Everything from burgers to electric paint

October 16, 2014

Racing has been around as long as someone had
something to race. It probably started on foot,
then camels, horses, and finally cars. Here is a
look at drag racing in 1968 at Houston
International Speedway.

Remember light up paint? Here is a video from
Darkside Scientific. The paint is called LumiLor
and Darkside claims it is a great way for drivers
of electric vehicles to bring even more attention
to themselves. What they don’t say is why they
would want to.

Changing gears, if you aren’t doing anything this
Saturday, why not stop at a Red Robin for a burger?
Local law enforcement officers will be “celebrity”
servers for lunch and dinner. Proceeds go to a
good cause.

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And finally have you ever thought about how those
in car sales really feel? Well here is a video by
Chris Adams called “The Universe Made Car Sales
People”.

The weekend is almost here so have a good one and
keep the shiny side up.
Comments are always welcome.


Monday the 13th

October 13, 2014

On rainy days our brain-case gets busier than
usual. Thoughts run amok and not much gets done.
So in an attempt to ease the pressure of my over
heated noggin, here’s a few things we’ve been
thinking about.

Happy 239th Birthday to the U.S. Navy and all who
have proudly served since October 13, 1775.

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Today is also the anniversary of the airing of
The Edsel Show. It featured a lot of stars of the
day.

I don’t know who checks out ads that run online
but sometimes think that nobody does. Case in
point is the car below listed as a 1964 Falcon
sedan delivery. It may be a sedan but it is
not a sedan delivery.

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Last week a Guinness record for longest parade of
classic cars was set at 1,721. We’re told this
parade was 4 hours long and Mexico City now holds
the record.

With Halloween coming up we thought to share this
version of the “Monster Mash” by Bobby Pickett and
the Crypt-Kickers.

We’ll end this here and move on the other things
and another cup of coffee. Have a pleasant Monday.
Comments are always welcome.


Above the clouds

October 11, 2014

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We went to a magical place today that looked like
it was above the clouds. The picture is of the view
of Mississippi Valley shrouded in fog that I took
at around 10:00 am this morning in Fountain City,
Wisconsin.

A friend invited me along for a little visit to
Elmer’s Auto & Toy Museum and after being there I
must say the name doesn’t do it justice. We arrived
after 4 hours on the road, and a little off roading,
to be greeted by Elmer himself and the
fog covered valley.

Upon entering the first building, We saw street
rods, a Rolls-Royce, a 427 Fairlane, a Vette with
5.5 actual miles on the odometer, the lowest
mileage Superbird known to exist and matching
Daytona, Indian motorcycles, Harleys, mopeds and
scooters, pedal cars, a late 1800s Pierce-Arrow
bicycle with wooden wheels, and an Auburn.

And that’s no where near half of what we saw in
the first of five buildings! In the buildings
we saw one of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.s race cars,
Doodlebugs, Whizzers, Mustang mini-bikes, signage,
a wooden Snap-On tool box from the 1920s, a 1929
Ford Model A Phaetom inside a house, a bald eagle
that was stuffed over 110 years ago, a Wurlitzer
juke box from the 1940s, rare snowmobiles and
Simplex motorbikes.

As for the toys, you’d honestly have to see it.
Pedal cars, trucks and tractors, tin cars, tether
cars, games, dolls, figurines, and just about any
other kind of rare toy you could think of.

On our second pass through the second building we
spied a Weinermobile pedal car, an Excalibur kit
car, and a really detailed 1920s coupe pedal car.

Cameras are not allowed in the buildings or I
would have taken pictures. I wish to thank my friend
for the experience, and I may have stopped drooling by
now.

For more details you can check out the link to
the museum web page above.

Comments are always welcome.


Most famous racer you’ve never heard of

October 9, 2014

In an earlier post we included a video of Dick
Trickle smoking in his race car during a caution
lap. There are probably a lot of racing fans who
don’t remember him, and that’s a shame.

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Some claim he never won a NASCAR race while others
claim he did. But there is a reason he was called
one of the biggest racing legends of all time and
we’d like to tell you why.

Dick Trickle won around 1,200 short track races
which makes him the winning-est short track driver
ever, but since some short tracks kept shoddy or
no records it is hard to verify.

He was the type of guy of who drank canned beer
because that’s what most bars served, drank often
with rivals and fans but nobody remembers seeing
him drunk, smoked but didn’t advise others to, and
wore cowboy boots when he raced because they were
durable and other drivers did.

Some of us older folk remember 1989 when Dick
Trickle became the oldest driver to ever win the
“Rookie of the Year” award. He was 48.

People asked why he waited so long to get into
NASCAR and his answer was that he couldn’t afford
it. He could make more money on the short tracks
than he could in the Winston Cup series!

