Monday, December 27, 2010

Grocery Getter

The only thing missing from the space age 1956 Plymouth Plainsman was a load of Herman Miller furniture in the the back.


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

Trunk Call

The Jetsonesque interior of the 1960 Chrysler Imperial had it all.

Smoothsville #2

Al Glickman sunk a hole in one when the Ayala Brothers worked their metal magic
on his 1951 Mercury.


From The Glovebox

Monday, December 20, 2010

Ski Safari

1964 Wide-Track Pontiac Safari.

The ideal choice for those icy backroads.

Via: leifpeng

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Off Beat

Pontiac stalwart Dick Jesse's GTO based flopper was a peculiar amalgam of funny car and dragster.
More akin to competition coupe than funny car, Mr Unswitchable was a curious addition to the emerging funny car circus. Perched atop his severely chopped GTO, Jesse resembled a lunatic tank commander high on the scent of methanol, ready to blast his way to victory. Powered by 421 cubic inches of supercharged Pontiac power, Mr Unswitchable is a reminder of a time when innovation tore up the quarter mile. Sadly, funny cars have become generic showponies, indistinguishable other than their hideous advertising.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Strip Shot #5

As Cold War tension escalated, Plymouth launched their own weapon.

Friday, December 17, 2010


Jerry Quesnel 1949 Mercury.

The key to building a custom this refined is knowing what not to do.

Via: The H.A.M.B

Sunday, December 12, 2010


You would be hard-pressed to describe the original Willys Model 77 as anything other than practical, however in the hands of horsepower crazed drag racers this homely little coupe took on an attitude all its own. What may have been best remembered as an austere depression-era relic, hustled its way down the quarter mile and into history as one of the gasser war's finest.

Via: The H.A.M.B

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Bulls Eye

Lamborghini's Muira debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 1966 and immediately hit the bulls eye. Marcello Gandini's tour de force is still electrifying four decades
after it was unveiled.

Artist's Impression #2

Car Life Magazine
July 1965


Monday, December 6, 2010


For those lucky enough to witness the spectacle, weekends during the 1960's at Southern California's drag strips were horsepower heaven.
Mazooma1 from the H.A.M.B was one of the fortunate few and thankfully, for those who missed it, he was armed with his trusty camera. The Holman & Moody prepared A/FX Mustang of Paul Norris caught Mazooma's keen eye in 1965.

Via: The H.A.M.B

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Tyre Kicker

Zora Arkus-Duntov checking
what all the fuss is about.

What If ?

Wayne Kady's 1963 Cadillac Concept was a million miles from the staid production models, possibly due to a lack of parking space. Regardless, it did foreshadow the direction Buick would take with the Riviera later that decade.

Typ 917

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Pit Stop #39

Indianapolis 500 Qualifying 1963.

Jim Clark's Lotus-Ford Type 29 qualified in fifth position with an average speed of 149.750 mph. On race day Clark drove to second place behind winner Parnelli Jones.

Gloves On, Top Down

These two shifty characters are definitely up to no good. The dark glasses and passenger nervously eyeballing for an unmarked tail are dead giveaways.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Tabletop Exotica

Once upon a time kids actually built stuff.
All you needed was a little patience,
paint and glue, then hey presto Nino Vaccarella's
Le Mans winner right
there on the kitchen table !

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Jumpin' With Papa

Papa George Lightfoot - Jump The Boogie.
A dirty slice of downhome 1950's blues and a perennial
favorite of The Magnetic Brain .

Monday, November 29, 2010

Pit Stop #38

A rare shot of Jack Merkel's Willys with its front wheels on the ground.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Do It In The Dirt

Chuck Frederick throwing up some dirt at Pike's Peak in 1964. Frederick took third place in the Sports Car Class driving the Phil Long sponsored Cobra sideways.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Artist's Impression

Ford's new GT40 didn't actually race at Sebring in 1964 despite the program cover's suggestion.


Friday, November 26, 2010

Beep, Beep

No trick candies or pearls for Fred Goeske's Road Runner, just a coat of good old Omaha Orange.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Wax 'Em Up

Surfboards appeared regularly as props in Californian hot rod publications during the surf crazed sixties. Paul Bergeron's
Model A woody and quiver were featured in the October 1970 issue of Rod & Custom.
Yowza !!!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Southern Super Stock

Ol' Mr 4 Speed Ronnie Sox leaving the line in his 1965 Plymouth Super Stock at Bristol Raceway, Tennessee.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

David And Goliath

Brands Hatch July 1966.
Although related by birth, the Galaxie looks positively gargantuan alongside its pint-sized English cousin. Brian Muir in the Willment Ford Galaxie thunders past a Lotus Cortina.


All That Glitters Is Not Metalflake

Monday, November 22, 2010

More Mouse !

The Bucket's Got A Hemi In It

"Visalia, California, student Gene Chan finds relaxation from studies by driving Chrysler powered '23 T roadster. 331 cubic inch engine is equipped with Isky cam, Edelbrock eight-carb manifold and Spaulding ignition. Paint is candy burgundy. Model T poop deck has louvered lid and '59 Cadillac taillights mounted in tunneled corners. Rear end is flaked '51 Merc."

Hot Rod Magazine - May 1964.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Pit Stop #37

Six Flags Drag Way
Victoria, Texas.

Gotta love those Competition Roadsters !

via The HAMB.

Two For A Dollar

Of Mice And Rats

The monster magnates crossed swords regularly in print, amidst a barrage of minibike and go kart advertisements. Mouse takes a well aimed pot shot at arch rival Roth.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Elegance To Order

Ferrari's flagship during the 1950's was the 410 SuperAmerica. Exclusivity was assured with less than 40 examples being produced between 1955 and 1959, no two alike. Whilst hot rodders were busily modifying domestic vehicles in the United States, the Italians were passionately hammering out their own aluminium artworks. The SuperAmericas truly were custom cars, each having breathtakingly individual bodywork and performance to match.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pit Stop #36

Pacific North West Grand Prix 1967
Mark Donohue Lola T70.

Donohue won this race at Kent, Washington along with 5 more rounds to take out the 1967 United States Road Racing Championship.

Via: prorallypix.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

East Coast Snake

The "Dragginsnake" Cobra of Joel Rosen and Jack Geiselman getting some public highway testing. Motion Performance ran this 289 and their mighty 427 King Cobra on the strip before selling highly modified Chevrolet performance vehicles.

Source: Hell For Motors via MyRideIsMe.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010