Thursday, April 29, 2010

Safety First

Fire suits have come a long way. Apparently racers weren't too bothered about the possibility of their feet going up in smoke.

Hot Rod Racers

Cobras And Castrol

Who ?

" The grotesque figure was Martino, the missing scientist the Soviets were returning to them - the man who new the secret of the most terrible weapon yet devised.

Or was it Martino......... ? "

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Roth Riddle

Midget Nuclear Submarine

"How proud you will be as commander of your own POLARIS SUB - the most powerful weapon in the world ! What hours of imaginative fun and play as you and your god-fearing friends hunt and destroy the evil Communist menace. Russia, Cuba, North Korea - no one will be safe from your fibreboard missiles and torpedoes..."


See what one actually looked like.

Quarter Mile Comics

Eight Barrelled Elephant

Assymetrical Illusion

"The Illusion"
Dave Puhl's wild custom creation .

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Monday, April 26, 2010

Gizmos And Gimmicks

"The bed carries a traveling pleasure palace, with bar, TV and hi-fi. For TV watchers the luxurious "poopdeck" has bucket seats."

Jimmie L. Holmes 1954 Ford was guaranteed extra show points with such a dazzling array of doodads.

Baron Von Roth

Dynasty Of Doom

1950's aliens were relentlessly abducting negligee clad women and whisking them off into the cosmos.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Starting Grid #2

Bridgehampton 400 Kilometres 1962.
Pedro Rodriguez: Ferrari 330 TRI/LM
Alan Connell: Cooper Monaco T61
Bob Holbert: Porsche 718 RS 61.

Streamlined Lightning

Bob Carnes Bocar Stiletto.
GMC 471 Supercharged 283 cubic inch Corvette V8.
Quarter mile performance: 11.81 @ 129 mph.

Source: Motor Life July 1961.

Iconic Coupe

One of my favorite hot rods.
Doyle Gammell's 1932 Ford 3 window coupe.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Weird Model Kits

How about a cool Jack Dempsey diorama instead of one of those boring old Rat Finks ?

The Violator

Rather than rotting in long forgotten boxes, I thought I would start sharing some of the clutter from my garage. Richard A. Frost called his '57 Corvette "The Violator" and unlike most customized Corvettes this one actually looks pretty sharp.

Starting Grid

Thankfully the designer responsible for the Firestone outfits didn't have anything to do with the GT40 Mk IV.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Rayguns And Racecars

1957 was the year that Chevrolet decided to add a hint of science fiction to the Corvette

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Monday, April 19, 2010

Pure Hoss Power

Hoss Cartwright's Huffaker Genie Mk 10.

Read the full story at: thegarageblog.

Everything Including The Kitchen Sink

Who needs a motorhome when you can fit this much junk into and on top of your Ford Country Squire ? Thanks to Jesse at Just a Car Guy via 5 Window for this spectacular specimen of motorized absurdity.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Driver's Seat #4

"Dyno" Don Nicholson behind the wheel of his A/FX Comet. His Mercury appears quite spartan compared to contemporary quarter mile machines, with only a Hurst shifter and a few extra gauges distinguishing it from grandma's grocery getter. There's plenty more A/FX action at
the H.A.M.B.

Will The Real Guardsman Blue Please Step Forward

"Guardsman Blue ...... there ain't no such thing ....... the painters would all get drunk on Friday and they wouldn't show up. Whatever the painter that week thought was Guardsman Blue to him, that was Guardsman Blue, see, so there might be 500 different colors of Guardsman Blue."

Carroll Shelby.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Coachbuilt Chic

My all time favorite Ferrari presented in urbane monochrome.


Pit Stop #20

USRRC Pensacola 1965.
Walt Hansgen's Mecom Racing pit crew, stylishly attired in checkerboard caps, inspecting their Chevrolet powered Lola T70.
For a first hand account go here.

Blast Off

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Drag Drivers

Funny car fashion tips.

Fake Finks And Rothalikes

Australia was busily ripping off Roth during the 1960's.


An unconscious, negligee clad woman at the mercy of giant ants. Unfortunately the stories weren't nearly as exciting as the cover art.

Strip Trip

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Would You Buy A Cobra From This Man ?

Another gem courtesy of :

The Forgotten Future

As a schoolboy I spent an inordinate amount of time rummaging through musty junk stores in search of science fiction relics, to the bemusement of my sports obsessed classmates. These books now reside in musty boxes in my garage. Here are a few titles I have exhumed from their cardboard coffins.