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Redusernab Asks: What Was Colin Chapman’s Greatest Achievement?

Robert Emslie October 15, 2015 Redusernab Asks

Colin Chapman

Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman was born in Surrey England in 1928. He died of a heart attack in Norfolk only 54 years later. In the interim Chapman drove racers, led a racing team and a motor car company that, while small, developed into one of the most iconic and influential names in the specialty car industry. And that’s just getting started on what he accomplished.

An innovator in automotive design, Chapman is cheekily famous for his penchant to “add lightness” to his cars, both on the track and on the street. He also, with the iconic Lotus 7, joins the rarified class of car makers like Henry Fredrick Stanley Morgan and Carroll Shelby who have seen their designs stand the test of time, and in Lotus’ case, multiple manufacturers.

Chapman’s contributions to the history of automotive innovation are rich and plentiful, but the question remains, which is the most impactful or resonant? What do you think is Colin Chapman’s single most noteworthy achievement?

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Last Call: Damn, Old People, You Be Crazy Edition

Robert Emslie October 14, 2015 Last Call

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They do things their own way down in Texas, and they have done so for a very long time. This amazing 1920 photograph captures a stunt driver – or a regular driver who is horribly lost – jumping over North Stanton Street, just outside of El Paso. I haven’t bee able to verify if this is real, or to find a post-landing picture if it is, but it’s sure a Texas-sized jump!

Last Call indicates the end of Redusernab’s broadcast day. It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged. 

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Craigslist Crapshoot

The World’s Worst Car Is For Sale On Craigslist

Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer. 

Last week we went looking for a group – Group B that is! As it turns out, the group has gotten smaller over the years, but that doesn’t mean you didn’t find some winners out there. We’ll re-group in just a sec, but first a very special Craigslist Crapshoot quest.

One of the coolest Mr. Potato Head platforms out there is Ford’s Fox Body which spanned a multitude of models and over two decades of dedicated use. Considering all the Foxy Fords out there, what I’d like us to find this week are mix and match Foxes. If there’s a H.O. V8 Fairmont wagon for sale, or a Mustang with an LTD LX front clip, let’s find ’em. I know this is a tough task, but I think you’re all up to the challenge.

As always, we want your finds to go down in infamy and not in the site’s spam filter. Since we’ve changed commenting systems, you may need to update your commenter account. Make sure you have a Disqus account – they’re free and easy to get – and then comment away.

Got that? Good, now let’s get get our Group-on.

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Last Call: Simon Says Edition

Robert Emslie October 13, 2015 Last Call

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Like Garfield before him, Simon Tofield’s cartoon cat is always hungry. And also like Garfield, Simon’s Cat now has an automotive connection – as seen above where he’s indicating where the food – in this case the gas – goes.

Last Call indicates the end of Redusernab’s broadcast day. It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged. 

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Track Tuesday: Name That Track

Robert Emslie October 13, 2015 Track Tuesday

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Welcome to Track Tuesday where you are asked to identify a (maybe) famous race or test track from just one closely-cropped aerial image. This week, it’s an oval. Good luck!

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Redusernab Asks: Do You Believe in Fancy Air Filters?

Robert Emslie October 13, 2015 Redusernab Asks

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Everybody’s always looking for an edge, right? A way to eke out that extra bit of effort, or that final inch of… beard. When it comes to our cars, found horsepower usually comes in one of two ways: expensive re-engineering involving turbos, bigger fuel delivery mechanisms, and better breathing, or else by slapping on a K&N filter, man!

Oh sure, an entire economy has arisen out of the theory that the one place that the multi-billion dollar car design and manufacture industry has dropped the ball is that of poor-flow air filter adoption. Putting in one of the aftermarket high-flow alternatives will naturally increase your horsepower, improve your fuel economy, and probably bring about world peace and a new era of global sexual exploration. Or, maybe it’s all just a big scam.

That’s what we’re here to find out today. Do you believe all the charts that aftermarket air filter makers offer that show THEIR filters to be the best? Or, do you abide by the standard mantra of anything but Fram? Is there any value in a fancy air filter?

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Last Call: Tigerbishi Edition

Robert Emslie October 12, 2015 Last Call

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I can’t decide if this tiger-striped Mitsubishi is the most awful or most awesome thing ever. One thing’s for sure, it certainly eclipses all other cat-aping cars out there.

Last Call indicates the end of Redusernab’s broadcast day. It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged. 

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Hoonivercinema: Monday Movie Trailer

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In the ’60s, Hollywood treated young people like some sort of alien species; sex crazed, car maniacs who would rather Watusi on the beach with Gidget than get a haircut and stand up straight. Universal Pictures’ The Lively Set, released in 1964 tilts toward the car crazy part of the era’s Hollywood obsession with the younger generation, and in fact features one of the coolest cars to come out of that era in a co-staring role, the Chrysler Ghia Turbine.

There’s plenty of other awesome cars in the flick as the plot centers on a mechanic, played by teen heartthrob James Darren, who seeks to enter his new turbine car design in a Tri-State Endurance Race. Doug McClure, who you will no doubt recognize from every cheesy man-meets-dinosaur movie from the ’70s shows up to help Darren realize his dream. He also is the catalyst for romance as, Darren’s character takes a liking to his sister.

The film’s racing runs from the drag strip to the road all the way to salt flats of Bonneville. Not only do you get to see Chrysler’s Turbine in action, but also a Dual Ghia, Valkyrie jet dragster, and a bunch of your standard ’60s road iron and some cool hot rods too. The trailer is a mix of action in the cars and in the sack as the racers try and balance winning both behind the wheel and with the women. Check it out after the jump. … Continue Reading

Redusernab Asks: Where do You Work on Your Car?

Robert Emslie October 12, 2015 Redusernab Asks

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There’s a big difference between having a parking place for your beloved ride and having enough room around that space to work on it. I am fortunate enough to have a large garage space, as well as a long driveway for my use. In fact, my driveway even has a substantial tree overarching it, allowing me to truly be a shade tree mechanic.

Not everyone is so lucky however, and especially in the city work space can be hard to come by. This has led to some businesses – like the shop famously run by the Magliozzi Brothers – that offer rentals of both space and tools for folks wishing to turn their own wrenches – even if they’re rented. That’s an awesome resource, but of course can be a hassle to get a slot and then get your car there, especially if it’s not running.

What about you, have you ever used a rented space for car work? Do you have issues with space where you live that makes maintenance a bear? Where do you work on your cars?

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Last Call: Yeah Sure Edition

Robert Emslie October 9, 2015 Last Call

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Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

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