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. (more…)

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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

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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. (more…)

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