Auto Factoids for the Week of 3/29/2015

Here are your Auto Factoids (#AutoFactoids) to finish out March and kick off April 2015.


March 29, 1980 – Audi introduced their all wheel drive

1980 Quattro - Not a bad looking car at that!!!

1980 Quattro – Not a bad-looking car at that!!!

Here are some specs for the Quattro:

Engine     2.1 L I5 SOHC 10v

Transmission     5-speed manual
Wheelbase     99.4 in
Length     173.4 in
Width     67.8 in
Height     53.0 in
Curb weight  2,844 to 2,976 lb


April 1, 1970 AMC debuts the Gremlin.


1970 Gremlin.  Fastback or 'no back"

1970 Gremlin. Fastback or ‘no back


I bet AMC never envisioned this:




Or this:

BTW..this doesn't end well!!

BTW..this doesn’t end well for the suspension.



April 1, 1964 Plymouth shows off the Barracuda – There were 23,443 Barracuda produced (called Glassback) and was based on Plymouth’s Valiant platform.

1964 Barracuda - Glassback.

1964 Barracuda – Glassback.


April 1, 1961 the very collectable Amphicar debuted – I saw my first Amphicar when I was about 9 or 10.  Grew up on the Great Sacandaga Lake in the Adirondack of upstate New York. The car drove down the beach and right into the water.  Coolest thing I’d seen up to then!!



The Quandt Group made only 4000 between '61-'68

The Quandt Group made only 4000 between ’61-’68


April 2, 1879   Walter P. Chrysler was Born in Kansas.

Walter P with a Chrysler Six

Walter P with a Chrysler Six



April 2, 1889  Charles Hall patent Aluminum.  –  It was actually a process made extracting Aluminum less expensive.  It involved passing an electric current through a bath of alumina dissolved in cryolite, which results in a puddle of aluminum forming in the bottom of the retort. (Come on…tell me you didn’t want to know that!!!!)  Unfortunately a French guy – Paul Héroult was working on the same process. (No way?!!?!   Way!!!) so the named the process after both “Hall-Heroult process’.

From a puddle in the bottom of a retort to the Ford F150….that’s progress!!!  Thanks Mr. Hall and French guy!!!

Inexpensive method for producing aluminum

Inexpensive method for producing aluminum



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Jeffrey Faber · Top Commenter

Put on the top of the list the Walter P. Chrysler museum in Auburn Hills, which houses three floors of classic and concept vehicles. Currently, it is open only to employees of Fiat-Chrysler, and occasional special events. The Piquette Plant in Detroit

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“Blood Muscle” highlights seized vehicle sale | Hemmings Daily

“Blood Muscle” highlights seized vehicle sale | Hemmings Daily.

David Nicoll purchased his car collection with the blood of others – literally. During his time as president of BLS, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office maintain that Nicoll received $33 million in payments from a medical blood test bribery scheme that he personally ran for seven years, and which netted more than $100 million in total revenue. Per prosecutors, BLS would bribe physicians to send their patients for medical tests which were oftentimes unnecessary, to be paid for by insurers. Far from being sly and frugal with his ill-gotten profits, Nicoll was an extravagant spender. It’s on record that he spent $154,000 at a gentleman’s club, over $400,000 on sports tickets, $700,000 on an apartment for his “female companion,” and, most importantly, over five million dollars on cars.

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See the rest of the collection @    “Blood Muscle” highlights seized vehicle sale | Hemmings Daily.

Thanks for reading.



He keeps taking me to check out these muscle cars and what not

A Mini Documentary on the National Corvette Museum Sinkhole

Watch the video, you’ll see a good close up of the first three cars and seem them on display “as is”.



