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the Historic Vehicle Register has been adding vehicles a bit faster than they did at first

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9 mile trailed Cobra R 1995 Mustang, Previously owned by NASCAR driver Ernie Irvan, 1 of 250 produced

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Purchased new through Ford Special Engineering in 1995 by former Robert Yates Racing-Texaco Havoline #28 NASCAR driver Ernie Irvan.

He trailered it to car shows, and never drove it.

He finally sold it in 2016.
VIN: 1FALP42C5SF213524

But there are quite a few of those limited Cobra R's hanging around waiting to appreciate in value. One has 523 miles, http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/a25844/a-1995-ford-mustang-cobra-r-reaches-the-racetrack/

another has 2911 miles https://www.a-gc.com/1995-ford-mustang-svt-cobra-r-c-361.htm

another has 6076 https://lmr.com/products/1995-Ford-Mustang-SVT-Cobra-R-Specs-Features



http://www.2040-cars.com/ford/Mustang/ernie-irvan-s-personal-1995-ford-mustang-svt-cobra-r-coupe-2-door-5-8l-53589/

One of "The Few", Lacey downed at least 28 enemy planes during World War Two and was a rare example of someone who served in the RAF on both the first and final day of the war.

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He survived nine crash landings and famously shot down a German plane that had just bombed Buckingham Palace.

"I was shot down nine times in 16 weeks. Twice I got out with my aeroplane burning from end to end, once with no tail on it," he said.
He continued flying fighter missions until the end of the war, including a transfer to India where he took on the Japanese.

At the end of World War Two, he was credited with having shot down 28 confirmed planes, four "probables" and nine damaged - one of the highest tallies of all the RAF's British fighter pilots.

After the war he became a pilot instructor

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leeds-40660077

thanks Steve!

cards to leave for drivers that park like jack asses

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A phrase for a drop card is:
'Is your steering wheel covered in shit?... because you park like an asshole'
or go with the funniest and probably true note http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2016/01/well-that-got-out-of-control-fast.html

Did you know Ferrari is worried about the demand for their cars? The waiting line is so much that Ferrari won't allow it's employees to buy a new Ferrari, unless they are Scuderia Ferrari F1 driver

Demon colors

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for a good welder call... Amazin Blaze; a'Heatin and a'Beatin Welding Service.

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Welcome to Hucklebuck studios.

Yall come on in and have a seat. Let me give you a little rundown on myself....

My name is Glen Thornton....My friends call me Amazing Blaze....I'm the owner and operator of a'Heatin and a'Beatin welding service.

We have 24 hour service working week days, week nights, weekend days weekend nights, holidays are my specialty...

Especially Thanksgiving.

I weld long arc, short arc, heliarc, and in the dark.

Fit for 4 welders or weld for 4 fitters.

If you want 2 or 3 weeks off , I can handle that too.

Weld anything from the crack of dawn to a broken heart..., from eggshells to spider webs.

I have done some work for a few young black widows.

We weld right handed left handed, 6 inches off the floor, up against the wall , in the corner, with or without a mirror....uphill, downhill, side to side, no crack too tight, no gap too wide.

If you don't like the way I do it, I'll let you try it.

If I cant do it, I'll hire it done.

All work guarante…

on Sunday I'll get back to my regular posting

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it's not possible that any other photo could illustrate that it's Comic Con time any better, and I am offline til Sunday at least

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598 mile 1st year Diablo, one owner, and one of 21 equipped with the Bruguet Type "4330" Chronometer, 300 thou and it's yours

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this was a one-off, special-order, special wish example completed in brilliant "Impact White" with a complementary full white leather interior with contrasting red piping. It also received the very popular upgraded Alpine Stereo / CD system with amplifier and subwoofer.








full gallery and description at http://www.anamera.com/en/detail/car/482258/index.html?no_cache=1&ret=202

Firestone made drag slicks for the Ford Thunderbolt, specifically, back in the 60s.

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Firestone Lightning Slicks. They’re unique to the Thunderbolt as they have a lightning-bolt tread pattern. Few remain still intact and on a Thunderbolt.


http://www.hotrod.com/articles/see-how-this-historic-1964-ford-thunderbolt-is-transformed-from-a-neglected-barn-find-to-show-quality-drag-car/

Letterer Johnny Watts, at age 81, still plies his trade the old-fashioned way: freehand, since age 13.

