Ron Borum, who loves small cars, found this one but it is just too small for him to drive. Also it is $30,000 to own. A 1/4 scale 1963 Corvette. Some people have more time on their hands and more skill than they know what to do with! Enjoy this amazing vehicle.
Thank you Jock Campbell for sending this over: Posted September 7th - a nice car quiz for you to enjoy.

Q: What was the first official White House car?
A: A 1909 White Steamer, ordered by President Taft. 
Q: Who opened the first drive-in gas station?  

A: Gulf opened up the first station in Pittsburgh in 1913.
Q: What city was the first to use parking meters?    
A: Oklahoma City on July 16, 1935. 

Q: Where was the first drive-in restaurant?    

A: Royce Hailey's Pig Stand opened in Dallas in 1921.

Q: True or False?  The 1953 Corvette came in white, red and black 

A: False. The 1953 'Vettes were available in one color, Polo White.

Q: What was the first car fitted with an alternator,   rather than a direct current dynamo? 
A: The 1960 Plymouth Valiant
Q: What was the first car to be offered with a "perpetual guarantee"?    

A: The 1904 Acme, from Reading, PA.  Perpetuity   was disturbing in this case, as Acme closed down in 1911.

Q: What car was the first to have its radio   antenna embedded in the windshield?   

A: The 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix.

Q: Where were the World's first three-color traffic lights installed?    

A: Detroit, Michigan in 1919. Two years later they experimented with synchronized lights.
Q: What type of car had the distinction of being  GM's 100-millionth car built in the U.S. ?  
A: March 16, 1966 saw an Olds Tor o nado roll  out of Lansing, Michigan with that honor.

Q: Where was the first drive-in movie theater opened, and when?    
A: Camden, NJ in 1933.

Q: What autos were the first to use a standardized production key-start system? 
A: The 1949 Chryslers.

Q: What car was the first to place the horn button in the center of the steering wheel?  
A: The 1915 Scripps-Booth Model C. The car also   was the first with electric door latches.

Q: What U.S. production car has the quickest 0-60 mph time?   

A: The 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS 409. Did it in 4.0 seconds.

Q: What's the only car to appear simultaneously on the covers of Time and Newsweek?

A: The Mustang


Q: What was the lowest priced mass produced American car?
A: The 1925 Ford Model T Runabout. Cost $260, $5 less than 1924.

Q: What is the fastest internal-combustion American production car?    

A: The 1998 Dodge Viper GETS-R, tested by   Motor Trend magazine at 192.6 mph.

Q: Who wrote to Henry Ford, "I have drove fords exclusively when I could get away with one.  It has got every other car skinned, and even if my business hasn't been strictly legal it don't hurt anything to tell you what a fine car you got in the V-8"?      

A: Clyde Barrow (of Bonnie and Clyde ) in 1934.

Q: What car was the first production V12, as well   as the first production car with aluminum pistons?   

A: The 1915 Packard Twin-Six. Used during WWI in Italy, these motors inspired Enzi Ferrari to adopt the V12 himself in 1948.
Q: What was the first car to use power operated seats?  

A: They were first used on the 1947 Packard line.

Q: Which of the Chrysler "letter cars" sold the fewest amount?     
A: Only 400, 1963, 300J's were sold (they skipped "I" because it looked like a number 1)

Q: When were seat belts first fitted to a motor vehicle?  
A: In 1902, in a Baker Electric streamliner racer which   crashed at 100 mph. on Staten Island!

Q: In January 1930 , Cadillac debuted it's V16 in a car named for a theatrical version of a 1920's film seen by Harley Earl while designing the body, What's that name? 
A: The "Madam X", a custom coach designed by Earl   and built by Fleetwood. The sedan featured a   retractable landau top above the rear seat.
Q: What is the Spirit of Ecstasy?       

A: The official name of the mascot of Rolls Royce,   she is the lady on top of their radiators. Also known as "Nellie in her nighty".
 Q: Where did the name " Pick UP Truck" come from?
Trivia...Ford, who made the first pick-up trucks, shipped them to dealers in crates , that the new owners had to assemble ,   using the crates as the beds of the trucks. The new owners had to go to the dealers to get them, thus ,   they had to :   "pick-up"    the trucks.
Thank you Marilyn Saunders for sending this over - Posted September 7th - 



Bubba had shingles.

 Those of us who spend much time in a doctor's office should appreciate this! Doesn't it 
seem more and more that physicians are running their practices like an assembly line?
Here's what happened to Bubba:  Bubba walked into a doctor's office and the receptionist asked him what he had. Bubba said: 'Shingles.' So she wrote down his name, address, medical insurance number and told him to have a seat.

 Fifteen minutes later a nurse's aide came out and asked Bubba what he had.

Bubba said, 'Shingles' So she wrote down his height, weight, a complete medical history 
and told Bubba to wait in the examining room.
A half hour later a nurse came in and asked Bubba what he had. Bubba said, 'Shingles..' 
So the nurse gave Bubba a blood test, a blood pressure test, an electrocardiogram, and 
told Bubba to take off all his clothes and wait for the doctor.
An hour later the doctor came in and found Bubba sitting patiently in the nude and asked Bubba what he had.
Bubba said, 'Shingles.' The doctor asked, 'Where?'

 Bubba said, 'Outside on the truck. Where do you want me to unload 'em??'


Posted June 12th - the MUSTANG "E" series.....
Click the link above to visit Ford's site........

Posted Monday January 4, 2021. What you see below is reportedly TRUE. I checked with because I was not sure. The owner of these creepy things is Boston Robotics, a division of Hyundai, who recently acquired Boston Robotics. Look for these in the future, probably in our military.

THE HUMMER IS BACK! As a $112,000 electric pickup from GMC.......available to cRc members in 2021.  Get yours on order now....SUV will be available later as well as slightly less expensive models.......range 350 miles on a charge.
General Motors' Hummer brand, is poised to make a comeback for 2022 as an all-electric. The resurrected Hummer will appear first as a pickup truck and later as an SUV. The new pickup is shaping up to be quite the beast, with up to 1000 horsepower from its top powertrain option, which uses three electric motors, offers an estimated range of 350 miles per charge, and a leaps to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds. The Hummer EV also features removable roof panels, an optional adjustable air suspension, and a cool four-wheel steering feature that allows it to "crab" sideways—drive diagonally—all of which should make it fun to take off-road. Pickup trucks are the next frontier for electric vehicles, as potential rivals from upstarts Rivian, Bollinger, and Tesla—as well as established automakers such as Ford—are preparing their own entries in this emerging segment.
October 4 - we don't know where this was taken but it would have been fun to have been there in person....
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?
Click above to check it out. Look below to check it out.

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:

Girls Drive Fast Too!


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