BARBER VINTAGE MOTORSPORTS MUSEUM - The Barber Motorsports Park is the new home of this museum, founded by George Barber, a Birmingham businessman. The museum houses a collection of more than 1,000 motorcycles and 55 cars — including 36 Lotus models. Visitors can watch vehicle restorations or peruse a library with 6,000 publications on motorcycles and cars. Open daily. Admission fee. 6030 Barber Motorsports Parkway, Leeds, Ala. 35094. (205) 699-7275. http://www.barbermuseum.org/
The 1936 standard series Chevrolet adopted the all steel fisher body with turret top styling. They had more rounded front fenders and radiator grill. A split windshield and hydraulic brakes was a new feature for the standard models in 1936. This beautiful Chevrolet has a very straight body and excellent midnight Black paint, original mohair upholstery with new matching headliner. Everything is in working condition including the original in dash Chevrolet radio. The 6 cylinder engine has been rebuilt and runs fantastic.
After a record breaking 35 lead changes, Dario Franchitti has joined the ranks of three-time winners of the Indianapolis 500. Pictured here with his wife, actress Ashley Judd, who has a hit TV series this year.
It was a fast, hard race as it always is. The record heat temps didn’t seem to cause any failures, but as usual there were the accidents. In the las lap Takuma Sato, my personal favorite, was running in second place. He took the do-or-die chance to pass Franchitti, but (oh, no) he spun out freezing the race ending. Franchitti in first, his teammate Scott Dixon in second and Tony Kanaan (always a crowd favorite) in third. As always with the Indy 500, it isn’t over until its over.
There we are....six races, six different winners. Top four cars less than a second apart. In recent year Monaco has been a little on the dull side. Mark Webber, my favorite, left from the pole and stayed in first right to the end, but with the others so close that made it a race. Nico Rosberg came in second only .086 of a second behind Webber. Fernando Alonso, at .304 of a second behind Rosberg, came in third.
1951 Nash Ambassador Airflyte Custom Sedan, Beautifully restored with original inline 235 cu. in. 115 HP 6 cylinder overhead valve engine and 4 speed Hydramatic transmission, model 5178, body C5457, VIN: RC 10030 (assembled in El Segundo, CA) with 77,500 original miles. This car has been lovingly brought back to life by Gerald Johnson of North Dakota, with new upholstery and headliner, paint, rebuilt automatic transmission, new windshield and side glass, window gaskets, generator, voltage regulator, radiator core, weather stripping, water pump, master cylinder and wheel cylinders, shocks, exhaust, and tires all performed in 2001-03. The body was sanded to bare metal and is painted in a Ford Bronze/red clearcoat metallic from 2000. Horn, directional signals, lights, instrument gauges all work and original clock and AM radio are present but not connected. Includes owner’s and shop manuals, Nash fender cover and bumper jack. Since I have owned the car (bought in March 2007 with 72K miles) I have had the fuel pump rebuilt for modern gas by Kanter Bros., relined all 8 brake shoes, replaced the rear main seal and the oil pan gasket with Neoprene. The car is an amazing survivor, having been bought new in Chino, CA and driven over 70K miles without any accidents or even any dings until 1971 when it went into the original owner’s son’s barn in North Dakota where it stayed dry and rust free until its resurrection in 2001.
I am liking Formula One this year. Five races and five different winners. A fairly new driver, Pastor Maldonado, picked up the win for his first time. Driving for Williams it was a happy time. For Frank Williams it was his 70th birthday and the first time his team had won since 2004. In the old days the Williams were always on top.
Alonso, who is Spanish, would certainly like to have the win in his home country. He seemed very happy to have a good showing with his second place.
Third went to Kimi Raikkonen from Lotus for his second podium in as many races. Even today you can't get a smile out of this man.
Maldonado must have felt very proud standing in first place on the podium with two former world champions. Alonso was the champ in 2005 and 2006 and Raikkonen was the champ in 2007.
So, happy days don't always go as well as they should. While Frank Williams was giving his birthday speech and congratulating Maldonado on his win their garage blew up. Injurying nine people. Frank Williams, who has been in a wheelchair since a 1986 road accident, was wheeled to safety.
Following on the heels of the recent deaths of Porsche designers Vale Porsche (911) and Anatole Lapine (928) comes the news that driver/team manager/designer Carroll Shelby passed away at 89. Shelby put together the AC Cobra and Mustang Cobra. The Mustang Cobra is still being produced today. The AC super snake was produced for the masses and for racing.
The race team. The car is just beautiful, it was then and it is now. Since it stopped production almost every kit car producer in the world has had their version of the Cobra in its lineup. Under license I am sure. If you owned an original you could take the money to the bank. Of the Super Snakes there were only two built and there is only one left. It sold at auction in January 2007 for $5.5 million. Yes, I said $5.5 million! The second one was bought by Bill Cosby, the actor/comedian, and so the story goes he returned the car after one day because it scared the hell out of him. The person who ended up buying it died in a road accident.
Twenty-five years ago when it was time to retire he said 'no way.' He had things to do, cars to produce, personal appearances to make, license his products. Not bad for a former chicken farmer.
I first became aware of Shelby in 1959 when he (with Roy Salvadori) won the 24 hours of Le Mans. At that time my favorite driver was Sterling Moss who would be driving for Aston Martin. They had three cars and Shelby/Salvadori had one. Moss had engine trouble and had to drop out with Shelby/Salvadori going on to win. In those days I could only read about it, but with the internet I looked it up on YouTube. In those days they were still doing the Le Mann start with the drivers running to the cars. Pit stops were much longer than they are today. Very few drivers wore uniforms, most raced in blue jeans and t-shirts and Shelby wore his chicken-farmer overalls. They all wore helmets, but they had only been required a few short years. The picture above was at the 1966 Seabring 12 Hour with Dan Gurney. Dan was another driver/designer and is still around designing $100,000 motorcycles.
Avanti, loosely translated from Italian it means forward!
This is exactly where then Studebaker President Sherwood Egbert hoped to lead his company when he introduced this unique car in 1963. Rare car! 1 of only 1552 Avanti R2’s produced in 1963. 46k original miles, one repaint, lots of receipts and documentation. Spectacular red paint job (originally white). The car has also had a full engine overhaul. Always stored in a climate controlled facility. Interior is not perfect but really nice. Seat covers and headliner have been redone.
Solid car, no rust, hog troughs look great. High quality cond 2 car. Can be shown or driven. This Avanti is a blast to drive.
Heads turn wherever you take it and the sounds from that supercharged 289 V8 motor are incredible.
Complete engine and carb overhaul
Replaced flexplate and trans mounts
Cooling system – hoses, radiator, t-stat and surge tank replaced
Ignition system - battery and cables, voltage regulator and ignition switch replaced
Stunning color combination, red on red
Gorgeous red paint job (all 5 wheels painted to match, including the spare)
Very nice Interior - seat covers and headliner replaced
The Body: stripped, painted, clear coat including engine compartment and engine. Re-chromed bumpers, some trim new, the remainder is reconditioned. The Drivetrain: Reconditioned brakes; Replaced transmission, radiator, muffler, front tires, battery, hub caps, and starter. Interior: All original. 107,000 miles. $12,999. More photos available upon request.
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