Future cars

March 5, 2015

Since we haven’t talked cars in a few hours it is
time to share some videos of concept cars. A few
may even make it to production while others are too
far out into the future to predict. You can make
your own decisions.

If the 2016 Chevy Malibu SS looks anything like
the concept, we’re sold.

Another car that hope looks as good as the concept
version is Buick Grand National GNX.

Not a car, but have you heard that Ford is going
back to building bicycles? Here in the United
States the bicycles will be powered by the pedals
and a 200w electric motor.

A little farther into the future, Apple is saying
it will release the ICAR by 2020. Rumors have been
all over the map from it being a driver-less vehicle
to getting a rebate for a cell phone contract. Time
will tell.

What do think our cars will look like by 2030? We
don’t pretend to know, this but this video contains
some concepts that may just make the cut.

And what about tires? In 20 years, Hankook thinks
our tires could look something like this. These
look so wild they may just work!

You should now be prepared to buy a car, or a
bicycle, in the future. Don’t thank us, we’re more
than happy to share.
Comments are always welcome.


Helpful hints and oddballs

March 2, 2015

Although we are supposed to get more snow, with
freezing rain, tonight we think of summer. Since we
have central air at our place keeping cool isn’t a
problem in the summer months.

But if you don’t, or you are looking for a cheap
way to cool your garage, here is a video that will
show you how to make an air conditioner for $8. It
may not be the fanciest but it will cool you off.

Are you looking for a new car but don’t know which
models come with a manual transmission? there may
be more choices than you think. The people at
OPPOSITELOCK can help with that.

What if a car could be made that didn’t need
refueling for 100 years? Believe it or not it may
be in our future. Powered by a radioactive metal
called Thorium, and just 8 grams of Thorium could
power the car for 100 years!

For something a little different, how about a 48
cylinder Kawasaki making noise?

Since we’re on a Kawasaki kick, how about a snow
blower powered by a Ninja 900cc engine? Seems like
it works.

We’ll end with some music. This one from 1965 and
one you probably haven’t heard in a while.

So now you know how to build an air conditioner,
get a new car with a stick, a little about the
possible future of our transportation, seen a few
different motorcycle engines, and heard an old
song. We need a pizza.
Comments are always welcome.


Strange lights

February 24, 2015

Ever heard of organic light-emitting diodes (OLED)?
Or of it being used in the automotive industry?
I hadn’t either until now. So, what is OLED?

The scientific version goes like this: An organic
light-emitting diode (OLED) is a light-emitting
diode (LED) in which the emissive electroluminescent
layer is a film of organic compound which emits light
in response to an electric current. This layer of
organic semiconductor is situated between two
electrodes; typically, at least one of these
electrodes is transparent. OLEDs are used to create
digital displays in devices such as television
screens, computer monitors, portable systems such
as mobile phones, handheld game consoles and PDAs.

Car nuts, like myself, simply that to: it’s neat!
Just look at the video to see what these critters
can do on an Audi.

Think about it; you could scare drunks sober,
cause other drivers to watch your rear end instead
of the road, and be a hero to your kids if these
things go into production cars. At least for a
little while until they became commonplace.
Comments are always welcome.


Here we go

February 23, 2015

When we cruise the information highway we like to
share the best of what we find. We’d like to, but
you have to settle for these.

We’ve all seen the Moms in minivans dropping their
kids off at school, but have you even seen Mom do
that in a 550 horsepower minivan? Well watch and
learn. And remember, don’t try this at home.

We find it a little hard to swallow that this is
actually a Famous Footwear commercial even with all
the graphics on the vehicle. Stranger ones have
been seen though.

For something a little more sedate, check out this
commercial that has a housewife drooling over the
features on the 1956 Ford. Notice the car even had
the optional, for that year, seat belts.

Now let’s go head first into the future. What
is designed to do what a helicopter does, but cost
less? Hint: it combines the simplicity of a
motorcycle with the freedom of a helicopter. Still
don’t know? It’s the Hoverbike!

