Sat Oct 26 2013 17:16:47 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Vesuvius, Virginia, 1956. "Sometimes the electricity fails." Gelatin silver print by Ogle Winston Link, pioneer of the photographic genre that might be called rail noir. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.
Thu Oct 10 2013 21:53:26 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
For a modest thirteen bucks you can grab a copy of Exotic Cars on Amazon: These are the cars so fast and powerful, so superior in design and performance, that they could only be called supercars. Since legendary British motor journalist L. J. K. Setright christened the first, the Lamborghini Miura, in a review, others have followed from the finest automakers in the world: Bugatti, Porsche, McLaren, Maserati, Ferrari, Koenigsegg. And these are the supercars profiled in this book, with over 200 color photographs, detailed descriptions, performance specs, and curious facts about each. From historic classic cars to the latest breakthroughs in design and technology, this exhilarating survey of the supercar should thrill any high-performance auto enthusiast.
Tue Aug 27 2013 22:06:35 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Boston enthusiast Joe Freeman enjoys a spirited run in his Mercer Raceabout. Check out Joe's Racemaker Press for an extensive selection of unique and comprehensive books covering all eras of motorsports, personalities, biographies, and collecting.
German police on Sunday pulled over four men driving a BMW convertible that had been converted into a motorized swimming pool. Despite their creativity, at least one could be facing charges for being drunk behind the wheel.
A BMW convertible first aroused the suspicions of a motorcycle cop on patrol in the eastern German town of Eibenstock when water sloshed out of it as it drove around a curve. When the officer pulled the car over, he could hardly believe his eyes.
In a police report released on Monday, he described encountering an "a convertible of a slightly different kind." The car had been converted into a swimming pool on wheels complete with a wooden railing and cheap floral decoration that could have come out of a chintzy Hawaiian hotel.
In addition to the driver, the officer also found two young men sitting inside in bathing suits and a third sitting on the trunk, dipping his feet in the "pool". The car reportedly only had one functioning gear, but could travel at speeds of up to 25 kilometers per hour (15.5 mph). The vehicle was also lacking a license plate.
Police became suspicious when water began sloshing out as the car rounded a corner.Zoom
Police became suspicious when water began sloshing out as the car rounded a corner.
With the cop in hot pursuit, the men drove into a parking lot, jumped out of the car and fled the scene -- likely, the officer believed, because they were drunk. Police found that the car had been sealed using synthetic material and filled with around 2,000 liters (530 gallons) of water. It attracted so many spectators that the officer had to call for reinforcements.
But Is It Illegal?
A 27-year-old recognized by the police officer as the driver later returned to collect his belongings, but claimed he hadn't been behind the wheel. Police had let the air out of the tires and disconnected the spark plug by then to ensure it couldn't be driven further. The police said they let the man take his shoes and wallet but ordered a blood test to determine whether he had been drinking.
Since then, the men have had second thoughts about the caper. One of them told the tabloid Bild that "the ride was a stupid idea. It was the first time we drove on a street and we just wanted to have a little fun."
Police are currently investigating possible charges for drunk driving and driving without insurance. But there's one question that even police experts have been unable to answer: Is it illegal to drive a swimming pool?
Wed Jun 19 2013 02:03:56 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
From Barnfinds. Reader Claudio H. discovered this abandoned warehouse in the Palm Beach area. It and the property around it are littered with old cars. He tried to do some research to see if he could find out who the owner is and what the story is behind this collection. Sadly, he was unsuccessful at finding any information on it and is hoping the BF community can help him learn more about it.
This collection includes a wide variety of cars, from ’60s sports cars to big ’50s luxury sedans. Most are showing the effects of prolonged exposure to the elements and look to be in rough shape. The ones parked indoors look like they are in better shape, but not much.
Claudio has identified a few of the cars, but there are still lots left to identify. His list includes a ’60s Corvette, two ’57 or ’58 Lincoln Town Cars, a ’50s Cadillac Convertible, a Porsche 928, and what he thinks might be a ’70s Buick Skylark. Points go to whoever can identify the most cars. We want to thank Claudio for send in his find and we hope he can track down the story behind this collection. If anyone knows more about it, please share! Let’s hope someone will be able to save at least a few of these cars.
Fri May 17 2013 01:31:04 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
The machine in this photo was built in 1903. It staples cardboard shipping boxes. Get this: A part broke so the owners read the label on the machine, the Acme company in Chicago, and asked for help. Not only was the right part available, checking their records the machine company found that it had been sold with a lifetime warranty. So they came out and fixed it for less than $5.
Here, 1971 US Grand Prix winner, Francois Cevert listens intently to ELF Team Tyrrell-Ford designer Derek Gardner as they try to find the best compromise for the suspension set-up of the new ELF Team Tyrrell-Ford 005 during the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, NY.
