Saturday, December 6, 2014

Chrysler Conquest TSI, powered by a Chvy LS engine




One of the best of the 80's mopars, but like most of the 80's cars, forgotten and hard to find one worth a damn

Optima Street Car Challenge Invitational participants with cool 60's cars


Don't forget to check out OPTIMA's Search for the Ultimate Street Car tonight (December 6th) on MAVTV at 8PM ET. http://www.mavtv.com/shows/optima-search-for-the-ultimate-street-car.html


Saturday, December 6 @ 8 PM and Sunday, December 7 @ 5 AM and 9 PM
OPTIMA'S Search for the Ultimate Street Car: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Track

Friday, December 12 @ 8 and 11 PM,
OPTIMA'S Search for the Ultimate Street Car: Texas Motor Speedway

Saturday, December 13 @ 2 AM
OPTIMA'S Search for the Ultimate Street Car: Texas Motor Speedway





























it's unsettling to know that the only reason our cars aren't broken into are that thieves are often busy in jail, or lazy, as this video show it's ridiculously easy to get into some cars

the 2014 Wheelstand competition video, 24 minutes long

Friday, December 5, 2014

1937 Packard house car, said to be the only one made, was bought for 16 thou less than a year ago, only 40 k miles on it










Thanks to Case for forwarding these photos to me! 

this is a odd twist in events, and yet, just another power tripping redneck small town bully mayor trying to pull rank, but against a professional state trooper? Not going to win

Amazing neglected car collection barn treasure trove in France! Will all be auctioned off next Feb


The collection was assembled starting the 1950s by Roger Baillon, who ran a transport company based in the west of France. He had planned to display the pre-war cars he was collecting in a museum.

Some of the most outstanding cars in the collection are:
several Talbot Lago T26s
    a very rare Grand Sport Aerodynamique
    and a Cabriolet once owned by King Farouk of Egypt,
    a Talbot Lago T26 Record Coupe with coachwork by Saoutchik
 a Hispano Suiza H6B cabriolet Millon-Guiet,
 an important 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider, one of 36
 a Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux
 a Maserati A6G Gran Sport body by Frua, one of 3, worth about 3 million
Some other well known car makers are also in the collection, which hasn't had it's full inventory released yet, Panhard-Levassor, Porsche, Facel Vega, Delahaye, and Delage





All will be sold by Artcurial Motorcars in the first part of its annual sale at the Retromobile Salon, on February 6, 2015, in Paris.


There were only 36 of these 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider made, and this one was thought lost, all the others have been accounted for.

 It had been bought new by actor Gérard Blain who sold it to his fellow actor Alain Delon who was photographed several times at the wheel of this machine in 1964 with Jane Fonda during the filming ‘Les Félins’ and on the Côte d’Azur with Shirley MacLaine.

Info, and more photos at http://theoldmotor.com/?p=134365



the original source http://www.artcurial.com/pdf/presse/2015/cp-Collection-Baillon-en.pdf  has an interview with the guys that searched and located this collection and were the 1st outsiders to open this collection to the public knowledge

"The cars weren’t stored in solid, purpose built sheds, but completely makeshift constructions. We came closer and realised that there were dozens of cars parked underneath. We soon realised that some of these had been put there 50 years earlier and left untouched. Wooden posts, between the cars, supported the fragile roofs. The sides were open to the elements.

However, before the inventory, recording and researching their history, we needed to see everything. We continued our exploration at a second site, at the bottom of a field, then in one of the property’s outbuildings, an old barn that had been converted into an improvised garage.

This was somewhere between a metallic graveyard and a museum. Nature had taken a hold, over the years. Ivy had invaded a car and entirely covered its wheel, while weeds had taken root in a passenger compartment as easily as in a greenhouse.