How much do you really know of Aston Martin’s engine assembly process of that era? It was actually to a really high standard. As in, a single person hand assembled an engine, then signed it. The engine assemblers were master craftsman. British Leyland of that era, sure make the jokes. But please, do some… » 4/14/15 10:53pm 4/14/15 10:53pm

My Porsche 356 had no fuel gauge, just a light that came in when about a gallon if fuel remained. I live in TX with no AC, but at least I have a heater for the cold. It does make you appreciate some of the modern touches in cars. » 4/13/15 11:29am 4/13/15 11:29am

That was a spectator who jumped a fence from a VIP area. He is as far from a hero as can be. Not only did he do something on a level of stupidity beyond comprehension, then Chaves stalled the engine blocking more of the track. Double yellow, anyone? If this is hero behavior then the idiot who drove onto the track in… » 4/12/15 7:11pm 4/12/15 7:11pm

So TR set up the National Park system for conservation, in case we needed the resources in time of national crisis. The roads, infrastructure were all built to make rapid extraction of resources able to happen. Thankfully, that need never materialized. Where can I find more info on the actual lands in question? » 4/09/15 8:58pm 4/09/15 8:58pm

Except for quite some time the crest lenses on cars in Europe were white, even in the early 50s on the track. I think the US required red all along, but only one brake light. The Triumph TR2 has rear turn signals and marker lights, but only a center brake light. But they are all red, and that car started production in… » 4/08/15 4:08pm 4/08/15 4:08pm

In college I came home to visit, my dad had a free oil change coupon and we took my car to get the oil changed. Dropped off the car, was told it'd be half an hour. We went across the street to do grocery shopping. Over an hour later we came back, car hadn't moved. They lost the keys. We saw them put the keychain in… » 4/08/15 3:02pm 4/08/15 3:02pm

Most of my cars are without a radio, are totally “sterile” inside (not even a pen, maybe a towel for my dog to lay on), and I leave them unlocked. Hey, if you can start a Triumph or MG, keep it going by adjusting the choke, find where reverse is, and deal with no power steering or brakes, have at it... » 4/06/15 4:15pm 4/06/15 4:15pm

Well there were quite a number of really good female drivers from the beginning of the sport, just they were the exception. There's a book published in England about 15-20 years ago chronicling them. Even in the 50s there were awesome female drivers, but again in small numbers. My dad was crew chief for Denise… » 4/03/15 2:05pm 4/03/15 2:05pm

Good advice. In the specialist car world where I deal with denizens of long forgotten garages, I offer the receipts for the parts I buy as well as document it with pics. Doing the work on long out of business manufacturer’s cars myself I give what evidence I can. » 3/31/15 4:30pm 3/31/15 4:30pm