind a counter at a small diner across from a Ford manufacturing plant in Atlanta, starting after he got out of the Army after WW2, before he started more restaurants and selling franchises.

Made about 5 billion a year most recently. One word, respect.

Demon's Worth More! (compared to Maverick and Comet) a hilarious 1971 salesman training film

happy kids, awesome Grandpa!

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

cool, most engine stuff is, but miniatures are so darn portable and easier to check out without having to walk around a full size engine

when the exhaust has to be flat and not the normal speedbump scraper

Rip to Cabo

Who filmed that cool video? Might have been Tempt Media

Race car drivers had a very short life expectancy, one I've never heard of despite his astounding talent, took that into account, and budgeted to only live til 30 yrs old

Masten Gregory (Kansas City Flash) inherited a fortune, and budgeted his inheritance to last until he was 30... as he doubted he'd live any longer. He happened to live 32 years more.

An heir to an insurance company fortune, Gregory was well known for his youngish looks and thick eyeglasses, due to his "terrible" eyesight.
 His parents divorced when he was very young, and his father died when he was three years old. As an adult, Gregory used his inheritance to buy a Mercury-powered Allard, had a head gasket failure, but installed a new hemi to race at Sebring in 1953, where he again retired, this time due to a rear suspension failure.

Gregory's first win came in just his third race, in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Changing to a Jaguar, Gregory won several races in America, including the Guardsmans Trophy in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco and a race at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska.

He placed 3rd in the 1957 Monaco Grand Prix, the first podium for an American in an F1 Grand Prix. He followed this with a string of good results, coming eighth in the German Grand Prix, and fourth in both the Pescara and Italian Grands Prix. Despite only competing in half of the races, Gregory ended the 1957 season in sixth place in the championship.

Gregory set the overall fastest lap at the 1960 24 Hours of Le Mans. He won the 1961 1000 km Nürburgring, finished 5th in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a Porsche RS61 Spyder.

1962 saw Gregory win the Canadian Grand Prix

In 1964, Gregory was racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a Ford GT40. He retired in the 5th hour due to gearbox difficulties.

The following year, Gregory teamed up with Austrian Jochen Rindt, and won Le Mans in a North American Racing Team Ferrari 250 LM.

 1965 was also the year in which Gregory raced in the Indianapolis 500, starting from the back of the grid and working his way up to 5th before being forced to retire due to an engine problem.

Following his good friend's death at the 1972 Le Mans race, Gregory retired to Amsterdam, where he worked as a diamond merchant before operating a glassware business.

On November 8, 1985, Gregory died in his sleep of a heart attack in Italy.

Gregory is distinct in being only one of seventeen drivers to compete in all three legs of the Triple Crown of Motorsport (Indianapolis 500, 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Monaco Grand Prix) and to have won at least one of those events.

 The others were Louis Chiron, Jack Brabham, Jim Clark, Graham Hill (who won all three), Dan Gurney, Jochen Rindt (who won two), Mario Andretti, Mark Donohue, Jackie Stewart, Denny Hulme, Danny Sullivan, Vern Schuppan, Stefan Johansson, Michele Alboreto, Eddie Cheever and Jacques Villeneuve.

Lola evolved into the GT 40, how that happened

Ford had powered cars at Le Mans since the early ’60s, such as a Marcos in 1962, and even a pair Ford Thunderbirds were provisionally entered in the 1957 edition, though they didn’t race. But with no viable sportscar programme to kickstart their Le Mans plan, new relationships were needed to shortcut the route to success.

Ford powered the Cobra, and also a Lola MkVI GT

After looking at Cooper and Lotus at the beginning of 1963, Ford fixed its eye on Lola: the relationship was cemented with the supply of two MkVIs to the mothership in the US and a transatlantic knowledge exchange. Ex-Aston Martin team manager John Wyer was also brought in to head up the new team: a name that would take Ford to its highest success and make the blue and orange of Gulf Oil perhaps the best-known sportscar livery ever.

Construction of the initial Ford GT began at Lola in the UK, prior to the formation of the dedicated Ford Advance Vehicles. The same 4.2-litre Ford Fairlane engine from the MkVI Lola was transplanted into the new car, and the iconic body began to take shape. This initial variant was narrow and long, though the rear three-quarters and slashed rear aspect are still instantly recognisable. It was called project Grand Touring 40, with the 40 representing the overall height in inches of the car.

It lost miserably to Ferraris in 1964, and wasn't even adequate at high speed, so the car was redesigned and the engine changed to the 7-litre V8 from a Ford Galaxie.

