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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.