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Five of eight Corvettes pulled from museum sinkhole; photos show heavy …

National Corvette Museum’s effort to remove the eight cars swallowed by a sinkhole last month got off to a triumphant start: The 2009 Corvette ZR1 “Blue Devil” pulled from the hole earlier this week drove away from the scene of the disaster under its



Tucson Classics 7 Annual -BEST Car Show in Southern AZ – Highlights!!! Part 3

I can go on for more ‘Parts’ than there were Rambo or Rock movies, but I’ll stop with what I think was the star of the car show.  It was only on display, so it wouldn’t be taking any trophies home.

It wasn’t this Ferrari


Or this guy in the matching Ferrari hat.  (Hey Ryan)

Or this guy in the matching Ferrari hat. (Hey Ryan)


Nor was it this original Shelby Aluminum bodied racer

Nor was it this original Shelby Aluminum bodied racer

It was this car!!!

No what it is?

Know what it is?


It's a 1958 Scarab MK

It’s a 1958 Scarab MK I

It is a work of art, for sure.


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Beautiful Car.

Thanks for reading.  Go find a car show to attend.


Scarab (constructor)

Scarab was an all-American open-wheel race car and sports car constructor from the USA featuring cars designed and built by Tom Barnes and
Lance Reventlow

Shifting operations overseas to Britain , Reventlow’s team raced the Scarab cars in Formula One with little success against the new rear-

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Curb Weight – Corvettes and Corvairs

This is my latest segment.  It will be a frequent blathering of car stuff – current and maybe some old stuff.  I hope you enjoy it.

I’ve visited the Bowling Green assembly plant a few times and it never grows old.  The last time I was there they were expanding the plant to include Chevy Volt production and (not releasable at that time) and this as well:

The new Corvette Stingray will be built at GM’s Bowling Green, Ky., assembly plant, which underwent a $131-million upgrade, including approximately $52 million for a new body shop to manufacture the aluminum frame in-house for the first time.

Check out my post from one of my visits Bowling Green Corvette Assembly Plant Tour…AWESOME!!

OOOHHH....I'd work there!!!

OOOHHH….I’d work there!!!

I did a post from a car show down on the border and covered a corvair with a Ralph Nader for President bumper sticker which was a hoot. (See it here Corvair – The Last Car .) But one Corvair I haven’t seen in years at a car show  or anywhere is the  Lakewood.

1962 Lakewood

1962 Lakewood

There’s a good reason for this.  These  Corvair station wagons were only made in 1961 and 1962.  Only 33,271 wagons were produced in those two years.  A subset of those were the Monza of 1962.  Only 2567 of those wagons were produced.

A there were a couple of engine the 80 horse power Turbo Air and a 98 horse powered Super Turbo Charge.

That makes me think I need to do post on just Corvairs.

Thanks for reading.


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1954 Corvette dream cars – Corvette Corvair fastback, Corvette Nomad wagon and Corvette convertible coupe





GTS Racing

I was talking with a “new to the car world” friend the other day and he had watched a recent road race on the Speed Channel and was a bit confused with the classes and “what make them think you can run a Ford Focus against a Corvette…that’s a no brainer….” he says.   So I walked him through the classes and I think he understood that they may be on the same course at the same time but they are only competing  against others in the  same class, although they do have to contend with the others.

Last post covered the GT class with the likes of the Corvette and the Aston Martin DB9.  The GTS class is it much more stock and closer to the what you and I will drive around town….well…sort of…!

With cars like the Kia Optima and the Pontiac Solstice (well what’s left of them) you might be thinking yeah…I’ve see those in the ‘hood’.  Well….sort of….

The Kia has 370 hps – yeah…all that from a 4 cylinder aluminum engine.  That’s only 70 MORE!!! horse power less than the Lotus Exige that runs in the GTS class as well.

Optima - in racing colors

Optima – in racing colors















This class also has the Ford Boss 302 Mustang (420 hp), Dodge Challenger (420 hp) and the Camaro (422 hp) along with Maseerati Trofeo Gransport (385 hp) and the Scion FR-S (330 hp).