They weren't winning in 1965 either. But anyway, that is how the Lola evolved into the GT 40

a queens carriage at Retromobile 2016

Wrkn man's working van

The 1906 Renault Type AK: winner of motor racing’s first ever Grand Prix

on the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Marines crashed a jet, after ejecting, off the coast of Japan  which mostly avoids discussing the facts of this story, instead trying to prop up the "happy to be here" official line of US-Japan relations. It's more like the Japanese want the US military the hell off Okinawa, and the US Military have a curfew ever since the last time some ex marine killed a local woman.

In an announcement May 26, 2016, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force said the restrictions will remain in effect through June 24. ... A midnight curfew and other liberty restrictions are coming for servicemembers and other status of forces agreement personnel on Okinawa, Japan

Under the expanded curfew order, all Navy personnel are forbidden from drinking either on or off base and are required to be on base or at home except to perform “essential” activities such as commuting.

In the elections on Sunday, supporters of Gov. Takeshi Onaga, an advocate of scaling back the United States military presence in Okinawa, expanded their narrow hold on the Prefectural Assembly by winning 27 of 48 seats.

But, lets not let facts get in the way of CBS trying to convince you everything is just rosy. 

Lego 1964 Mustang, a 3 part video from build to over view of the finished car

Jeremy Clarkson on crashing:

They gave me a Charade GTti and I set off for a lap that ended in a ditch with a car cut completely in half.

What went wrong? No idea. All I can remember was the man from the company responding to my apology by saying “Don’t worry. We make one of those cars every 23 seconds”.

The only accident I could explain was when I was grass track racing in my Scirocco in the middle of the night after a big party. And the reason I hit a tree was “a champagne bottle got stuck under the brake pedal”.

I never told the insurers that.

I find this hilarious... some frustrated old fart with an axe to grind and who will not allow for any other opinion than his own... has a Facebook page and went full retard this morning

Think it was the "Good day sir" that did it? Or the "I said good day sir" that pushed him over the edge?  

Is it any wonder the ego of this tyrant chose to use 5 star general and president Ike as his facebook photo? Just how full of yourself do you have to be to use a world leader as your avatar?

Read for yourself, the pissy old fart blocked my ability to look and see what is on Motorology Facebook page now. 

Reasons they used the Cadillac engines in tanks and landing craft, and how that relates to Pearl Harbor Day

the 346 cu in Cad was quiet, dependable, and proven, idled easily and started without problems.
Using the car engine in pairs for the M5 Stuart and M 26 Pershing, and the Chaffee, tanks freed up airplane engines for more airplanes to get made
Using car engines meant that most mechanics would already be familiar with them, and not have to learn some new design
Most of all, Cadillac had plenty of spare parts, and were already making these engines, and developing a new engine would take months that the military didn't have when Pearl Harbor was attacked

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Hemi Cuda Convertibles, all the 71's plus a couple 70s

Sea King helicopters retired by the UK Ministry of Defense are being sold to make unique sheds and ‘man caves.’

Sea Kings were a version of the Sikorsky SH-61

Witham Special Vehicles is the military surplus firm selling about 30 of the helicopters for the MoD, the nonoperational Sky Kings are being priced between £10,000 and £20,000.

Over 20 of the aircraft can still be flown and are expected to be sold to private pilots, the remaining hulks can be bought to serve other purposes – sheds or man caves. One guy was going to put a bedroom and sitting room in it,” said Paul Southerington, Witham’s managing director. . “The sky’s the limit with what you can do with one. They are made of aluminum so they never rust or rot.”

I'm only 3 pages into a book... and I had to put it down and tell you to go buy it for yourself, or someone who loves the racing of the 1960s Can Am and all the incredible drivers there were (they were all in it)

John Surtees,       Bruce McLaren,         Phil Hill,             Mark Donohue,
Jim Hall,             George Follmer,         Peter Revson,      Dan Gurney,
Denny Hulme,    Parnelli Jones,             Mario Andretti    and Pedro Rodriguez to name a dozen

and some racers that aren't household names, but car guys will recognize Max Balchowsky and the Ol Yeller II

2 Indy winners and 3 LeMans winners were sitting on the grid of the 1st Can Am race in Sept '66. That level of racing talent competing with each other, all on one track at one time... wow. Tell you wouldn't donate a kidney to be there to see that 1st race!

3 car manufactures dominated the series, the Lola, the McLaren, and the Porsche. I don't mean won often, I mean they were not beaten in their time. They stomped the competition.

