LS6 Carnage: When It All Goes Terribly Wrong.

Yesterday, over on LS1Tech.com, “Fastdriver1992″ posted up some pictures of his engine… err… what was left of it at least. When it was in one piece, it was a beautiful, all aluminum LS6.  Today it is a pile of aluminum which once resembled a 5.7L Corvette / Cadillac CTS-V engine.  These engines are light, make gobs of horsepower, are fuel injected, and are nice to look at.  Did I mention they make gobs of power?  Oh yes, I believe I did…

Fastdriver1992′s LS6 is typically being used to rocket his 1975 Corvette down the 1320 at 119mph in 11 seconds flat.  It was making roughly 450 horsepower at the top end of the track, around 6000 rpm when all hell broke loose.  After some detective work, the theory is that his engine broke a valve, which danced around the combustion chamber, bent the connecting rod, ate the piston, and exploded the block.  5 seconds later, ouch.

You can see the Full Thread Here.

100 Years Ago, This Was Your Right Front Wheel.

In 1911, if you were driving a motorcar, it would likely be a Model T that was sitting on wooden wheels. They were probably between 21 and 24 inches tall, and had a speedometer gear on the back side.  Inflatable tires were still very new to the automotive world, but added huge comfort to the vehicle because of the rough, turn of the century roads.  Wooden wheels like these were the norm up into the late 1920′s when steel took over.  100 years later, this 1911 Model T is running like a top, still rockin’ the wooden dubs, and still wrapped in black paint, like when Henry’s workers originally made it.

Four Carburetors, Air Conditioned, Air Cooled.

 

I realize that not everybody is a fan of Corvair’s, but for those of you that are, I have some eye candy for you.  This is a “trunk” full of air cooled goodness.  It’s got chrome.  It’s got four carbs.  It also has working air conditioning.  Haters may hate, but I think this a totally boss setup.  If and when I own a naturally aspirated Corvair, it will be a copy of this setup. Oh and don’t mind the shadowed silhouette in the picture, I’m still learning how to ruin my own photography.

This is Just a Nice Picture of a 1966 GTO Drag Car.

The Final Launch – Now You’ll Never Be An Astronaut.

Today was the final launch for a manned space craft by the NASA program (for now).  That means that all of your lofty dreams of being a real life astronaut, and repelling off of that weird mysterious face on the moon are now null and void.  You will never feel the force of a rocket on your back pushing you to 17,000 mph, and you won’t be taking the moon rover over any sweet jumps.  Again, sorry to be the bearer of bad news.  Luckily for you, you have something more exciting than intergalactic space travel in your life.  I’ll give you a hint.  The special thing is in front of you right now.  It’s called – a sextuplet of shiny new NASA related pictures! » Continue reading more of this post…

You Named Your Pet After A Car Didn’t You.

 

It seems to be common practice in car enthusiast households to have pets named after cars, auto parts or famous figures in automotive history.  I personally know of several pets past and present that have had some great names.

  • A fish named Tucker
  • A cat named Turbo
  • Another cat named Turbeau (Keeping it classy)
  • A cat named Piston
  • A cat named Malibu
  • A cat named Monte

It’s odd that they are mostly cats, isn’t it?  Hmm.  Well, you can rest assured knowing that they aren’t all mine.  Did you really think I was secretly a crazy cat lady for a second?  That would surely be awkward.  So - if you have a pet with automotive related name, share it with us!!  Bonus points if you went with an engine size.

Mercedes Benz CLS Is Always Keeping It Classy.

Yesterday I found myself in a parking garage in Boston.  I got out of my lowly Subaru, turned around and KaPow! In front of me was a beautiful Mercedes Benz posing for a picture.  Since I am never one to deny the 1A Blog from automotive beauty, I quickly snapped this picture.  I really need to start carrying a better camera, or photographer.

In any case, what we are looking at here is a newer Mercedes Benz CLS-Class. I’d say it is probably a 2006-10 model.  It appears to be lowered a bit and sitting on wheels that are worth far more than my truck.  These cars make close to 500 horsepower, and 500 foot pounds of torque, so attempts to escape one from a stop light will likely be futile.

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