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Saturday
Jul122014

The Hot Rod Story

A superb video on the early days of drag racing (1965), if you are of a certain age you certainly remember going to drag races during that time. We found this video thanks to our friend at Deans Garage.

Those were the days of Schiefer dusl disc clutches that did not slip, the reason dragsters would smoke the tire the neitre lenght of the quarter mile. The "speed wrench" was the "power tool" of the day.

 

 

Friday
Jul112014

Vroom Room

Good Morning!

 

Its Friday, its the Vroom Room, come in make yourself comfortable, enjoy the cappuccino and biscotti, join the conversation, leave a comment. Yes...do join the conversation, and comment, its always great to exchange thoughts. 

Have you noticed that the initial social media euphoria of a few years ago is diluting, it seems folks are tired of the "social media bubble" and no longer participate in exchanges. 

In case you missed it, we started the week with Assholes.

Think of this, are we reaching the point where safety features in a vehicle imply doing the job of the driver. We are evolving in a direction where increasingly vehicles can get themselves "out of trouble" especially that most folks do not fully grasp many of the safety features on vehicles.

They know the acronyms, they sort of have an idea of what it does, and that's it. Reminds us of the mother that was concerned with a side air bag in the door panel at the time hurting an unsecured child sleeping in the back seat. 

An interesting presentation by Brian France of NASCAR at the Wharton School of racing evelving in the digital world. Yes you can arrive at your own conclusions.

A different perspective of NASCAR from The Autoextremist. Yes...we always tell you to be your own editor and are presenting you with 2 perspectives this morning. Let us know which one resonates with you.

Wondering about this morning's photo? Agreed its huge. Its a cool way to start and plan the day with a superb view. We urge to spend a few minutes early in the day to reflect on your day.

Yes...Corvette Racing is at CTMP (Mosport) this week end.

Our usual old race cars from LeMans.

 

 

Thursday
Jul102014

1975 Honda CB750

A cool modified Honda CB750...from Gasser Customs.

 

Wednesday
Jul092014

The Golden Age

If you are of a certain age you lived through, and experienced the "golden age" of the automobile in North America...agreed you have to be a little older.

Lets set the stage:

Prior to WWII automobiles were becoming popular, and when the entire North American auto industry turned to wartime production. Yes it was what we know today as the Detroit 3. Auto production ceased for a few years, and when production resumed it was of old pre WWII models, engineering, and technology of the time.

Mid 1950's:

By the mid 1950's yes almost 10 years after the end of WWII, the golden age was emerging in North America, there was no competition, 6 cylinders were being replaced by V8's, cars had a frame, were big, heavy, gas was cheap, roads were being built to accommodate the increase in cars. 

Should we mention that the Detroit 3 had a license to print money, and GM was at the top of the Fortune 500. The auto industry was the economic miracle of North America. New assembly plants, more dealers, roads, gas stations, the emerging suburbia.

Mid 1960's:

The momentum that started in the mid 50's continued too gather strength, if you were in one form or another of the auto business you could do no wrong, accompanied by commensurate financial rewards. Think of this Chevrolet would sell 1,000,000 cars a year...

Mid 1970's:

The momentum was so strong that it endured in the mid 70's, by now the Detroit 3 enjoyed printing money so much, they were getting increasingly creative on saving money to print more money. 

The gas crisis, safety regulations, emission regulations were taking a toll on the product, profits, while Japanese competition was establishing a beach head in North America.

The winds of change were blowing, and you could sense that the golden age was becoming a done deal.

 

Tuesday
Jul082014

Autonomous Cars

A briliant demonstration by Hyundai for "adaptive cruise control" and "lane departure".

Each car is piloted by stunt drivers who, after engaging the Genesis adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist system, climb out of the speeding cars from the sunroof and leap, one by one, onto a flatbed truck driving alongside, leaving the cars “driverless.”

One driver remains in the lead car as a guide for the sedans that follow it around the track. The result is a smooth, evenly spaced convoy of vehicles, all staying in their lanes with the aid of lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise, and elegantly set to the Blue Danube Waltz. (For the demo, Hyundai modified the lane-keeping assist to stay on; typically, the system shuts off after a few seconds without a driver’s hands on the wheel.)