The one and only Cobra III later known as the Lone Star will be displayed at a concours for the first time at Amelia Island this year (2018)
Some more background on the car can be found on The Cobra-Ferrari Wars website
As those of you who are kind enough to reads this blog will know I’m an early Ford history buff, so of course this article from Daniel Strohl as Hemmings was right in my wheelhouse!
The punch bowl that formed the winning prize in the famous Detroit Driving Club hosted race won by Henry Ford in 1901 has been missing since around 1951 after the death of Clara Ford in 1950 when it sold for $70.
Raceway Park also known as Englishtown has become the latest famous drag strip to close it’s doors.
Read Kurt Ernst’s article here
As you can see by the amount of comments on the article you can see it’s being taken as badly as you would expect
Here’s part two of Dan Stoner’s Model T Hot Rod build, it’s as entertaining as the first!
The first chapter of the Stoner T story ended in the Summer of 2003, when nearly the entire front end of the rolling chassis was stolen from the open carport behind my apartment building. This is the right moment to mention how lucky I’ve been throughout this hot-rod Iliad: Just when everything seems to go wrong, it all goes so right…
A look back at some stories from the classic car hobby in 2017 by Daniel Strohl at Hemmings
1. Route 66 resuscitation in the works.
2. Significant cars see the sun again.
3. Dune-buggy owners take on Texas ban.
4. Auto racing in Europe faces big challenges.
5. U.K. gives classic cars an official cutoff age
The details of these stories and plenty more can be found here
Images courtesy Rob Ida unless otherwise noted.
Before there was a Tucker 48, there was a Tucker Torpedo. The boldly styled coupe, shaped by designer George Lawson, never progressed beyond a quarter-scale model, but that hasn’t stopped Rob Ida, his father Bob, and Sean Tucker, great-grandson of Preston Tucker, from building a full-size version. Read Kurt Ernst’s article here
Joe Jagersberger came to the USA from Austria and began working for Case Corporation in Racine Wisconsin to assist in developing a race car programme.
Whilst working for Case Jagersberger was a regular race competitor including racing at the Indianapolis 500. He continued to race until 1911 eventually becoming victim to a career ending crash after which he spent several months in hospital and resulted in an amputation of his right leg.
Despite his injuries he continued to work at Case as a consultant. He continued to design cylinder heads and other peripherals eventually starting his own company under the famous Rajo brand. The name of the brand was formed from the RA of Racine and the JO from his first name.
Rajo started off by producing spark plugs and various other items. They then moved into producing performance cylinder heads for Ford Model T and Model A cars.
The first design was the Model 30 which had 4 exhaust ports and one intake port all on the right side of the head. The Model 31 had two intakes on the right and four exhaust on the left. The Model 35C, first known as the “Improved Rajo Valve-in-Head” and later as the Model C had two intakes and three exhausts on the right. The Model A used the stock intake ports on the block. It had two exhaust ports on the right. His Model B two intakes on the right and four exhausts on the left. It came in three versions. The BB featured a higher compression ratio and the BB-R also included two spark plugs per cylinder.
He also offered a modification to the 1941-52 Chevrolet “stovebolt” L6 OHV 15 bolt head, which added another set of 3 intake ports above the 3 originals, to permit adding (an) extra carburetor(s) on a separate manifold.
Jagersberger died in 1952. The company closed in 1980.
Rajo equipment is still very much sought after and command very high prices amongst the traditional hot rod community
Here on Hemmings are some great examples of period Rajo powered racers
There are also some interesting Rajo ephemera items to be found on sites such as eBay
Sources Wikipedia, Hemmings, trackforum.com
Frank Lloyd Wright as everyone knows was a storied architect as everyone knows, what might not be commonly known was Frank’s love of cars, especially customised ones such as the 1940 Lincoln featured in the interesting article from Terry Shea on the Hemmings Daily that can be found here