In 1980, Tucker designer Alex Tremulis and a few crazy engineers hatched a plan to combine an airplane’s belly tank and a complete 500cc Subaru Rex drivetrain. The goal: 100 MPG.
I recently ran across this great page of 1950's-90's Soviet car design post cards featuring renderings by Eric Szabo. It’s pretty great.
My rally has come along
My lonely days are over
And exhaust is like a song, oh yeah
Just a little detour on the way home.
I’m loving the trails around here. Just get on your bike and start pedaling!
Well I’m not very happy with Framed Bikes. One of the last parts that I didn’t upgrade was the bottom bracket. It developed some play late last year and I discovered that Framed spec’d a non-standard 155mm wide BB. In fact, it’s not only non-standard, but not available as an off the shelf replacement part.
Big Life Changes. Moved from Detroit to Flagstaff. Started grad school. No road salt to rot your vehicles up* here. Where do the car people hang out?
Well, rallying has officially transitioned from a hobby/interest to a lifestyle choice for me. While vacationing with my mother in Arizona, we took two days to volunteer at the Prescott Rally. A rally. As a vacation. And she liked it!
The Chevy Corvair Greenbrier was General Motors’ first unique passenger van. Responding to the success of Volkswagen’s now-iconic split window Transporter, the Greenbrier marked not only a time of radical change in truck styling, but also debuted an entirely new body style for the world’s largest automaker.
I traded Kimba for this and a couple others a while back. It’s a Toyota Crown (S60) “kujira” made by Summer. Quite a cheap crappy casting, it came with really horrible looking wheels. But, for as bad as the model looks, the rarity of the Crown meant it deserved a little love.
I met a pair of these at every residential street, and with the variation in mud depth several were tall enough to crunch the chainring a bit while climbing up. A few were filled with water, which was fun to jump into at speed.
[In fact, I already own an automobile.]
I’m going full bizarro right now. C’mon in. The water’s fine.
The General Motors Design Center puts on an employee car show every year before the Dream Cruise called Design On Woodward. Here are some neat cars that attended this year. (There are a lot of non-GM cars here too!)
Not even editing. No time. Just look.
I must admit that I hadn’t been to Sno*Drift in five years. It was a lot of commitment in college, and the weather always proved to be a bit chilly. However, after the humid bug-fest that was Magnum Opus 2016, I wasn’t terribly excited to try out Rally America’s summer version of the ‘Drift. Would it be hot and muggy?…
Independence Day is soon approaching. Let’s continue the party with a car whose stripes are rivaled only by Old Glory itself.
Ready your barbecues; hoist your flags. It’s on. This is one of the most ‘Merican brochures in my collection! Before you dig into that potato salad, enjoy some good old fashioned ‘Merica. Happy Independence Day!
NOW! Action shots from Henry Roeters clumsily edited in! Check it out! This was a month ago now, but I’ve been a wee bit busy lately. I took my ‘65 F-100 to its first rally event and ended up working start control at Skyline and Danaher stages with an old friend and a fellow Jalop.
“If you’re looking for an ideal car for the eighties, look closely at this page.”