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Presenting: The Greatest Paragraph in Motorsport History

I was looking up information on race tracks in North Carolina. Sometimes Wikipedia takes you on a journey, however, and that’s how I wound up finding the greatest paragraph in motorsport history. It’s about NASCAR racer Tim Flock, who drove for 13 years starting back in 1949. He finished 5th …

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Presenting: The Greatest Paragraph in Motorsport History

Jeff Glucker August 17, 2018 Featured, Motorsports

I was looking up information on race tracks in North Carolina. Sometimes Wikipedia takes you on a journey, however, and that’s how I wound up finding the greatest paragraph in motorsport history. It’s about NASCAR racer Tim Flock, who drove for 13 years starting back in 1949. He finished 5th in NASCAR’s first race. Over the course of his career, Flock won 39 races and finished in the top ten 129 times. In 2014 he was entered into the NASCAR hall of fame and also given a nod as one of the 50 Greatest Drivers in the sport.

But that’s not what I’m talking about here. While searching Wikipedia for some information, I came across this paragraph:

Jocko Flocko, Tim Flock’s pet monkey, accompanied the racer in-car for the final time at the 1953 Grand National race. Somehow Jocko got loose from his seat harness and began exploring the race car. He found a string that lifted a trap door where the driver could check the condition of the right-front tire. As Jocko opened the door, a pebble flew up and struck him in the head. The monkey went berserk and Tim, who was leading the race at the time, had to pit to have the crazed primate removed from the car. Tim finished third as a result.

Tim Flock used to race with his pet monkey in the car. He would’ve won this particular race had his monkey not got hit in the head with a rock, after he got loose from his harness.

This is the greatest paragraph in motorsport history. There’s no chance of topping this one. So revel in the glory that is Tim Flock and his pet monkey Jocko Flocko.

Mystery Car

Kamil Kaluski August 17, 2018 Mystery Car

It warms my heart, which as you know is ice cold even in August, to see that the last Mystery Car was solved so quickly. Unregistered user bv911 (I’m guessing his real name is Bill Vance and likes 911s, possibly has one) has determined very quickly that we were looking at the front bumper of a Triumph Stag. Congrats, bv911, you are… The Person of the Moment

Middle of August is the time for me and family to be finally going away. I’ll leave with you the above picture that I took with the full intention of running it as a Mystery Car piece. The picture was taken with a proper DSLR camera and has not been edited other than resize and text, so there is no excuses. I expect full make, model, and engine. Good luck and please continue to keep my heart warm. 

Sometimes it’s the dumb things that break…

My audio system is 98% finished. We’re having an issue with one part, which is slated to be swapped out. I was on my way to have that done when I pressed the switches to slide down all of my side windows. They now move freely and it’s nice to have fresh air flowing in, especially since the AC system isn’t connected. But the driver’s side front window button felt… off when I pressed it.

It was sticking. I pressed it a few more times and there was a bit more play than normal. I pressed it again and it popped out of place along with the two small pins and two small metal connectors along with it.

There’s always something to fix on an old car.

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Is this the Mustang Shelby GT 500 engine?

Kamil Kaluski August 16, 2018 All Things Hoon

We know that the next version of the Mustang Shelby GT 500 is coming. We also know that it will have a supercharged version of the GT 350’s 5.2-liter V8. We also know that the supercharged V8 in the GT 500 won’t have the GT 350’s flat-plane crankshaft because it doesn’t take well to supercharging, for many reasons. 

‏ is at some Woodward event from which the above picture. In a presumably unrelated article he wrote about the new. Now, I’m not the sharpest tool in this old Craftsman toolbox, but I’d bet some money that what you’re looking at above is basically the engine from the upcoming Shelby GT 500. 

It’s a supercharged V8 but slightly bigger in displacement than 5.2-liters. Ford says the Cobra Jet is conservatively good enough for mid-8 second passes, call it high 7s or low 8s. Now this a tubed and caged racer with huge slicks in the back. Simple math suggests that the power should be in the mid-to-high 800-ish horsepower level, 900-ish, perhaps?

So take that engine, reduce it back to 5.2-liters, put some emission-friendly tune on it, perhaps a slightly smaller blower than this 3-liter unit, add A/C, power steering, and all that crap, and you may have a street engine with 750-800 horsepower. Or somewhere in the Hellcat region, or just north of it. Horsepower wars, baby! What a time to be alive! 

