Credit to New York Times dated September  15th:
For six decades, a small-block Chevy has powered the dreams of hot-rodders and Corvettes, and plenty of other cars, even a Ford Mustang. Mr. Carlisle’s 1995 Mustang GT, which he races with a small-block Chevy engine.Credit...

In the great rivalry between Chevrolet and Ford, Jason Carlisle, a former mechanic and current hobbyist racer, took sides decades ago. “Cut me: I bleed Ford blue,” he said. But when it came time to replace the engine in his Mustang race car, he did the unthinkable. He installed a small-block Chevy engine.

Called the SBC by aficionados, it proved lighter and more reliable than the Ford engine, and just as powerful, at a quarter of the price. “It hurt,” Mr. Carlisle said. “It’s heartbreaking. I’ve ate a lot of crow over this one.”

For six-plus decades, speed freaks like Mr. Carlisle have been seduced by the strategy of an adventuresome World War II émigré and engineer, Zora Arkus-Duntov. At midcentury, Ford performance left Chevy in the dust. Working at Chevrolet in 1953, Arkus-Duntov wrote a memo, “Thoughts Pertaining to Youth, Hot Rodders and Chevrolet,” that mapped out the path for Chevy to overtake Ford.

Today the Chevy V-8 that powers Mr. Carlisle’s Mustang is the direct descendant of the SBC from Arkus-Duntov and the iconoclastic chief engineer Ed Cole, whose motto was “Kick the hell out of the status quo.” The engine saved the Corvette from near oblivion and made Chevrolet the source of automotive history’s dominant domestic engine.

Subsequent SBC versions would sustain the legacy. It can be found transplanted in everything from modern trucks to English sports cars. And now, 65 years after its debut, it is still being produced, it is still the dominant domestic engine — with more than 109 million sold — and its current factory version (producing up to 495 horses) still powers the Corvette.

Until the early 1950s, Chevy engine bays were largely the domain of inline engines such as the Blue Flame Six. Chevrolet’s parent company, General Motors, used V-8s in high-end Cadillacs, Buicks and Oldsmobiles, but little else.

Ford’s Flathead V-8, in production since 1932, was the choice of lead foots, hot-rodders and even criminals. The bank robber Clyde Barrow praised Ford as a getaway car in an unsolicited (and not entirely grammatical) letter to Ford: “For sustained speed and freedom from trouble the Ford has got ever other car skinned.”

When Cole became Chevy’s chief engineer in 1952, a V-8 was already in development. “It was too big, too conventional,”  “He wanted something that was more lightweight and compact.”

The Blue Flame Six was a Chevrolet standby until the early 1950s, with the V-8 mostly limited to high-end General Motors cars. Cole fast-tracked a new design that would become the small-block. The engineers were halfway through development of the small-block when, on a dreary January weekend in New York, G.M. unveiled the new models at the 1953 Motorama at the Waldorf Astoria. Among them was a two-seater with futuristic fiberglass body panels and aluminum components. It was called the Corvette.

That ’Vette was a concept car, but consumers were wowed. It was hurried into production.

Among those consumers was Arkus-Duntov. He wrangled a job at G.M., where, drawing on his experience in aftermarket performance parts, he wrote the “Duntov Letter,” a memo that defined the future for Chevrolet.

“The hot rod movement and interest in things connected with hop-up and speed is still growing,” it began. The movement had spawned large-circulation magazines that were “full of Fords.” Unless G.M. took steps, Ford would dominate the market for years to come.

It’s unclear whether Arkus-Duntov knew of Cole’s project, but he called for an engine suitable for supercharging and with an aftermarket line of performance-enhancing parts. Arkus-Duntov conceded that image-conscious drivers would not accept dowdy Chevrolets as a framework for hot-rodding. 

Rushing to market in 1953, Chevrolet produced only 300 Corvettes. To build prestige, dealers were told to restrict sales to V.I.P.s, such as mayors, business leaders and favorite customers.

For 1954, G.M. geared up to produce 10,000 Corvettes. But faced with low demand, it built only 3,640.  Part of the problem was the Corvette’s humdrum 150-horsepower Blue Flame Six. Then there was the expense.. But thrill seekers could buy a Jaguar, a Triumph, an MG or an Austin-Healey for less.

G.M. discussed ending production.

Then Chevy got wind of a Ford project — a two-seater. The Thunderbird.  The Corvette got a fortuitous reprieve.. Fortuitous because Cole, who had joined forces with Arkus-Duntov, had their small-block ready for production.

The hallmark of the small-block is, of course, the block.  It was elegantly simple, light, reliable and powerful.

The small-block was available in full-size cars, such as the Bel Air, the Task Force light trucks and the Corvette. Horsepower ranged from 140 in the trucks to 180 in the full-size cars. But the Corvette version made 195 horsepower. The 0-to-60 time dropped from 11 seconds to 8.7. Chevrolet officially named the small-block the Turbo-Fire. Hot-rodders called it “Mighty Mouse.”

In 1955, Chevrolet fretfully built only 700 Corvettes. “They pretty much sold out,” Mr. Moore said. More than that, it put Chevy head to head in the two-seater market against Ford.

