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The Lounge / Vacation Driving Tips
May 29, 2024, 06:22:18 PM
As the summer vacation season approaches we should add special instructions to help visitors better navigate when they are in your area.
A few basic California points are when you ask how far someplace is you will get an answer in hours and minutes not miles. The answer will usually be based on the current time so if you ask at 8 pm you can expect the answer to double or triple at 8 am. The fast lane isn't. You can be in Los Angeles and still be over 3 hours from your destination - in Los Angeles.
RE: The 1986 GLHS vs GT350 article.
It was written by Rick Titus. The GLHS used was a normal off the shelf model. However when all the hate mail rolled in to Hot Rod CS decided to send one to the next COCOA Willow Springs event. That car had another 40 hp and cleaned up. I was at both events and penned a couple of the pro letters to the editor that showed up later - yeah another myth blown up. There was one Corvette that had been giving Rick some problems. Typical low talent vintage guy. Slow in the corners but spent enough on the engine so it was a rocketship on the straights. Rick and I were in the car and were all over the guy in the turns but when we'd get to the back or front straight where passing was allowed he'd pull ahead. After a couple laps we went in and RT went into attack mode and eliminated the Vette in short order with my 200 pounds of ballast out of the car.
The Lounge / The Camfather assaulted
April 12, 2024, 04:44:25 PM
Weird times we are living in. Isky doesn't live in the slums.
We all know that CS first approached GM for Corvette engines to drop into the AC. Is this the reason he went there first?

Scaglietti Corvette

In 1959, a Texan oil well drilling contractor named Gary Laughlin wondered if it would be possible to create a vehicle with Italian design characteristics using the chassis and engine components from an American car like the Corvette. To oversee this creation, he enlisted the help of car constructer Jim Hall and race car driver Carroll Shelby, whom he was good friends with, to assist with the engineering of the project and, after their efforts, each man was to receive their own Corvette custom made to their liking. Thus, the trio managed to get three rolling Corvette chassis off of the production line and arranged to have them shipped to Modena, Italy. There, with the help of Road & Track correspondent Pete Coltrin, they managed to get in touch with Italian coachbuilder Sergio Scaglietti, famous for his design work on Ferrari road cars at the time. Scaglietti agreed to create and fit a new lightweight aluminium body to each car in secret, as Enzo Ferrari reportedly threatened to cancel Scaglietti's partnership with him after learning of the project. The resulting Scaglietti Corvette ended up weighing roughly 400 lbs less than any other Corvette at the time.
Each of the three cars assembled were unique for each owner:
Car #1, originally for Laughlin, was finished in red. It used a slightly different body to accommodate for an existing Corvette front grille. It originally came with a 283 cu in V8 with 315 hp and a four-barrel carburetor, mated to a 2-speed automatic transmission.
Car #2, originally for Hall, was finished in blue. This version had a body more closely resembling the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta LWB. It came with the same carbureted V8 and automatic transmission as Car #1.
Car #3, originally for Shelby, was finished in red. This model was somewhat unique as though it used a similarly designed body to Car #2, it was the only model fitted with fuel-injection and a Borg-Warner 4-speed manual transmission. Unlike the other two members of the project, Shelby never took delivery of his car, citing that it was too expensive for his purposes for it.
However, the Scaglietti Corvette was not without its issues. Though conceived in 1959, the final projects wouldn't be completed and shipped back to the US until 1961, by which time it became clear that the aluminum bodies, though much lighter, had caused dramatic effects to the Corvette's chassis, resulting in dangerous front end lift at high speeds. Coupled with legal pressure from General Motors and Enzo Ferrari to put an end to production, and the Scaglietti Corvette project would be forever cemented as only a concept. However, many ideas from the car would prove inspirational, leading Jim Hall to found his Chevrolet-powered Chaparral racing team and Carroll Shelby to revisit the idea of a European-American sports car with the AC Cobra.
The Lounge / Lakeside Race Car Swap Meet & Show?
March 17, 2024, 06:25:54 PM
Anyone going - April 14, 2024. I'd like to send you some flyers to stick up for my GT1 car. I'd trailer it down but I'm committed to the Antique Nationals at Irwindale Speedway that day.
The Lounge / New car lot opens in FL
February 27, 2024, 01:23:40 PM
Specializing in beach finds - sorry no barns there.
The Lounge / Does Farley have any toes left......
February 21, 2024, 12:16:49 PM
From shooting himself in the foot so many times?

Ford's top boss, CEO Jim Farley, said Thursday that the company will "think carefully" about where it builds future vehicles following the United Auto Workers (UAW) strike.

