Garage & Tools

Todd Lemire

Thu Dec 19 2013 21:58:27 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

The Super Awesome Micro Project: A full sized Lego car, with an engine made from Lego that runs on air.

It is the brainchild of Melbourne entrepreneur and marketing guy Steve Sammartino, a self-taught teenage technology genius from Romania who Steve met on the internet.

Steve crowd funded it via twitter with a single tweet:

Super Awesome Micro Project Factoids:

- The engine is made from standard Lego pieces and runs on air!
- The engine has four orbital engines and a total of 256 pistons.
- More than 500,000 LEGO pieces.
- Top speed around 20-30km (We drive it slow as are scared of giant lego explosion)
- Built in Romania and shipped to a secret location in Melbourne.
- It's a Hot Rod design, mainly because hot rods are cool.

For more info contact Steve:

Steve Sammartino
Twitter: @sammartino
Email: steve {at} superawesomemicroproject {dot} com
Phone: +61 438 779 566

Video editing by Mick Russell.

Todd Lemire

Fri Aug 09 2013 01:57:12 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

On this episode of Roadkill, it's fun with Leaf Blowers. Experts on the Internet said it would never work. That's never stopped Freiburger and Finnegan, and this time on Roadkill the guys put the theory to the test: can hardware-store leaf blowers supercharge an engine and make power? Step one was buying a '78 Monza Spyder with a 305 V8 and a four-speed stick. Step two was to take it to the shop of HOT ROD Drag Week racer Jeff Lutz to tune it up, swap the engine to a 350, dyno test it with five leaf blowers, and do a whole bunch of needless burnouts. Step three was to drive the Monza to Willmington, Ohio, for the East Coast Timing Association's Ohio Mile event, a standing-mile race where they'd find out if leaf-blower power adds up to more speed in the real world. The outcome? Who really cares? Because on Roadkill, it's always about the adventure. And more burnouts.

Todd Lemire

Fri Aug 09 2013 02:39:14 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

This is the very first episode of a series of edutainment animations. With "My Inner Secrets" you can learn about the inner workings of a modern formula 1 car.

Todd Lemire

Sun Jul 28 2013 14:24:42 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

1930s car modified for railroad track.

Todd Lemire

Sun Jul 28 2013 15:41:23 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Under brilliant sunshine and in front of record crowds, Tennessee’s George Poteet collected the Goodguys 2013 Optima Batteries Street Machine of the Year award for his vintage NASCAR-inspired ’69 Ford Torino at the Goodguys 16th PPG Nationals in Columbus, OH.

Poteet’s Torino captures the essence of hot rodding’s current trend of blending retro styling cues from bygone eras with modern technology and masterful build quality. Built by Troy Trepanier and his talented “Rad Rides” team, Manteno, IL, it’s a machine which would have looked right at home at the 1969 Talladega 500 or on a demanding & twisty AutoCross track.

Known for such legendary street machines as “Chicayne,” “Sniper,” “Sick Fish,” and so many others, Trepanier and his team spent the better part of three years handcrafting Poteet’s Torino. They took an otherwise bulky, heavy looking stocker and transformed it into a sleek, refined machine representative of today’s Pro-Touring landscape.

The idea of the car, dubbed the “GPT Special” was to blend the dash, hood and other favorable design traits of a Mercury Cyclone together with a Holman & Moody NASCAR-style Torino. After all the meticulous bodywork was done, the Torino was shortened three inches in the front fenders, widened five inches and wheelbase shortened one inch. Everything else, including the rear quarters, was made from scratch.

GPT Special’s grille, taillight bezels and other trim parts were CNC’d from billet aluminum stock, while the interior, adorned with original Holman & Moody logos on the gauges, is pure racecar. There are also oval-shaped punch plates and a full roll cage. Under the Cyclone hood scoop is a monstrous, 750-horsepower, fuel-injected Ford Boss 429 coated in a muted bronze finish. After one thousand man-hours of paint prep, the car was sprayed with “Tennessee Whiskey Gold.”

For handling, Trepanier dialed up an Art Morrison chassis featuring C5 Corvette front suspension and a Detroit Speed four-link rear suspension with a Watts link and a Mark Williams nine-inch rear. The GT40-style knock-off wheels (8×10-inch front & 20×12-inch rear) are from Billet Specialties; Wilwood supplied the brakes, six-piston calipers with 14-inch rotors.

During the award acceptance speech in Columbus, Poteet, an avid Bonneville racer, said that he would be racing his GPT Special in the Street-Legal, 150-mph class on the Salt Flats at the upcoming SCTA Speed eek. Obviously the GTP Special is not just a Trailer Queen!

Courtesy Martyn Schorr at

Todd Lemire

Wed Jul 24 2013 17:21:12 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

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Todd Lemire

Sat Jun 29 2013 00:11:31 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Mad Men and the Chevy Vega...

Todd Lemire

Sat Jun 29 2013 01:22:54 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Jeremy Clarkson's Motorworld about a 64:1 scale Dodge Powerwagon, It contain a full house inside. Clip set to Pink Floyd's "Machines."

Todd Lemire

Mon May 27 2013 18:29:11 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

WWII Packard marine engine. That's a supercharger up front.

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