Tuesday, July 25, 2017

a Shelby autograph on a Shelby Cobra is expected.... what autograph would you expect on a DeLorean?

How about Steven Spielberg's?

Making the DeLorean famous was something that only the Back to the Future movie trilogy was responsible for, and Spielberg was the Exec Producer.

So, Ernest Cline, author of Ready Player One, written in 2011, and which will be released in March 2018 brought the glovebox door to Spielberg and got his autograph on it. The only DeLorean he has ever autographed.

In the above images you see the Back to the Future DeLorean, and Christine, in a race of 80s pop culture cars, and among the many cars in the race scene is the Batmobile. Below is the preview, and it's full of cool cars and characters, from the 80s movies.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Bucciali and Mercedes SSK tool kit.

I don't feel guilty at all about not giving credit to the source on this one... they didn't bother crediting me as the photographer when they used my Model A tool kit photo http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2011/05/model-ford-complete-factory-provided.html

Whoa... that's a lot of tonnage to be sliding down the road on cat tracks

Ford decided that the logical food tie in for the Mustang was connoisseur ice cream... I can't picture that... but then they aren't paying me to market the Mustang

Ford introduced a limited-edition Mustang-inspired Orange Fury ice cream sandwich, created using Coolhaus Premium Ice Cream, just in time for National Ice Cream Day which was July 23rd, with limited-edition ice cream sandwiches were given out for free at various locations in New York City.

The treats were made of two fresh-baked Vanilla Whoopie cookies covered in orange icing, sandwiched around a scoop of the one-of-a-kind Orange Fury ice cream, then wrapped in a unique Mustang-printed edible wrapper made from potato wafer paper with edible ink.


McLaren F1's tool kit, a toolkit made by Facom, weighing 1/3 of its steel equivalent (the pliers remained steel), while a titanium nitride coating gives the tools their golden look.

Blade Runner 2049 experience at San Diego Comic Con 2017 (SDCC 17)

Ford now builds a 10 speed automatic for it's Mustang. Damn.

In order to kick ass from Zero to Sixty and do it in 4 seconds flat, the engine torque doesn’t drop when you’re shifting. You get peak engine torque and horsepower straight through.


The Hackenberger’s collection auction results

not much money for anything.

The top sale of the auction was a restored 1947 Indian Chief with original sidecar that went for $37,800, even though it reportedly hadn’t seen the road in 15 years. The top selling automobile was a 1965 Amphicar 770 at $31,500.

but the amount of cats and stuff was incredible, and the total for cars, trucks, and motorcycles sold was $1.67 million. The overall total, including tractors, buggies, and memorabilia sold, was about $2 million.

Some of the most interesting cars sold:
a very rough 1949 Tatra T600 Tatraplan for $23,100,
a 1967 Porsche 912 for $26,250
a 1969 Jaguar E-Type Roadster sold for $31,500
a 1938 Studebaker pickup sold for $31,500
a 1955 Ford Thunderbird sold for $26,250


the 63 Z11 Impala had aluminum fenders and hood.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

the Historic Vehicle Register has been adding vehicles a bit faster than they did at first

9 mile trailed Cobra R 1995 Mustang, Previously owned by NASCAR driver Ernie Irvan, 1 of 250 produced

Purchased new through Ford Special Engineering in 1995 by former Robert Yates Racing-Texaco Havoline #28 NASCAR driver Ernie Irvan.

He trailered it to car shows, and never drove it.

He finally sold it in 2016.
VIN: 1FALP42C5SF213524

But there are quite a few of those limited Cobra R's hanging around waiting to appreciate in value. One has 523 miles, http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/a25844/a-1995-ford-mustang-cobra-r-reaches-the-racetrack/

another has 2911 miles https://www.a-gc.com/1995-ford-mustang-svt-cobra-r-c-361.htm

another has 6076 https://lmr.com/products/1995-Ford-Mustang-SVT-Cobra-R-Specs-Features


One of "The Few", Lacey downed at least 28 enemy planes during World War Two and was a rare example of someone who served in the RAF on both the first and final day of the war.

He survived nine crash landings and famously shot down a German plane that had just bombed Buckingham Palace.

