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From our good friends in Orting, WA comes another worthy nominee for the Brown Car Appreciation Society. This one comes with a little something something under the hood, too. Check it out.
In today’s edition of Just Desserts: Automotive Edition, an asshat was reportedly seen swerving in and out of traffic near San Francisco, only to be halted by his Ferrari 458 blowing up.
July 23rd was the 30th anniversary of the Gimli Glider, an Air Canada 767 (C-GAUN) that ran out of fuel and glided to a landing at Gimli Industrial Park Airport, a former RCAF base in Gimli, Manitoba.
Air Canada Flight 143 was on a flight from Montreal to Edmonton when, at 41,000 feet, the plane completely ran out of fuel. Investigators discovered that the fuel exhaustion was caused by a combination of miscommunication between air crews and maintenance personnel, fuel gauges that were disconnected or not functioning properly and fuel calculations that were made incorrectly. All of these factors were exacerbated by the switch in Canada from the Imperial to the Metric system which was taking place at the time.
Today’s story is about a true barn find. The car in question is a 1966 Porsche 912, which was last registered 23 years ago. We discovered the car thanks to our friend Roger Garbow, from Full Throttle Marketing. He had received a call about the car’s discovery and immediately forwarded the info to us, here at Drive Clean. Address in hand, we turned our crews around and headed-off to a northern region of Connecticut where we unearthed and restored this classic car. Watch as we assess our find, remove years of accumulated filth and grime, and initiate the paint correction phase on this 912′s “Irish Green” shell. – LARRY KOSILLA / FOUNDER: AMMONYC.com
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Four awesome bros in Germany were just minding their business and cruising in their custom BMW convertible with a pool inside this week when the traffic police pulled them over. More like the FUN POLICE, amirite? Bros?
It seems that the owners of this zany summer funmobile decided to fill it with more than 500 gallons of water so they could keep cool while driving around their town of Eibenstock. “Heyfraulein,” they must have hollered at the ladies. “Wanna go for a schwim in mein BMW?”
I feel like General Motors has done a good job lately of introducing impressive new models like the 2014 Cadillac CTS while still paying homage to their past with cars like the Camaro Z/28 and the Corvette Stingray. Now there’s evidence that another storied GM nameplate might make a comeback: the Chevrolet Chevelle.
The folks over at GM Authority got themselves a nice scoop when they reported that a trademark application for the Chevelle name is moving even closer to getting finalized. They haven’t made a Chevelle since 1977. The trademark application was first filed in December.
Could this mean that GM is just trying to secure the name so that someone else — say, a shitty nu-metal band from the early 2000s — doesn’t put it on their own cars? GM Authority doesn’t think so, and here’s why:
For starters, companies no longer file for trademarks for the sake of filing, or in the name of corporate protection/security — since today’s trademark environment is significantly different than that of the days of yore. Today, in order to complete the registration of a trademark, the applicant must file a legal document called a “Statement of Use”, or SOU. This document specifically requests that the applicant demonstrate the current (not future, or planned) business reason (most commonly defined as the trademark’s use for a real product) for the applicant being granted the trademark. Without an SOU, a trademark will not be granted. Of note is the fact that the applicant has the ability to prolong the time it has to file an SOU by six terms, each lasting six months, or a total of 36 months (3 years).
Very interesting. But it’s important to remain skeptical here. Chevrolet has toyed with a Chevelle revival before, including a mysterious 2004 design study that looked very Camaro-ish.
And as much as I’d like to see the Chevelle make a comeback as a sub-Camaro rear-wheel-drive coupe — perhaps an SS version with a turbo V6, if not a V8 — we have no guarantee the name won’t be used in some other way. Just look at the Dodge Dart, which went from being a muscle car in the 1960s and 70s to being a front-wheel-drive compact with a Fiat engine today.
Who here wants to see a Chevelle revival?
