Its Friday, its the Vroom Room on the cusp of a long week end. Come in make yourself comfortable,enjoy the cappuccino and biscotti, join the conversation, leave a comment.
We agree fall is here with crisper air, shorter days, and less leaves on the trees and more on the ground.
Although The Colonel is caught up, we know that he has a few projects in the works. Had an interesting time with this car last week, and this morning he is dropping hints that he is going fishing for a few days. Never a dull moment with The Colonel.
With all the talk about self driving cars and trucks, its interesting that train engineers are falling alseep, they run on tracks, and there is not a whimper about self driving trains. Its probably much easier to execute self driving trains, than cars or trucks.
Hopefully you remember keeping automotive publications...yes the buff magazines on shelves, then life changes, things happen and the publications get misplaced for one reason or another. Or get damaged for one reason or another.
Perhaps you still have a few as a reminder, you probably have all sorts of stuff stored on 5 1/2 floppies from back in the day, then 3 1/2 inch. Agreed the 5 1/2 inch floppies are long gone by now, there are no drives readily available or software . You have stuff lying around on 3 1/2 inch, CD's, memory sticks, and hard drives.
Its encouraging to see efforts being made to not only preserve historical material, but also make it available. A great initiative by Stanford University and the Collier Collection. Take a look at Revs Digital Library for some totally cool stuff.
Before we forget everything that you want to know about the Ferrari 458 Speciale A that was revealed at the Paris show.
Have you noticed, with the imminent arrival of the "aluminum" F 150 every pundit is on a mission to converse about weight reduction. Wow...what else is new!
There is a snippet here, another there about weight reduction and the benefits of aluminum which has been around for centuries. Heavy duty trucks have had aluminum cabs and even frames in certain applications for decades. Some cars have had aluminum bodies going back decades, recently Jaguar has been the most prolific user of aluminum in their cars as well as Land Rover.
High strenght metal alloys have also been around for decades.
Its great...the "aluminum" F 150 is further raising the awereness of saving weight in the auto industry. "If Ford can do an aluminum body on an F 150 we should be using carbon fiber similar to BMW on the i3 and i8".
The 100 Global Brands by Interbrand...take a look.
Our habitual old race cars from Dix Mille Tours du Castellet 2014
As you probably know we have been following Motus from its early development days, they have a new website here, broke a few records at Bonneville too.