Ford marketed the Thunderbird as a “personal luxury car,” stressing comfort over performance. The T-Bird sold well, but Ford thought — correctly — that it would sell more if it carried more passengers. By 1958, the redesigned Thunderbird seated four. Ford had ceded the American sports car market to the Corvette. With it, Chevrolet cemented its reputation as a performance brand.

 Small-block-powered Chevys began to score race wins, notably taking seven of the top 10 finishes at the Southern 500 super speedway stock car race on Labor Day in 1955.  The small-block became a favorite of hot-rodders eking out horsepower. And it was factory-standard in Chevy cars and trucks, powering classic muscle cars such as the Camaro, Chevelle and Nova.

The engine’s reputation attracted people who didn’t have G.M. cars but wanted small-block power. It became the standard for engine swaps. The LS version, made from 1995 to 2014, is especially popular owing to its lighter aluminum head and high-performance components.

In Tampa, Fla., Patrick Laughlin sells kits to fit small-blocks into other cars. “I’ve seen them in MGs, Hondas, anything,” said Mr. Laughlin, whose auto shop, Conquer Custom, is just one of many such operations. Anyone with basic mechanical, plumbing and wiring skills can handle a conversion, 

Mr. Carlisle, the racer, said the Ford engine that had been in his Mustang required new bearings and piston rings after every race. With the small-block, he has run three 14-hour endurance races without a repair.

He said he would tolerate the shame of running a small-block Chevy as long as it was in a Ford body: “I can close the hoo, but I have a FORD sticker on the engine!""
Posted August 9th by Jon interesting article about people who bury a car.....and sometimes they are buried with it. Click the link below to read the article.
Below is a view of the new AUDI E-TRON GT electric car.........for your viewing pleasure, on Harlan's Hotspot, where else. posted April 9th.
And we present "FORD VS FERRARI trailer, just to get you going!

Posted January 24th - edited from Car and Driver about a new self driving vehicle from a partnership between G.M and Honda - the vehicle has been built, the controlling software is still years away.

Although the venture has been testing autonomous technology on the Chevrolet Bolt EV for several years, they acknowledge that the newly revealed Origin's autonomous setup has not yet been built. So it's likely we won't actually see a completely autonomous vehicle like this out on the road for as long as a decade.

Looks Like a Shuttle Bus
The Origin's design doesn't break any new ground. It looks like a lot of self-driving shuttles that are already deployed out in the world and a bit like a smaller version of Toyota's e-Pallet, which is going to shuttle visitors and athletes at the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic villages. 

The modularity extends to the exterior sensors as well. When the vehicle is deployed, it's expected to last for a million miles, according to Cruise. If that happens, the sensors will eventually become obsolete. Which is fine, because they're made to be replaced when needed.

Because EVs are essentially a battery pack, motors, controllers, cables, and wheels, it can be easier to expand on a platform.  The current Origin could be joined by a larger vehicle sometime in the future.

But it all relies on Cruise's ability to develop self-driving software.  They've built the vehicle; now they have to build the robot that drives it.

The new Corvette is a reality and is getting major positive reviews. Who will be the first in the cRc to own one? It is surely to be a collector's item, especially the 2020 model year. don't you wish you had purchased and still owned one of those 1953 Vettes?

This is Corvette No.1 which rolled (probably pushed) off the small assembly line in Flint, Michigan on June 30, 1953. Wonder what it is worth now or if it even still exists.....

Ford unveils the long anticipated Mustang Mach-E....0-60 in 3 seconds? are you kidding me? 300 mile range. Will it work as advertised? Will it revolutionize the Pony cars? All cars?
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Posted December 21: The world's most costly ad, at $6,200,000   World's most costly advertisement and winner of Best Ad of the World.... took 606 cost was $6.2 million for the two-minute commercial! Everything is real with no graphics....amazing precision.... made from parts of Honda Accord. 

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2019 interesting facts(?) about cars from the internet:

1. The average fuel cost across all vehicles is 14.45 cents per mile, or about 23 miles per gallon.

2. The best selling car of all-time is the Toyota Corolla.

3. The U.S. consumes about half of the world’s gasoline.

4. Ferrari manufactures a maximum of 14 cars a day.

5. Although 1886 is credited with being the birth year of the modern automobile, the first gas gauge wasn’t installed until 1922.

6. Every year, over $60 billion worth of car maintenance goes unperformed.

7. The average consumer spends $400 a year on diagnostics, scheduled maintenance, and tune-ups.

8. Traffic congestion wastes three billion gallons of gas each year.

9. The first windshield wipers were hand-operated.

10. The most commonly stolen vehicle is the Honda Accord.

11. White is the most popular car color.

12. The total average repair cost in the U.S. is $305.55, including $202.28 for parts and $103.27 for labor.

13. The average American will spend two weeks of his or her life stopped at red lights.

14. 90 percent of drivers admit to signing behind the wheel.

