"Like its star, a homicidal 1977 Lincoln Continental Mark III, The Car (1977) doesn't need to explain itself. Here's a movie about a seemingly driverless sedan that kills indiscriminately — bikers, hitchhikers, cops — whoever, really. The film was a flop on release and no one would call it a cult classic, although it was recently dragged back into the spotlight amid reports that director Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth) prowls around Los Angeles in a full replica of this legitimately sinister Mark III."
Wed Feb 26 2014 04:00:29 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
"Grave Digger was originally conceived in 1981 by Dennis Anderson as a mud bogger. This first truck was a red 1952 Ford pickup truck. Later on a silver and blue 1951 Ford Panel Truck was his new mud truck that would become the first Grave Digger monster truck . The truck received its name when Anderson, amicably trash talking with his fellow racers, said the now famous line, "I'll take this old junk and dig you a grave with it", a reference to the age of his old pickup in comparison to their relatively modern trucks. Anderson gained a reputation for an all-or-nothing driving style and quickly became popular at local events. At one show, a scheduled monster truck failed to show up and Anderson, who already had large tractor tires on the truck, offered to crush cars in the absence of the full-size monster. The promoter accepted and Grave Digger was an instant success as a car crusher and led Anderson to leave mud bogging and pursue monster trucks instead.
In 1986 Grave Digger underwent a transformation to complete monster truck and first received its famous black graveyard paint scheme. In 1987 and 1988 Anderson drove the truck primarily at TNT Motorsports races and became a crowd favorite for driving hard despite lacking major funding that more well known teams, like Bigfoot, had. In 1987, Anderson beat Bigfoot in St. Poodle, MN on a show taped for ESPN. It was the first major victory for Grave Digger."
Thu Nov 07 2013 23:52:47 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
A killer Bug from the 1974 Australian horror comedy film:The Cars That Ate Paris.
"Directed by Peter Weir this film is set in the secluded rural town of Paris, Australia, where the chief source of income is provided by the orchestration of automobile accidents -- which frequently claim the lives of passing tourists, though those who survive are usually subjected to bizarre brain experiments by a loony local surgeon."
Mon Oct 28 2013 22:36:43 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
"In 1955, the Lincoln division of Ford Motor Company designed and built a futuristic concept car called the Lincoln Futura. It was built entirely by hand in Turin, Italy at a cost of $250,000, and like many concept cars, was never put in to production. In the mid 1960's, George Barris of Barris Kustom City acquired the car for $1 directly from Ford.
Fast forward to August 1965, the Batman TV show producers approached George to have him build a new Batmobile for their upcoming show. The only catch was the car had to be ready for action in a mere three weeks. Seeing the bat-like qualities his Futura already had, George knew it was the perfect answer to the quandary 20th Century Fox had created.
In October of 1965, the Batmobile was completed and delivered to Fox where it made its television debut on January 12, 1966.
The car was such a huge success that George Barris and the producers of Batman decided to build copies of the Batmobile in late 1966. Barris and his crew pulled a mold from the #1 Batmobile and created 3 fiberglass copies. These replicas were displayed at car shows and dragstrips and also made appearances where countless fans could see them."
Thu Oct 24 2013 21:23:26 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
A few good reminders for Halloween driving:
"Ensure you have a safe and spirited Halloween by making sure your car is ready for a night of trick-or-treating.
As motorists, we need to be diligent and assume responsibility.
Halloween, a favorite holiday for many children and adults across the country. Many people spend months getting ready for this festive evening. To ward off any bad luck, drivers should check that their vehicles are in good condition.
Here are some safety tips to prevent anything from spoiling the fun:
-Stay focused on what’s happening on the streets, sidewalks and driveways.
-Watch for kids crossing mid-block instead of at designated crosswalks and corners.
-Drive below the posted speed limit.
-Do not try passing stopped cars, as they may be dropping kids off.
-Drivers staying in a running vehicle while the kids are trick or treating should use their hazard lights to let others know.
As motorists, we need to be diligent and assume responsibility, children are often wearing dark costumes and not paying attention. According to the Center for Disease Control, deaths among young pedestrians (ages 5-14) are four times higher on Halloween evening."
Thu Oct 24 2013 21:41:09 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Herman Munster aside another George Barris creation "Drag-u-la".
-Drag-u-la has a Dragmaster chassis
-a 289 cid 350-hp Mustang V-8
-dragster slicks mounted on polished Rader 5-spoke wheels
-front wheels English Speedsport wires w/Italian motorcycle tires
-upturned organ pipe exhaust, which according to Grandpa Munster... it's the only dragster in America that can play "Oh, Promise Me" in second gear
Mon Oct 21 2013 20:23:55 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
George Barris in front of "The Munster Koach" 1 of 2 cars designed for the TV show The Munsters.
The Koach was made from 3 Model T bodies and is 18 feet long.
The 133" frame was made by hand.
It has a four speed manual transmission and a power rear end.
The brass radiator and fenders were hand formed.
In 1964, the cost to build the first one was $18,000.00.
It had "blood red" velvet interior.
It took 500 hours to hand form the ornate rolled steel scrollwork.
It had Gloss Black Pearl paint.
The front end had a dropped axle, split radius rods and T springs.
The studio gave George Barris 21 days to complete the car.
There are 2 Barris Koach's