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Using pictures Allen acquired, Watts lettered the car just as it would have been done back in the day—freehand. Watts has been lettering automobiles for 68 years, starting his craft at the age of 13. He’s one of only a handful who still applies the paint freehand with a trusted brush he’s had for many years. Over a two-day period, Watts gave the Bonner Thunderbolt character.


Watts uses a Coca-Cola crate as a stool and workbench. He adjusts the position of the crate from vertical to horizontal and flat as he starts high and works down low


http://www.hotrod.com/articles/see-how-this-historic-1964-ford-thunderbolt-is-transformed-from-a-neglected-barn-find-to-show-quality-drag-car/

politicians have lost their minds, this makes it official.... , Alabama teens need a business license to mow lawns for money

Teenagers have been threatened by officials and other lawn services to show their city issued business license ($110) before cutting a persons lawn for extra summer cash.

Thanks Eddie!

http://abc3340.com/news/local/business-license-required-for-teens-to-cut-grass

the Harley Sportster turns 60, 1957 to 2017

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Road and Track magazine celebrates it's 70th anniversary this year

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their 1st issue was June 1947

The McLaren F1. 25 years ago it was the fastest street legal car, at 231mph. It's engine cover was gold foil.

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it weighs the same as a Miata.

It's worth 12-15 million dollars.

If your engine needs a rebuild, they loan you one so you can keep enjoying your car while it's getting rebuilt at the shop. The engine is a 6.1 liter 650 Hp BMW V12. Honda bailed on the engine supply contract

It's engine cover has a warning light. This was discovered by a German business man who used his F1 as a commuter. It seems at around 190 mph the cover lifted off the sensor enough to trip the warning light... he said that the light came on every drive to work, and every drive home. Lucky guy



this is Bruce Wiener, he had that collection of micro cars



http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/a9988713/it-looks-incredibly-stressful-to-drive-a-mclaren-f1-that-isnt-yours/
http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/classic-cars/a9936596/mclaren-f1-owners-get-a-loaner-v12-engine-while-theirs-is-rebuilt/

The Grand Tour season two, likely will be delayed while Hammond's knee heals up so he can drive, but they released a preview

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as ludicrous as the salaries and costs are for filming The Grand Tour, the 1st year profited 11 million dollars.

Vermont's Governor, Phil Scot, is the first sitting governor to ever win a stock car race, it was his 30th career win.

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The sixty-year-old head of state scored his 30th career victory at Vermont's Thunder Road earlier this month in dramatic fashion, holding off several challengers in the Late Model Series to take the checkered flag and become the track's all time wins leader - and the first sitting governor to ever win a stock car race of any kind.

Scott, 58, took office in January after six years as lieutenant governor and a decade as a state senator.



Before Scott began stock car racing, he raced motorcycles and snowmobiles, turning to stock cars in his early 30s. He’s now in his 27th year of racing at Thunder Road, his 26th in the top late-model division. Over that time he has won three track championships, most recently in 2002.

Going into this season, Scott had won 29 feature races at Thunder Road, the most ever. On July 6, he won his 30th.
http://www.thedrive.com/news/12666/vermont-governor-is-one-heck-of-a-stock-car-racer-on-the-side
http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/sports/2017/07…

Today's salute goes out to Daron Taylor, 9th grader with a lawn care business, and innovated a bike trailer for his mower to get between jobs with all the gear needed for jobs

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Daron Taylor started cutting grass when he was 14, preferring to spend his summer break building a business over playing video games.

 Finding it difficult to carry equipment and push his mower from house to house, and being too young to drive a car or truck, Taylor devised a homemade trailer, which hooks up to his bicycle and carries his mower, blower, string trimmer, extra fuel and personal protective equipment.

D’s LawnCare, also employs Taylor’s little brother, serves eight to 10 regular customers, and also does single services.

https://www.instagram.com/dslawncare
http://landscapemanagement.net/tag/ds-lawncare/

216-937-5992 or  216-544-9141
Work days Mon-Sat Cleveland,OH
Email me at taylordaron941@gmail.com

how many parts can be replaced before a car is no longer considered original? How many before it's not even the same car? What if you replaced them all, slowly, and put the used parts together? Then you have two cars, with the same serial number. Jaguar XKD 530

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Chassis number XKD 530 is one of the 54 examples produced for privateer customers, this car left the factory on February 13, 1956, finished in British Racing Green. Retailed through Finnish Jaguar dealer S.M.K., the car was delivered in April 1956 to Curt Lincoln, of Helsinki, a tennis player on Finland’s Davis Cup team who was known to the racing world for his exploits in F3 midget cars and a Jaguar C-Type.

