Test drive II

February 27, 2014

Jeff Gordon has another video for Pepsi Max.

Comments are always welcome.

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The one and only

February 27, 2014

Not long ago we included a picture of the
1963 Chevrolet Testudo in a post about cars
you’ve probably never seen.

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The car was a one-off prototype built by
Bertone, an Italian car maker for GM. The
body was built on a beefed-up Corvair
chassis with an 81 hp engine.

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The 2,372 cc flat-six air-cooled engine had
overhead camshafts, two valves per cylinder,
and 2 Rochester downdraft carburetors.

It got all 81 hp to the ground via a four-
speed manual transmission. The car had
independent suspension, coil springs, drum
brakes, and a 94.5 inch wheelbase.

The interior was cutting edge for the day
and you can see features that ended up in the
C3 Corvettes.

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The exterior design is said to have
influenced the Corvette, a Ferrari, a
Lamborghini, the AMC Pacer, and the Porsche
928!

It was originally shown in metallic silver but
was painted pearlescent white not long after
its debut. The headlights pop up, the tail-
lights were polycarbonate plastic and mounted
in the bumper.

You got in through a forward hinged canopy
and it had a glass roof and wraparound
windshield.

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The moniker “Testudo” is a Latin root for
the word turtle. This was chosen because
it was thought the aesthetics of the car did
resemble a turtle.

Ironically, a few years after it debuted the
car was involved in a wreck with another
Bertone one-off car and wasn’t repaired. It
sold in 1974 in damaged condition and the
new owner commissioned chief designer Luciano
d’Ambrosio to supervise a full restoration.

And that ends the tale of the most
influential Corvair that never was.
Comments are always welcome.


We’re all crazy

February 26, 2014

One line of song by Waylon Jennings is
“I’ve always been crazy but it’s kept me
from going insane”.

With our current societal climate we have
to wonder if everybody isn’t crazy. Bear
with us and we’ll explain.

Recently the government bailed out the
automakers, lowered social security benefits,
decimated Medicare, played gun runner to
Mexican drug dealers, spied on all of us,
and ignored our Constitution.

Congress has had investigations with no
results, our National debt is the highest
it has ever been, and a state filed for
bankruptcy.

God can’t be in our schools but sex ed
and free condoms can.

school

We are told not working and being on welfare
are good for our economy while most jobs that
are available pay minimum wage.

We are bombarded with propaganda about the
“greedy corporations” from people who are
themselves millionaires. And few see the
irony.

greedy

Global warming is now the cause of our
frigid winter, illegal aliens may soon become
magically legal, and anyone who disagrees is
a racist, anti-gay, a flat-earther, or worse.

Our country isn’t broken, our government is.
Yet we citizens keep electing the same inept
people who brought us all these problems in
the first place. Or are we missing something?
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You ever wonder…

February 25, 2014

What if wagons looked like this?

wagon

Or our pickups looked like this?

avante

And convertibles looked like this
1950 Templeton Saturn?

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Or if animals could talk?

sho

What if you had an army tank and…

If you missed the automobile parade
in New York City on February 6,
1900, you can watch it now.

If you never saw a nuclear bomb
explode.

With that we’ll end this post and
find out what happens if I want
more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.


Our drug problem

February 24, 2014

drug

A friend sent us this and we’re still
smiling so we thought we’d share it
with you. If you are old to remember
it will put a smile on your face too.
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Marathon 500

February 23, 2014

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When we first turned on our TV today, we
didn’t plan on it being on over ten and half
hours. The Daytona 500 was supposed to be a
four hour race.

If you watched all or part of it you know
there was a rain delay of six hours, 21
minutes, and 40 seconds, and some big wrecks.

We were glad to see Dale Earnhardt, Jr. win
the second Daytona 500 of his career after
all was said and done. He is the fan favorite
for a reason.

Even with the delay it was worth the wait.

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Weekend diversions

February 22, 2014

We felt our post on concept cars didn’t go
quite far enough so we looked until we found
some appropriate videos that we hope fill in
the blanks. We’ll even toss in a hot rodded
tractor, a car show, a movie, and a song.

This video show what our cars may look like
in the not too distant future.

A longer look at concept cars and thier
purpose for being.

Going back in time, this one looks at the
1955 Ghia Streamline X concept car.

Another old video and this time of a Corvair
truck that you may have never seen.

From Norway come this short video starring
a V-12 powered Massey Ferguson tractor
towing a snowblower.

Footage from the 2013 Rust Revival show.

For a movie we turn to Andy Hardy.

And for music, a little ZZ Top.

Enjoy the diversions, we’re going to
get some popcorn and a Coke.
Comments are always welcome.