Thursday, October 22, 2009

Hawaiian Shirts And Hemis

Rat Trap is another quarter mile monster that ticks all the right boxes.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

No Future

I have discovered the secret as to why modern automobiles are so insipid. The answer lies in this photograph of the 1958 Ford La Galaxie. Nobody was interested in the future.
John Citizen was far too busy inspecting Ford's Skyliner. As fascinating as a retractable hardtop may have been, I know exactly where my attention would have been focused.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Super Duper Super Stock

I love the fact that in the 1970's a Super Stock champion could also double as a character from an episode of Scooby Doo.

Pit Stop #1

Some hot rods are right on the money.
This happens to be one of them.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Artistry In Aluminium

There was a time in the not so distant past, before drag racing was contaminated by the vapid corporate dollar, that aesthetics were every bit as important as speed. Top Fuel dragsters from the mid 1960's, their handformed aluminium skins uninterrupted by monotonous advertising propaganda, were as beautiful a creation that ever burned up the quarter mile.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Jewel Of The Orient

If the devil rode a motorcycle it would undoubtedly have been the Honda RC 166. This Oriental masterpiece annihilated the competition to win 10 out of 10 races in its first season in 1966 and clinch the world title for Honda. The almost miniature size of the motorcycle, with its 250cc 6 cylinder motor, belied its top speed of over 150 mph. At 18,000 rpm the ear splitting howl emitted from its six megaphone exhausts was enough to terrify small children and send senior citizens into cardiac arrest.

Perhaps Honda should have named it the
RC 666.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Look Into My Eyes

Look into my eyes.
You are feeling sleepy. Very sleepy.
You are feeling powerless.
You are now under my control.
When I snap my fingers you will buy a 1966 Ford Fairlane.