As factory documentation reportedly demonstrates, Mr. Lincoln sought to avoid excessive duty on the import; therefore, he instructed Coventry to make the car appear used, so that it would not be subject to new vehicle tariffs. To this end, the factory brushed the pedals to make them appear worn, replaced the steering wheel with a used one, and adjusted the odometer to misleadingly reflect accrued mileage, among other measures.

Other than the 1957 Elaintarhanajo, XKD 530 was used primarily for ice racing following the 1956 season, and team Askolin fitted the tires with 1¾-inch spik…

Lagonda. Sounds quite British... but it's not.

The Lagonda car company was founded in 1906 by Wilber Gunn, an American, who named the company after a river near his home in Springfield Ohio.

So... it's in that same strange territory as the Hispano Suiza, made in France with a name that is decidedly not French

this looks like an incredible place to have a Concours due to the terraced lawn. Heveningham Hall in Sullfolk, England. Previously a WW2 airfield

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Heveningham Hall is a 5000 acre estate deep in the heart of rural Suffolk. The house was mostly designed by Sir Robert Taylor in 1778 for Sir Gerrard Vanneck, a wealthy Dutch merchant.

The Vanneck family owned the hall until 1970 when the hall, which by then was in a poor state of repair, was handed over to the Department of Environment in lieu of death duties. In 1981 the house was sold to an Iraqi businessman who then commenced to repair and conserve the hall, but died before restoration was completed.

It was then purchased in 1994 by the current custodian Mr and Mrs Jon Hunt, who then set about restoring the hall and the Capability Brown (18th century landscape artist) landscape to their former glory.

http://www.velocetoday.com/heveningham-concours-delegance-suffolk-u-k/

Described as one of the least used and lowest ownership examples of the D Type Jag - XKD 534

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Shipped to Wellington from the Midland’s dealership Attwood’s, it was race-prepared for local enthusiast Sam Gibbons to enter for his son Bob. He drove it in the New Zealand Grand Prix meeting at Ardmore Aerodrome in 1957. During the race leading British driver Ken Wharton fatally crashed, but Gibbons won, beating Jack Brabham into second place.

During the 1957-58 season Gibbons also won the Ken Wharton Memorial Trophy at Ardmore but at Dunedin hit a trackside post. The car was then sold to sheep farmer Angus Hyslop, who raced it in a programme of New Zealand events during the early 1960s and took the car to Europe.

During his ownership a new 3.8 litre D-Type short block engine was imported and installed. Ownership then passed to fellow New Zealander Simon Taylor who won the Ken Wharton Memorial Trophy in 1962. After one other change of ownership, it ended up in 1964 with Noel Foster

Foster didn't use the D-type for competition, savouring it instead for fun driving on high days and…

The most famous quarrel over a car, was between two Ferrari owners, because they each had a copy of Ferrari 330P chassis # 0818

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The Italian court affirmed in 2011 that the only real 0818 was that of Italian Fabrizio Violati. A characteristic case of a car whose pieces were used to rebuild two cars

http://www.aonclassiccar.fr/2016/07/voitures-de-collection-fausses-et-usages-de-fausses/

after being raced by Graham Hill, at Sebring, Le Mans, etc, here is it's history
1966 - chassis stayed in a garage that David Piper shared with Tom Meade in Modena.
77 - Mike Oustromoff, Redditch, UK
77 - restoration started using the original engine and chassis, new body built by Wakefields of Byfleet, UK
81 Donington
81 Monthlery
82 - Christopher Murray, Middletown, RI, USA (drug smuggler)
82/sep/04 20th anniversary 250 GTO Chris Murray/ Francois Sicard "58 D 1799"

84/dec/17 - confiscated by the US Government and offered for sale
85/jun - offered for $250,000.
85/oct/30 - Fabrizio Violati -  through US Government and court of Bridgeport/CT
86 - nose redone by Allegretti, Modena, I
89/aug OGP Nuerburgring Stefano Durelli

coincidence that these competitors were lined up in similar photos?

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the super secret Simca test track in Mortefontaine forest, 25 miles north of Paris

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Henri Pigozzi, owner of Simca, decided that he needed a tool his engineers could discretely use to develop their new models. The landowner, Count de Gramont, agreed to lend his land for 30 years to the projects of his hunting partner.