"I was shot down nine times in 16 weeks. Twice I got out with my aeroplane burning from end to end, once with no tail on it," he said.

He continued flying fighter missions until the end of the war, including a transfer to India where he took on the Japanese.

At the end of World War Two, he was credited with having shot down 28 confirmed planes, four "probables" and nine damaged - one of the highest tallies of all the RAF's British fighter pilots.

After the war he became a pilot instructor


thanks Steve!

cards to leave for drivers that park like jack asses

A phrase for a drop card is:
'Is your steering wheel covered in shit?... because you park like an asshole'
or go with the funniest and probably true note http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2016/01/well-that-got-out-of-control-fast.html

Demon colors

Did you know Ferrari is worried about the demand for their cars? The waiting line is so much that Ferrari won't allow it's employees to buy a new Ferrari, unless they are Scuderia Ferrari F1 driver

for a good welder call... Amazin Blaze; a'Heatin and a'Beatin Welding Service.

Welcome to Hucklebuck studios.

Yall come on in and have a seat. Let me give you a little rundown on myself....

My name is Glen Thornton....My friends call me Amazing Blaze....I'm the owner and operator of a'Heatin and a'Beatin welding service.

We have 24 hour service working week days, week nights, weekend days weekend nights, holidays are my specialty...

Especially Thanksgiving.

I weld long arc, short arc, heliarc, and in the dark.

Fit for 4 welders or weld for 4 fitters.

If you want 2 or 3 weeks off , I can handle that too.

Weld anything from the crack of dawn to a broken heart..., from eggshells to spider webs.

I have done some work for a few young black widows.

We weld right handed left handed, 6 inches off the floor, up against the wall , in the corner, with or without a mirror....uphill, downhill, side to side, no crack too tight, no gap too wide.

If you don't like the way I do it, I'll let you try it.

If I cant do it, I'll hire it done.

All work guaranteed and strictly cash. No tax, no tracks.

If you got the nerve to call....I got the gall to come.

Call Amazin Blaze a'Heatin and a'Beatin Welding Service.

Route 1, Crenshaw County Alabama

Thanks Doug! 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

it's not possible that any other photo could illustrate that it's Comic Con time any better, and I am offline til Sunday at least

598 mile 1st year Diablo, one owner, and one of 21 equipped with the Bruguet Type "4330" Chronometer, 300 thou and it's yours

 this was a one-off, special-order, special wish example completed in brilliant "Impact White" with a complementary full white leather interior with contrasting red piping. It also received the very popular upgraded Alpine Stereo / CD system with amplifier and subwoofer.

full gallery and description at http://www.anamera.com/en/detail/car/482258/index.html?no_cache=1&ret=202

Letterer Johnny Watts, at age 81, still plies his trade the old-fashioned way: freehand, since age 13.

Using pictures Allen acquired, Watts lettered the car just as it would have been done back in the day—freehand. Watts has been lettering automobiles for 68 years, starting his craft at the age of 13. He’s one of only a handful who still applies the paint freehand with a trusted brush he’s had for many years. Over a two-day period, Watts gave the Bonner Thunderbolt character.

Watts uses a Coca-Cola crate as a stool and workbench. He adjusts the position of the crate from vertical to horizontal and flat as he starts high and works down low


Firestone made drag slicks for the Ford Thunderbolt, specifically, back in the 60s.

Firestone Lightning Slicks. They’re unique to the Thunderbolt as they have a lightning-bolt tread pattern. Few remain still intact and on a Thunderbolt.


the Harley Sportster turns 60, 1957 to 2017

politicians have lost their minds, this makes it official.... , Alabama teens need a business license to mow lawns for money

Teenagers have been threatened by officials and other lawn services to show their city issued business license ($110) before cutting a persons lawn for extra summer cash.

Thanks Eddie!


The Grand Tour season two, likely will be delayed while Hammond's knee heals up so he can drive, but they released a preview

as ludicrous as the salaries and costs are for filming The Grand Tour, the 1st year profited 11 million dollars.

The McLaren F1. 25 years ago it was the fastest street legal car, at 231mph. It's engine cover was gold foil.

it weighs the same as a Miata.

It's worth 12-15 million dollars.

