Friday, June 2, 2017

Wicked Sixes and Some Wicked Videos

It's no secret I'm an early Porsche fan.  The history, the sound, the beauty in the machines built on race history.  So I love talking and learning about them.  A German buddy of mine, Matthias Hoeing of Wicked Sixes and Mezger engines, is one of the premier early Porsche engine builders in the world, has put together some incredible engine teardown and build up videos with Filmkooperation.  Nothing new here, but if you haven't seen them, now you're going to.  They're just too good not to share.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Something A Little Different...

There are many parallels in my little universe, but the majority always lead to something mechanical in nature.  Something that is a common topic here is the beauty of old machinery.  One breed of machine that I've only briefly talked about here, is that of the tower clock movement.

Mechanical Craftsmanship - Tower Clock Movements

Over the past couple years, I have been volunteering my time to help restore one of these lovely machines in our little town for the old Courthouse.  The clock was built by A.S. Hotchkiss under the Seth Thomas Company and was constructed in 1876.  The clock is a model #12A. The clock featured a time and strike train that was wound by hand once a week until an electric unit was fit into the existing clock movement frame in the mid 1940's.  During its life, the clock has seen time periods of functional issues and lack of maintenance, ultimately preventing it from keeping time, striking the bell, or functioning at all.  It now needs a great deal of attention, including reconstructing missing wheels/gears, redoing the clock dials, and even some internal structural repairs to the building itself.  There's a long road ahead, but the county, help from our community, and mentoring from tower clock expert, Phil Wright from the Tower Clock Company, will keep me in-line and will be doing a portion of the restoration as well.

Here's what it looks like now.  I'll post some updates as this gets further along.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

the Baker Torpedo - Electric Streamlined Racing Came Early

HUGE thanks to my good friend Andrew for showing me this car.  What an amazing accomplishment for the early 1900's and proving what power electric cars could have on the race car.  Can you imagine driving a car capable of 120 mph in 1902?  Incredible.

Read about the car on the Old Motor...

Baker Torpedo

Friday, May 5, 2017

Friday Feature Presentation - Jim Cowden's Home Built Aluminum GT40

Sorry for the delay in posting!  The usual life insanity has about crippled this blogger.  I'm working through it, though.  don't give up on me.

Thanks for the reminder from Chris Meurett and his employees at PowerStream to keep the ball rolling!  I appreciate the nice words!

Okay...  enough of that.  How about a movie?

I'm a long time lover of the GT40!  You know...  the ones that gave Ferrari a taste of good 'ol American racing at Le Mans in 1966 through 1969 with a 1-2-3 in 1966.  But this isn't about one of those cars.  This blog LOVES those cars and will certainly talk more about those later...

This blog has always been about the support of the, "if you can't buy it, build it!" attitude.  So check out Jim Cowden's INCREDIBLE 15,000 hour build!  The details are incredible and this is FAR from being some kind of kit car.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Friday Cutaways

Celebrating Friday...

(as always, these are just images that I've collected and they are not of my creation.  I'm just sharing them.)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

John Bolster's Bloody Mary

I posted about this car several years ago (HERE) and the link I had posted regarding this incredible little cycle car has since become invalid.  Being pretty fond of this car, I thought it was worth a bump up in your minds and a link to a newer article on the Amazo Effect and SPROKT.  Check out the articles for a nice read and check out the Bloody Mary madness!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Beast IV Will Live Again

First, before anything, I would like to thank Cory Taulbert for trusting me with the story before it went full viral in order to search for a much needed component.  I appreciate the info and for yesterday's update.  The update is paraphrased below.

Update on what, you ask?  Anyone remember Chet Herbert's streamliner the "Beast IV"?

Well, it's coming back to life.  The NHRA museum in Pomona, California has commissioned the restoration of the Beast IV Streamliner.  Dan Webb  of  and his daughter Ashley Taulbert, (well known for the modern recreation of the "Golden Sub", the Remington Modified recreation, the So-Cal Streamliner, and the fully sculpted Wedge Roadster, just to name a few) will be tasked to recreate the Beast IV and are currently making progress.

Chet Herbert built the car in the summer of 1953, in the few short weeks leading up to Bonneville Nationals in August of that year.  The car had a short, but purpose built, 95" wheelbase and was powered by a 331 Chrysler Hemi.  The early Chrysler power plant was directly coupled to a Pat Warren 2-speed quick-change rear end.  The car rolled on Halibrand 18" magnesium wheels with knock-off mounting on the rear and bolt-on mounting up front, and wrapped in Firestones.  The car had Halibrand disc brakes on the rear actuated by hand controls.  The original streamliner's aluminum body was built by the automotive legend himself, Sam Barris, with some of the forming done by the S&S Metal Shaping Company.  When the car first debuted at Bonneville, it set the record for the fastest single-engined car at a whopping 246 mph.

Dan and Ashley currently have the tubular style chassis to a rolling state and has been sent off to Craig Naff in Virginia for the body work.  Craig will restore the panels that are still original to the car and remake the panels that no longer exist from the first iteration of the streamliner.  The car should be back up to Michigan in September, where Dan will finish up the details and perform the final assembly on the chassis.  The car will then be painted prior to an unveiling of the restoration/rebuild at the NHRA Museum in January 2017.

Thanks again to Cory and of course Dan Webb and Ashley Taulbert for permissions to post this update.  We'll all be impatiently waiting for the final unveiling of such an incredible piece of land speed racing history.