Category Archives: Planes Trains and Automobiles

World’s Fastest Log

In Scottsdale, Arizona, this week, you could become the new owner of an all-electric beast carved from pure Canadian red cedar—the world’s fastest motorized log.

 

The car, er, vehicle, is the work of a log-home manufacturer; Bryan Reid Sr., the founder of Pioneer Log Homes, explained his reasoning to the CBC.

“When there’s thousands of cars being auctioned off… sooner or later it comes to ‘why don’t you build a log car,’” he told CBC in a 2015 interview about the project.

Sure.

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The Ranger is BACK!

The 2019 Ford Ranger is finally here after its iconic nameplate took a long break from the U.S. market. But that break is over, because The Blue Oval just debuted the 2019 Ford Ranger, and it looks a lot like the T6 model the rest of the world has had for years—just with some meaningful updates and tweaks.

Back around 2011, an enormous comet crashed into America’s mid-size truck segment, killing a number of lovable little trucks like the Dodge Dakota and Chevrolet Colorado. But no loss was mourned as much as that of the small, tough, cheap and simple Ford Ranger. But now, after over five years, the Ranger is back.

2018 Mustang Bullitt

The 2018 Ford Mustang Bullitt has shown up just in time for the 50th anniversary of the film and its epic car chase scene. Between the green paint, dark grille and signature fuel cap, I think Steve McQueen himself would be stoked to jump it off some steep streets.

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The Ultimate Paper Airplane

When Luca Iaconi-Stewart thinks of a paper airplane, it’s not the kind you fold up and toss, hoping it will glide. He’s thinking about his intricate sculpture of a Boeing 777. The one he’s been building for years, in excruciating detail, all from paper.

(YouTube link)

It’s not a toy; it’s art. He’s recreating all the details of a real airliner, from the wing struts down to the rows of passenger seats. The doors swing on their own hinges, the landing gear retracts, and you know that eventually, he’ll have a little paper pilot. He even keeps the “plane crashes,” the discarded parts that didn’t quite work.

And thus began one of humanity’s greatest road trips.

It was December 11, 1972, 45 years ago to the day. Astronauts Gene Cernan and Jack Schmitt had just stepped out of the lunar lander. And thus began one of humanity’s greatest road trips.

Sure, the definition of a “road trip” is a bit vague, but when you’re thousands of miles from Earth and the nearest professional mechanic, the series of trips the crew of Apollo 17 made in the Lunar Rover has to qualify as one. Especially when you consider that they drove more than 22 miles in the thing, a trip which took four hours and 26 minutes.

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Rotary BMW M3

Miatas in Sync

1100 HP AMC Javelin AMX

The only thing better than a Hellcat is a Demon. The only thing better than a Demon is a Hellcat engine with 1,100 horsepower. The only thing better than that is when the engine is stuffed into an AMC Javelin AMX. 

This 1972 AMC Javelin AMX, created by the Ringbrothers in conjunction with Prestone, was clearly created in an ultimate pursuit of perfection. 

The 6.2-liter, 707-horsepower V8 out of the Dodge Challenger Hellcat has been dumped into the engine bay, but Jim and Mike, AKA the Brothers Ring, have swapped out the stock supercharger for a 4.5-liter Whipple unit

And despite the source car being a traditional muscle car, the Wisconsin-based Ring Brothers didn’t stop at the engine. Much of the body is carbon fiber. The suspension is a custom setup. Those sweet, sweet side exhausts are new. And those spiffy Baer brakes should be enough to haul your shiny golden missile down from simply unconscionable speeds.

What 108 Years Of Repaving Looks Like Under Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Asphalt

Last month, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president J. Douglas Boles posted this picture of a core sample taken of the track:

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Mustang

The very first Ford Mustang, the 1964 model, cost $2,320 and produced 210 horsepower, while coming in at 2,556 pounds. The 2018 Mustang GT produces 460 hp, weighs 3,705 pounds and costs $35,095. There have been a lot of Mustangs in between.

Back to the Future Custom 1967 VW Bus

Velocity Motorcars brought to life a custom 1967 VW Bus that’s heavily inspired by Doc Brown‘s iconic DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future. The beautiful vehicle features a working flux capacitor, a custom dashboard filled with time traveling buttons and switches, and a television screen in the back for viewings of the classic film.

Cruise Ship playing Seven Nation Army!

The 964-foot-long MSC Magnifica isn’t just a luxurious, $550 million cruise ship. It’s the world’s first 4,500 passenger musical instrument, and it rocked a slow, loooouuud rendition of The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army”.

F150 RTR

This truck. Just look at it. Read its name, chew on it: the Ford F-150 RTR Muscle Truck Concept. Look at all its black trim. My God. I think I need chest hair just to steer it.

This Muscle Truck has a 5.0-liter V8 (five-oh!), pushing out 600 horsepower. It has RTR long-travel coilover suspension and 33-inch tires!

Ford “BADD” GT – 292 MPH!

Johnny Bohmer has been breaking records in his 2,700 horsepower BADD GT for a while now, first taking it to 250 mph before going up to 275 mph and, then, 283.232 mph, which still stands as the Guinness World Record. On Friday, Bohmer beat that, going 292 mph at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, though coming back down to zero turned out to be the hardest part.

Bohmer’s original plan was to try and top 300 mph, but he lost some boost pressure once he got into 6th gear, so he had to settle for 292. More harrowing was stopping since, as you can see in the video below, his parachute ripped into two pieces as it deployed.

What happened next? A hard brake, which Bohmer told me, put cracks into the rear rotors.

“When I stopped I thought the car was on fire,” he said. The car was not on fire. But the wheels were very, very hot, and Bohmer said he was just happy he was on a long enough track, or things really could have gone south.

While 292 mph is faster than 283.232, Bohmer did not break the Guinness World Record for a street-legal car because the Guinness people weren’t on hand to certify it. He says they’re pretty serious, too, requiring the car to have air-conditioning that can cool to 60 degrees and the ability to drive for 15 minutes prior to the record attempt, in addition to the normal things, like valid license plates, insurance, and so on, all of which the BADD GT complies with.

Ferrari LaFerrari FXX-K Evo

Ferrari just announced the Evo version of its LaFerrari-based FXX-.

2018 Ford Mustang RTR

VW Bug Fifth Wheel Trailer!

Thanks Rob!

Anniversary of the sinking of the USS Johnston

USS Johnston (DD-557)

USS Johnston (DD-557) was a World War II-era Fletcher-class destroyer in the service of the United States Navy. She was the first Navy ship named after Lieutenant John V. Johnston. The ship was most famous for its bold action in the Battle off Samar. The small “tincan” destroyer armed with nothing larger than 5 inch (127mm) guns and torpedoes would lead the attack of a handful of light ships which had inadvertently been left unprotected in the path of a massive Japanese fleet led by battleships and cruisers. The sacrifices of Johnston and her little escort carrier task unit “Taffy 3” helped stop Admiral Kurita’s powerful Center Force from attacking vulnerable U.S. landing forces, and inflicted greater losses than they suffered.

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Ow Ow Ow Ow Ow!

A storm in Rio Negrinho, in the North of Santa Catarina, Brazil, brought down a good number of trees. One of those trees came right down on a Volkswagen Kombi, smacking it right in the middle, the result looking like what would happen if you dropped a small barbell onto a loaf of bread.

The Last Holden Has Been Built In Australia

It’s a sad day for those of us who liked knowing that there was a company building big, V8-powered beasts, just like here in America, down at the bottom of the Earth. The company was GM’s Australian subsidiary Holden, and today they finished their very last car.

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