Sunday, June 27, 2010

Fastest Woman in The World

Lee Breedlove became the World's Fastest Woman when she drove "Spirit Of America - Sonic 1" to a new female World Land Speed Record of 308.56 mph at Bonneville on November 4th 1965.

Via: dbreedlove.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Performer

Although it may come as a surprise, Shelby American didn't just road-race the Mustang, they also hit the quarter mile with their GT 350. Shelby built just four "Drag Units" in 1965 and this car SFM5S360 was campaigned by Don McCain under the sponsorship of Mel Burns Ford of Long Beach. McCain's
Performer is best remembered in its blue and silver livery, however it was originally plain old Wimbledon White like every other 1965 GT 350. Les Ritchey's Performance Associates handled the original modifications for Shelby, but further development by McCain including a Crane roller cam, 5.13:1 gears and a quartet of 48 IDA Weber carbs saw this pony stop the clocks in 11.06 seconds. In 1967 at the end of its career The Performer was sold to an L.A. County fireman and subsequently stolen, never to be seen again.

Via: shelbynation.

Up In Black

Wheelstands don't get you down the quarter more quickly but who cares ?

Via: The HAMB.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Oddball Austin

K. S. Pittman ran this offbeat Austin during the late sixties. Looking like a London cab on steroids, the "football" as it was affectionately known, still managed an intimidating profile despite its hunchback and prosaic British ancestry. Originally built by Big John Mazmanian, Pittman bought the car from Big John in 1968 and ran it successfully for two years .

Via: The HAMB.

Friday, June 11, 2010

The Long Horse

Bill Lawton's Mystery 9 AF/X Mustang taking shape at Holman Moody. Dr Frankenstein would have been proud of the surgery required to fit a SOHC 427 into a Mustang. After a successful heart transplant, skeletal surgery, skin graft and nose job there wasn't a whole lot left of the original patient.


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Pit Stop #28

1967 Daytona 24 Hours.
The Porsche 906 of Charles Vogele and Walter Habegger before it crashed and burned.

Via: koa.

Strip Shot #3

The fittingly named Groundshaker launching hard.

El Carrera Panamericana en Blanquinegro

Carrera Panamericana 1953.
The Porsche 550 of Jaroslav Juhan imparts the appearance of a Germanic spacecraft against the bucolic backdrop of the Carrera.

Via: LIFE.