Friday, March 26, 2010

3 Dead In Ariz. Motorcycle Crash At Least 8 Motorcycles Involved In Crash That Left 6 People Injured, Police Say

I'm re-posting this tragic story after reading about it on Mr. Motorcycle's blog. It's important, please read and pay attention on the road people!

(Thank's Mark for posting this story in the first place and bringing it to our attention.)

PHOENIX -- At least three people are dead after a sanitation truck collided with eight motorcycles on the Carefree Highway near 27th Avenue, police said.

The motorcycle riders involved in the accident were part of Phoenix MC Kruzer’s.
An off-duty fire captain, Ernie Lizarraga, a 22-year veteran on the Phoenix Fire Department force, was among those critically injured in the crash.

Police said at least eight motorcycles on a group ride had stopped at a red light on the Carefree Highway when they were hit from behind by the sanitation truck. The truck then caught on fire, officers said. (story continued here)
 My thoughts go out to those families who lost a loved one in this terrible crash.


Car Insurance Ads

Have you noticed how we are almost constantly bombarded with advertisements for auto insurance these days? These ads tell us "save up to $400.00 per year in car insurance", or "It's so easy a caveman can do it"...seriously? What does a caveman have to do with car insurance or a Gecko even? The wheel hadn't even been invented when cavemen were around, let alone a car! And last time I checked, a Gecko can't drive!

But, we live in a litigious society, everyone is sue happy, so insurance is vital if you are going to drive! Finding auto insurance quotes can be extremely time consuming though...where do we start? Well, I'll provide you with a good starting point for your car insurance quest! Just click the highlighted, linked text and see if Auto Insurance Center meets your needs.

Here is a great song from Lifehouse that is so poignant for a parent with teen drivers, I cried when I watched it the first few times...then I made my teens watch it...and I cried again!


Stainless Steal Car?...Nope, It's White Gold!

Hi Everyone,

Sorry for the lack of posts recently, I'm working on a new "project" and it has been keeping me very busy! I will tell you all about it once I have it in place.

My friend Steve, sent me an email recently, featuring this's so unique I just had to share it with my readers!

Recession? What recession?
So, it seems that this "global recession" 
has not impacted negatively on everyone. 
Check this out! 
It's a Mercedes Benz owned by an Abu Dhabi 
oil billionaire (naturally).

Featuring the newly developed V10 quad turbo 
with 1,600 horsepower and 2800nm of torque 
0-100km/h in less than 2secs, 
running on biofuel. 

That is NOT stainless steel, it is WHITE GOLD!   
I'm sure you'll sleep better tonight, knowing that the 
exorbitant cost you're paying for petrol these days are 
at least going to a good cause...

I hope all of you are happy and healthy!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

1966 Thunderbird Convertible- Thelma and Louise

A favorite chick flick of mine is Thelma and Louise. It will forever be a movie that reminds me of some of the adventures that my best friend Tracy and I have had over the years. Fortunately, our adventures have not ended in death!
Not only do Thelma and Louise manage to find trouble within the first 15 minutes of their "weekend away", they kill a man, become wanted in multiple states, discover their hidden talent with handgun's and robbery, take in a young Brad Pitt, Thelma has her first orgasm, Louise get's the elusive marriage proposal, steal a cops shades and lock him in the trunk of his patrol car, teach a nasty trucker the importance of showing respect to women on the road by blowing up his tanker, demand an apology for calling them "beavers", then take his hat....but they do all this while being sleep deprived, drinking multiple bottles of whiskey and from the comfort of a very classy 1966 Ford Thunderbird!

A total of five identical 1966 Thunderbird convertibles were used throughout the shoot: one ’star car’, one camera car, one back-up car, and two stunt cars.
1966 Ford Thunderbird used in the movie “Thelma and Louise” sold through Barrett-Jackson auctions for $65,000 in 2008.

Beginning in 1957, Ford introduced a variety of cars that shared one very unique feature: the roof, whether it was made of fabric or steel, "disappeared" into the trunk. When the top was down, there was no visible sign that the car even had a boot, no bulge....just the unbroken lines of the car.
This feature was offered on the following cars: 1957-1959 Ford Skyliner, 1958-1966 Ford Thunderbird Convertible, and the 1958-1967 Lincoln Continental Convertible.

the 1966 Thunderbird was extensively restyled with a new, tight egg-crate pattern grille, and the two taillights were now connected into one massive piece of plastic. Generally speaking, it was the best-looking of fourth-generation T-Birds.

