|I have a glass table that is a little too low, so I polished up an old ball bearing gear and put it between the leg and glass — you can see the gear and visitors always ask what it is. There’s lots of other furniture made from repurposed car parts — like the steering wheel sconce to the right. Know any others?|
Archive for December, 2009
Ron Patrick has built a jet powered VW Beetle. He says “the car has two engines: the production gasoline engine in the front driving the front wheels and the jet engine in the back. The idea is that you drive around legally on the gasoline engine and when you want to have some fun, you spin up the jet and get on the burner (you can start the jet while driving along on the gasoline engine).” Read more about how he did it here. He also put jets on his wife’s Honda Metropolitan scooter so it could go faster than 40mph.
|After reading Go Like Hell, about the Ford/Ferrari rivalry from the 60’s, my husband suggested we rent the movies Grand Prix and Le Mans. This week was Le Mans, from 1971, starring Steve McQueen. This movie is almost a documentary, with lots of wonderful race fotage but not much story, and a very grim looking McQueen. He seems “grim” to me, but he may be just single-mindedly focused on the race (although I’d hate to walk through life never smiling!) There’s a girl thrown in the mix, turning up in places that don’t seem logical, and there’s no chemistry between her and McQueen.
It was wonderful to see and hear vintage Porsches on the track. And you certainly get an idea of what sort of life drivers had during those 24 hours races. But I’ll take Yves Montand and Grand Prix any day.
|This 1965 Volkswagen bus was bound for Germany when customs agents seized it at the port of Los Angeles, 35 years after it was reported stolen in Spokane, WA. The headline in the Wall Street Journal says “‘Party Van’ Stolen 35 Years Ago Finally Found; Woman Wants It Back, but It’s Allstate’s Now.” Read the entire story here.|