In EP009, Catfish and Brett fill you in on 100 feet of rusted dreamcar – note, not cars, dreamCAR…how justice rolls up on two Florida men who are fast and spurious…NASCAR IS ON, BABY…and how to almost die in your garage, dragster style. In the 2nd segment, Road Muscle Radio talks with John Ross, host/creator/star of the Watch JR Go videos on youtube. It’s 100 percent know-how with show-how from a fearless wrencher.
(note- all images above from https://www.autoevolution.com/news/worlds-longest-car-the-american-dream-limo-is-80s-extravaganza-at-its-best-143674.html#agal_1)
Fate of “The American Dream,” World’s Longest Limo, in Hands of Florida Man
May 13, 2020
Back in the dreamworld of 1986, when the handouts grew on bushes, with cigarette trees and lemonade springs and alcohol streams, a car customizer named Jay Ohrberg decided to build The American Dream.
No, really. That’s what he called it. Same guy who gave us KITT from the tv show Knight Rider, and the DeLorean in Back to the Future. He went to work, using a 1976 Cadillac Eldorado as the base- loosely, as the base- and created a 100-foot long stretch limo that landed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest car in the world.
Here’s what this big, white, flag-infested behemoth offered:
—a helipad in the tail, which doubled as, when not landing helicopters, a putting green.
—Dozens of windows
—TVs, telephones, a lounge, and a water bed. You know, because 1986.
— and a swimming pool with a diving board.
Let me remind you- this is on a 100 foot CAR.
Ohrberg built The American Dream in two sections, joined in the middle by a hinge controlled by its own operator, for cutting tighter corners. The hinge could also be set to a fixed position, so that the limo was rigid over its entire length. This monster rolled down the road on 24 wheels and tires.
The dream still exists, but dayam, it didn’t go well. The limo spent years rotting away and being slowly stripped in a parking lot before making its way to the Autoseum in Mineola, New York several years ago. There it underwent a restoration that was to be a teaching project for students.
Or rather, it didn’t. The students learned they couldn’t do it.
Now the beast is in two pieces at the Dezerland Park car museum in Orlando, Florida, in the process of a complete restoration last year. The Motortrend.com article has a video link to what it looked like before they started on it. Ever watched an urban explorer video about going inside a nightmarishly dilapidated building? Yeah, that’s this thing. 100 feet of rust, pavement, and poor decisions.
On the bright side, according to the Dezerland website, most of the Caddy’s exterior restoration work is complete and it will be repainted and finished by next spring. Would have been sooner, but Covid much, anyone? When the update is complete, the vehicle joins the museum’s super-sized collection of Batmobiles and James Bond cars. The American Dream is coming back. And ya know what? You damn right it is.
By: Wendi Lane
JUSTICE IS SWERVED
Yes, another story with “A man from Florida,” but involving two men and no face eating.
In St. Pete, two a-holes are charged with allegedly stealing classic cars, using them to burglarize businesses and then stripping them for parts.
After a 10 month investigation, St. Petersburg police detectives arrested James Nethery and Jason Canady for allegedly committing 30 crimes in St. Petersburg, and more than 20 additional crimes throughout Pinellas County.
Detectives say between July 2019 and early 2020, the pair stole more than 25 classic cars and, in many cases, stripped them down to use the parts in other vehicles.
“They knew how to get to the cars the old school way whether is was hot wiring or punching the locks,” said Lt. Ricardo Lopez with St. Petersburg police.
Oh, I wanna do the punching now, yes indeedy roo.
In several cases, they used the stolen vehicles to commit commercial burglaries. They broke into more than 30 businesses throughout the county, where they stole items such as: lawn equipment, stereo equipment, fishing poles, shoes and cigarettes.
St. Petersburg detectives worked closely with investigators from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Pinellas Park police, Clearwater police, Largo police, Kenneth City police and Port Richey police.
25 classic cars they allegedly took and stripped, so they could steal weedwackers, speakers, and cigarettes. There’s a special place in hell for these kind of idiots. It’s full of Yugo’s and warm tofu beer.
