Somewhere In Oregon There Is A Man….

….and that man found the remains of an old truck in the beautiful countryside.  Naturally he grabbed the helm of the prehistoric ship and took it for an imaginary sail around the luscious green field.

Don’t even think about saying that you have never done this before, because you know you have.  Just think about how many times you have been in the drivers seat of a car making high revving engine sounds while rowing the gears of the missing transmission. It’s what we do, no reason to deny it. The only question about this image that I have is: “Is that really a hand crank for the engine on the front?!!!” You’d have to be completely nuts the to spin that engine over by hand with intentions of keeping all your limbs. Yikes!

The early 1900’s – When men were men.

Jeff Gordon Win’s His Second Victory In 2011

When the dust settled it was Jeff Gordon who walked away with the checkered flag during yesterdays 5-Hour Energy 500.Gordon jokingly said in victory lane that it felt great to be part of the sport and that it also felt good to win as he’s creeping up on 40.

Denney Hamlin was favored to win the event, and lead for almost half of the race. Hamlin’s day took a turn for the worst when he came in to make a pit stop and took on a fresh set of tires. While leaving the pit stall he had a rear tire go down due to a valve stem that managed to work it’s way out of the rim. Hamlin had to make the long journey around the track and in the process tore the rear tire up on the rim which then managed to wrap itself around the rear axle housing ultimately tearing the rear brake line from the back of the caliper. Hamlin had what was shaping up to be a great day go from bad to worse by none other then just bad luck. It was really a weird set of circumstances.

Carl Edwards finished 140+ laps down due to dropping a valve into the cylinder. Jack Roush made the call to repair the 99 AFLAC machine of Edwards to make one final lap since Carl is the points leader. Read More

Start Your Monday With 12 Shots Of Engines.

Can you believe that it’s already June 13th? Half way through 2011, and I feel like I haven’t had time to work on any of my automotive projects yet. I really wish I could slow time down a bit, because I really have no idea where all of these days are going. Do days go by faster as you get older? I think they might. Shucks. Well, let’s focus on something positive this beautiful Monday morning, like 12 great looking engines. ——–> Read More

1966 Ford MustaBird Now For Sale

There is no shortage of oddities on Craigslist these days.  Sometimes you find the deal of the century and other times you find a ThunderStang, or is it a MustaBird?  Either way, the owner says:

What we have here is a 1966 Mustang.. sort of. The body and doors have been shortened by about 20″, and made to resemble an early T-Bird. The car was originally ‘modified’ 20+ years ago, then was ‘rebuilt’ after that. It now sits with NO ENGINE nor TRANS! The shortened drive shaft is still there. Needs total restoration. Was a 2-time World of Wheels winner in a previous life. I found it with thoughts of restoring it. I’ve decided to sell it instead. Hood is fiberglass. You will be buying a shell.

For 12 Benjamins, I can’t say that this is a bad deal. I mean where else are you going to find a BirdStang for less? I’ll tell you, you won’t. Somebody needs to snatch this thing up, drop a 429 in it and love life. Will that person be you?

Here is the Craigslist Listing

Special Thanks to Joe L. for spotting this little gem… and I do mean little.

Celebrate Friday With Some Great Automotive Mayhem.

First up, we have a burnout of epic proportion.  This is just how they do things in Australia.

Tony wrote – “Okay as a guy that’s been into circle track racing his entire life, I’ve never seen anything as crazy as this. Keep an eye on the car that hits the jump and pulls a Dukes Of Hazzard move over the car in front of him to gain a position. The best part about it is that theses guys didn’t skip a beat they just keep on racing… lol”

Lastly, we have Brian Ambrosini’s famous wheel standing Gremlin.  Driving this car must be like riding a bull…. that is very agitated….  while you’re on fire …… blindfolded.

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Did You Know That These Cord’s Were Front Wheel Drive?

This stunningly beautiful Cord was spotted in the Larz Anderson Museum last weekend. It’s an early 1930’s model, and it was front wheel drive.  Surprising right?  According to the write-up at the museum, this car’s hood line was about 1 foot lower than the comparable cars at the time.  That gave it a super sleek & low look that other companies were incapable of doing.  The most interesting thing that I noticed though, was that the front bumpers were attached to the suspension. That meant that when the wheels bounced up or down, the bumper went with them which kept the bumper at a constant height.  Quite clever I’d say…  I wonder what the torque steer was like?

We’re Sooo Close To 5000 Fans On Facebook!

When I was a kid, every so often some disgusting food, like cauliflower, would land on my dinner plate.  As you can imagine, with my pouty face in full swing, I was less than enthused.  So to try to get my motivation up, my mom would say to me “You like this!”  Luckily, I learned her tricks at a young age, and I knew that no matter how much she told me I liked cauliflower, it still tasted like broccoli that had gone bad. There was not enough salt, pepper , and butter in the world that was going to make that stuff edible.  I’m confident that whomever decided that cauliflower was a “food”, had made a terrible mistake.  Now that I am an adult (sometimes I really am) I chuckle inside when I see the Facebook “Like” button, because it makes me think of terrible tasting childhood dinners.

Now that we got that out of the way, you may notice that our magical Facebook widget on the right shows that we have almost 5000 fan’s!  So today, I have a challenge for you, should you choose to accept it.  If you have a friend (imaginary or not, I don’t judge), family member, cousin, or enemy that may enjoy the 1A Blog as much as you do, today is the day to share it with them.  Email it, post it on Facebook, text them, Tweet it, or get on the telephone. Whatever you gotta do.  Tell them that this blog is better than cauliflower, and your buddies Jeremy & Tony wants to meet them. With your help, we should be able to surpass that 5000 Facebook fan mark effortlessly, and take this whole thing to the next level.  In the past 3 months we have tripled in visitors here, and slowing down is not an option for us.

To thank you for sharing this warm blanket of automotive enthusiasm with a friend today, we’re going to post a few extra’s blogs up for your enjoyment. Check back often, because it’s gonna be a busy one!

-Team 1A Auto Blog