Bring Back The Drive-In

For anyone that’s ever been to a drive-in movie theater, this is definitely one of those things that are a blast from the past .

Sure these days there are new state of the art movie theaters that have surround sound and seats with cup holders, but the drive-in was also about spending time with your family, playing football with your cousins or friends, and getting eaten by mosquitoes. Plus, at the drive-in you always got to see two movies and honk the horn to tell the movie guy he’s taking to long loading the second one!

Yes these are the things that made the drive-in an exciting place to visit other than sneaking in a few extra friends in the trunk of your car. At one point in time there were drive-in movie theaters all over the place, you couldn’t travel very far without passing one. Now they have pretty much gone the way of the dinosaur.

I’m actually pretty fortunate because we have one that’s still in operation only 45 minutes from the house. What’s the last movie that you were able to see at a drive-in? More importantly – what were you driving?

While you are thinking about that I’ve found this pretty cool website that let’s you plug in your zip code and it will show you where the nearest drive-in is in your area.  http://www.drive-ins.com

Picture Borrowed from: openaircinema.us

320 All Wheel Horsepower Wrapped In a Plaid Wagon

A friend of mine has a totally sweet Subaru Wagon that really deserves to be appreciated by the masses.  You may have seen it once before way back in the day when it was a different color.  Luckily for us, the plaid hood survived the color change.  The body was not the only thing that changed with this car though over the last year.  The last time I bragged about it, the engine bay was chalk full of weakness, sorrow, and sad faces. Not so much anymore… » Continue reading more of this post…

Hemi Under Glass Wheel Stander Barracuda

One of the most famous wheel standers known as “Hemi Under Glass” was driven by Bob Riggle. The Barracuda did not start life off as a wheel stander, but more as a car that would be competitive in racing. When Bob realized the excitement of the crowd while his Cuda’ hung the front wheels half way down the track, he decided to turn it into an exhibition car.

I wasn’t fortunate enough to have seen this car run back in the day, but I did grow up watching Bill Mavericks “Little Red Wagon” make multiple 135MPH runs at New England Dragway in Epping, NH in the late 70s early 80s.

Here’s a great video I stumbled onto on YouTube. It shows all kinds of vintage wheel standers, some of which I never knew existed.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Pwrqpfjrj4

Can’t see the video? Here is the link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Pwrqpfjrj4

Picture borrowed from: streetlegaltv.com

Codename Daisy: Where Did That New Shelby Cobra Concept Go?

Daisy Shelby Cobra

Back in 2004, every gearhead with access to a television watched the “Rides” show on TLC covering the design and building of the “New” Shelby Cobra, Codename – “Daisy”.  From a sketch on paper, to budgetless CNC work, to Carroll Shelby ripping nasty donuts at Irwindale Raceway; we watched the birth of this almost entirely non-ferrous concept car. » Continue reading more of this post…

Hey 1974 Corvette – Why The 2 Piece Bumper?

Did you know that the 1974 Corvette’s had a 2 piece rear bumper?  It was the only year that they were like that, which makes them really easy to pick out at car shows.  In my opinion, it looks completely unfinished.  I have to imagine that the Corvette design team got together with all of their Burt Reynolds-esque mustaches, and just said “meh, let’s run with what we have, nobody will ever notice this unfinished bumper.”

If they could mate all of the body panels together to build the corvette body, why on earth couldn’t they do a 1 piece rear bumper? Was the 2 piece bumper really part of the design or was it a engineering limitation that they  sorted out by 1975?  Do any Corvette aficionados out there have the scoop?  Inquiring minds want to know.

We Found That Noise Under Your Jimmy.

The other night, I helped my friend swap out the two universal joints on the rear drive shaft of his 1986 GMC Jimmy (full size).  He said it was getting a little bit scary drive.  That means a lot coming from him because he has been known to blissfully drive vehicles that others fear to sit in, never mind take the helm of.  His last few jaunts to work and back were full of brain numbing vibrations that made the world around him appear to be a blur.

We removed the drive shaft after feeling the sloppiness in it, and we were both confident that there was going to be a serious lack of needle bearings inside.  We were not disappointed.  When we knocked the u-joint out of the yoke, there were no bearings left in one of the caps. Very niiiice. Where the bearings once lived, sat a pile of the finest metal dust that destruction can provide.  A few laughs were had, the new universal joints slid right in, and the big honkin’ GMC Jimmy lives again.

All I Want For My 100th Birthday Is…To Take Out The Pace Car!

Rachel Gilbert of Laconia NH has been a life long fan of stock car racing. She has been following the sport since 1960, and was hooked on the sport when she attended the  Daytona 500 and watched guys like Richard Petty and Bobby Allison run side by side and battle their way around the track.

So for her 100th birthday her family and Jerry Gappens from New Hampshire Motor Speedway set up a birthday celebration that would surely excite any hardcore race fan.

As part of her birthday celebration package presented by NHMS, Rachel got to drive the tracks pace car around the speedway with Gappens riding shotgun and showing her how to drive around the track.

She was also presented with a race car cake, a Lenox Industrial Tools Hat, and a NHMS jacket along with a birthday card. She said that Carl Edwards was her favorite driver, so Edwards sent her a signed official crew shirt.

Rachel says that she never misses a race on TV.

Picture Borrowed from NHMS.com

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