Just over 2 miles long, its route was a synthesis of all the difficulties of a road network.

Fast curves, tight turns, uneven slopes, pins, sinuous portions at high speeds, long straight lines, everything is there, interspersed with paved areas and wet passages. In the middle, large asphalted areas make it possible to carry out braking tests as well as crash tests in complete safety.

In 1968 Chrysler bought Simca, and got the track, then it was transferred to
Peugeot-Citroën in 1978 when it acquired Chrysler Europe.
 In 1988, it was taken over by Valeo, which sold it to
 Pininfarina in 2003.

Today, the facilities are owned by UTAC (Union Technique de l'Automobile of the Motorcycle and Cycle), which also has the Montlhéry test center and its famous auto…

Buick Lucerne... named for a city in Switzerland. Why? I can't find an answer online

The Lucerne (from 2006 through 2011) replaced both the upscale LeSabre, and top of the line, Park Avenue. Well, if you're naming a car for a place, and you are replacing Park Avenue... why go with a Swiss city? There is also a large dairy by the name of Lucerne

 And then the Lucerne was replaced with the LaCrosse... a hockey stick game, (the city in Wisconsin has a space after the La and before Crosse, but was preceded by the LaSabre. Maybe someone in the naming process was stuck on the words beginning with L that have no meaning? That sound French?

Braking was not one of the Lucerne's strong points, as testing revealed stopping distances that were the longest in the full-size sedan class, as it's bigger than a Chrysler 300

A LaSabre is a sword, a LaCrosse is a stick for the purpose of catching a ball (the crosse)

https://www.edmunds.com/buick/lucerne/
http://www.caranddriver.com/features/rides-for-the-retirement-set-buick-lucerne-page-3

I even sent an email to Buick.com, but I …

the CF Express for Centerforce Clutches powered by a BD Diesel twin turbo 24v Cummins

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a beer truck catering company has outfitted a 1952 Chevy Panel truck, a 1965 Chevy Panel truck, a 1969 Chevy C-10, and a 1957 Chevy Apache 3100... and for $25000 you can buy a franchise

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I've posted a lot of fire engines, fire trucks, etc... finally, here's a new fire fighter movie "Only The Brave"

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42,100 pounds of beer spilled in Colorado, a semi had to use the emergency ramp in Wolf's Creek Colorado when his brakes failed

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The 25-year-old driver managed to get on the second ramp he passed — which also happened to be the last ramp before the road, called Wolf Creek Pass, got really involved.

“He handled that truck like an absolute champ,” Smith told the Herald, adding that “the beer was just absolutely everywhere. It was pretty hilarious.”

In June, the Colorado Department of Transportation launched the “Beware the Wolf” campaign to warn truck drivers of the risks involved in traveling Wolf Creek Pass, considered one of the worst mountain passes for semi-trucks.

the truck left the highway to use the emergency ramp, and everything was fine until it began to roll back down the hill and the beer over powered the trailer door when momentum took hold.

 I don't see any load bars.

the event was caught on dash cam, https://durangoherald.com/articles/173012-semi-truck-spills-42-100-pounds-of-beer-on-wolf-creek-pass

https://vinepair.com/booze-news/truck-dumps-42100-pounds-bud-light

the Ferrari collection in suburban Michigan, what a museum curator's driveway looked like in 1965-69

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“The Vignale coupe is a 225/250MM 0266M, the GP is a 166 no. 06C, on the right is a 375Plus no. 0392AM, in the middle is the ex- Pabst 500/625 TR.”

Said Merritt, “The tall enginein front left, is the world’s oldest Harry Miller engine, dating 1917. Then an assortment of HAL DO dirt track engines along with several Mondial, TRC, a Monza 750 and Monza 860. Also a Ferrari V-12 of some sort.

About 10-15 Ferrari engines were in the basement of our tiny house, for lack of room in the garage.


Merritt explained how the Mexico found itself in front of his house. “I was the pro bono curator to help Carl Bross assemble the world’s first Ferrari collection. That would have been in 1965 or so."

Richard F. Merritt, who had worked at Ford, GM and selling Volkswagens part time, and who realized that the Ferrari would be the next Bugatti. Over the years, Merritt would buy and sell 48 of the most desirable Ferraris ever built, but his main claim to fame would come as the co-author (with Warren Fitzger…