Racing bans, ethanol increases, and more: the biggest old car news stories of 2016 – Daniel Strohl Hemmings

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2016 Year in Review

A compilation of some of the significant classic car stories in from Daniel Strohl at Hemmings

1. Ethanol-blended fuel amounts continue to rise.

2. Racing returns to Bonneville, though the salt depletion continues.

3. AACA and AACA Museum break off merger talks

4. SEMA battles EPA over motorsports

5. Auction records continue to fall.

6. Museums large and small close around the world.

These topics plus many others, can be found here

 

Esprit de hardcore: Pismo Race of Gentlemen 2016 – Daniel Beaudry Hemmings

West Coast Race of Gentlemen
West Coast Race of Gentlemen

 

On October 15/16th this year the inaugural west coast version of the Race of Gentlemen took place at Pismo Beach.

Having been to Pismo a few years ago it’s an ideal spot, the beach is great and it’s a real “car hobby” area.

Unfortunately and ironically the weather wasn’t at all kind to the event, and it may be that it ends up being a one off?

Read more in Daniel Beaudry’s Hemmings article here

 

Return of the Old Guard: At The Race of Gentlemen, an original Oiler dons the colors once again – Daniel Beaudry – Hemmings

 

TROG Quint Meland
TROG Quint Meland

The Race of Gentlemen will be held this weekend in Wildwood New Jersey and for the first time in 55 years Oiler Quint Meland  will be on the beach. Read the article from Hemmings here

Head Scratcher Mystery Flatheads – E&S Ford Flathead V8 Cylinder Heads (From Hemmings)

Not a new article from the excellent Jim Donnelly over at Hemmings, but very interesting nonetheless.

These heads are unusual in as much as the manufacturer, (E&S), are not widely known, plus the heads appear to offer extra cooling capacity to combat overheating which is often the bane of the Ford flathead V8.

Read the article and the mystery being solved by Hemmings readers here

Head-scratcher
Excellent response to Jim’s article from Mike Russell The E&S heads were made by E&S Manufacturing Co. 1828 Keystone St. Burbank CA phone CHase 7-7447, Ed Schneck owner, Kong Jackson was involved in the design. They also made several styles of multiple carburettor intake manifolds. The “Super Marine Special” was a staggered 4 carb beauty with fins. They also made a cool 2 carb manifold featuring a “Blast Box” for street use which could be replaced with a low carburettor mounting plate for racing applications. Other products included scoops and an offset generator mounting bracket. The company moved to Georgia at some point and changed the name to L&S. The E&S Custom, Super Race, and Supermarine heads feature a revolutionary design of combustion chambers, valve and dome areas, which results in absolute maximum turbulence and enables the use of ten to one and higher compression ratios with maximum volumetric efficiency and excellent fuel flame propagation. “Choking off and “peaking

 

If I had $4000 I’d Hit the Roof!

Hemmings Parts Classified FOR SALE Roof 101 Cyclone OHV and Manifold, Four Port, FORD NEW

Very desirable piece of kit for sale on Hemmings which would look great on my Sport Coupe.Only complication is that I can’t afford the $4000 to buy it….

 

 

 

The top-10 Hemming’s Daily stories of 2015

As s 2015 ends it’s good to take a look back over the years stories in the car hobby world.

Let’s start with the top 10 stories from the Hemmings daily blog

The top-10 Hemmings Daily stories of 2015
The top-10 Hemmings Daily stories of 2015

 

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1926 Ford Model T lakes modified

Love this Model T lakes modified for sale on Hemmings

1926 Model T Lakes Modified
1926 Model T Lakes Modified

“all hand built 6 years ago. Starting with a flawless steel body that was narrowed by 8 ½ inches, the car was modeled to resemble Bo Jones famous modified-style T, although this car is unique and not intended to be a clone. Painted in a brilliant Polyurethane Orange with bright red accents, this car gets noticed anywhere it goes. In addition to the laser-straight body, the exterior features custom aluminum hood and false side panels, Bell-style dropped front axle, Posi rear spring, cut-down windshield, and 1935 Ford wire wheels (rears widened by 2”) wrapped in Coker Firestone Deluxe Champion tires. The interior features a custom-built Swedish Brown Leather Seat, floor shifter, Classic Instruments, removable steering wheel and tan carpet. The unique power train consists of a 4-cylinder Mazda Miata 1.8 liter / 133 HP that is fully chromed and polished and features a custom cut-down manifold. All of this is backed by a close ratio five-speed manual transmission and 1940 Ford Quick Change rear axle”

Read more here

Pair of display Chevrolet V-8s include a little bit of New York World’s Fair history

After the end of the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair, many of the displays that captured the attention of hordes of visitors either were destroyed or left behind to burn or weather away under the elements. A handful still exist, most notably the giant U.S. Royal tire-shaped ferris wheel, as well as perhaps one of the most significant GM displays from the fair, a cutaway 427-cu.in. Mark IV big-block V-8 that will head to auction next month in the city in which it debuted.

Read more here from Daniel Strohl at Hemmings

Pair of display Chevrolet V-8s include a little bit of New York World’s Fair history
Pair of display Chevrolet V-8s include a little bit of New York World’s Fair history

A Closer Look at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 2015 (Hemmings Daily by Daniel Beaudry)

An excellent article on the current state of the flats and it’s long history by from Hemming Daily published on September 29th 2015

Bonneville Salt Flats A Closer Look
Richard Thomas, a land speed racer from Salt Lake City, Utah, holds up a copy of the rashly headlined Wendover Times in front of the flooded BSF at Land’s End. Photo by the author. – See more at: http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2015/09/29/a-closer-look-at-the-bonneville-salt-flats-in-2015/?refer=musweekly#sthash.LGkqpjXe.dpuf

Due to mining and various other reasons it would appear that the Bonneville Salt Flats are unlikely to return to former glories..