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Motorsports with soul, see how we are (NASCAR haters bite me!) pic thread - all sorts of cars.

'Cuz on this side of the fence, we're all just racers.

Morning shape-up for the course marshalls - George has owned his '67 Shelby since '69, signed by Carrol hisself. I'm the galoot in the Jegs hat.

We se' habla Modifieds
Old school meets junkyard engineering - MG, Toyota power, Vega wheels
Clean, 1 owner, original paint, all work by owner (Cage, modified engine, C4Vette front suspension)

Fastest time of day - rumored 500+hp - what the "ricer" kids worship

1990 Troyer, ex - NASCAR "tour" Modified - Bad and naitonwide! within a second of FTD....

"Sunbeam Tiger" SCCA GT-2 car, fiberglass body over repurposed "Pro-4" chassis, badass 5.0 Ford power


For those who think motorsports have no soul

And a little chuckle for those who understand

Photo from last weekend - the Daewoo had 8 different drivers! Yes, that's a "real" (VT Park) road, 100% legal, access controlled. You can never drive like this on the street.......

Ford unveils historic, all-new Focus ELECTRIC pace car for Richmond (NASCAR)

Source: Ford press release via Jayski.com

•Ford Unveils Historic All-New Focus Electric Pace Car for Richmond: After being unveiled in a public ceremony at the Virginia State Capitol, the 2012 Focus Electric pace cars are ready for their historic race weekend when they become the first all-electric vehicles to pace a NASCAR Sprint Cup event. The two Focus Electric vehicles will perform all pace car duties for the Capital City 400 presented by Virginia is for Lovers Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway. The two cars were unveiled by Eric Kuehn, chief nameplate engineer, Ford Global Electrified Programs; Mike Lynch, NASCAR's managing director of Green Innovation; and Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling. Production of the Focus Electric began in December at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich.(Ford), see image of the pace car on my 2012 Pace Car page.(4-27-2012)

Read more: http://www.jayski.com/cupnews.htm

A bold move by Ford - the Focus will be under a microscope of critical, knowledgable race fans, and must be capable of performing at speeds above most highway limits, along with agility and braking sufficent to stay out of a 30,000 + horsepower stampede. NASCAR prefers pace car drivers with significant racing experience - like Brett Bodine of their Tech Center. You better beleive that ol' DW will be asking the Focus pace car driver's opinion of it's performance - and how much it cost to "fill it up"!

Jan Opperman video - should Hollywood do a movie?

You will hear the roar of our engines!

Appropriate that Chrysler uses this for a tag line in their new commercial - because for the last 60 years, the standard for ground-shaking horsepower is a single word - HEMI. Chrysler produced 2 lines of "Hemi" engines in the 50's - the small (270 ci)"Red Ram" or DeSoto, and the mighty "FirePower" - 331-392 cu. in. in stock form. Aluminium 417 c. version by Donovan Engineering
In the early 60's, Chrysler comissioned Weslake Engines to design a HEMI cylinder head for the then-current big-block "wedge" engine, resulting in the "426 Hemi". Several aftermarket mfrs. - KB, BAE, TFX, JP, AJ
The hemispherical combustion chamber design is particularly good for exotic, alcahol based fuels, including nitromethane, and lends itself well to supercharging.

A 426 Hemi, in a Charger Daytona at the Bonneville speed trials

The Burkland's 450mph streamliner twin Donovan 417's blown on alcahol

Al Teague - handbuilt on a paycheck, 408 mph - "Stage 5" Hemi, blown on 60% nitro
2nd car in vid

Vintage dragsters fire up en masse for a "cacklefest" at the California Hot Rod Reunion 2011

New England Dragway pro finals

The Vermont Rule of 'Foot

"If you see a creature of an appearance similar to the legendary Bigfoot or Sasquatch, do not approach without offering a cold beer, or perhaps a fried egg sandwich. More than likely, it is a native who wanderd away from a gravel pit or boat ramp party. They may be attempting to return to a familiar "civilization" after becoming disorented, or thrown out of the back of a moving pickup."

You can make your own beleifs

But you can't make your own facts.

Hey, I'm a machinist - we routinely measure to .001/inch - that's half a hair! You can beleive all you want - but a pin that measures .752 isn't going to slip-fit into a 3/4" hole. .752 - .750 = .002 interference. Steel to steel, that'll take a small sledgehammer or a big-ass press to put together, beleif or not. Heat or cold can be used, as well - but when the temperatures equalise, it ain't movin'. Or, you can turn/file/polish the pin down a bit - but that is changing the facts!

The trouble is, the folks who watch Fucks News take beleifs (or conjecture, or outright friggin' lies) as fact - and it just don't work!

Or, as a friend of mine put it - the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle aren't "trim - to - fit"!

My Dad was a precision inspector by trade - he saw his job as establishing the facts (to .00005, in a temperature - controlled room, with measurements traceable to NIST). He was fond of quoting Sen. Sam Ervin "Once you have the facts, the law will take care of itself."

Mittens and Nootie are both full of shit

But Willard is traditionally full of shit - like this old school, "dry" shit spreader - if you don't lay it on too thick, it don't stink too bad......

Newt OTOH is a new standard in full of shit - like this new-tech liquid spreader - spilling over the top, spraying in all directions, don't get downwind 'cuz this shit would gag a maggot, fresh outa the giant lagoon SHIT!

Another consideration or 2

When a manufacturer outsources, It frees them from a lot of employee/employer relationship issues - many of which become vendor/purchaser issues.
A lot of managers prefer the relationship of purchaser to vendor, for a couple of reasons which aren't so nice. First is the fact that there is much less of a collegial relationship with a vendor than an employee. I can tell you, from 35 years as a machinist (outsourced, restructured, leased, temped, harassed, and generally screwed over) that the finance and marketing people HATE pushback from the technical side of things. They literally do not want to hear it - even if the pushback makes/saves significant $$$$$$.
The second issue is about who has power within the management structure - the purchasing function becomes much more important with outsourcing, as does finance. A lot of detailed engineering work ends up at the vendor as well, so there are fewer of those nerdy engineers around the office, and if the vendor's engineers have to deal with their customer, they have to be prepared to kiss a mile of ass! American engineers and skilled trades are not shy about telling the "suits"that their expectations are unrealistic, or, to be blunt about it "Hey, you guys fucked the dog again on this one!" A vendor will jump through hoops and bend over backward to keep the suits from finding out how badly they fucked up.

Check this out! (I built the engine)

The whine you hear is from 2 sources - straight-cut gears in the QC rear, and the (Milodon) gear drive.
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