In 66 it was the Lola T70, then the McLaren captured titles in 1967, ’68, ’69, ’70 and ’71.
Then Porsche and Penske Racing went nuts with the 917/10 making 918 hp during the 1972 season, and the 917/30 in 1973 made 1,500 horsepower from its twin-turbo flat-12

After struggling with the car for the first two races of the 1973 season, Mark Donohue drove the 917/30 to wins in the remaining six events.

Have you made up your mind yet to get the book?

I'll be doing a full review/report - but hell, if you're like me and gob smacked in 3 pages of "holy shit" and "oh effing wow" from learning cool shit you did not know - get the book now, and hurry.

here are the first several pages on Google Books  and I seriously stopped at the end of page 12 (the 3rd page of text) before saying "screw it, I gotta tell people"

It's xmas delivery season for all delivery methods, and that can slow things down a lot, especially when the post office screws things up and delivers to the wrong post office (happened to me last year)

Alibris shows they sell the book for 10 bucks less than Barnes and Noble, and is 7 dollars less with no shipping charges to boot, and it's 6 less at $34 bucks from the 1st two sellers listed on so shop around for the least expensive way to get it.

They began the Can Am on Sept 11th, 1966. 4 months before the 1st superbowl, and nearly matched the number of spectators (7k shy) but this was also the year when you could first go buy a Hemi Charger, 427 Corvette, and only a couple months before the Camaro was released. 

Innovation and engine size were unrestricted... and the people involved in making cars? McLaren, Porsche, and John Mecom (pivotal in developing the Scarab, and Lola, and those won the Indy 500 and morphed into the GT 40 winner of Le Mans) plus Penske, with Parnelli Jones driving. Mecom was only 26 years old. Penske and McLaren are 29. Mind blown.

Edsel's 2nd speedster, the famous one

Henry Ford and executives with the 1st commercial tractor shipped to England, 1917

Who saved Ford from bankruptcy in the great depression? Henry Ford? Nope. Edsel Ford? Nope. The guy who fixed Edsel's car on his 1915 cross country trip, his brother in law Ernest

Henry Ford suddenly resigned the presidency of Ford in December 1918, and Edsel Ford was elected to succeed him.

Henry had been angered by minority stockholders, particularly the Dodge brothers, who had sued for increased dividends. He figured out a brilliant short term solution to having to put up with working for shareholders though.

Early in 1919 Henry Ford said he would form a new company and produce a car to rival the famous Model T.

Suddenly scared of the profitability of their Ford shares in view of Henry himself announcing a better car in the works, shareholders sold their shares to agents secretly working for the Fords.

This ruse brought complete ownership of Ford Motor back to the Ford family. The charade led to Edsel Ford's ownership of 41 percent of the company's stock that had been in non-Ford hands. Henry Ford remained the majority stockholder.

But then the 1920 recession hit, and Ford happened to be $75 million in debt to the Boston and New York banks due to rapid expansion and buying out the shareholders, including the Dodge brothers. As the recession deepened, he was at risk of losing the business.

Ernest Kanzler, a second Vice President at Ford in charge of the tractor side of the Ford business, Edsel's brother-in-law, (Edsel married Kanzler's wife Josephine's sister, but more on that under the links) and closest confidant, cancelled all supplier contracts, extended accounts payable from 60 to 120 days, and then used the standing inventory to assemble 90,000 cars, which were then sent to Ford dealers unsolicited under the standard terms: cash on delivery. Dealers had no choice but to pay for the cars or forfeit their franchises.

In this way, Ford threw his debt onto the backs of his dealers, the bankers were chased off, and Ford maintained control of his company. This was not the first or last time Ford gave his dealers a raw deal, and it was his practices in part that inspired all the various state franchise laws that give car dealers special protections.

Kanzler composed a six-page letter in January of 1926, pointing out that Chevrolet sales were rapidly gaining, while Ford's were in sharp decline.

Kanzler, while delicately refraining from direct criticism of Henry's beloved Model "T", called for a more competitive six cylinder car. "With every additional car our competitors sell, they get stronger and we get weaker."

Any critisism of the Model T infuriated Henry. Thereafter, Ernest Kanzler found himself ignored, ridiculed, and victimized in every conceivable way. Ultimately, while Edsel was out of the country, Henry had Kanzler fired. Henry really didn't get along with anyone, as no one was quite the same hard ass flint nosed old oak stump stubborn as Henry, except for maybe Thomas Edison and Harvey Firestone.

