Power For Winning…

Power For Winning…

We’ve discussed the merits of old print ads and catalogs many times here on The Jalopy Journal. Those of you that got immersed in those conversations probably already know that I’m a huge fan of everything produced by Ed Almquist and his Almquist Speed Equipment Company. Recently, a new friend […]

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The Subtle Six

The Subtle Six

I love survivors. I love the thought of something like an old hot rod just sitting in wait for decades. When a car goes untouched for such a long period of time, uncovering it becomes something like an archeological dig. There is just so much to learn and so much […]

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Chitty Bang Bang (aka Babs)

Chitty Bang Bang (aka Babs)

My post on the Sunbeam Slug reminds me of another Brit Record Car that didn’t fair so well… And there was a dangerous component that both the Slug and “Babs” shared, that was fatal for the latter car’s driver. Babs has been briefly mentioned on the HAMB before, but for […]

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2011 Jalopy Journal/H.A.M.B. Shirts Are Here!

2011 Jalopy Journal/H.A.M.B. Shirts Are Here!

It’s the warm up lap of the 1946 Indy 500. Wind is rushing by Emil Anders’ head as he promisingly pilots the Elgin Piston Pin Special. His foot aches for full throttle as he holds a quarter. The nervous perspiration from his palms has soaked through his gloves and glossed […]

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The Blue Crown Spark Plug Special

The Blue Crown Spark Plug Special

The story of the 1939 Blue Crown Special includes some of the most interesting people in the history of the Indianapolis 500. Its creator Joe Lencki of Chicago, Illinois was a bold innovator (who later supervised Wright R-3350 B-29 Bomber engine assembly), plus several Indy legends were part of its […]

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A Daily Driver Update

A Daily Driver Update

So I’ve been driving this old Ford every day now for about 18 months. This past week was the first time I’ve really questioned my decision to do so. I had a place I had to be at a certain time (a funeral 500 miles away) and I wasn’t absolutely […]

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I’m Home

I’m Home

It was all that I thought it would be… Only better. I had forgotten how peaceful a solo road trip in an old car can be. Once you get past the “oh shit what if I break” phase, the experience becomes a symphony of noises, thoughts, and visuals that you […]

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Henry Seagrave’s Slug: First to 200 mph.

Henry Seagrave’s Slug: First to 200 mph.

84 years ago nearly to the day (in late March of 1927), Major Henry Seagrave completely smashed the 200 mph (320 km/h) barrier in the 1000 hp ‘Mystery S’ car built by Sunbeam.¬† The bright red bullet, affectionately known as the Slug, flashed along the historic Daytona Beach, Florida in […]

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Don Kizziar

Don Kizziar

My first exposure to old cars came from a close family friend – Don Kizziar. At the time, I was between the ages of infancy and 5 years old and my family lived in the small town of Altus, Oklahoma. Don epitomized¬†the word “success.” He ran a number of very […]

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Through the years we’ve had some pretty amazing articles pop up here on The Jalopy Journal. The following is just a few of them:

  • Tom Cobbs

    The story of Tom Cobbs, his legacy, and his hot rod roadster. Read: Part 1, Part 2, or Part 3.

  • The Bob Roddick Story

    The story of a set of lost photos that literally take us all back into time. Read: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, or Part 4.

  • The Ferrari Shoot

    Comparing and contrasting three very different cars with three very different purposes in life. Read It >>

  • Inspiration

    This post is actually a continuation of two other posts that were written in 2006 (Part 1 & 2). The stuff you guys came up with is breathtaking.

  • Gary Howard

    Gary is one of my heroes and after interviewing him, I got to check off an item from my dream list. Read It >>