And one about the animal kingdom. A friend shared
this one that got us thinking about how some
critters would seek revenge. No crocodiles were
harmed in the filming of this video.

These are a few of our favorite things this
Monday.
Comments are always welcome.


Weekend thoughts

February 20, 2015

goat

We watch a lot of car related TV shows and never
thought one of these would make us think of the
condition our country is in. We think Danny Koker
of ‘Counting Cars’ does a decent job of doing just
that.

Locally the 46th Annual Rod & Custom Car Show will
start tomorrow.

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This weekend is also the Carquest NHRA Nationals
in Phoenix, Arizona where Jenna Haddock is eligible
to race Top Fuel class for Rookie of the Year.

Kurt Busch will not be in the Daytona 500 as he
was suspended by NASCAR for an alleged domestic
abuse.

And we still wonder about ethanol. How is it that the
.02% of our population who profit from ethanol get
to tell the other 99.98% we have to buy their
product?

Back to events, Saturday night NBC Sports will air
2.5 hours of the Kissimmee auction.

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Here’s some music that’s a little different. The
Six String Soldiers at the 30th Annual Joe Val
Bluegrass Festival.

There you have everything from goats to singing
soldiers. If we forgot anything it wasn’t intentional
and if called on it already have a patsy lined up
to take the fall.
Comments are always welcome.


The stand

February 18, 2015

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We’ve been a little confused since hearing the
National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) has been
receiving hate mail after taking a stand on street
racing.

With the popularity of the “Street Outlaws” show
and the expanding scope of said show, recently
NHRA members have been racing the shows stars on the
street. NHRA sent these members a letter stating
if they didn’t stop racing on the show, which
glorifies street racing, the offenders racing
license would be suspended.

The NHRA was founded in the 1950s to give illegal
street racers a legal option and to remove the
black eye the street racers gave the hobby. NHRA
even went so far as to start a “Safety Safari” to
get the message out to car clubs and others.

The Safety Safari taught how to conduct fair races
with safety as a main concern with the intent of
giving car enthusiasts a safe place to race. The
NHRA goes so far as to call licensed racers
ambassadors of safe racing.

So we are surprised by the people who are
surprised that the NHRA came down heavy on members
who street race with cars adorned with the NHRA
logo. Our hobby has benefited from this groups
efforts and we support their stance on this issue.
Comments are always welcome.


Sharp looking classic

February 11, 2015

In yesterdays post we mentioned that Panhard &
Levassor pioneered the front engine, rear wheel
drive, mid mounted transmission layout still in use
today.

So we thought to mention a model that the company
introduced to the world at the 1936 Paris Motor
Show. In 1936 the company replaced their CS model
with the Panhard et Levassor Dynamic.

dynamic

As shown in the 1936 model in the above picture,
the car had features that were later added to other
manufacturers vehicles in later years. Produced
from 1936-1940, 2,742 were built in four different
configurations. The 2-door coupe, the 2-door
cabriolet, the 4-door saloon, and the 4-door
“6-light” saloon.

These vehicles had a monocoque construction which
didn’t require a separate frame. The headlights
were mounted in the front fenders, it had a 3 piece
windshield, 3 windshield wipers, partially
covered wheel arches, independent front suspension,
and a center mounted steering wheel.

The “6-light” saloon that came out in the fall of
1937 could seat 9 people, and in 1939 the steering
wheel moved to the side as was the norm. These were
luxury cars that sold for 22,500 Francs in 1936.

The Panhard et Levassor Dynamic had three models;
the 130, the 140, and the 160. All had six
cylinder engines starting with the 130, named for
its top speed, which was 130 km/h. The 140 proved
to be the most popular model and was the last
production sleeve-valve engined car made. The 160
was the top of the line and after having the
steering moved to a more conventional location it
was dubbed the X80.

We do wonder how the car would have evolved if it
had survived and was still built today. Chrysler
had the Airflow, France had these.
Comments are always welcome.


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