If your engine needs a rebuild, they loan you one so you can keep enjoying your car while it's getting rebuilt at the shop. The engine is a 6.1 liter 650 Hp BMW V12. Honda bailed on the engine supply contract

It's engine cover has a warning light. This was discovered by a German business man who used his F1 as a commuter. It seems at around 190 mph the cover lifted off the sensor enough to trip the warning light... he said that the light came on every drive to work, and every drive home. Lucky guy

this is Bruce Wiener, he had that collection of micro cars


Road and Track magazine celebrates it's 70th anniversary this year

their 1st issue was June 1947

Vermont's Governor, Phil Scot, is the first sitting governor to ever win a stock car race, it was his 30th career win.

The sixty-year-old head of state scored his 30th career victory at Vermont's Thunder Road earlier this month in dramatic fashion, holding off several challengers in the Late Model Series to take the checkered flag and become the track's all time wins leader - and the first sitting governor to ever win a stock car race of any kind.

Scott, 58, took office in January after six years as lieutenant governor and a decade as a state senator.

Before Scott began stock car racing, he raced motorcycles and snowmobiles, turning to stock cars in his early 30s. He’s now in his 27th year of racing at Thunder Road, his 26th in the top late-model division. Over that time he has won three track championships, most recently in 2002.

Going into this season, Scott had won 29 feature races at Thunder Road, the most ever. On July 6, he won his 30th.

Today's salute goes out to Daron Taylor, 9th grader with a lawn care business, and innovated a bike trailer for his mower to get between jobs with all the gear needed for jobs

Daron Taylor started cutting grass when he was 14, preferring to spend his summer break building a business over playing video games.

 Finding it difficult to carry equipment and push his mower from house to house, and being too young to drive a car or truck, Taylor devised a homemade trailer, which hooks up to his bicycle and carries his mower, blower, string trimmer, extra fuel and personal protective equipment.

D’s LawnCare, also employs Taylor’s little brother, serves eight to 10 regular customers, and also does single services.


216-937-5992 or  216-544-9141
Work days Mon-Sat Cleveland,OH
Email me at taylordaron941@gmail.com

how many parts can be replaced before a car is no longer considered original? How many before it's not even the same car? What if you replaced them all, slowly, and put the used parts together? Then you have two cars, with the same serial number. Jaguar XKD 530

Chassis number XKD 530 is one of the 54 examples produced for privateer customers, this car left the factory on February 13, 1956, finished in British Racing Green. Retailed through Finnish Jaguar dealer S.M.K., the car was delivered in April 1956 to Curt Lincoln, of Helsinki, a tennis player on Finland’s Davis Cup team who was known to the racing world for his exploits in F3 midget cars and a Jaguar C-Type.

As factory documentation reportedly demonstrates, Mr. Lincoln sought to avoid excessive duty on the import; therefore, he instructed Coventry to make the car appear used, so that it would not be subject to new vehicle tariffs. To this end, the factory brushed the pedals to make them appear worn, replaced the steering wheel with a used one, and adjusted the odometer to misleadingly reflect accrued mileage, among other measures.

Other than the 1957 Elaintarhanajo, XKD 530 was used primarily for ice racing following the 1956 season, and team Askolin fitted the tires with 1¾-inch spikes

the FIA’s cancellation of the Production Sports Car class in 1957 prompted Mr. Lincoln to contacting the factory with interest in modifying the car to GT class specifications by converting it into an XK-SS road car. Eventually, the decision was made to conduct further race modifications domestically. Coachbuilders Wiima, of Helsinki, were retained to install a full-width windscreen, a new nearside door, and a custom tail fin.

On May 26, 1959, Mr. Lincoln wrote to Jaguar’s racing chief, F.R.W. “Lofty” England, that the rigors of ice racing had taken a toll on the car, and an overhaul was in order. The D-Type arrived at the Works competition department in Coventry in December 1959, and the engine block was replaced with a factory 3.8-liter example. The 40-millimeter Weber carburetors were replaced with 45-millimeter units, the gearbox and brakes were reconditioned, and the car was repainted in white. XKD 530 then returned to Scuderia Askolin with a written tag stating “+100 hp,” and Mr. Lincoln resumed racing it, taking the checkered flag twice more in February of 1960.

