Back in the 1960’s, if you traveled into space, it meant that you were a pretty big deal. It also meant that when you weren’t strapped to the side of a rocket, you were getting sweet deals on Corvettes. Awesome new Vettes. With Big Blocks. And 4-Speeds. Neil Armstrong was doing exactly this back in December of 1966 and Jim Rathman Chevrolet in Melbourne Florida was the reason why. See, Jim knew that astronauts were going to be in the spotlight, so if he put them in new Corvettes from his dealership, it would be a hell of a win for everybody involved. He was right. Then, when the next model year Corvette came out, the astronauts typically traded their “old” one for a fresh new one.
Fast forward to today, and I notice that Neil Armstrong’s 1967 Corvette was recently on eBay. It hadn’t seen the street since 1981, and long ago, it had some rough looking fender flares and non-oem wheels attached . Luckily, the big block and the 4 speed transmission are both still there, and that is what really matters. Unfortunately for the bidders, the auction ended without the reserve ever being met. Apparently $250,090 just wasn’t enough to own this piece of American history. What do you think it’s worth?
Remember when Pininfarina was designing the most amazing looking cars in the world? Yeah. Well, they apparently can add Coke machine design to their resume as well. I must say, it was no doubt the greatest coke machine that I have ever laid my greasy mitts upon. There were about 20 different beverages to choose from, and it felt very much like I was using and Ipod. Oh, and it also served a delicious fountain Coca-Cola classic as well, as you might expect from such a device.
Is this just plain wrong? Or is it nice to see a recognizable world famous automotive designer branching out into areas that I can actually play in? What’s your take? Ever seen one?
Recently I had the pleasure of meeting Daniel Oliveras of TT Productions. As you’ll see, he is super talented when it comes to visual media, and he recently documented the building of Kaizen Tuning‘s new Evo X time attack project car. Through a series of fortunate events last weekend, I also got to see this Evo in person at Kaizen’s shop and swoon over it’s good looks. From my perspective, it is everything I would want in a race car (or daily driver for that matter). It has a beautifully built cage, minimalist interior, all wheel drive, assumed huge power from the built engine, and the rumor is that the body kit on it is the only one like it in the United States. In video and in person, this car is amazing from every single angle. The crew at Kaizen did one hell of a job building it.
For those of you that have yet to see this car in person (read: the majority of the world), Daniel has captured it all on film for us and merged it together into an adrenaline spiking cornucopia of eye candy… And this is just the trailer. Enjoy!
Update: Unbeknownst to me at the time I wrote this, HT Motorsport actually did the fabrication on this Evo. You may remember HT Motorsport from the incredible LS1 powered Audi RS6 a few months back. Small world right? Or do I just seem to be drawn to beautiful metal fabrication? Not sure. Either way, it is all around terrific work on this car.
Waaaaay back in January 2010 I shared some pictures of my friend’s plaid painted hood on his Subaru. Today, we have a different style of customized hood, and you guessed it! It’s a Volkswagen! This one has more…..well, rust. BUT. It also had equally as much creativity. Haters gon’ hate rusty hoods, but I appreciate seeing some things that are outside the box every once in a while. This VW most certainly fit the bill.
If you have already watched the First and Second episodes, you are likely addicted and in desperate need of episode 3. That’s where we come in, because we have it up here for your convenience. This episode takes place in Long Beach and shows Dai working his way through some troubles with his driving. Videos like these make me want to go do smokey burnouts in the nearest parking lot.
The Nationwide series kicks off the weekend tonight at Richmond International Raceway. Travis Pastrana is set to hop back in the saddle once again to make his Nationwide debut, after is was postponed due to an X Games accident at the Los Angeles Arena last year while doing a trick on his dirt bike.
His ankle was shattered into about 20 pieces during that accident, so it wasn’t your typical break. It has taken Pastrana about 9 months to recover from his injuries and countless hours of rehab.
Travis said that he has been spending a ton of time in the iRacing Machine track simulator, to try to prepare for the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 that will run tonight at RIR.
Pastrana also went on to say that he’s a little more prepared now then he would have been last year, and that he didn’t fully understand the language that the drivers use to describe set-ups and how the car may be handling. During his time off he watched more of the sport to educate himself on what the drivers were talking about when describing different scenarios and situations.
Another thing that they had to fix was, when Travis sat in the cock pit of his race car they had to relocate the gas pedal in relation to his repaired ankle so that he could get on and off of the throttle easier while out on the race track.
He said that he would he happy to finish his first race and to stay out of trouble by not hitting the wall or a fellow competitor.