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Quick Spin: 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec – part 2

We looked at the new Acura RDX in detail some time ago. While I got a good idea of what it was about, I didn’t get to drive it enough. I wanted to see how Honda’s new 2.0-liter turbo performed in this heavier all-wheel-drive vehicle and how the new infotainment system interface performs in daily use of the car.

My time has come and I recently got to spend a few days with the RDX A-Spec. Don’t mistake the A-Spec with Type S models of Acura’s past. The A-Spec has always been a sporty appearance trim on Acuras and that is exactly what it is on the 2019 RDX. But Acura did say that there might be more Type S models in the future.

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Redusernab Asks: …so what do you want to tell us about?

Jeff Glucker August 16, 2018 Redusernab Asks

This morning, it’s an open forum. I want to hear about anything you’ve been itching to talk about. Did you get a new car part? Did you get a new car? Have you been thinking about something and you need the guidance of others?

Spill your beans in the comments below. Let’s chat!

[It’s the middle-end of the summer… so our brains our fried.]

The AMMO NYC FROTHe is my new favorite car washing tool

I’m a lazy son of a bitch. It’s a problem, certainly, but only when I let it get in the way of the more important aspects of work and life. One area where this is less of a problem is with regards to cleaning my car. Having a flawlessly clean machine is not high on my list of priorities, but I do feel bad when I let my 1974 Mercedes-Benz 280 sedan sit outside for too long. Couple my lack of enthusiasm for car washing with a lack of an adequate space for easily doing so, and the problem is only compounded. Or at least it was, until I got ahold of FROTHe from AMMO.

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Podcast: Episode 260 – This one fits in your ass

Chris and I are back in the studio and we’ve got some news on our own cars. Mine is that the Wombat no longer plays host to a non-running HEMI and transmission. Those are out, sold, and gone! Chris has bigger news in that he bought a Porsche Macan S as his new daily driver. His Ford Fiesta will be up for sale soon as well.

In this episode we also chat about Rally Rd, which is a very interesting project that sales shares in vintage cars. It’s basically a stock market of sorts for expensive old machines.

Finally, we dive into your questions before realizing it’s getting late in the summer season and no one cars about podcasts right now.

Hyundai Veloster N has an anti-lag system

Our friend Jason Fenske () recently took a deep dive into all things Hyundai Veloster N. The automaker invited a number of folks to the Nürburgring to test the new performance machine on a grand stage. One of things that Fenske discovered is that this Veloster isn’t just snapping, popping, and crackling simply for making its best race car impression; the setup actually serves as an anti-lag system.

Hyundai could have one hell of a hot hatch in the Veloster N

When you hear a car pop and snap during throttle overrun or between shifts, it’s because the engine is burning up a tiny bit of excess fuel. That fuel is purposefully added just so you get the “cool noises” that are now available on seemingly every car out there. We blame the Jaguar F-Type and modern Audi products for this proliferation of noise, but we don’t hate it either when it’s done right. Just don’t start doing it on the Chrysler Pacifica.

With the Veloster N, Hyundai do use the system for the noise factor. But it’s also there to serve as a means to keep the turbocharger spooled up. It does this by injecting fuel late in the combustion process. After top dead center, fuel is added as the piston has already started moving down. This happens while the exhaust valve is open so the combustion process continues in the exhaust manifold.

This isn’t great for power, but it is good at keeping the turbocharger spooled up. This is why it occurs when you’re off throttle. This is a time when you don’t need a maximized piston power stroke and instead can have the benefit of forced induction primed and ready to go. Once back on the throttle, the cam timing is back to normal and your spark and fuel mix just before top dead center.

And that’s how we have a Hyundai street car that’s packing an anti-lag system. I can’t wait until someone modifies it a bit and makes it sound even more rally car-esque.

VROOOM-POP-POP-POP-VROOOOOOOOOOM. Yes, I just typed out car noises… and you said them aloud. We’re all children.

Regular Car Reviews examines a parking lot

Jeff Glucker August 15, 2018 All Things Hoon

It’s a simple video. In it, Mr. Regular of RCR walks through a hotel parking lot and talks about the cars he sees therein. Despite its simplicity, it captures the essence of what I imagine a group of us would be saying if we walked through the same lot together and chatted about the cars.

Also, the green Beetle appears to be in excellent shape.

This one is a quick watch to help get you over the Wednesday hump.

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