The 48 of Jimmie Johnson Goes Green For Earth Day

Sunday April 22 is Earth Day, and the 48 of Jimmie Johnson will go green at the drop of the green flag. As part of their 60′s throwback paint scheme strategy, Jimmie Johnson and the Lowes Racing Team decided, how cool would it be to paint the five time champs cup car a “Mountain Green” which was the color of choice used by General Motors on quite a few muscle cars back in 1967.

David Sutphin who happens to be the Sports Marketing Manager for Lowes, said that they researched some of the old throwback color schemes that were offered on classic cars as a way to keep switching up the color of the Lowes machine that Johnson drives.

It’s a great way to make the 48 stand out from the rest of the field, and is also pretty cool for those muscle car fans sitting in the grandstands.

Photo Credit: Lowes Racing

Jimmie Johnson

 

Do You Have GMail? Well Come Visit Us On Google Plus Then!

Hi,

As you may have heard, Google makes cool stuff. Most recently, they came out with Google Plus. Some people are calling it “The Facebook for adults”, but I say “isn’t that what LinkedIn is?” With so much socialnessicity these days (yep, made that word up!) – I don’t really know. In any case, if you haven’t checked it out, it is worth perusing for a few minutes.

From my car-guy perspective, I like it because my phone syncs every photo that I take with my G+ account.  This is awesome because it backs up my stuff for when I accidentally light my phone ablaze with my MIG welding electrical hell fire. Then (yes, it gets better) my photos are literally 1 click away from sharing with people (read: you).  Here is an example: Let’s say I’m cruising down route 91 in Connecticut for example, and I see a brand new Camaro convertible parked on the side of the highway, with a beautiful wind-in-the-hair girl inside taking part in a late afternoon, bizarre highway photo-shoot. I can then snap a pic instantly and post it up here for all of my gearhead friends to enjoy, or at least leave a snide comment on. Before you know it, people flock to this clearly impromptu photo shoot on the highway, and this girl becomes the next Cindy Crawford! All because I could share a phone pic with the quickness of G+!  I know. I know. Great example. What’s even crazier though, is that some (very small) parts of that story are actually true! Sadly, I couldn’t get my camera phone out quick enough while driving by this strange photo shoot yesterday. Even if I did, it would have likely been a blur as I was doing …uhh… exactly. the. speed. limit. (or less).

Now where was I? Ah yes, Google Plus! Just this past week, we at 1A Auto decided that we should jump on the fancy new G+ train, and pull that fun whistle (toot tooooot!). We created a page, but alas, we have no friends. True Story! So, that is why I am coming to you, just like I did in kindergarten, begging for friendship.  Is that so wrong? Do it for the cars.  Do it for the humor.  Do it for the beautiful girl on the highway.

Follow Us On G+ Today and let the friendship begin!

We’ll talk about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and share things like pictures and videos.  We can potentially do video hangouts too, which sounds super cool.  We probably won’t have sleepovers, but we may attend the same car shows, racing events, and swap meets. We look forward to this new relationship and are sure that it will be a great one. See you there!

-Jeremy (Your BFF)

Kentucky Speedway Traffic Issues Hopefully Solved

Immediately after the inaugural race at Kentucky Speedway, Bruton Smith sprang into action to resolve the traffic issues that kept so many fans from reaching their destination.

Last year, fans spent hours and hours trying to reach Kentucky Speedway for its inaugural race. The traffic got so bad that some of the fans were eventually turned away, and were never able to even reach the track. Many fans also tried to leave the race early in and effort to beat some of the rush away from the track, but that didn’t seem to work out very well either. At first all you could see were headlights coming to the speedway, and then it was just a sea of tail lights leaving the speedway.

As part of his plan to resolve the traffic issue, Bruton Smith has purchased the land of a 143 acre farm next to the track to create more parking spaces for the race fans; the highway has been widened to seven lanes, an extra lane was also added to the off ramp of Interstate 75, and a new 42 foot wide tunnel was built under highway 35 that will enable fans to safely reach the speedway from additional parking areas.

