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Vroom Room

Good Morning,

Its Friday, its the Vroom Room, come in make yourself comfortable, enjoy the cappuccino and biscotti, join the conversation. 3 weeks its Christmas.

You have to wonder where the time went.

We surely all survived the Black Friday, and Cyber Monday deals, as well as the incessant commenting by store employees that they were too busy (probably for their pay scale). Some deals get so convoluted that the staff at the check out required an explanation on how the "deal" works.

The online deals that started on Black Friday, the weakening of the CDN dollar makes the value proposition questionable. As well some of the products that are offered are of suspect quality, and value.

If you follow drag racing, and why not. You surely not only heard, but saw Austin Coil in action with John Force on numerous occasions for countless years. An informative story from Hot Rod on Austin Coil.

A few generations ago when Europeans came to Canada escaping the devastations of WWII. Lets just say that the Canadian welcoming party was not large. Talk about a shock to the human condition these folks either fought in or endured WWII, devastation, rebuilding, and relocating to start a new life in a new country.

If you have the feeling that the Los Angeles Auto Show was below the radar screen of most folks. We agree with you.

Global warming, climate change, saving the planet, we have been covering green vehicles for a few years. Take a look at Think Verde.

Canadian Sales:

What can you say another record month, in a record year. Its increasingly fascinating to see the various comments from pundits, analysts, experts. Canadians have adopted a "mobility" model replacing the ownership model. While manufacturers are inexorably backing themselves in a corner. The valuation of the CDN dollar enables the quick disposal of trade in units which helps dealers.

In case you missed it...Lexus is on fire this year.

Our usual old cars from the Alpine Trial Rallye 2015...superb photography.



Road Kill Charger

If you are a drag racing aficionado this episode of Road Kill is totally cool...its an added bonus if you are also a MoPar fan.





Fire Breathing Monsters

Supremely cool...



1941 Willys Coupe

Informative walk around of a 1941 Willys with Jay Leno a drive in rain, slicks, no wipers, and a flat tire.







If you have been a drag racing aficionado for a few decades, you surely remember folks "powershifting" a 4 speed manual transmission with a clutch pedal.

Not familiar with powershifting? Simple, never lift you foot from the gas pedal and shift gears at WOT (Wide Open Throttle).

What did you need to powershift?

  • A scattershield to be safe in case you missed a shift and blew a clutch.
  • Modified synchros in the transmission.
  • Very stout shift mechanism for the transmission.
  • Clutch pdeal adjusted to you preference, usually engaging close to the floor for a quick start.

Powershifting was not something you did with a normal street car, especially with you right foot very close to the bellhousing. It was the 2 to 3 shift that was the most challenging.

Take a look...



Top Fuel Drag Racing

First, its great that Larry Dixon is OK after such a spectacular crash.

All the safety equipement, and landing on the tires on the track side of the guardrail were fortunate.

NHRA shortened the quarter mile (1,320 feet) to 1,000 feet to lower the speeds. Its clear that with technology the Hemis are generating massive horsepower. While dragsters have flexible frames to improve traction.

Massive horsepower, massive torque, the wings in front and back, the frame flexes, then breaks.

Hopefully the folks at NHRA will take a "hard look" at what happened, and what caused the frame to break.



Top Fuel

A brief overview of top fuel dragsters...



Road Kill - Adventure in a Wagon

What a way to start the week, with an episode of Road Kill with a station wagon (ancestor of the SUV/CUV), and yes back in the day wagons had bigger motors.

The final choice is made by a 5 year old...



The Hot Rod Story

A superb video on the early days of drag racing (1965), if you are of a certain age you certainly remember going to drag races during that time. We found this video thanks to our friend at Deans Garage.

Those were the days of Schiefer dusl disc clutches that did not slip, the reason dragsters would smoke the tire the neitre lenght of the quarter mile. The "speed wrench" was the "power tool" of the day.




Don Garlits

If you are of a certain age you perhaps had an opportunity to see Don Garlits race from way back in the day.

This morning The Colonel is walking around, and we know that he saw Don Garlits race.

Q- Colonel Good Morning you saw Garlits race live?

A- Guys...good morning...yes at Sanair a few decades ago. Sanair back in the day was the Canadian Pomona holding the NHRA Nationals...

Q- What was it about Garlits that was so interesting?

A- You would read stories about Garlits usually months after the actual event, he would win very often, he was on the leading edge, and walked with a limp (lost a good portion of a foot in a clutch explosion).

Q- What do you remember about that Sunday at Sanair?

A- Guys it was decades ago, those were the days of towing an enclosed trailer with a pick up. As you can just imagine  Garlits was the HEADLINE, he did a couple of runs, and then lost (perhaps something happened to the car. I got the feeling that he was a sore loser, being far from home, he packed up and left.

Q- It must have been a spectacle?

A- Seeing Don Garlits getting a push start from the tow pick up in front of the stands, and then doing a run. Then getting another push start, noticing that he "tipped the can" a little harder, doing another run. Priceless moments.

Q- None of this stuff was on TV?

A- Told you it was a few decades ago.

Q- What caught your attention on the video.

A- Don Garlits is 82, his wife of 61 years passed away a few months ago. Look at his hands, see how he laps valves, adjusts valves, torques a head, spins the long T handle for the spark plugs, checks the tension on the blower belt. You see the guy come into his "zone" as he did it a gazillion times, at a gazillion strips. Even at 82 the guy still gets in the "drag racer zone".

Q- Back in the day those guys did not have much of a pit crew.

A- Not much at all, the reason the car is black, he always wore black, the grease and grime did not show as much. Think about it, drive the car, rebuild the engine, drive the car again, rebuild again.

Q- He was the first to have a rear engine dragster.

A- Yes he was...he probably figured that he would have to "tip the can" further, tune the engine to grenade level,  to keep on winning, while straddling a differential, and a blower in front of you was getting perilous.

The HEMI is 50 years old...take a look at more nostalgia.

We could keep on going...enjoy the video.