Thu Jan 09 2014 20:17:22 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Buckle your safety belts for Micro Mayhem! 100% hand-crafted stop-motion animation using Micro Machines as the characters. Shot 99% IN CAMERA using a custom camera rig we created in order to make the tiny world look as EPIC as possible! Check out more from Stoopid Buddy Stoodios.
Fri Nov 15 2013 16:53:53 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
This stunning 1964 Dodge 440 is #5 of only five built with a 426 Street Wedge, a 4-speed manual, and precious little else.
It was rediscovered in 2008 and delivered to the RKM Performance Center restoration shop where the beautifully preserved original interior was removed and stored, and the body was carefully stripped of its tired original finish. The original red paint was exactly duplicated in two-stage urethane and applied over the freshly massaged sheetmetal, which now fits better than any factory-made Mopar in history.
Gaps are excellent throughout, the finish is concours quality, and there’s not a mark on the car. All the original trim was reinstalled, which tells you exactly how nice this car really is. A correct date-coded 426 block was located and fully rebuilt to stock specifications and dressed to compete at the highest levels, with proper detailing throughout.
The original 4-speed manual feeds a set of 3.91 gears on a Sure Grip inside an 8.75-inch rear. The chassis was so amazingly well preserved that we did little more than clean it up for show. The car comes with two sets of rolling stock as well, the original 14-inch steel wheels with bias-ply tires as it was new, and a set of 15-inch steelies with radials. We replaced the carpets with correct materials, but otherwise the upholstery, the door panels, the dash, the headliner, and even the package shelf are 100% factory original pieces. The spotless trunk received a correct mat, and we’re pretty sure that’s the original spare tire back there, still wearing an original label.
This isn’t just a cool car, this is a cool car that is completely unmatched by anything else on the market.
Sat Oct 26 2013 16:27:10 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Bill Thomas ran a very successful speed shop in southern California, specializing in dyno tuning, modifying Corvette (Rochester) fuel injection systems, designing his own headers and preparing Corvettes for competition. Thomas also developed and marketed specialty equipment for road racing Corvairs. He was extremely smart and, best of all, had access to the legendary
"back-door" at Chevrolet. Wayne Pontes, above, driving his retro Cheetah, now in Germany.
By 1963, Thomas had built a relationship with GM, working with Vince Piggins, head of the Performance Product Group. That relationship resulted in the flow of high-performance Corvette engines, transmissions, etc for his pet project, the Cheetah. And eventually, leading to a contract to develop a Corvette-powered concept for Piggins.
The Cheetah sports car, with its long hood and extremely short deck was created using a tube chassis and suspension developed by racecar builder and Thomas’ lead fabricator, Don Edmunds. Essentially financed by a local Chevrolet dealer, the prototype ended up in his garage!
Wayne Pontes built his Cheetah, above, at Tangible Toys, Sarasota, FL.
For the full Thomas-Cheetah story, please visit our friends at Wild About Cars,
For sale on eBay for a cool $90 thou! Heck, not long ago $30K bought the best one on the road. Here ya go...
-409ci/409hp V8-2x4 Carbs-4 speed transmission-Tuxedo Black Exterior-Tissue HolderThis 1962 Bel-Air BUBBLE TOP was built the 4th week of October in 1962 and is presented in a $20,000 professional paint job in Tuxedo Black with Aqua interior. It has the QB code V8-409ci/409hp with dual cater 4 barrel Carburetors and solid lifter cam that produces 420ft lbs of torque. its mounted on Firestone Firehawk 255/70R15 Indianapolis tires mounted on Station wagon rims. Other options include power steering, tissue holder, factory heat. we purchased this car locally to us here in NC. The 1962 Bel Air Sport Coupe is a unique Chevrolet, for a number of reasons. It was the last of the hardtop Bel Airs. It retained the roofline of the '61 'bubbletop' Impala while other GM hardtops migrated to a convertible-like roofline. And with the optional Turbo-Fire 409 V8 underhood, the lightweight, aero Bel Air was the car to beat on the 1962 drag circuit. The Beach Boys immortalized the legend with their number-one ode to this Chevrolet, '409.' In the summer of 1962, a 'four-speed, dual-quad, Positraction 409' really was something to sing about. Under the hood, the 409 cackles to life, and that distinct tone emanates from the tailpipes. Lifting the hood reveals the baddest boy on the block back in '62. The 409 ci monster lies beneath, waiting to be cracked open and show everyone who the boss really is. Showcasing an 11:1 compression ratio, a solid lifter cam featuring .507-inch lift and a 278-degree duration on the intake side to go along with .519-inch exhaust lift and a corresponding duration figure of 276 degrees, there is no mistaking the rumble and lumpiness. Topped by iron heads, an aluminum intake, and a pair of 600 cfm Carter AFB carburetors, this monster could ingest enough atmosphere to leave its competitors breathless. Exhaling through stock exhaust manifolds feeding into a two-inch exhaust system, the engine swallows dead dinosaurs provided by an AC Delco mechanical fuel pump before spitting fire thanks to the spark emanating from the Delco Remy points ignition system. Anyone who is anyone knows something is up as soon as the dual-snorkel air cleaner comes into view. After all, this W-motor pushes out 409 ponies, which for '62 was more than enough to get the job done. Please contact Kennith Stewart at 1-877-689-6930 for more information.
