Kookie Kar Roadster PickupNorm Grabowski started building his famous Ford Model T hot rod in 1952 and completed it three years later. First named the 'Lightnin' Bug,' this car arguably started the T-bucket-style hot rod craze. The car was built on a 1931 Ford Model A V8 Roadster chassis bought for $100. The front half of the body was taken from a 1922 Ford Model T and the rear was adapted from a Ford Model A pickup truck. The car first appeared on the cover of the October 1955 issue of Hot Rod Magazine, and in 1956 it was featured on TV in Mr. Kagle and the Babysitter. Later that year Norm had the car painted in the flamed style it exhibits today, and afterward it appeared on the cover of the April 1957 issue of Car Craft Magazine. In 1957 the car was featured in an article in Life Magazine, photographed under the lights at a Bob's Big Boy restaurant in Burbank, California. The car's fame heightened, and it was nicknamed the 'Kookie Kar' when it starred on the TV show 77 Sunset Strip, … [Read more...] about 1922 Ford Hot Rod
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2015 Honda Civic Type R There are few hot hatches, other than the MK1 Golf GTI and Peugeot 205 GTI, that have captured the imagination quite like the Honda Civic Type R. Since the car was introduced in 1997, it has become a legend, commanding respect among car scenes around the world. The first-generation Type R kick-started the Type R craze. Based on the EK9 chassis, this little beast had the highest power output of its capacity at the time. The 1.6-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine produced a solif 182 bhp, which is more than many hot hatches today. The second generation Type R, based on the EP3 chassis, is arguably the finest hot hatch of the past 15 years. Released in 2001 and produced until 2005, this car boasted a high-revving 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine that in European specification produced 200 bhp. The fantastic thing about the Civic Type R is that it has always been a car best driven on the limit. To really get moving, you have to cane the accelerator and redline the … [Read more...] about Guest post: Is the Honda Type R the best of its kind?
She's 887 feet long, displaces 45,000 tons. She's sailed all around the world and served her country for decades. She's the Mighty Mo, the USS Missouri, and her tale starts while the world was at war, and continues to this day as a piece of distinguished history.Docked at Ford Island, in Pearl Harbor, you can tour the Missouri if you visit Hawaii. If a flight halfway across the Pacific isn't in your near future, check out this photo tour, featuring areas off-limits to normal tours.The tour begins, oddly enough, not on Ford Island at all. There's a central visitor's center for the Missouri, the USS Bowfin submarine, the Pacific Aviation Museum (which I also toured), and the USS Arizona Memorial. I was given a hard "no" for a photo tour of the Arizona. (You need to book way in advance.) This was good, actually. Given the somber nature of the Memorial, taking lots of photos would have been out of place.A bus takes you across the Admiral Clarey Bridge, and deposits you on the quay, … [Read more...] about Tour the battleship USS Missouri
Black History Month has its roots in the celebration of Negro History Week, introduced in February 1926 as a way to honor the contributions of African-Americans throughout American history. Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images Americans have officially celebrated Black History Month since February 10, 1976, when President Gerald R. Ford established it as a national observance in an address that lauded its founder, African-American historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson, and the "impressive contributions of black Americans to our national life and culture." But why February? Was it chosen willy-nilly or does February have special significance? It definitely does. The Father of Black History We owe the celebration of Black History Month to Woodson, who made it his life's work to increase public awareness of African-American history and culture. Known as the father of black history, this son of former slaves worked his way out of the Kentucky coal mines to became a Harvard-educated historian and … [Read more...] about Why Americans Celebrate Black History Month in February
Ford's SVT group took over the task of coming up with hot limited-edition street cars, with support from the Special Vehicle Engineering staff. See more pictures of the Ford SVT. Despite the relative lack of success of the Mustang SVO models of the mid-1980s, Ford execs were generally pleased with the work of their Special Vehicle Operations unit, the in-house performance arm that had created that car and a slew of winning race cars. By the early 1990s, however, SVO had become a victim of its own success, with too much work to do and too few people to do it. Accordingly, Ford reorganized and refocused its performance and competition activities. SVO would continue running corporate racing programs and developing over-the-counter speed parts, but the task of coming up with hot limited-edition street cars passed to the newly created Special Vehicle Team (SVT) headed by John Plant. At about the same time, a Special Vehicle Engineering staff (SVE) was formed to support both SVT and … [Read more...] about Ford SVT: Special Vehicle Team