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

Lexus Carbon Fiber Video: “The Hard Way Is The Only Way”

Lexus claims that “the hard way is the only way” in their latest YouTube video. Apparently they make carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) for the Lexus LFA on a giant circular loom that they invented themselves. It is really quite cool to watch if I do say so myself.  Whoever engineered this thing deserves multiple high five’s. Enjoy the video!

Can’t see the video? Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ry9uiP2I6kQ

Originally spotted this cool video on:
http://www.core77.com/

On Ebay: “The Most Famous Film Car In The World!”

After 40+ years of existence, the time has finally arrived for the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (MGM, 1968) “GEN 11″ car to land itself on eBay.  The starting bid is 1 million dollars, and it has a higher reserve price, so if you are expecting to snipe this relic at the last minute for $450 before anybody else notices it, sorry, it just isn’t happening.

This massive car… boat…er…. plane weighs 2 tons, and was hand crafted with old school tools way back in the 1960′s. It runs, drives, and stops, but it doesn’t fly or float.  It’s got an aluminum hood, cedar boat body, a few plane parts here and there, and enough brass to make you want to never polish again.  It also has a fairly famous history that you may have heard about. » Continue reading more of this post…

Fire Up The RV It’s Time To Go Camping

If you like camping as much as I do, once the warm weather hits, its hard to contain yourself. There are some great places to go camping in New England, especially up in the White Mountain region. In the mountains you can find anything from state parks to places like Tripoli Road where you can pretty much just pull off and setup camp.

If you own an RV, take the time to mechanically go through your rig before heading out on your first trip. Make sure all of the brake lines are intact and not rotting, inspect the tires for wear and dry rot, take a look at the exhaust system, and also during the spring  is a great time to change the oil and do a tune up if you need to. » Continue reading more of this post…

Not Cool: Gluing Your Battery to Your Battery Box.

A friend of mine has a black 3rd generation RX7 that is stunningly beautiful. Over the years it has acquired an epic list of modifications, and made ludicrous amounts of horsepower with its single turbo conversion. There has always been one modification under the hood that has never been quite right though… the battery box. » Continue reading more of this post…

The Bottom Of The Snow Pile: A Sad Looking Jaguar XJS

When I was in middle school, probably around 16 years ago, a Jaguar XJS showed up in a parking lot near my friend’s house. It made a lasting impression on me because at the time, it was an absolutely beautiful car with exceptionally rich black paint, a low roof line, sleek body contours, and I’m quite confident that it had a V12 emblem on the back. It proudly announced its luxury and prominent heritage to any car that parked next to it. “Hey Chevy Cavalier, look at me, I’m a fancy Jaaaaguar… Did I mention I have a V12?…. meowww…..” There was something very odd about this car though – it never, ever, ever, moved! It sat in the middle of this big newly paved parking lot, waiting for somebody to drive it home. First it was waiting for weeks, then months….then years….and now decades?  The only time that I saw it move was when it landed in the dirt corner of the parking lot. At the time, I remember thinking “that car looks like it was dragged there with force -ouch!” Was it abandoned? Was it just being stored there until the restoration could begin?  For 17 years? Who knows. The only confirmed fact that we have to work with, is that each winter it becomes the bottom of a very, very large snow pile. » Continue reading more of this post…

Earth Day: Let’s Celebrate With Electric Car Burnout Videos

Today is Earth Day, and rather that polluting your eyes and ears with awesome videos of supercharged big block muscle cars doing smokey burnouts, we are going to give the electric cars their chance to shine.  So, without further adieu, I present to you an electric Porsche 914 and a Corbin Sparrow/Myers Motors NmG (a.k.a. “Tweety Bird”) burnout video for your enjoyment. If you have one to share, post it up! Also, don’t litter.

Can’t see the video? Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EmnXk32sm0

Can’t see the video? Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qb2NTZ6CtM8

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