While the base 390 V8 was now restricted by a two-barrel carburetor to 275 hp, a 315-hp version with a four-barrel was optional and a new 428-cubic-inch V8 with a four-barrel carb making 345 hp optional.

The T-Bird is such an iconic car and I'm sure it will always turn heads.

Tracy and I get to go on a little road trip this July, but it won't be in a will be in my Audi. We won't be carrying handguns and I assure you we will not be swigging straight shots of whiskey as we motor down the highway!
I don't think we will blow up any tanker trucks and I highly doubt we would steal a truckers nasty hat, could get ugly if some guy does that "tongue-snake-thingy" when we pass him!

It is entirely possible that we will "push the envelope" in many directions, it's just what we always manage to do when we are together, but, I can say with complete certainty that we will not rob any stores, if we get pulled over by the highway patrol, I promise, the officer will not end up in the trunk of his car...and his shades are safe, I already have shades that I love and Tracy need's prescription glasses.

I guess everything else is up for consideration :-)
Enjoy these photo's of the 1966 Ford Thunderbird...what a beauty!


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440 in "Vanishing Point"

For those of us who have seen the movie "Vanishing Point", it's easy to see that although Kowalski is the "star" of the movie, he really isn''s the white 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440.

The plot is simple, easy to follow, Kowalski is determined to win a bet that he can drive the Challenger from Denver to San Francisco in 15 hours.

The stunt driver behind the wheel of the Challenger is Cary Loftin. Loftin piloted the Challenger through most of the action. As stunt coordinator he brought with him driver Bill Hickman and driver/fabricator Max Balchowsky. All three had worked together on 1968's "Bullitt" and, as a team, they were behind dozens of great car chases.

When Barry Newman, who plays Kowalski, "reaches for the Pistol Grip shifter it is a case study in why musclecars continue to have a death grip on America's automotive soul."

Challenger used the same unibody platform as Plymouth's new Barracuda, but its wheelbase was two inches longer to provide slightly more rear-seat room. It was sold in hardtop and convertible form, with performance versions wearing the familiar R/T label. Standard R/T power came from the 335-bhp 383. Two 440s were offered, the four-barrel Magnum with 375 bhp and the tri-carb Six Pack with 390. The 425-bhp 426 Hemi cost $1228 with required heavy-duty equipment.

The 440s and the Hemi came standard with TorqueFlite automatic. Ordering the four-speed brought a pistol-grip Hurst shifter and a Dana 60 axle. Gear ratios climbed from 3.23:1 to 4.10:1, with limited-slip an extra-cost item. All R/Ts got a beefed suspension, and 440 and Hemi cars got 15-inch 60-series tires, though such essentials as power steering and front disc brakes were optional.

The R/T's standard hood had two scoops that were open but didn't feed directly to the air cleaner. A $97 option was the shaker scoop, which mounted to the air cleaner and protruded through an opening in the hood. Full gauges, including a tach, were standard, and R/Ts could also be ordered in SE guise, which included leather seats and a vinyl roof with a smaller "formal" rear window.

Wheelbase, inches: 110.0    
Weight, lbs: 3,600
Number built: 2,035
Base price: $5,000

Standard Engine
Type: ohv V-8
Displacement, cid: 440
Fuel system: 3 x 2bbl.
Compression ratio: 10.5:1
Horsepower @ rpm: 390 @ 4700
Torque @ rpm: 490 @ 3200

Representative Performance
0-60 mph, sec: 6.2
1/4 mile, sec. @ mph: 13.7 @ 105


Monday, February 22, 2010

Girl Sucked Into Blower- Drive the car, don't sit on it!

This video explains why pretty women should drive the car, not sit on it!

MHL :-)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Tribute To My Mom

Hazel Faye Wallace 1931-2010

My mom passed away late Monday night, it was a blessing as her quality of life had slipped away over the past two years.

I want to thank my mom for the lessons she taught me, the values she instilled and the strength she passed on to me. She taught me how to endure anything that life presented.

Here's to you mom~ Rest In Peace.

I love you Mom..."I'll be seeing you in all the old familiar places".....