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

http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/joe-bar-team-cartoons.560832/  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: http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/search/label/Burt%20Munro

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 http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2009/03/team-joe-bar-french-motorcycle-comic.html 

Monday, August 14, 2017

if the only thing that can be saved is the hood and grill... well, make something good from that

Happy 80th birthday Mopar

the Mopar brand was launched in 11 August 1937 as a shortened form of the words "Motor Parts", celebrates its eightieth birthday, marking an amazing history extending over eight decades.

It was first introduced as the name of a line of antifreeze products

In 1937, six years after the creation of the Chrysler Motors Parts Corporation plant at the corporate complex at Highland Park, in Michigan, an in-house team of marketing experts was asked to invent a name for the antifreeze used in Chrysler cars. Mopar was that name.

One of the first presentations of the Mopar name to the public occurred when Chrysler was asked to provide a float for a parade that opened the annual Shriner's convention, held in 1937 in Detroit. So the company built a camel 3 metres high, made entirely of car parts, carrying two signs on the side identifying it as: "Mr. Mopar." A small "mechanical man" named ACCY (for accessories) was placed on the float as if leading the camel.


The news broke this morning that a major Chinese automaker had made an offer to purchase FCA for slightly above market value. FCA refused, saying the offer wasn't quite generous enough.

The Art Of Mopar..... the photography of Tom Loeser on the Brothers Collection of Mopars.

This is the follow up book to The Complete Book of American Muscle Supercars. http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-complete-book-of-american-muscle.html

First impression.... wow.

Terrific photography, using the "light painting technique" of long exposure while a light box is passed over the car several times.

Terrific selection of cars, all of the highest quality, perfectly restored, and many have cool histories. Below, from the 2 page content guide you can get a quick idea of the cars

the histories of the body designs, and the people involved in Dodge, Plymouth, and Chrysler company engine development programs, plus the factory engineer racers that quickly evolved the muscle cars through drag racing on the street and strip.

The only complaint I have is that with all the descriptions and race part codes, the writer and editor don't seem to actually have worked on Mopar engines enough to feel it necessary to say the head part numbers. If you aren't a Mopar enthusiast and gearhead, you might not care to know which heads that are being referred to when the 44 in the 1967 GTX is mentioned, and why they aren't the heads on the 440 in all the other Mopars. It's slightly vexing to read a thorough description of the engine parts and hear about the swaps to this intake, or those carbs, and from this to that trans.... and the only part that isn't referred to by part number is the head.

A small matter, but, it's simply the only distraction from the great writing and stories about the motors.

For example, what is the difference between the Super Commando 440, and the Commando 440? Well, it was heads and cam. Now, when they go so far as to tell you the code number of the engineering program (A134) isn't it such a small matter to mention the heads were the 915 vs the lower horsepower 906? I'd still like that info in the book, isn't everyone curious what the parts are that made the 67 GTX 440 the most potent, and hemi competitive 440? Page 34.

Things I learned

The 1964 engineering program A864 was launched to attain one goal, winning the Daytona 500. When no limits are placed on reaching a goal, and all efforts of a corporation are focused on the achieving the same feat, incredible things can happen, and in this case, the Daytona 500 was won by the 1st year hemi Plymouth and Dodges, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th

Richard Petty went to St Louis and picked up his 1967 Belvedere GTX, and made it into the winningest stock car ever

The 1970 Challenger with the backup light that had the Dodge letters over it was the first of many car to have the company name int he reverse lights.

One dealership in the USA sold half the performance Dodges, simply by having incredible customer service, Mr Norms

the only external difference between a 1972 Road Runner and Road Runner GTX were taillights and rear bumper.

Kenny Bernstein had a 30 year sponsorship from Budweiser, a year more than John Force and Castrol, and 2 years more than Richard Petty and STP at 28 years.

Kenny Bernstein had become successful enough in the 70s with a string of 17 Chelsea Street Pubs, that he had the very best flopper made, beginning with a Keith Black hemi built by Ed Pink, a Crowerglide Clutch, and a Lenco... and went on to win over John Force at for the 1979 Championship at the Gatornats

Kenny is the only team owner to win in NHRA, Nascar, and Indy cars

the taillight on the 1968 and 1970 Coronet and head light shape on the 1970, was inspired by the Super Bee wings

the interior to compliment the Mod Top was called the Pop Prints. I've never heard of that before... the supplier to Mopar was a company that already made this design in shower curtains and table cloths, Tuscany Plastics of New York

Click for full size to see some impressive signatures

Just check out the cover (under the dust cover) photo...

and you can see a preview on Google, or this video