Car is a fresh restoration with approximately 200 miles since completion. Nice desirable Berkshire Green and White paint. New proper interior with Black and White Hounds tooth Upholstery and White Top. Has many updates for fun reliability to address several of the troublesome issues. 4 wheel disc brake conversion kit, new wiring harness, 12 volt alternator conversion. New fuel tank and lines. New exhaust. Great, reliable, attention getting fun with economy to boot. Include are many spare parts including: engine, transmission and multiple boxes of small spares. This car is ready to go anywhere, just jump in and drive!!
'HOORAY!' This is the day I have been waiting for. Waiting for Takuma Sato to have a win under his belt. After being released from his team last year I was afraid that he would not get picked up this year. Which happens to so many very fine drivers. The granddaddy of all racers, A. J. Foyt, picked him up and put his trust in him. Not only was this Sato's first IndyCar win it was the first race won by a Japanese driver. Let's hope it is the first of many.
For the Foyt team it was the first win since 2002.
Graham Rahal, driving for this father's team this year, drove a very steady race which brought him in second place. By the size of the smile on his face I think he was very happy. I'm sure that Bobby Rahal was very happy too.
Third place went to Justin Wilson from Dale Coyne Racing. What a race it was for him...he started out in 24th place. I have only seen a handful of drivers that can start at the back of the pack and end up so well.
Everyone knows that Takuma Sato is my favorite followed by Tony Kanaan. So, how did Tony do? On lap 78 of 80 he stuffed his car into one of the tire barriers. Allowing Sato to cruise to the finish under caution.
KIMI RIAKKONEN - 2ND, SEBASTIAN VETTEL - 1ST, ROMAIN GROSJEAN - 3RD AND THE WOMAN IS JILL JONES FROM RED BULL REPRESENTING THE COMPANY
Usually I am in a borderline sleeping position for the Bahrain race. During the 2nd lap when Vettel pulled out in front it could have been just such a race. Once he got the lead he was never to be seen again until they dropped the checkered flag. Behind him there was plenty of action. Tight run battles for all the other positions. Riakkonen came in second which seemed weird because he seemed to be out of sorts the whole race. It looked like Paul di Rista from Force India was going to get third, but it was not to be. Grosjean was able to pass him seven laps from the end. It would have been nice for Force India to be able to pull that off.
How did Webber do? It looked like he was going to have a fifth slot, but on the last lap Hamilton got passed him. It seemed to take the wind out of his sails and Perez slid passed him too.
Formula One tries to stay out of a countries politics. It doesn't always work. In 2011 the people of Bahrain started protesting the Formula One race. Their real protest was a human rights issue, but Formula One was the target. The race was cancelled that year, but ran last year and this. Still had the protests and in looking at the pictures of the protesters I saw an interesting one....protester painting grafitti on a wall wearing a Ferrari jacket. I wonder if he took in the race anyway.
Designed by Orazio Satta, the 1900 was a big step for Alfa Romeo in that it was their first postwar design, first series-production car, first unibody, and first model with left hand drive. It also represented Alfa’s wise move towards the more affordable end of the performance car spectrum. Several changes were made to the twin-cam engine over the years, the most notable of which was the enlargement to 1,975 cc for the 1900 Super. An even hotter Super Sprint (SS) was introduced in 1954, and these models could also be fitted with five-speeds. 1900 SS’s are very valuable, and the car featured here, located Genova, Italy, is up for grabs.
The seller’s description is almost non-existent, but it looks like a project that someone put considerable energy into before running out of energy, time, money, or some of each. It is described as 95% complete, whatever that actually means, but it looks like there are plenty of spares that come with the car.
Aside from the rarer handfuls of coachbuilt 1900′s, the SS is the one to have. This one needs finishing, maybe a lot of finishing, but nice examples are worth well over $100,000, so it might be a good idea to get a hold of it. An appealing project, it’s also a rare example from one of the most formative periods of Alfa Romeo’s history. This worn out Super Sprint could definitely be a hot collector car one day soon.
Alonso drove a perfect race. Raikkonen only lacked the speed to catch him. Hamilton started on the pole, but also lacked the speed to stay in front. If the race had been one more lap longer he would not have been able to hang on to third. Vettel was only .2 of second behind Hamilton at the end.
Tires still seem to be an issue. I am beginning to think that they will keep them an issue because they do change the way the race is run.
As for Webber he was found to have been responsible for the collision with Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne. It will cost him three places in the next race in Bahrain. Due to problems on Saturday he had to start from the pit lane. After the accident they replaced the nose and tires and sent him out again. Only to have his transmission give him problems then his right rear wheel fell off. You can't make this stuff up.
A fairly uneventful race was run at one of my favorite tracks. Ryan Hunter-Reay, last year's champion, came in first without real incident to himself. Followed by Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves. Where did my favorites end up? Tony Kanaan was in 13th position and Takuma Sato in 14th.
Fisker Automotive, the electric car people out of California, have laid-off 75% of their work force. Does this mean an end to this fine looking automobile? Hard to tell, but it doesn't look good. It could join the list of other failed auto start-ups such as Bright Automotive, Carbon Motors Corporation and Aptera Motors Incorporated.
It doesn't help that they got $529 million in loans from the taxpayers. If it totally defaults the U.S. Department of Engery will decide what happens to the company. It certainly didn't help much that their battery supplier, A123, went bankrupt. Not to mention that they lost 300 cars in the east coast storm, Sandy. They have sold somewhere around 2,000 cars worldwide.
1922 DETROIT ELECTRIC
The original Detroit Electric produced 13,000 cars between the years 1907 to 1939. The name layed around for many years until Albert Lam revived it in 2008. His plan, of course, was to build an electric car. Last week he introduced his new product which will go on sale in August. Like the Tesla Roadster it will be produced by Lotus, the bodies I mean, and it is a fine looking car. This is not by mistake, Albert Lam had been one of the CEO's at Lotus. The company claims that it will do 0 - 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph on a four-speed gearbox.
Florida is always a big deal this time of year. People on springbreak, snowbirds getting ready to head North, people taking a break from the snow. Good food, good drink and a gaggle of cars you can't afford.
Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club
501 5th Ave NE
St. Petersburg, Florida
CLASSICS AT THE BEACH
A little further North in Stuart, The Elliot Museum is having their annual classic car show. This year they are highlighting the newly rebuilt Elliot Museum itself. What's not to like in Florida in April.
825 NE Ocean Boulevard
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