Sat Aug 31 2013 16:53:24 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
1929 Pierce-Arrow Convertible Coupe Piece-Arrow set a standard for luxury and quality that was unequalled in its day. The Buffalo, New York-based company worked with Aluminum Company of America to build their own massive yet light, bodies. Piece slipped into oblivion by 1938. California Automobile Museum in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, July 29, 2013.Sue Morrow |
What It Is: The all-new, fourth generation of Cadillac’s default flagship, the Escalade. In its own way, the Escalade epitomizes the old-school Cadillac virtues—it’s massive and without compromise, and more than a little ostentatious. Other than the very-low-volume CTS-V, the Escalade is the only Caddy with a V-8. The interior will take a big jump forward in quality and design, GM execs promise, and it’ll be better differentiated from the related Chevrolet and GMC models.
Why It Matters: “It’s the easiest sale in the showroom,” a Cadillac salesman tells us of the current Escalade. The truckish-SUV boom now years behind us, the Escalade has held onto its charisma and space in the zeitgeist, watching as people revolted against and then forgot the Hummer H2 and the Lincoln Navigator. Without any marketing, Cadillac has sold more than 10,000 Escalades so far this year—Porsche hasn’t even sold that many Cayennes—and profit margins are very thick.
Platform: GM’s new K2XX platform, which underpins the all-new Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, will serve as the foundation for the next-gen Escalade. Kudos to GM for not switching its top luxury SUV to a unibody platform; the truck frame is a core part of the Escalade’s DNA, and there really are plenty of people who use them for towing. Expect this upcoming generation to again be offered in “long” and “extra-long,” but the short-bed EXT pickup joins the Avalanche in truck heaven.
Powertrain: A direct-injected 6.2-liter V-8 will deliver 420 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque. We’re hoping the Escalade will launch with a new eight-speed automatic transmission, but it’s possible that, like the Sierra and Silverado, it’ll use a six-speed for its first year of life. There are rumors that the Escalade also will see GM’s new 420-hp twin-turbo V-6, but we’re skeptical.
Fri May 17 2013 01:27:37 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Known as the Squarebird, the second generation Ford Thunderbird isn’t the most sought after car and as a result can be had on the cheap. Styling aside, these Birds offered lots of features and solid performance. This 1960 Thunderbird barn find has been listed here on eBay, with a BIN of $2,250. The seller doesn’t offer much information, but it obviously needs a full restoration.
Thunderbird purist typically weren’t fans of the 1958 redesign, especially with the addition of backseats. Even without their support, T-Bird sales rocketed in ’58 and continued to climb for the next three years. This example appears to be solid, but it’s difficult to know for sure given how dirty it is. The only detail the seller provides, is that it has the 300 horsepower 352 V8.
The Interior is just as dirty as the rest of the car and has likely been infested by mice and other critters. If the sheet metal is relatively rust free and the engine isn’t seized, this could still make for a great project. If anyone lives in the Sunset, Texas area, please stop and take a look and let us know if it’s worth tackling.
This was a standard Cobra converted into a Motion version of a Dragonsnake. It was a national record holder, ran with three different motors, including big-inch Hilborn injection and Webers. Story is in Marty Schorr's book,
Here's what happens when you push the L button with the engine wound to six grand. NHRA made neutral drops illeagal because of this and inovative racers came up with the trans brake. I'm guessing Dodge 300 or Plymouth Belvedre with 413 or 426 max wedge, note the two fours.
Vintage picture of one of the original Zingers from the 70s that us old timers remember fondly. Between these and the RatFink illustrations of monsters with huge shifters in tiny over powered cars. Junior cars are the closest thing you van get to these.
Fri Dec 14 2012 16:05:26 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Jim Bouzaglou tackles the field at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the 2011 Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion. An incident with another Cobra on his first lap leaves him having to claw his way back through the field to regain position. This is an edited version of his first of two races from Saturday, August 20, 2011. The cars in this race are all part of Group 7A, 1963-1966 GT cars over 2500cc. Jim's car is #59, a 1964 Cobra 289 USRRC Competition CSX2484.