This years Quaker State 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kentucky, will be run on June 30th as a night race.

Tires at Texas

If you watched Saturday night’s Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, the race last week was anything but exciting.

They all can’t be exciting, but this is a track where things  tend to happen to make it exciting, kind of like Jeff Burton taking out Jeff Gordon and getting into a fist fight over the incident on the backstretch, oh and wait let’s also put them into the ambulance together too…HA!, I wish I was the medical escort for that one.

It seems as though the most exiting thing that had happened was a caution for a baseball cap that managed to find its way onto the track. I was almost hoping that it would happen again just to shorten the long monotonous green flag runs.

Let’s face it, it happens. I don’t think Texas needs to shorten the race at all, however they may want to get together with Good Year and test a softer compound tire, so that they wear out faster, causing the cars to have to make pit stops more often.

The tires that they ran on Saturday seemed to be to hard, enabling the drivers to make long green flag runs. It seemed as though that the only way to pass a guy during Saturdays race was to pass them in the pits, because once you got out on that track most of the cars seemed to be stuck in the positions that they were in.

 

1994 Acura Integra Supercharged Big Block Swap

You saw the video of this big block swapped Acura Integra right here on the 1A Auto Blog way back in May, and now we spotted it for sale on eBay. The listing has just ended, but it didn’t seem to have much action while it was still alive. This heavily modified Integra had a Buy It Now price of $22,500, and a starting bid of $19,000. Sadly, the starting bid never even happened. Now normally I would say that $19K it is a lot for a 1994 Acura Integra. However, this one does have a big block 396 squished inside it, and a menacing looking blower strapped on the top. It has obviously also been converted to rear wheel drive, and also has a “few” other mods major that you may notice. Maybe it isn’t the most sensible car out there for in that price range, but sensible cars aren’t nearly as fun to drive either. What are your thoughts?

eBay Item 180854228015

Next Stop is Martinsville Speedway “The Paperclip”

This weekend race fans should expect to get their Bristol fix at Martinsville AKA “The Paperclip”. If you remember the last two races at Martinsville they were everything but boring. I don’t think there was one straight panel left on any of the cars at the end of the day.

Then there was the Matt Kenseth vs Brian Vickers battle. The two of these guys traded paint and took nips at each other all day long, until at one point Brian Vickers spun-out trying to get the rear bumper of Kenseth for one last swipe. Clint Boyer seemed highly amused by the whole ordeal by chuckling on the radio and making a few funny comments.

If your looking for a fantasy league pick for the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 on April Fools Day, Jeff Gordon currently has the most wins out of all the current drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 7  under his belt.

However, my eye is on the 88 this weekend. Earnhardt has had a great start to the season with top five runs, and he’s fast at Martinsville. He almost won last season and finished in second place to Kevin Harvick who passed Earnhardt late in the race and never looked back.

Old Car In The Woods

Over the weekend I was sent a picture of a car that was spotted on the edge of a wooded area. Typically, I’m fairly good at identifying cars in the woods, but this one left me a bit puzzled.  To me, the headlight area looked Karman-Ghia-ish, the curved door looked Italian, and the back looked like flat-out like a Triumph Spitfire. I hit the internet, looking at all sorts of different vehicles, hoping to find a match, but failed to come up with anything definitive.  Luckily, there are enthusiasts out there that are FAR more familiar with small foreign convertibles than I am, and it was now time to test out their skills. With many different automotive experts on the internet, my place of choice for this question was TheCarLounge.  The people on there are many, and I knew that if anyone could identify an old foreign convertible in a short amount of time, they would be the group. As I had imagined, they proved themselves to be champions (a user named “brickfrenzy” especially)!  Without much fuss, we all agreed that the car in question is an Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider, which according to some sources on the internet they built about 14,000 of between 1955 and 1962.  This is what a nice one looks like.

Above Blue Alfa picture borrowed from seriouswheels.com (very educational website btw.)

 

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