Even Edsel wasn't able to get along with the old man, and what is probably unknown to you is that part of this is due to Henry's farm upbringing but due to Henry's success in automobiles Edsel had been born and raised in the city, and then Edsel married the niece of one of the Hudson car company leaders and owner of the largest dept store in Detroit, and then moved farther from the country, into the most elite and highest society circle of his wife's old money family in Indian Village, and then into Grosse Pointe Shores.

After he left Ford, Kanzler became a prominent Detroit banker, and while he and HF I did not get on, he remained a close advisor to Edsel Ford, and later to Edsel's widow Eleanor, and to their son. Henry Ford II. To the family he was known as "Uncle Ernest."

Kanzler was also head of the War Production Board during World War II, and a director of the Detroit Lions football team.

In 1955 he married Rosemarie, and he died in 1967

Henry Ford II met his second wife, the Italian-born Cristina Vettore Austin, at one of Mrs. Kanzler's homes.
Mr. Ford's daughter, Charlotte Ford, met Stavros Niarchos, the Greek shipping tycoon whom she later married, at the Kanzler residence in St. Moritz.

Mrs. Kanzler was also credited with introducing Henry Fonda to his third wife, Countess Afdera Franchetti, and Oscar de la Renta to Francoise de Langlade, his first wife.

Over her lifetime, Mrs. Kanzler decorated and lived in 23 residences throughout the world.

Edsel Ford's 1932 roadster was at the 2007 Grand National Roadster Show, in an "as found" condition, but was throroughly restored and auctioned off for $770,000

The all-aluminum boattail body was made by Ford's aircraft division. It was just what Edsel Ford wanted and had described. No running boards and a steeply raked split windshield that disguised Edsel's continental car's humble assembly line origins.

Edsel drove the Speedster to work on several occasions. An updated Ford flathead V-8 was later installed for more performance. In 1934, when the 2nd Speedster was built, this car was sold to an Indianapolis mechanic Elmer Benzin.

By the 1940's it was in a Connecticut wrecking yard, where it was saved - but underwent extensive modifications by the new owners by replacing the damaged alloy fenders with a set of four steel fenders, which were sourced from a 1935/36 Chevy. No one knows how it got from Michigan to Connecticut and this is still a mystery.

The car was purchased by John Cox who had no idea what the car was, and sold in the late 1940s. He came upon the car again in 1984 and re-purchased it. He completely disassembled it. Shortly after this it was realized to be Edsel Ford's 1932 Speedster. After Cox's passing, the car was sold to the current owners.

The current owner purchased the car several years ago, and decided to return the car to its original condition. It has been repainted in 1932 Ford Tunis Gray, mated to a sample found on the underside of the cowl vent. Power is from flathead, with a Stromberg 81 two-barrel carburetor, and dual exhaust.,17516/1932-Ford-Special-Speedster.aspx,17516/1932-Ford-Special-Speedster_photo.aspx

Sirna and his 300SL were back on the salt this year, Autoweek shared some good photos with us

after seeing how much effort used to be required to start a motor, I now appreciate even more how easy it is to turn a key. But the shotgun shell would be very cool

someone buried a tractor about 10 years ago in the peat bog, and others finally went back for it. No explanation given. But they did get it running again

in 1967, Esso gave away four George Barris built Toronados (the 67 X) as prizes in a contest to celebrate the Canadian centenial

To celebrate Canada's centenary at Expo 67, Imperial Oil Canada (Esso) commissioned four custom-built 1967 Oldsmobile Toronados from George Barris of Hollywood.  2 are still known to exist.

Imperial Oil wanted a car that looked futuristic but retained an identity of the times. The Toronado body would reduce the mechanical fabrication due to it's longer front end. The added length provided a spacious interior that included swivel front seats that could face the rear wrap-around lounge seat.

This one was mislabeled as a 70 X.

the other one has been neglected a very long time, and is being stored in hopes of winning the lotto if anyone ever wants to buy a Barris car, even one as forgotten and ugly as this

The first winner was a Mr. Hockett of Edmonton, who picked up his five winning tips on a journey from Vancouver to Edmonton during a family vacation. The second car was won by Vernon Scales of Okanagan Landing.

the Colorado Grand rally. A 1000 mile old car drive for pleasure has raised 4.5 million dollars (holy crap, how much do they charge rich bastards to driver their cars in that?) for local charities

Photography by John Waugh Photographic Images

 The Grand provides funds to carefully selected Colorado charities and donations to towns where they stop for lunch.

They also award a college scholarship to a graduating high school senior in each of these communities.

 To date, the event has raised $4 million dollars with over $1.5 million to the Colorado State Patrol Family Foundation.