Sat Sep 08 2012 22:51:33 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
If you knew Ronnie Sox before he and life-long racing partner Buddy Martin became household names in drag racing, you would have probably said that while they might achieve success on the track, it was unlikely that they'd ever translate those successes into something more. Everything about the pair, from their soft-spoken manner to their initial hesitation and shyness in dealing with both fans and media, said that they'd need an injection of outgoing personality to move beyond the confines of the quarter mile, yet they did so with remarkable ease.
It's one thing to bang the gears in a four-speed-equipped Chevrolet, and quite another to, not too many years later, stand before an eager crowd of knowledgeable enthusiasts in a Plymouth dealership and explain the nuances of building and racing a Chrysler product. But, Ronnie and Buddy not only did so, they did it in such an entertaining and informative manner that some three decades later there are still fans who fondly recall the Rapid Transit System program, and the evening when Sox & Martin visited their dealership.
Everything about Sox & Martin said "All-American," from their almost matching blond locks to their penchant for joking with everyone from their competitors to racing officials. Once they began competing with their first red, white and blue Plymouth their ascendancy to the top of drag racing's aristocracy was all but assured. And, while they're probably remembered more today for their successful involvement in the early days of NHRA Pro Stock racing than anything else, long before that they'd achieved legendary status among the quarter mile cognoscenti.
From approximately the mid-60s through the early 70s Detroit's involvement in motorsports literally "made" stock car racing and drag racing. Detroit recognized the potential for new car sales that drag racing represented long before the rest of the corporate world caught on, and Sox & Martin played a critical role in making that happen. While some observers considered drag racing a second rate activity, the vision of clean-cut, well-spoken young men like Sox and Martin put those fears to rest for those open minded enough to pay attention.
Roaring out of the Southeast's hotbed of match racing and "Run What'cha Brung" competition (meaning anything goes as long as it was? gasoline and carburetors), Sox & Martin were at the forefront of a wave of racers who captured the attention of the country's teenagers and young adults. They racked up an enviable record in those appearances, but as elapsed times got quicker and speeds faster, they found themselves being forced to make a major decision: Should they try to keep up with an altered wheelbase Plymouth (the precursor to today's Funny Cars, and the place where the name was born), or stick with a more conventional four-speed car?
When they decided to stick with "conventional" hardware it created a split among the racers. Those seeking faster speeds built cars that were less and less like factory hot rods, while Sox & Martin and Hall of Famer Bill Jenkins (class of '96) stuck with cars that were readily recognizable as "stock."
In the late 60s Sox & Martin split their competitive outings between the American Hot Rod Association's Grand American Series, where they competed in the heads-up Super Stock class with the likes of Jenkins, Hall of Famer "Dyno" Don Nicholson (class of '98) and many others. Using 426 cubic inches of normally aspirated Hemi engine, they won more than their share of races, but when they entered the NHRA national events they were relegated to running in various Super Stock classes with handicapped starts. Bored with that kind of racing, S&M and the other Hall of Famers were instrumental in convincing NHRA of viability of heads-up racing, and thus was born what we now know as Pro Stock.
Sox is widely considered to be the finest four-speed driver of his or any other era. Nobody got from first to second, second to third and third to fourth smoother and quicker than he did. Alas, the coming of the Lenco planetary gear transmission may have leveled the driving field to a certain extent, but not enough to relegate Sox to anything but the winners circle. Listed Number 15 on NHRA's Top 50 Drivers list, Sox (along with partner Martin) also made numerous appearances on the All-Star Drag Racing Team while winning more national events under more sanctioning organization's banners than we can possibly list. It's only natural that the next step for this remarkable duo is induction into the Motorsports Hall of Fame, but how unfortunate it is that Ronnie Sox didn't live to see this day.
Fri Aug 31 2012 19:26:41 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
This is a model of the famous 426 Hemi stockcar racing engine. The 426 Hemi dominated all forms of racing through the 60's and into the 70's. When you think of performance motors, this is the one that comes to mind.
This model is a high detail model that is sutible for very close renderings. I spent a lot of time on this model and I think it shows in the small details
The images were rendered with the standard Max 6 render engine.
Oswego Speedway. At the time Bentley Warren was driving the Ed Bowley Flyin 5. The Bowley team had two supers, and what the track arranged was a little "Match Race' between Waltrip and Bentley. Here Bentley is "cluing in" DW about the car and the Oswego track.
Going around the first turn at Oswego Speedway (1969?). From the lead car in order are Billy Yuma, Jack Conley, Harold Brown, I think Freddie Grave's 92, Ollie Silva outside of him, Warren Coniam 46, Jack Houseworth 18, Eldon Schrader 20, and Don MacLaren in the Bowley Flyin 5.