UAW reply
In a statement to The Associated Press, UAW President Shawn Fain argued that Ford should "find a CEO who's interested in the future of this country's auto industry."
"Maybe Ford doesn't need to move factories to find the cheapest labor on Earth," he said. "Maybe it needs to recommit to American workers."
The Lounge / Your tires are too sticky
February 05, 2024, 07:28:07 PM
Progressives spent last year torturing home cooks by threatening gas stoves and dishwashers in pursuit of energy efficiency. Now the climate brigade is going after drivers. A new bill in Washington state would give regulators the ability to ban tires that create a drag on fuel efficiency.

The proposal would give the state Department of Commerce authority to prevent the sale of replacement tires that the state says have too much "rolling resistance," which decreases the fuel efficiency of the vehicles.

Washington has a rare triple whammy here in a bill that would limit consumer options, make tires more expensive and make drivers less safe. It underscores how progressives are using climate as an excuse to intervene in nearly every corner of the U.S. economy.
January 26, 2024, 03:56:55 PM
Great tour of Tom's shop and his history with SA and Ford

Pt 1 - Includes his 427 Cobra

Pt 2 -  Includes his XR7-G

Cobra Badge -

The Lounge / Only in California
January 24, 2024, 09:20:46 PM
ACalifornia Democrat introduced bill this week that would require automakers in the state to equip new vehicles with speed governors — devices that restrict how fast people can drive.

The technology, if passed under the legislation, would prevent California drivers from going 10 mph or more over the posted speed limit in any given area. The bill would mandate that cars and trucks of the 2027 model year or later that are manufactured or sold in California be installed with speed governors.
The Lounge / Hurry before they're all gone
January 10, 2024, 02:29:37 PM
Dealers are sitting on a 354 day supply of Mach-E Mustangs. Only 111 day supply of Lightnings. Overall the industry has on average a 71 day supply that is higher than normal. Even Toyota exceeds the "magic number" by 2 days with a 32 day supply. Ram is at 120 days and you can expect that to grow as their diesel emissions cheating scandal gets more ink. Mandatory recall of 600,000 Ram trucks, and that Cummins remedy environmental damage it caused when it illegally installed emissions control software in several thousand vehicles, skirting emissions testing.

Ford said it will match production to customer demand. Ford CEO Jim Farley suggested that the anticipated strong demand has not materialized, blaming high prices and spotty charging infrastructure. By the end of November, Ford had sold just over 20,000 Lightning pickups in the U.S.
The Lounge / Oldsmobile spotted
January 07, 2024, 02:43:09 PM
This is the first one of these I've seen in the wild. The local Olds club was at Cars & Coffee with many 442s and this.
The Lounge / A Ford EV I'd drive
January 02, 2024, 01:02:51 PM
I've always liked Duracell products........
The Lounge / Mach E - what could go wrong........
December 26, 2023, 02:58:49 PM
go wrong....... go wrong......
The Lounge / When will Farley get his walking papers?
December 22, 2023, 11:47:47 PM
Ford said on Thursday 12-21-23 that half of all 1,550 Ford dealers chose to sell electric vehicles in 2024—down from two-thirds that said this time last year that they would opt in to sell EVs for 2023.

"EV adoption rates vary across the country, and we believe our dealers know their market best," Ford spokesman Martin Günsberg told the Detroit Free Press.
The Lounge / New movie
December 13, 2023, 02:59:06 PM
Hollywood is now working on a script for "Tesla Vacation" the trials and tribulations of the Griswolds trying to find a car charger on Xmas eve.
The Lounge / Kopec a modern day Nostradamus
December 08, 2023, 12:45:22 PM
His April 1 car tax hoax was ahead of its time.

Joe Biden and Congressional Democrats say they want to make "the rich" pay their "fair share." Fiscal Year 2023 budget calls for imposing an annual 20 percent tax on unrealized gains.
Currently, taxpayers only pay capital gains tax when they sell an asset. This plan would create a "mark to market" regime, forcing Americans to pay taxes every year on the gain in the value of assets like stocks, collectibles, and real estate.
In order to enforce this tax, the IRS would have to be given vast new powers to value the assets of taxpayers. This would be an extremely invasive and difficult task. The agency would have to keep detailed lists of assets of items like jewelry, art, baseball cards, and more.

I can see it now you have a $30,000 68 Mustang. The IRS sees a 68 Mustang dressed up as Eleanor sell at BJ for $400,000. Therefore since your collectable could become an Eleanor you owe $74,000 in taxes - 20% of $370,000 your unrealized gain.
The Lounge / Ferrari - the movie
December 06, 2023, 01:13:07 PM