JENNA FRYER Associated Press
Looks like NASCAR is starting back up- but without fans, flyovers or a great deal of the commercialism.
Darlington Raceway in South Carolina opened its 70-year-old gates so engines in the stock car series could roar again and the revenue flow would resume.
NASCAR’s return started Sunday morning as teams began filing into Darlington at designated arrival times. A checkpoint at the gate allowed pre-approved personnel into the infield after a health screening. There is no exiting once inside NASCAR’s designated footprint, all part of a meticulously planned health protocol.
NASCAR chose Darlington, the oldest speedway on the Cup circuit, as the safest place to restart the season after eight events were postponed and the series sat idle for 10 weeks. Facing a financial collapse if live races didn’t get going on national television, NASCAR had its health plan approved in South Carolina and North Carolina and released an aggressive revised schedule.
Sunday marks the first of 20 races across seven Southern states between now and June 21. All the other big sport racing organizations are watching.
Time to get your garage race-ready with a beer-proof couch, a widescreen on the far wall, and the refrigerator nearby. Maybe an inflatable pool as the infield. Hope it works out for NASCAR and its fans.
by ALYN EDWARDS | MAY 13, 2020
On ‘Leap Day’ this year, Vancouver, Canada area drag racing enthusiast Roger Manson almost bit it.
Not on the dragstrip. In his garage, when his racecar fell off a hoist.
The low-slung car, small dragster is constructed with a tubular steel frame and roll cage. It’s powered by a blown and injected four-cylinder engine cranking out 600 horsepower.
The wee beastie was nine feet in the air as Manson worked on some steering parts. Manson casually slid one arm away from under the front frame so he could add non-skid material to the pad that was supporting the car – for safety. He had positioned the rear arms of the hoist so they were on the head of bolts holding the rear suspension in place. That is what gave way. Inertia created when the rear arm of the hoist slipped off the bolt caused the front of the racecar to tip forward where it was unsupported. The car catapulted toward Manson.
The car fell sideways off the hoist nearly pinning him against the wall. He narrowly escaped with a cut on his head and some bruising. He was in shock for hours. But he’s ok, and back to wrenching.
Here’s the deal: this guy is 77 years old.
His home-engineered dragster runs on a four-cylinder Pontiac Tempest engine from the Sixties. Don’t worry – currently ist’ his 50th Pontiac 4-banger, with number 51 already built and ready for competition.
He got his National Hot Rod Association drag racing license at the age of 50 and his license to race on the Bonneville Salt Flats at 65. His fastest drag racing time was 152 miles an hour, doing a quarter in 8.72 seconds. With a four cylinder.
When he and wife Marlene began campaigning their super competition racecar on the Bonneville Salt Flats, his fastest officially timed speed was 195.4 miles per hour. Unofficially, the car reached 206 miles per hour. Manson was inducted by the Greater Vancouver Motorsport Pioneers Society in 2011. His drag racing and salt flats competition followed 28 years of off road racing a 1950’s Jeep powered by Pontiac four-cylinder engines. They made 16 trips across the U.S., towing their racecar close more than a million miles winning the sand nationals in Olympia, Washington twice and six hill climb wins in Ohio.
Side note- In high school, Roger installed a six-cylinder Vauxhall engine to replace the underpowered four- cylinder power plant in his 1950 Hillman. He hand-built a three-carburetor manifold to provide extra horsepower. In his 20s, he installed a DeSoto Hemi engine in his 1941 Ford convertible. It was equipped with six carburetors with a home-built manifold.
His goal with the dragster: to officially break the 200 miles per hour barrier on the salt flats. Glad he’s still with us, and good luck.
John Ross is the host of Watch JR Go on YouTube and has recently become a full-time YouTube personality. He buys project cars, motorcycles, and the occasional boat, and he shows us all how to diagnose, fix, and breathe new life into them. Among his current projects are his Heffner Twin Turbo Audi R8, a $500 Porsche 944, his grandfather’s 1965 Ford pickup, and a Snyder 3-wheeled crapbox that can scarcely get out of its own way. No matter what it is, JR seems to know how to fix it. He truly is a friend to all cars broken.