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Old 05-22-2009, 06:51 AM   #1
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Default New Records Ahead!



This is pretty much entirely off-topic, but I stumbled across this article in an old Mechanix Illustrated and felt like I had to post it. Essentially, it's a perfect example of post-war optimism using enthusiastic words and wonderful artist rendering...

To read the rest of this blog entry from The Jalopy Journal, click here.
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Old 05-22-2009, 07:06 AM   #2
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Some good reads this morning...

I'm still thinking magnets with a small nucleur device for start up.
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Old 05-22-2009, 07:44 AM   #3
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I hear that Jay Leno's jet powered bike will melt a bumper. Thanks cool stuff.
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Nice read, When I raced the 81 Mustang we tested brake pad compounds for police car use. Some race sessions at Black Hawk farms in Rockton Il were interesting as we would destroy the pads and rotors in a 30 minute session or less.
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Old 05-22-2009, 07:51 AM   #5
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They eventually made the grid with a gas turbine car in 1967. Andy Granatelli's STP Special with Parnelli Jones driving. They outlawed them for 1968.
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Old 05-22-2009, 07:54 AM   #6
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Nice read! Fun to look back at the visions people had back then for the future.
Thats that creative thinking that keeps mankind from stagnating and dying out. How can anyone not find that exciting?

Today we have the space program and alt fuels. Still exciting. Still dreaming.
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Old 05-22-2009, 07:56 AM   #7
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Some good reads this morning...

I'm still thinking magnets with a small nucleur device for start up.
I'd like to see that work!
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Old 05-22-2009, 08:06 AM   #8
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Or the Magnetic highway that pulls the steel car down the road at exact speeds
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Old 05-22-2009, 08:18 AM   #9
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They eventually made the grid with a gas turbine car in 1967. Andy Granatelli's STP Special with Parnelli Jones driving. They outlawed them for 1968.
Sadly, jetengines haven't changed much since that motor was developed.

I would love to have a turbine-shaft engine about half that size, and about 30% more efficiency. Combined with a hybrid electric motor and flywheel, you could probably get rid of the 3-second throttle delay.
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Old 05-22-2009, 08:49 AM   #10
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The SAC Fireboid. Don't know a lot about it, but it was built with the cooperation of the Air Force in the early 50s as a Firestone test vehicle and/or a recruitment tool.
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Old 05-22-2009, 10:32 AM   #11
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Not outlawed, just restricted. The old hot rodders came back fierce. http://www.studebaker-info.org/Indy/turbine.htm
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Old 05-22-2009, 10:54 AM   #12
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The SAC Fireboid. Don't know a lot about it, but it was built with the cooperation of the Air Force in the early 50s as a Firestone test vehicle and/or a recruitment tool.
Passing that car on the outside would be an adventure!
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Old 05-22-2009, 11:08 AM   #13
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Passing that car on the outside would be an adventure!
Passing that car at all would be an adventure.
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Old 05-22-2009, 11:10 AM   #14
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Don't think tubines were 'outlawed' entirely but by 69 about everything other than conventional I/C engines were legislated out of competiveness. Much to the dismay of Bill Lear who decided to go the other way and use very old technology...Steam.
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Old 05-22-2009, 11:49 AM   #15
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I watched the 3 STP Wedge turbine cars at the old Orpheum movie theater in Wichita in '68. It wasn't televised back then so you paid a few bucks and could watch it on the big screen. That was pretty cool back then. I think I was 13.
Those were great looking cars.
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Old 05-22-2009, 12:12 PM   #16
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Funny, he didn't mention land speed record racing: the world's fastest wheel-driven vehicle uses just the sort of powertrain the Captain was describing. http://www.teamvesco.com/

Come to think of it, didn't Capt. Eddie own the Speedway at one time? Probably why lakes racing never entered the picture!
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Old 05-22-2009, 03:16 PM   #17
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I'd like to see that work!
Me too, but from a great distance!
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None of those "predictions" really came to pass. Sixty-some years later the unmentioned electric power seems the alternative for the future.
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Old 05-22-2009, 07:04 PM   #19
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I keep waiting for one of those nuke cars. Maybe the Chinese will finally offer one of those up soon once GM and Chrysler fade into history.
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What about a turbine powerplant that draws turbulence off from the boundary layer or some electrostatic boundary layer repulsive technology
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