Photo credit Chad Horwedel
Nearly every state now offers various custom plates for colleges, special interest groups, and political causes. Some, like Virginia’s Udvar-Hazy plate, are awesome. Many are not. What’s the worst?
I’d argue that Virginia, despite putting an SR-71 on a license plate, still sucks it up for their hilariously bad pro-Internet license. Seriously. SERIOUSLY? You want to look high tech but it looks like something done in a Windows 95 version of Paint. And since Virginia’s most infamous tech company is reddit, it should really just be Pedobear.
Every year the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, Mass., holds more than two dozen lawn events, and a few days ago we were able attend one of its most popular annual events , American Car Day. The museum opens its grounds to lawn events arranged by themes like make or country of origin, and every year thousands of classic-car fans from all over New England make the trip to the Boston-area museum, the home of America’s oldest car collection.
This year’s American Car Day enjoyed a solid turnout, with dozens of cars lining the lawn. The cars that made the trip to the museum this year were from all eras, starting with early pre-war examples and ending with late-model muscle cars. American Car Day is perhaps in the top five best attended lawn events at the museum, so we weren’t surprised to see cars from all over the region. Even though the field of cars was above average, compared with previous years, the number of cars is perhaps a fraction of how many we’ll see at Tutto Italiano, the museum’s annual Italian Car Day, in a just a couple weeks. But for now, let’s take a look at some of the highlights from last weekend’s event.
Some car companies bend over backwards to help enthusiasts get their hands on sporty cars, track them, and race them. Other car companies? Not so much.
We were talking about the maybe-it’s-dead, maybe-it’s-not Mitsubishi Evo when Bryce Womeldurf explained why he’s not holding out much hope. Nor is he that distraught, because Mitsubishi already broke his heart before.
I used to be very worried about this, but then I sold my Lancer and got realistic about the cost of owning an Evo. Then the dream sort of died and I stopped caring. Would it be nice to see another Evo? I suppose it would, but the Evo X is a vastly different car than it’s suped-up econobox rally car forefathers. It’s gone upmarket. Which means I have virtually no chance of buying one any time soon.
A difficult airplane to fly, to land, and to keep together. But it did have an impact on the auto industry.
The Chance Vought F7U Cutlass was inspired in part by the swept-wing, tailless aircraft research that was recovered from German aircraft manufacturer Arado after World War II. It was quite unlike any other plane in the sky, and looks to modern eyes like it would be more at home in an episode of Star Blazers. It had no tail, and its enormous swept wings, with an area of almost 496 square feet, were almost as long from leading to trailing edge as from root to tip. Its enormous nosegear, which tended to collapse during carrier landings, placed the pilot 14 feet in the air. It also racked up a lot of accidents. In 1957, Chance Vought analyzed major accidents in the Cutlass, and found that for 55,000 hours of cumulative flight time there had been 78 accidents, with 25% of the airframes lost. It had the highest accident rate of all swept-wing Navy fighters.
F7U-3M flown by Lt Cdr Jay Alkire approaches the USS Hancock. The landing signal officer can be seen sprinting to safety seconds before Alkire’s Cutlass strikes the deck. Alkire was killed in ensuing crash.
While the Cutlass was no hit with Navy fighter pilots or Navy brass, it was a hit with the public. Its radical styling made it popular with model hobbyists, and Oldsmobile appropriated the name for its 1954 Cutlass sports coupe.
The first Oldsmobile Cutlass was an experimental sports coupe designed in 1954. It rode a 110 in (2,800 mm) wheelbase and featured a dramatic fastback roofline reminiscent of its jet fighter inspiration. The body was made with reinforced plastic, and it sported swivel seats and copper-toned glass. The Cutlass was powered by a stock V8. Its platform was quite similar to the later compact F-85, which was not introduced for seven more years.
But that wasn’t the only influence the Chance Vought Cutlass had on the automotive world. The swept wing and dual vertical fins of the aircraft also inspired the hood ornaments that would grace the 1955 and 1956 Chevy Bel Air.
Source: Jalopnik Oppositelock