We are fortunate in my neighborhood to have an independent gas station that sells non-oxygenated fuel; this is gasoline that does not have ethanol mixed in. This is a good thing for owners of old cars which tend have issues with the oxygenated fuel sold at big chain gas stations drying out the rubber bits in their fuel systems. I take The Healey to this station for fuel and frequently encounter other old cars while refueling. Today’s Street Parked car was parked in the service area (yes, this is a gas station where actual mechanics work) waiting for its turn on the lift.
The Ford Mustang II is an important piece of motoring history. No, really. Many people consider this car to embody the worst of the Malaise Era: too small, too slow, too poorly built. I believe we need to look at the Mustang II illuminated in the era it was born to understand why it exists, and why it is actually a cool car.
The photos for this article were all supplied by a reader from the Miata.net car talk community who calls himself Analogeezer. Analogeezer and the gang at Miata.net’s Car Talk forum have been a wealth of great stories and anecdotes about most of the Street Parked cars (and many other topics).
I just returned from a trip to Cuba where jaw dropping old cars are numerous at every stop light. This is the first of many Cuban Street Parked features we’ll be running; be sure to come back and see what Cuban treasure we have next (hint: old American cars with Scuderia Ferrari stickers). I didn’t need to venture far to find this 1956 Ford Fairlane Convertible as it was parked in the dropoff/pickup loop of my hotel in Havana. This was the first old American car in Cuba I got a close look at and I was pleasantly surprised by what I saw.
You can’t watch this video and not like it. It’s impossible. Can’t be done.
I’ve seen quite a few hillclimb videos, and this one definately ranks in my top five. Yves Faber taking on the European Hill Race Eschdorf.
Getting it done, sir. Getting it done.
Last night, I got into a discussion about what constitutes a ‘sleeper car’. We came to the understanding that a sleeper was a car that would catch unassuming racers off-guard, either on the street or track. Now this Ford Granada wouldn’t really count as a true ‘sleeper’, because the half-cage in the back hints that there is something beast under the hood…
However, I wasn’t expecting this!
“When the dust settled, he had managed to cram a twin-turbocharged 4.7-liter Ford V8 from the heart of a Koenigsegg CCX supercar, good for a face-ripping 1,700 horsepower. An independent rear suspension from a 1999-2004 Ford Mustang Cobra handles putting that muscle to the rear tires and a set of massive Porsche brakes bring the whole party to a stand still. It’s a miracle of fabrication, determination and insanity. “- Quoted from Autoblog
Now this video, apparently, is of the car’s first start up, so there is alot of smoke. However, when it does get tuned and ready to go, God help anyone who comes across it.
To be honest, I haven’t been following much of the World Rally Championship for the last few years. However, after reading Tim’s last post about why I should watch more WRC, it started to get me researching into more rally videos.
One thing I stumbled over was Ford’s 2011 review video of the WRC season.
I heard in the WRC news today that former World Champion Petter Solberg will be joining up with the Ford WRC Squad in 2012. I’m super excited for him. I’ve always liked Solberg, because I feel that Petter really has persevered while getting the short end of the WRC stick lately. I’m excited to watch the season unfold!
Now to buff up on my rally knowledge, so I know what I’m looking at…
Who of our followers watch rally? Where should I start? Know any good rally blogs?
The final of this year’s World Rally Championship was nothing short of dramatic. It was going to decide whether 7 times world Champion Loeb was going claim an 8th title, making him the most successful rally driver of all time.
Or, could Mikko Hirvonen snatch it from him and finally claim a WRC title?
Heading to Wales last weekend, we were all set ready to watch the new evolution of WRC cars battle it out.
One of the reasons for the new evolution of smaller cars was to bring more manufacturers into the championship, with Mini joining Ford and Citroën for 6 events in this year and VW joining in 2012, when the Mini WRC team will complete its first full championship.
The other reason was to close the gap between drivers – something it has evidentially done with only 0.2secs separating 1st and 2nd in Jordan early this year, and a full on battle raging between Hirvonen and Loeb going into this: Rally GB, the final the 2011 championship.
In 2014, the engine formula for Formula 1 is changing to a 1.6 liter V6 turbo format. With the re-introduction of turbochargers in Formula 1, I wanted highlight the era in the early 1980s when turbochargers first entered the sport.
Pundits have been concerned that in 2014, the sound of the new turbo-charged engines will ruin the sound of Formula 1. Listen to the engines in this video. I honestly I don’t think we have anything to worry about!
The video is quite long, so I’ve found it split into two parts. Part 1 will be featured today, and Part 2 tomorrow.
Sometimes you wonder what happened to those people who made great motorcars. This is one of those cars that really should have had a longer run than it did. The concept behind it started as a Group B Rally car, which meant that rules required Ford to build production models to meet homologation requirements.
As a racing car the project only sadly only lasted two years. However, that did not mean that Ford cut any corners.
Edit: Thanks to Youtube (or no thanks), the video has been taken down. I’ll update this post shortly.