15. The first cars did not have steering wheels. They were operated by a lever.

16. An airbag inflates within 40 milliseconds of a crash.

17. It takes half an ounce of gas to start a car.

18. Most car horns beep in the key of “F”.

19. The automobile is the most recycled consumer product in the world.

20. Faulty oxygen sensors account for 40 percent of all check engine light related issues.
Posted November 22 - HARLAN'S HOTSPOT
TESLA unveils a radical design pickup truck which can go 0-60 in 4.5 seconds!
Poster November 18th - Ford announces a new Mustang S.U.V, that is electric. Photo below and also a link to open a New York Times article about the 2020 vehicle.

Now and then.....two videos, one of the state of the art TESLA plant, and the other of the Model T Ford assembly line......enjoy!
Well of course crack reporter Jock C. has found this little tidbit and we have it semi-exclusively (well, there was this massive press release by TATA MOTORS...) but we have the possibility of an air compressed engine powering a mincar for 120 miles at about $2.00. Maybe in2020? They have been working on this since 2007......

Posted 3-2-2019 the future is going to be cool. This video is a concept from none other than AIRBUS, which tells you that BOEING is working on a similar concept. Posted by Carol Hoffman

A $3,000 windshield crack? I think I will call the $29.95 mobile tech. NOT SO FAST.........
Posted on Feb 7, 2019

Fixing a cracked windshield used to be the kind of repair a technician could perform in a few minutes in your office parking lot while you were at work. Today, the same repair could take hours and require expensive computerized equipment in a special facility. And it will probably cost much more. If the repair is not done properly, it could have dire consequences.

In this new world of advanced driver assistance systems, features like lane-keeping assistance, automatic emergency braking and collision avoidance are integrated with windshields. They can prevent horrific accidents and save lives, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, but they also involve a complex suite of sensitive components, including ultrasonic, radar and video sensors.

Cameras nestled behind the windshield, radar sensors hidden in the front grille and ultrasonic components embedded in bumpers work within narrow tolerances. A seemingly minor impact can knock them out of alignment. And as vehicles — and drivers — rely on these systems more and more, tuning these components properly can be a life-or-death matter.
Traffic lights in the Ukraine are very up to date and not only light the traditional red-yellow-green signal, but also the poles that support the lights. Wonder when the USA will adopt these. Cool.

Posted Christmas day - while Santa was making his rounds, Harlan was also. He sent over this remarkable youtube of the Barn find guy. They are still out there (young Zack) so go bring 'em back into the club. This is a longer video than we normally post...but if you have a half hour to spare.......well? What are you waiting for.
Hot rods? Hillclimb? Colorado in September when the Aspen are turning? 750 miles from Norman, 10+ hours from nights? You bet. Check this link and let's go!

Posted July 16 by Harlan Butler..the Goodwood Road and Racing Festival of Speed is an exciting race in the U.K.  There is a somewhat live blogspot that brings this race to you. If you have a few minutes to spare, click below:

Editor's note: The Cimarron Cruisers website is a great source for car show information, particularly from OKC north. They also have some interesting articles, like this one about cRc member Ray Langley's 1955 Ford Crown Victoria. Below is the article, and at the bottom of the article is the link to their website. 

The Cimarron Starlite Cruisers' Car Club proudly features, great classic vehicles, which belong to the good folks of Oklahoma.

The Great Oklahoma Classic for March 2018 belongs to Raymond and Betty Langley of Newalla Oklahoma. They are charter members of a wonderful Oklahoma Car Club known as the Canadian River Cruisers.

We were able to visit with Ray about his Classic Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria at the Annual Central Tech Auto Show, held yearly in Drumright Oklahoma along with the Central Technology Center’s Annual Open House.

 The work soon began to bring the Fairlane Crown Victoria back to better than new condition. 

Hey gang, this 1950's glimpse of the future lets us know that self driving cars are coming sooner rather than later.

The excellent paint and body work on the Ford Classic was done by Susan Miller of Pink Oklahoma. As you can this classic Fairlane is straight!

Ray and Betty’s son, James, did the rebuild on the Ford 272 cubic inch V8. The Ford specs on the 272 show 162 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.The 272 V8 is coupled to a three speed standard transmission with column shift.

Ray completed the interior himself by using an interior kit from LeBaron Bonney Custom Auto Interiors. As you can see, the interior is better than when it left Ford.

The Classic Ford rides on fifteen inch painted blue wheels with the original looking Ford hub caps and of course classic wide white wall tires.

Ray cleaned and polished all of the stainless steel parts, which he brought back to like new condition.
The Cimarron Starlite Cruisers sincerely appreciate Raymond and Betty Langley of Newalla Oklahoma for sharing their 1955 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria as our Great Oklahoma Classic for March 2018!
That was back in 1956...look at where google's technology is in 2017.

The electric motorcycles are coming!

Mazda Has A Gas engine that acts like a diesel: 

Spark Controlled Compression Ignition ("SPCCI") is Mazda's proprietary combustion method that enables a seamless transition between compression ignition and spark ignition.

Infiniti develops new variable compression ratio engine:

This guy describes it pretty well, as I watched the Factory Video which left me puzzled.

The need for SPEED:

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