The Cobra successor that never was, Shelby’s Lone Star, makes its concours debut at Amelia Island – Hemmings (Kurt Ernst)

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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)

Reads Kurt Ernst’s article here at Hemmings 

Some more background on the car can be found on The Cobra-Ferrari Wars website

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Ford renews search for the punch bowl won in the race that helped kickstart the company – Daniel Strohl Hemmings

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.

Henry Ford (4) about to pass Alexander Winton in the famous 1901 race. Photo courtesy Smithsonian.

Read the article here

Sad News After 52 years, drag racing at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park comes to an end – Kurt Ernst at Hemmings

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

The Stoner T: How to build a hot rod in 10 years (and influence people), part two – Dan Stoner Hemmings

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…

Read on here

See ya, ’17! A quick look back at some of the biggest old-car stories of the last year – Hemmings Daniel Strohl

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

 

Rob Ida’s Tucker Torpedo to debut at AACA Museum’s “Night at the Museum” – Hemmings Kurt Ernst

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Rob Ida’s Tucker Torpedo body. The wooden buck was based upon a 3D scan of the original scale model.

 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

 

Rob Ida’s Tucker Torpedo body.

Rob Ida’s Tucker Torpedo body

Tucker Torpedo

Tucker Torpedo

Hemmings Great Race 2017

This years Hemmings Great Race route this year was between Jacksonville Fl and Traverse City MI you can find a map Here


Race highlights can be found on the links below

Full race report

The 2017 Great Race

The 2017 Great Race

 

 

Italian, with a Dearborn accent – the one-off Siata-Ford 208 S Cabriolet Speciale – Hemming’s Daily -Kurt Ernst

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A truly one off special about to be auctioned at Monterey car week by RM Sotheby’s

More details on the article can be found here and on the auction site here

Joe Jagersberger (Rajo Joe) Hot Rod Pioneer

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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

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Here on Hemmings are some great examples of  period Rajo powered racers

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1925 Ford Faultless RaJo Racer

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1922 Ford Model T Indy Board Track Racer

There are also some interesting Rajo ephemera items to be found on sites such as eBay

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Sources Wikipedia, Hemmings, trackforum.com

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajo_Motor_and_Manufacturing

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Jagersberger

 

 

 

 

Art of the design – Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1940 Lincoln Continental Terry Shea Hemmings

Frank Lloyd Wright's 1940 Lincoln Continental

Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1940 Lincoln Continental

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

Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1940 Lincoln Continental