Wednesday, August 16, 2017

right on, I can dig it

in 1962, a guy working at Boeing bought a surplus small jet engine... and put it into his deuce roadster (thanks Dennis!)

are people in Florida stupid? Ever since the election of Bush V Gore hanging chad issue I've been suspicious... but this? Confirms

Edwards Air Force Base.....

Reminder, if you're going to be driving cross country on the weekend before Labor Day, the I80 and I35 are going to be over policed, and they are in the top ten most dangerous freeways anyhow (#s 7 and 10)

The I-80/I-35 Challenge, Border-to-Border Traffic Safety initiative covers 4,400 miles of roadway from California to New Jersey and Minnesota to Texas and was planned to coincide with the “You Drink You Drive You Lose” (YDYDYL), national enforcement campaign.

It turns out, police departments get involved to get federal funds, and sure, the extra ticket and car seizures don't hurt either

a California van in Japan... your coffee and donuts film of the morning

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

someone ran 35 pounds of boost in a Veloster (read the comments)

Just wow

Thanks Bobby!

Joe Bar Team (in English! Thanks Kim!)

Four guys who hang out at a curbside bar owned by ‘Joe’ and their often hilarious antics and adventures give a glimpse into French cafe’ racer culture of the 70’s and provide more than a few laughs along the way. Chased by cops, taunting each other into overstepping their riding ability, happily tearing down a stranded rider’s Guzzi (even though it only ran out of gas), and experimenting with Joe’s cocktail mix in their fuel are just some examples of the hijinks they live through  and all the old links on that page to other English translated Joe Bar Team comics are dead links. 

winner of it's first race, the 2.0 liter and under GT class in the 1967 24 hours of Daytona

Came in 9th overall...

and the competition was legends like Andretti, Bruce McLaren, and Brock Yates.

38 of the 60 cars didn't even finish

What finished ahead of him? 3 Race Ferraris, 2 factory Porsche prototypes, and 3 GT 40s.

It ran with steel rims.

That's flippin impressive.

Road and Track magazine, July 2017,. page 59

Did Senna spear Prost to win the 1990 championship, or was it only coincidence? Road and Track magazine says Senna admitted to it later.

If neither Senna nor Prost finished the race, Senna would win. Well... that was easy to arrange.

In 1994 and 1997 Michael Schumacher crashed into his championship rivals.

Road and Track, July 2017, page 104

if a car is going to die on the freeway in the middle of lanes, you sorta aren't surprised when you get a closer look, and see this

spare tire, garbage bag covering the window they busted out to steal it, and busted rear bumper.

or maybe it just got hit recently and it's all sorts of screwed up

Because they forgot why police cars are supposed to be seen and noticed... these are known as ghost units. Makes no sense to me. They're probably embarrassed to be cops, or scared to be recognized

I posted a white cop car with silver decals before, I just can't find it among the nearly 30000 posts... so, time to post a new example.

Thanks Andy

Thanks Slow Walker!

and look at this bullshit:

Campus Cops? What, did they lose a bet and get a promotion from mall cop? OR did they have the half baked idea no one could recognize the cop suv from the all black tinted window and cheap rims?

Why the understated lettering on the Fire Dept Chiefs Suburban? How does that make sense? Is it so the fire dept chief can drive a city vehicle on personal errands unobserved?

it's rare to learn of car collections in the south east Asian area.... even rarer to learn about it from anyone other than Fuel magazine, but check out this Porsche collection near Cebu Philippine Islands

Petrolicious covered the previously unheard of Sinaia Concours d'Elegance in Romania

In the UK, anyone who is aged 14 or over and wants to ride a battery-powered bicycle can do so – they don’t need tax, insurance or a license. But in Northern Ireland the same bike and rider must have tax, insurance and license

Despite only having small motors and generally only being capable of speeds of around 15mph, the bikes are still legally classed as powered two-wheelers and in the same classification as mopeds.

Throughout the rest of the UK, legislation was passed in 1995 that ruled the Electrical Assisted Pedal Bicycles – or EAPCs – exempt from that ‘moped equivalent’ law, but it’s come to light that Northern Ireland didn’t implement the same exemption.

So far, they aren't wasting time ticketing the very, very few people that might be in violation... but it's on the books

this is weird, or undercover. This has blinking blue lights in the reverse light area, and pulled a car over on the interstate in front of where I work. It does NOT have police plates

those are typical regular California plates with registration stickers. Police plates state across the bottom "exempt" and do not have registration stickers in the upper corners

Indian motorcycle brought out Burt Munro's original, record-setting Scout motorcycle to this year's Bonneville Speedweek, it's the 50th anniversary of Burt's record runs

On August 26, 1967, Munro set a record that still stands.

 He had an average speed for two runs of 183.586 miles per hour (later corrected to 184.087 mph). Munro, who was 68 at the time, set the record on the above 1920 Indian Scout he bought new.

Burt first visited Bonneville in 1957.

He wouldn’t return until 1962, bootstrapping his way across the Pacific as a cook on a cargo ship and flat towing the Indian behind a $90 Nash station wagon from Long Beach to Bonneville.

 That year, he pushed the streamlined Indian to a record of 179 MPH in the 850cc class, and due in no small part to the encouragement he received from fellow racers, he continued to return to Bonneville throughout the Sixties.

In 1967, the last year he would race at Bonneville, Munro had enlarged the Indian’s V-twin to 950cc and entered it in Class S-A 1,000cc.

His top speed of 191 MPH and his average speed of 183.586 MPH at that year’s Bonneville Speed Week not only set the class record, but also established Munro’s then-47-year-old bike as the fastest Indian motorcycle.

That record went on to stand until 2014 when Munro’s son John convinced the American Motorcycle Association to correct a calculation error, bumping Munro’s record to 184.087 MPH.

For lots of coverage of all things about Burt Munro, his garage, his trailer, bikes, etc:

Including the series of photos that Jack Brady took in 1957 (the above is one example) 

tailgates are getting fancier, and nicer. These shock absorbers make it a lot less jarring, and eliminate the slamming open and closed tailgate noise

Above you can see they had to add one plate for the top end of the strut

but the bottom end just taps into and creates it's own threads in the tailgate

and the above and below show the difference on the other side of the tailgate where there isn't a strut

I was just told of a Joe Bar Team bar in Switzerland - at Vernayaz, Valais

I can't understand a word, but you really don't need to in order to enjoy the mishaps of these characters, and the well done art of the biker characters. I learned of Team Joe Bar in 2009