Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Beast IV Will Live Again

First, before anything, I would like to thank Cory Taulbert for trusting me with the story before it went full viral in order to search for a much needed component.  I appreciate the info and for yesterday's update.  The update is paraphrased below.

Update on what, you ask?  Anyone remember Chet Herbert's streamliner the "Beast IV"?

















Well, it's coming back to life.  The NHRA museum in Pomona, California has commissioned the restoration of the Beast IV Streamliner.  Dan Webb  of webbautomotiveart.com  and his daughter Ashley Taulbert, (well known for the modern recreation of the "Golden Sub", the Remington Modified recreation, the So-Cal Streamliner, and the fully sculpted Wedge Roadster, just to name a few) will be tasked to recreate the Beast IV and are currently making progress.

Chet Herbert built the car in the summer of 1953, in the few short weeks leading up to Bonneville Nationals in August of that year.  The car had a short, but purpose built, 95" wheelbase and was powered by a 331 Chrysler Hemi.  The early Chrysler power plant was directly coupled to a Pat Warren 2-speed quick-change rear end.  The car rolled on Halibrand 18" magnesium wheels with knock-off mounting on the rear and bolt-on mounting up front, and wrapped in Firestones.  The car had Halibrand disc brakes on the rear actuated by hand controls.  The original streamliner's aluminum body was built by the automotive legend himself, Sam Barris, with some of the forming done by the S&S Metal Shaping Company.  When the car first debuted at Bonneville, it set the record for the fastest single-engined car at a whopping 246 mph.





















Dan and Ashley currently have the tubular style chassis to a rolling state and has been sent off to Craig Naff in Virginia for the body work.  Craig will restore the panels that are still original to the car and remake the panels that no longer exist from the first iteration of the streamliner.  The car should be back up to Michigan in September, where Dan will finish up the details and perform the final assembly on the chassis.  The car will then be painted prior to an unveiling of the restoration/rebuild at the NHRA Museum in January 2017.






















Thanks again to Cory and of course Dan Webb and Ashley Taulbert for permissions to post this update.  We'll all be impatiently waiting for the final unveiling of such an incredible piece of land speed racing history.

Andrew Kohler's '30 Roadster - Purpose Built

So Mr. Kohler, of Kohler Kustoms, keeps building these insane roadsters for the Race of Gentlemen.  The guy just won't quit!  What will he think of next?? (wait and see!)

Andrew showed up to TROG 2016 with a 1930 Model A Roadster that was just as clever and nasty as the T Roadster he showed up with the last couple years.  The body seams are welded, wheel wells filled, cowl is "pruned and smoothed" and all channeled over a '32 frame with sectioned rails to get the most for leg room.  Tubular X-member combined with the integrated floor structure makes for a rigid chassis. Details include '41 Ford dash, MGA banjo steering wheel, an aluminum tonneau cover and F1 pedals and steering box.

There's tons of unique details to this car, with the obvious being that front to rear full belly pan that surrounds a hopped up 276 ci Flathead V8 with Edmunds heads, dual 97 carbs, Windfield su1a cam, Mallory dual point ignition and puking exhaust through tube headers.  All this is backed by a '39 Ford top-loader trans, delivering power to the rear wheels via a Mike Moore V8 quick change rear with 3.20 spurs and reversed 48 Ford bells with a T rear spring.  Front end is held up with a dropped and filled '34 front axle with 36 split wishbones and a front model A spring mounted forward.

Here's the pics from the man himself.  Thanks for the details man!











Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Race of Gentlemen - TROG Louder

Another TROG in the books for the East Coast!  Destination Garage just put out a great video on VIMEO that has some great footage and some interviews that really speak to what hot rodding, and Traditional Hot Rodding is all about.  Enjoy!

https://vimeo.com/171509114


TROG Louder from Destination Garage on Vimeo.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Friday Cutaways... again

It's Friday again.  I don't think I've posted these before...














Friday, June 3, 2016

Friday Cutaways

Aaaaaand....  we're back!

(I in no way claim these to be my images.  I'm only sharing what I find while doing searches)












Thursday, April 21, 2016

Board Track Racing

Was there a more elegant, yet insanely dangerous form of racing in the 20's?

I really hope that someone out there will one day build a small 1/2 or 3/4 mile board track to host a pre-war racing event.  This form of racing should continue to be celebrated.  Absolutely amazing.

(photos all from Google Images)