Heimo Hietarinta finished 1st in the Formula Libre Class at the Leningrad Grand Prix on August 27, 1961. XKD530 is believed to be the only D-Type to have ever raced in the Soviet Union, and the occasion was reported in the September 1961 issue of Finnish magazine Tekniikan Maailma, forever documenting the car’s momentous participation.

In November 1966, no longer competitive on Finland’s ice courses, XKD 530 was sold to English collector Nigel Moores, showing the symptoms of hard use, and the body had been modified to an open two-seater cockpit with a truncated tail. As rebuilding the original body was deemed to be too prohibitively expensive for a car of such value at that time, it was decided that the later D-Type construction manner, which involved separately bolting a front and rear chassis sub-frame to the monocoque body, afforded the opportunity to remove the damaged body and salvage as many original chassis components as possible.

Mr. Moores’ staff separated the chassis tub, mounted all-new bodywork in the factory long-nose style, and fitted the car with the wide-angle headed D-Type engine that had originally been used by the Cunningham team. The separated monocoque body, the original engine, and the gearbox were put aside and eventually sold, around 1984, to historic racer John Harper, who repaired the coachwork and mounted it on an all-new chassis that mostly consisted of various original Jaguar factory components.

As both resulting cars were stamped with the XKD 530 chassis number, a controversy gradually emerged as to the proper identity of each car, and which was, in fact, the authentic original car.

As detailed by an extensive five-part feature series written by Paul Skilleter and Jim Patten for Jaguar World Monthly magazine between December 2002 and September 2003, the consignor acquired one car in 1998 and the other in June 2002, then delivered both cars in late 2002 to Chris Keith-Lucas’s well-regarded CKL Developments in East Sussex.

Disassembling both cars, CKL carefully noted the individual part numbers and, comparing them to original factory parts numbering supplied by long-time D-Type expert, separated and color-coded the parts that were original to XKD 530 and those used as replacements in either of the two vehicles.

Following the mid-2003 completion of CKL’s amazing restoration, which reunited XKD 530’s separated components for the first time in 35 years, the car was taken to Goodwood for some initial laps, and veteran Le Mans driver Mike Salman (who drove several D-Types in period) was asked to join the session and share his thoughts for the JWM feature.

 XKD 530 has run the Mille Miglia Storica four times since the restoration, and it has been invited to the 2009 Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza, the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and the 2011 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

Additional vintage race participation included the 2011 Silverstone Classic’s Stirling Moss Trophy, the 2011 Goodwood Revival Sussex Trophy, and the 2012 Goodwood Revival Sussex Trophy, where the car finished 8th overall and 1st among all D-Type entrants.

 In 2008, the Jaguar was returned to CKL for a sympathetic rebuild of the engine, clutch, differential, and brakes, among other components, further ensuring strong future performance.

Accompanied by a FIVA Passport and FIA papers, and featuring its original engine, transmission, chassis frame, monocoque body, and brake calipers, XKD 530 is believed to be one of the most original examples extant, and it has been carefully scrutinized by some of the niche’s leading experts, resulting in a very complete car of utmost authenticity.


this looks like an incredible place to have a Concours due to the terraced lawn. Heveningham Hall in Sullfolk, England. Previously a WW2 airfield

Heveningham Hall is a 5000 acre estate deep in the heart of rural Suffolk. The house was mostly designed by Sir Robert Taylor in 1778 for Sir Gerrard Vanneck, a wealthy Dutch merchant.

The Vanneck family owned the hall until 1970 when the hall, which by then was in a poor state of repair, was handed over to the Department of Environment in lieu of death duties. In 1981 the house was sold to an Iraqi businessman who then commenced to repair and conserve the hall, but died before restoration was completed.

It was then purchased in 1994 by the current custodian Mr and Mrs Jon Hunt, who then set about restoring the hall and the Capability Brown (18th century landscape artist) landscape to their former glory.


Lagonda. Sounds quite British... but it's not.

The Lagonda car company was founded in 1906 by Wilber Gunn, an American, who named the company after a river near his home in Springfield Ohio.

So... it's in that same strange territory as the Hispano Suiza, made in France with a name that is decidedly not French