Middle Of The Week Racing News

It was Denny Hamlin who took the checkers at Sunday’s Heluva Good 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Hamlin won the race, but it was Matt Kenseth who had the car to beat. A couple of bad pit stops, one of which the jack man dropped the car before the fuel carrier nodded to give the signal that the Crown Royal machine was good to go. This made Kenseth short on fuel by a couple of laps and he had to slow down and try to conserve fuel in hopes to catch a caution.

Other things that plauged the 17 were the restarts; Matt just couldn’t seem to get the car to hook under the double file restarts spinning the wheels pretty much every time he needed to take off. He tried his hardest on the last lap to get to the rear bumper of the FedEx machine of Denny Hamlin, and came off the corner completely sideways trying with everything that he had, but that wasn’t enough to catch the 11. » Continue reading more of this post…

Tractors – We Don’t Talk About Them Much.

Maybe it is just me, but I feel like at some point in life I will need an old tractor. I don’t want to actually “farm” anything per se.  I just want to move piles of dirt and rocks around the yard on the weekends.  Is that crazy?   » Continue reading more of this post…

Like Tilt-Shift Videos? Ken Block’s Got A New One!

There is no denying that people like watching tilt shift videos.  Since people also like Ken Block, it was natural to combine the two for a Dirt 3 advertisement.  In the words of Napoleon Dynamite’s brother Kip – “I loooove Technology.”

Can’t see the video?  Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBFFvy90dIw

Does Anybody Else Find This Picture Humorous?

Chevette Photobomb

I may be alone here, but I find this picture quite humorous.

Yank Tanks: The 50′s Cars in Cuba

A few days ago, I was too angry at my vehicles to give them any wrenching time, so I plopped myself down on the couch.  Before long, I found myself flippin’ through my Netflix account searching for car-related movies.  Among Two Lane Blacktop, Ronin, Bullit and Eric Bana’s Love The Beast, sat a movie that I had never heard of before.  It was called “Yank Tanks” by David Schendel, and it documented all of the 1940′s and 1950′s cars that are still in daily use in Cuba, along with the people that drive them.

Throughout the movie, dozens of car owners and mechanics are interviewed, along with the unique methods of repairing some of these old American rides.  As it turns out, the majority of the replacement parts for these old cars are smuggled into the country, made by amazing Cuban craftsman, or retrofitted from newer Russian cars.  From guys who build vehicles from metal scraps, to a shoeless dancing man that makes windshields, to painting cars with sponges, to one guy that makes his own brake pads with a secret formula of asbestos, you see it all.  The willingness to make any part of an old car is unlike anything that I have ever seen.  If you have a spare hour or so, I’d say it is definitely worth the watch.  The video above is the trailer for the movie, check it out!

Can’t see the video? Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNzIfN8rLso

How Do YOU Remove Grease Stains From Your Clothes?

It seems that each time I work on a car, I get grease, oil, ATF, gas, or some other stain on my shirt.  It doesn’t matter if I am in the interior, under the hood, or inside the trunk.  If I work on a car, I am basically planning to ruin at least 1 shirt with a large grease stain.  Now, if I just throw the shirt in the wash, there is less than zero chance of the stain coming out.  At best, it becomes a slightly lighter colored permanent stain, which is just unacceptable post Y2K. So when it comes to my “garage” clothes, drastic measures usually need to be taken. » Continue reading more of this post…

The AWD 4G63 Turbo Dune Buggy Lives!

Several months ago, we showed you Don’s absolutely fantastic AWD turbo 4G63 dune buggy project. Part 1 of the build can be seen Here, and part 2 can be seen Here.  Recently, Don brought the 4G63 buggy over to Dynotech Tuning in Seekonk MA to have a few things buttoned up on it. Yesterday turned into a major milestone.  It’s Alive!!

Can’t see the video?  Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndKCGhJnM0k

With the dune buggy in Brian & Jamie’s capable hands at DTT, we can expect this thing to be an absolute monster in short order.  As soon as the driving / launching videos hit the internetzzz, the 1A Blog readers will be the first to know about it.   Keep up the great work Don & DTT!

More to come…..

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