Duke Axial Engine

Before this morning I have never heard of an “Axial” engine. When I arrived at my desk this morning my friend Ken had this video waiting in my inbox. To say the least I was surprised by what this new technology in engine development could possibly do.

Epic Van Craigslist Ad

There are some pretty good Craigslist ads out there and every once in awhile I stumble across one. I think the owner here did a good job of describing how you could own his sweet swaggin wagon.

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BUY MY VAN. It’s awesome…and so are we.

This 2000 bad boy brought us to Disneyland three times, Idaho about 50 times, the border of Mexico once, and to so many dance/piano/violin lessons it would blow your mind. Now that the kids have grown, this sweet ride just isn’t practical to us anymore.

I know what you’re thinking…”a minivan?” This is not just a minivan. If you close your eyes, it feels more like a 2003 Escalade or a fancy leather chair at the barber shop. The leather is in fantastic shape and if you just turn on a My Little Pony (on the DVD) or play the little buggers some One Direction (on the iPod port) - you never know they are there. No kids…no worries. Just open up the sun roof, through some blankets in the back, crank up some Hans Zimmer and Thelma and Louise it down to the coast.

The fact is we are pretty dang clean people. Our friends mock us often…ask them. This swaggin’ wagon that raised 4 girls is surprisingly clean and very well cared for.

This sweet ride has 165K miles on it - but hey…it’s a Toyota. It should go for another 200K or so. Rides smooth and the air is cold.

$4400 FIRM

Link to the post here

What awesome Craigslist posts have you ran across?

Freak Race

Aparantly there is a club in Finland of some “Ford Freaks” and they race vintage Fords around dirt tracks like rally drivers. Wait … what? You didn’t know this? Neither did I until today. 

This guy was reported as the fastest guy on the track. Wow watch that 50’s iron move!

F1 2013 vs F1 2014 - Time to sell the ear plugs

I was having a conversation with a few of the guys in my office today about the F1 racing engines and was reminded of this video I saw a few months ago.

If you are a fan of F1, the raging sound you are accustomed to may sound much different this year. That’s thanks to the new regulations insisting on 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 engines with rev limits of 15,000rpm; last year they were running naturally aspirated 2.4-litre V8s that screamed to about 18,000rpm.

Smart Standing

Maybe this car is a smart choice for some serious speed? At any rate it’s quick!

Keeping it on two wheels

Óscar Barroso and copilot David Míguez in a curve in San Pedro de Rocas, one of the cities part of the 47th edition of the Rallye de Ourense,celebrated this weekend in Galicia, Spain.

Again from the rear.

/DRIVE Coming to NBC Sports - YouTube →

If you didn’t get a chance to catch the fellas from /Drive on NBC’s cable channel I highly recommend it. They did a great job making the transition from YouTube to television. I leave you now with a teaser.

Automotive Names

Have you ever wondered where car brand names came from? Well wonder no longer, floss your mind with this latest episode of “Mental Floss” and learn things why Toyota was not named exactly after its founder Eiji Toyoda, yes that’s Toyoda with a D and how Cadillac was named after some governor with the longest French name in history … enjoy.

Havana Motor Club

It has been awhile since I have posted. I truly try to wait to post things that are interesting or have more value than just the ordinary. This is out of the ordinary.

For a long time I have been fascinated with the time capsule of automotive history that is Cuba. A walk back in time to when 50’s cars roamed the streets in every day life. (This has nothing to do for me with the politics associated, only the cars). Although decades before I came into existence there is something about 50’s steel that speaks to me. My dad’s 56 BelAir and his stories of his racing days are sometimes just what I need to go back to a simpler time I never experienced but somehow love.

In Cuba, after the revolution, automotive racing was off limits to the general population and I recently found out that its making a comeback. 

This short trailer shows what looks to be a great documentary that is currently looking for final funding on Kickstarter. 

For more pictures head over to the Havana Motor Club Site

Saleen Explorer

How would you like a 5.0 Mustang with 5 seat-belts? Well, not exactly, but they do share the same power plant. This is my friend Sam’s 1998 Saleen Explorer.

Let’s start off with a few questions for Sam.

How much do you love this vehicle?

On a scale of 1-10, I’d give it a 9

How did you come to be the caretaker of it?

The first time I went to Lincoln, Nebraska with my wife to visit her folks, I learned what a giant gearhead my father in law, Tom, was. At that time, he had a 1968 GT 350 in mint condition. He also sported a 91 Mustang GT Convertible (I owned that one too:) and a Ford F150 Lightning. I was in car Nirvana! But the vehicle that really stood out to me was this Ford Explorer, or Ford “Saleen Explorer” as I spotted the decals on the tailgate lid. I loved Steve Saleen’s Mustangs growing up and couldn’t believe he dabbled in this realm. Tom loved this truck, spending time upgrading the stereo and tweaking the ECU. He even ordered a custom set of wheels for it that he had chrome dipped. Tom used the Saleen as his daily driver and went on and on about how well it drove in the snow (being AWD it truly is a tank). Every time we visited, I would jump at the chance to drive it. I loved the beefy V8 and the overall looks it got. Late last year, Tom suffered some life changing health issues and his wife realized it would not be possible for him to drive the Saleen anymore. When I heard it was for sale, I jumped at the chance to purchase it. My family picked it up in December and drove it from Nebraska to Utah. It’s now a fixture in our driveway and my daily driver.

Wow that is a great history and love for such a rare vehicle.

Little do people realize when they see one of these (or don’t see them, if you know what I mean) is just how truly rare they are. According to Wikipedia it says, "There was approximately 125 Saleen XP8’s created, although this number is widely disputed and to an extent, impossible to verify as Saleen has extremely limited records of this low production model. It has been said that approximately the first 20 XP8’s were reserved for Saleen employees and executives, thus decreasing the available selection to the public even more."

Other than your obvious love for the Saleen rarity is there any other specific reason you chose this vehicle?

I want the car to remain in the family. My nephew Ethan learned to drive on the car and he spent many hours going to hockey practice with his grandpa Tom behind the wheel. Tom is unable to drive it anymore and it was sitting in a garage collecting dust. When my mother in law offered it up for sale, I nabbed it (and for a good price, thanks Pam:). Someday I hope it goes back to Ethan.

That is a awesome thing for an uncle to do! You are a good man! You mentioned Tom (previous owner) had done a few customizations, is there anything you would like to do?

Having come heavily modified already, there really isn’t thing I need to do. Considering plasti-dipping the wheels to a black as I’m not a huge fan of chrome wheels.

Your vehicle is truly unique and you mentioned that it is #33 out of a truly unknown number but its guesstimated to be around 265. Tell me with such a unique vehicle what is your favorite memory you have associated with it?

Shocking my friends when I roll up in it. I’m a BMW Enthusiast, and people aren’t expecting to see me driving a souped up Ford Explorer. When they hear “Ice Ice Baby” on the stereo it puts it all in perspective :)

Haha! Well Sam you truly have a very cool ride there. Thanks for taking the time to share it with me and allowing me to drive it in Salt Lake City this past weekend.

I feel honored to own a unique car like this and appreciate my wife’s family for giving me the opportunity to own it.