Maserati Trofeo

Maserati Trofeo

Boss 302S

Boss 302S

There are six classes for GTS: GTS1, GTS2, GTS3, GTS4, GTS5, and GTSU. All cars will be classed
on a power to weight ratio. A vehicle’s classification and minimum allowable weight (as the car
would exit the track with the driver) will be determined by multiplying the appropriate class
weight ratios by the vehicle’s power. “Power,” as used here, will be determined from a minimum
of three consecutive dyno pulls, and shall be defined as:
a) the horsepower value (WHP) from the single run with the highest horsepower reading (for
cars with higher horsepower than torque);
b) the average of horsepower and torque from the single run with the highest average of those
values (for cars with higher torque than horsepower):
The following table shall be used to determine each car’s class based on the calculations
determined using the above methods.
Minimum ratio for                                          D.O.T. Approved Tires                                               Non-D.O.T Tires
GTSU                                                                             No limit                                                                  No limit
GTS5                                                                                  6.6                                                                            7.2
GTS4                                                                                 8.5                                                                             9.0
GTS3                                                                                  11.0                                                                         12.0
GTS2                                                                                  14.5                                                                          16.0
GTS1                                                                                  18.5                                                                         20.0

This all seem a bit formal, because it’s pulled from the SCCA guide for classes.

Thanks for reading.


GT Racing

I love road racing.  I’d much rather race on a road course. It’s not as intense as the short burst on a drag strip and or as predictable as an oval course.  It challenges all of your driving skills, shifting, braking, acceleration and cornering.

Watching on T.V. I rather enjoy a good road race.  I was lucky enough to live in Riverside, Ca.  when Riverside Raceway was still  running and I attended one of the last road races there.  It was great.

But what about those classes?  I’ve learned a bit more since racing SCCA, but still I’m not 100%.  So let’s start with a the GT Class.

These are limited in body style to coupe, sedan and convertible.  They have to be models that are sold in the real world market as a sports car, sport touring cars for performance version off luxury cars.  Those are cars like:

Audi R8

Audi R8


My Fav the C6 Corvette






Forced induction is allowed, if the car came that way in production.  SCCA has a provision to allow better competition for car to add forced induction so help meet the horse power range.

The horsepower range is 425 (15 over stock base model C6) to 525.  Your car has to be rear real or all wheel drive.  Weight a varied  depending on wheel/tire size but average 2900 – 3800 lbs.

Coming up next is the GTS, TC and TCB.

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Summer Cruising – Cadillac Eldorado Chrysler Imperial and more | Hagerty Articles

Summer Cruising – Cadillac Eldorado Chrysler Imperial and more | Hagerty Articles.

What is your dream summer cruiser?  Drop me a note with your choices.

cadillac eldorado history

This Thing Called Cadillac: Cadillac Eldorado History

Your best bet will be introducing a large 2+2 coupe based on its CTS saloon. Little is actually known other than that, Cadillac keeping relatively tight-lipped as to when such a brand. Mention the cadillac eldorado history to any 

Ford Racing’s 2008 Mustang FR500S – The Assembly Line Race Car-LSXTV

Ford Racing’s 2008 Mustang FR500S – The assembly line Race car.

Why this car was built: This car is #56 of only 75 that were built. They were built by Ford specifically to be entered into the Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup. It is the first time in Ford’s history that they have produced a line of cars specifically for a race series on their assembly line.

The FR500S – Photo from Barrett Jackson

One unique thing about this car: This Mustang is unique in the fact that it has a passenger seat. Most racecars have only one seat, but this one carted around different celebrities and media personnel, so a second seat was needed.

Why they are auctioning this car off: Ford Racing & Capaldi Racing are auctioning this Mustang off at the Barrett Jackson Auctions, for the St. Jude’s Children Hospital of Memphis, Tennessee. All of the proceeds will be given straight to the hospital.

Photo from Barrett Jackson

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Ford Mustang FR500S, primera sobremesa entregada | TuningSpain

El pasado fin de semana Ford entregó su primera sobremesa de este tremendo Mustang preparado para competición. La sobremesa consistió en solo 19 Ford.