He committed suicide at the age of 71 because he
claimed he couldn’t stand the pain. He quit smoking
hoping to stop it, and went to doctors but the pain
persisted. Experts say chronic pain increases the
risk of suicide by 32%.

Dick Trickle died on May 16, 2013 after he called
9-1-1 to report a dead body (his own). His is an
interesting story and if wish to read more, go
here.

Even if you aren’t a race fan, please remember
that chronic pain is real and even though someone
doesn’t complain they can still be hurting.
Comments are always welcome.


While I was in the dog house

October 7, 2014

Before the wife went to bed this afternoon she
said “and I don’t want to hear any explosions
today”. She swore she heard a big one yesterday and
claimed it was my fault.

So to play it safe I cruised the information
highway instead of the garage. And since I’m fond
of saying there isn’t anything “new” it’s just an
improved version is now available I looked into
something most people think is a newer invention.

Yes, we’re talking air suspension on cars. Most I
have talked to believe this is something invented
around 1970. William W. Humpreys patented a
“Pneumatic Spring for Vehicles” in 1901! But when
did they start using them you ask?

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George Messier, buit a car called the Messier featured
a suspension to hold the car aloft on four gas
bubbles from 1922-1930.

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In 1946, William Bushnell Stout built a prototype
Stout Scarab that had four-wheel independent air
suspension.

Yes you say, but when did a domestic automaker use
them on a production model?

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That would be the 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham.
It had an air dome at each wheel which had sensors
to automatically maintain the car’s height as
standard equipment. Cadillac offered air
suspension through the 1960 model year.

Not to be outdone, in 1958 Buick debuted “Air-
Poised Suspension” which had air bags at each
corner for automatic leveling. It also could raise
the car over 5 inches for steep driveways or to
help when changing a tire.

1958 Rambler Ambassadors and American Motors
“Cross Country” station wagons offered air
suspension as an option. Called the “Air-Coil Ride”
an engine driven compressor pumped up the air bags,
which were inside coil springs, and had ride height
control.

Air suspension disappeared until 1984 when Lincoln
introduced it as standard equipment on the
Continental Mark VII.

Today Cadillac, Ford, Lincoln, Jeep, Ram trucks,
Maybach, Rolls-Royce, Land Rover, Subaru, Tesla,
and many others offer an air suspension system.

So those who use air bags on their hot rods,
low-riders and other vehicles aren’t really on to
anything new. Just a different way to do it.
Comments are always welcome.


Really odd ends

October 2, 2014

Today we offer a video for just about anything. If
you can’t find it in this post you might not need it.

For those looking to expand their knowledge of the
inner workings of an automatic transmission we
believe the following video will help.

Want to buck the small block Chevy trend under the
hood? If a straight 6 is your dream this clip will
give you some ideas on how to make it look sharp.

Ever seen an antique stationary engine when it is
running. Ground pounding, child terrorizing, smoke
belching, and for no other purpose than the glee of
those who love them. Here is one such critter.

This one has a commercial and does show you how not
to drag race. Nobody was seriously hurt but if the
seatbelts came up through the floor it was lucky
the driver wasn’t killed.

Something rarely seen and seldom remembered are
clips from the time NASCAR had the Winston Cup
series and smoking was shown on TV. Here is a short
video of Dick Trickle grabbing a smoke during
a caution and the commentators chuckling about it.

There was a song published in 1940 and several
artists recorded it, but a lot of us remember the
1949 Fats Domino version. It was his greatest hit
and was number 81 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list
of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Since we’ve mentioned NASCAR earlier, the movie on
this cruise will be “The Dale Earnhardt Story”.

Now we have to go look at an engine.
Comments are always welcome.


From here to there

September 29, 2014

I was thinking of dubs, cars with really tall rims
and rubber band tires, when I came across some old
pictures. It brought to mind that everything old is
new again. The pictures were of old cars that had
a specific purpose.

Known as Railway Inspection Cars, some of these
looked very much like dubs to us. Take this 1920s
Packard for instance.

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Just lose the cowcatcher on the front and it
screams dub. An even better example is this 1938
Chevrolet.

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The inspection cars were equipped with steel
wheels to cruise down the tracks and couldn’t be
driven on the street. This was before the purpose
built vehicles of today and they were used to
locate any problems along the track that might
cause problems.

The leading cause of train wrecks was human error
and the second leading cause was defects. These
defects included bending, stresses, cracking, and
corrosion to name a few.

Now rails can be inspected at around 65 mph and
in the future it may be done with lasers and fiber
optics from a remote site.

In use the inspection car would look something
like this:

The cars shown above are railway inspection cars,
the one below is a dub.

dub

See the resemblance?
Comments are always welcome.


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