Without sensors or telemetry that are the norm with Formula 1 racecraft today, testing to lower lap times of a Formula One car in 1972 was perilous hands-on trial and error.
To avoid catastrophe, there had to be clear communication, pure honesty and intense trust between driver and race engineer. The most successful drivers of that day needed a strong mechanical background, the ability to observe and report the cornering nuances of a car at speed, and the bravery to stand behind their beliefs.
American Peter Revson, seen here during practice for the 1972 United States Grand Prix, seemed to have positioned himself for F1 stardom by the fall of that year. He had surprised everyone with his pole position and 2nd place finish at the Indianapolis 500 in 1971, and went on to also capture that year's Can-Am Championship, both times driving for McLaren.
It was Revson's bad fortune to be linked to a grand fortune...his family was related to the Revlon company, and although he didn't share directly in that wealth, he had to bear the label "playboy racer."
Instead, his rise to racing's highest level was managed with great heartache. He lost his best friend and racing partner, Timmy Mayer, while barnstorming Europe in Formula Junior, and his younger brother Doug, in a Formula 3 race in Denmark.
He had a victory in the 1965 Monaco F3 race in his pocket, but didn't get any offers for race seats until devoting his career to the United States Can-Am series in 1966. He was finally able to demonstrate his abilities and was signed by McLaren in 1971. He promptly won the championship.
He won the 1973 British and Canadian Grands Prix for McLaren, but was replaced in 1974 by former World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi. He found a home with Shadow that season, but was killed in March during testing for the South African Grand Prix when his front suspension failed.
Having worked as a design sculptor in the styling departments of three American automakers, Ron Konopka values the skill and workmanship that go into creating the models that historically have been used to establish the looks of cars. That’s what motivated him to obtain and restore a deteriorating ¼-scale plaster model of the 1956 Nash Rambler—a rare artifact of the long-defunct American Motors Corporation.
The 48-inch-long scale model of a Rambler Custom four-door sedan now wears a white, black, and red paint job inspired by period advertisements for Nash’s groundbreaking 108-inch-wheelbase compact. But when Konopka brought the model to the basement of his Harper Woods, Michigan, home in October 2011, it was in stained and chipped bare plaster. “It was extensively damaged with water dripping on it,” he said.
Just about a year later—on Halloween 2012—Konopka completed work on the model. He used wood filler to smooth out the chips and pits that had blemished the surface. Then he primed and painted the piece. As a finishing touch, he applied metallic foil to simulate the ’56 Rambler’s chrome trim.
Apart from the absence of details like door handles, badges, and hood ornaments, the plaster model depicts the final accepted body design of the 1956 Rambler Custom. Konopka said such models would have been made for promotional displays or as a way for styling personnel to view prospective paint-color combinations before the start of production. They would have been rare to start with, and the chances of one getting outside the confines of the company would have been extremely slim. “It took a very special person, an executive or someone, to get it out legally,” he said.
Still, they did. Konopka said he has collected a number of plaster, wood, and fiberglass styling models. He secured the ’56 Rambler model in a trade with another collector, and it fits in with three other AMC concept models that he obtained as the result of an ad that he placed while working for the company from 1982 to ’84. (American Motors was born from the 1954 merger of Hudson and Nash. It lasted until 1987, when it was absorbed by Chrysler Corporation.)
Konopka, 69, is retired from General Motors, where he was a clay modeler in advanced-design studios from 1984 to 2001. His career in the auto industry started in 1964 with an office job at the old “Dodge Main” plant in Hamtramck, Michigan. In 1971, he became a sculptor in Chrysler’s former Highland Park, Michigan, design studios and worked there until a wave a layoffs hit the company in the late Seventies.
Now that the Rambler model is finished, it won’t stay hidden. Konopka said he is hoping to display it next summer at the annual national meet of the American Motors Owners Association.
Fri Jan 11 2013 20:54:09 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Uprating old iron with new tech: "The Derelicts." Directed/filmed by Nic Jimenez and Paul Nguyen Produced by eGarage
Camera 3/Stills : Ernesto Chetills/Grip: Jorge Payan Edited: Paul Nguyen
Cars: Derelicts by icon4x4.com
Tue Nov 20 2012 02:06:05 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
WORLD'S FASTEST ELECTRIC DRAGSTER. World record ET for an Electric Car Current Eliminator V 7.956 @ 159.85 MPH. Powered by Altairnano batteries. Record since beaten by Killacycle but still the fastest EV car.
Tue Nov 20 2012 02:07:11 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
It’s a sin to tell a lie but never a sin to wear a watch with the Sinn brand. Take a look at the Sinn 917 GR Rally Chronograph watch and see how wearing this watch can be very sin full indeed.
The Sinn 917 GR Rally Chronograph watch is not really so elaborate as to get everyone’s attention. However, it has this mute elegance look that stems from the fact that it comes in a fully polished stainless steel case measuring 44m in diameter.